NPC Incorporated closes fiscal year 2017 with JPY 498 million ($4.4 million) profit

The Japanese equipment provider also reported an increase in sales of 19.2% for fiscal year 2017. In the machinery business, the company said, all of sales of the large-scale deal were booked as planned.
Manufacturing

SunPower: Any trade action should apply to everyone but us

The high-efficiency solar maker asks for Section 201 action to include First Solar’s thin film products, but to exclude its back contact crystalline silicon solar as a unique product.

Energy Storage

India’s first utility-scale solar storage project realized

Mahindra Susten won the auction for 20 MW/28MWh with the final all-in price of INR 2.99 billion ($46 million).

Installations

ReneSola’s Chinese projects generate 29 GWh in Q3

ReneSola has reported that its distributed-generation PV projects throughout China generated roughly 29 GWh of electricity in the third quarter of this year.

Installations

Germany’s auction for large-scale solar concludes at €0.0429 per kWh

The average price for bids submitted in Germany’s auction for large-scale solar has fallen below the mark of €0.050/kWh for the first time. A total of 20 projects with a combined capacity of 222 MW were awarded by the Federal Network Agency.

Installations

10 MW PV plant connected in Uganda

Globally integrated IPP Building Energy today announced the start of production at its 10 MW Tororo solar plant. Tororo is the company’s first PV project in Uganda, and among the largest built to date in eastern Africa.

Markets & Policy

Leclanché reduces losses, as revenue climbs 84%

Leclanché presented the figures for the first half-year 2017 with a two week delay. The Swiss energy storage provider reports higher sales figures and lower losses as a result of its restructuring.

Markets & Policy

Taiwan’s Gintech, Solartech and NSP merger creates new solar entity, UREC

Newly formed United Renewable Energy Co. is the result of the merger between three of Taiwan’s leading solar companies. Move comes at a time of intense competition in the Taiwanese solar space.

Markets & Policy

Featured

Hit the ground running

Taiwan market update: Tumultuous but promising times in Taiwan as ground-mounted activity looks set to begin in earnest, but Taiwanese cell makers continue to struggle despite local demand slowly beginning to pick up.

Portugal announces new solar plan

The proposal for the new plan is included in the draft state budget law for 2018.

Ukrainian government considering transition from FITs to auctions

The Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy believes that the transition to an auction scheme may be premature and recommends digressive FITs as a way to reduce burden on consumers.

BREAKING: Taiwan solar merger mooted as Gintech, NSP and Solartech to suspend trading on Monday

Three of Taiwan’s largest solar cell and module manufacturers – Gintech, Neo Solar Power and Solartech – will suspend common stock transactions next week, prompting rumors that a merger between the three firms could be on the cards.

ISA drafts program for scaling rooftop solar to be launched at RE-INVEST 2017, India

The program will be launched during RE-INVEST 2017, India on December 8. The event will hold several other sessions, including the launch of International Solar Alliance (ISA). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron are likely to attend the ISA Founding Ceremony.

Panda Green to buy 50 MW for $30 million in China

Panda Green Energy has revealed plans to pay CNY 196 million ($29.75 million) to acquire Inner Mongolia Guorun Chayouqianqi Electricity, which owns an operational 50 MW solar plant in northern China.

Installations

Featured

Will the tail wag the dog?

Utilities of the future: When you consider all of the changes that are beginning to appear across the energy sector, it is hard to imagine exactly what a utility will end up looