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Fimer provides inverters for 754 MW PV project in Mexico

The Italian inverter maker will supply its devices for Mexico’s largest solar project. The company is also planning to expand capacity at its manufacturing facility in northern Italy.

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SNEC Daily: your handy show newspaper

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Published in conjunction with Heraeus, the SNEC Daily is your handy eight-page newspaper for the world’s largest solar show. Featuring stories and interviews fresh from the exhibition floor, as well as the latest product launches and policy updates from the conference, there is no better way to stay informed.

Issue One, Wednesday April 19

Issue Two, Thursday April 20

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Markets & Policy

Access Power gets financing for 50 MW PV project in Nigeria

The $1.65 million loan will be used to co-finance a 50 MW solar facility under development in Nigeria’s Kaduna State. The company expect to reach financial close for the project by the end of this year.

Manufacturing

Arkema increases fluoropolymer production capacity in China by 25%

The capacity increase at Arkema’s Changshu platform near Shanghai aims at better serving the company’s customers in the storage and photovoltaic sectors.

Markets & Policy

Help wanted? U.S. solar employers have trouble finding qualified workers, study says

A new report from The Solar Foundation reveals that two-thirds of U.S. solar employers are struggling to find qualified workers and that investment in post-hire training is the key to making sure the industry’s spectacular job production continues.

Markets & Policy

SDG&E signs contracts for 83.5 MW more battery storage

The U.S power utility is going for more lithium-ion batteries, including the world’s largest battery system, to accommodate its leading portion of renewable energy.

Markets & Policy

CJIC starts construction of Kenya’s first large-scale PV plant

The 50 MW Garissa solar park will be built with the support of the Chinese government. The plant will rely on 210,210 solar modules provided by Jinko Solar.

Installations

Armenia exempts import of PV components from customs duties

The Armenian government has granted exemption from customs duties for the first time to local developer Investment Media Group. The measure is intended to support the implementation of the country’s $58 million solar program.

Events

SNEC 2017: news roundup

This year’s busy SNEC exhibition delivered its usual steady stream of news, new products and market insight. pv magazine rounds up the main stories and trends from the three-day event.

Markets & Policy

Experimental policies

Turkey’s PV market: Turkey has reached about 1 GW of solar PV installations, and 2016 was the PV sector’s best year so far. Furthermore, a recently announced tender for a mega 1 GW solar park in central Turkey adds to the expectation. Is such optimism justified? pv magazine examines why the Turkish Government’s policy experiments with the solar sector risk its fragile growth.

Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

STA calls on UK Government to remove tax barriers to solar

Data released this week by Britain’s Solar Trade Association shows that rooftop deployments across the country plummeted in the first quarter of 2017, after a hike in the business rates for small solar installations took effect earlier in the year.

Ukraine approves new law to make energy market more competitive

The eastern European country has adopted a new law to liberalize the energy market and to meet requirements of the EU energy legislation. State support for renewable energies will be maintained.

Installations

HSH Nordbank provides $24.6 million financing for 37.9 MW PV project in Denmark

The German bank announced that it will finance a second solar park in the Scandinavian country. The PV plant will be located in the municipality of Vandel/Billund, in southern Denmark.

Fortum plans to build Estonia’s first solar park

The Finnish utility has confirmed plans to build a MW-sized PV plant in the Baltic country. The installation would be located near Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city.

SNEC: JA Solar launches residential bundle for China rooftop market

The bundle includes a new JA Solar inverter as the Tier-1 solar firm pursues larger market share of China’s distributed generation sector. Growatt also bullish on rooftop potential in China.

ISE Group, Total and SunPower switch on 27 MW solar project

French energy giant Total and its affiliate U.S. module manufacturer SunPower, in partnership with Japanese egg producer ISE Group have switched on a 27 MWp PV power plant in the city of Nanao on Japan’s Honshu Island.

Sweden and Norway extend joint electricity certificate system for renewables to 2030

The governments of Sweden and Norway have come to an agreement on how the electricity certificate system for renewable energies will be further implemented. The joint market-based support system of the two Scandinavian countries is open to power plants utilizing biofuels, wind, solar, hydro and tidal energy.

Technology

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China embraces thin film

Thin film technology: Chinese state-owned companies are purchasing thin film equipment from European suppliers in a move that may shake up solar manufacturing. For the PV technology companies, the move could not have come too soon, but how will the Chinese state-owned coal, electric and building giants succeed where others have failed?

4JET launches CIGS processing tool

German equipment supplier 4JET microtech has launched its new MPCT solution which it says will enable laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations in CIGS glass substrates.

Imec claims 22.8% efficiency for bifacial n-type PERT solar cell

The Belgian research institute has developed a bifacial n-PERT solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 22.8%. Imec researchers claim this cell has the potential for a cost-of-ownership at module level of less than $0.30/W.

Imec’s perovskite-based PV module reaches 12.4% efficiency

The Belgian research institute has improved the efficiency of its 4x4cm² perovskite module by 1.1%.

Inverters with highly integrated components can lower costs, finds Fraunhofer ISE study

Innovation project conducted in collaboration with SMA and Phoenix Contact identifies cost, weight and power advantages of sintering mechanical components of the inverter, and reimagining electromechanical components.

Manufacturing

Polysilicon & Wafer Rankings 2016

C-Si manufacturing: Demand is looking strong for both polysilicon and crystalline silicon wafers, as analysts expect that another rush for installations is imminent, ahead of China’s latest feed-in tariff cut in July. Demand for monocrystalline wafers has increased, but manufacturing trends still leave space for high performance multi-wafer.

Manz finalizes $282 million CIGS order from China

The German equipment provider secured official approvals in connection with major CIGS orders from China.

Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. manufacturers has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

ABB Supplies inverters to 51 MW project in Turkey

Swiss supplier ABB has provided its PVS800 central inverters to Turkey’s largest solar power plant, the 51 MW Kayseri OSB project in Central Turkey.

Brazil: state of Goiás introduces tax break for PV components

The government of the Brazilian state of Goiás has implemented a measure suggested by Brazil’s central government.

Energy Storage

Power to the people

Distributed storage costs: With the average payback cost of a home battery storage system sticking stubbornly at around ten years, skeptics remain unconvinced that mass-market adoption of distributed storage is on the cards any time soon. So what measures is the industry taking to expedite cost reductions, improve storage technology, and shift the conversation from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’?

Netherlands’ Gasunie launches 1 MW power-to-gas pilot project powered by solar

The Dutch gas provider is building Netherlands’ first MW-sized power-to-gas installation. The plant will be powered by 5,000 solar modules.

Anesco and Limejump to build 185 MW UK storage portfolio

Renewable energy developer Anesco will partner with Limejump – which operates one of Europe’s largest aggregated battery networks – to develop the capacity, which is expected to be online by the end of 2018.

Residential battery firm Moixa receives equity investment from Japan’s TEPCO

The developer of home batteries has attracted half a million pounds’ worth of equity investment from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings to aid its market expansion.

Chilean microgrid provider uses solar-plus-IT to lower bills

Amigo Solar, a Chilean microgrid provider, announced yesterday its collaboration with a digitized billing system that will help it to alter the utility landscape in the Latin American country. The case shows how solar and IT change the electricity market structures.

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Press Releases

Macy’s celebrates completion of 21 SunPower solar systems during Earth Week Dedication Events

oday, several Macy's, Inc. locations will reveal their solar energy makeovers – part of a company-wide sustainability initiative – with SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) during dedication events at the Macy's Broadway Plaza store in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Hanergy and Solliance team up to develop new solutions for SolaRoad – the road to the Future

Solar cell manufacturer Hanergy Thin Film Power and Thin Film Solar Research partnership Solliance today signed a Memorandum of Understanding, highlighting their intention to develop a strategic collaboration in the area of integrated solar solutions for buildings and infrastructure. The first product that parties aim to bring to large scale industrial manufacturing is pavement with integrated solar cells for SolaRoad, the world’s first road that converts sunlight into electricity.

LONGi Solar releases new solar module Hi-MO2, starting a new era of high efficiency mono PERC bifacial technology

On April 19, SNEC PV Power Expo 2017 kicked off in Shanghai. President Li Zhenguo of LONGi Group and President Li Wenxue of LONGi Solar unveiled a heavyweight new solar module - Hi-MO2 to the audience.

Alpiq and IKEA extend their solar partnership

Helion Solar, an Alpiq Group company, and IKEA Switzerland are expanding their solar partnership. With immediate effect, Helion Solar is also responsible for the planning, sales and installation of Varta batteries, SolarEdge inverters and, as of June, of roof-integrated solar systems.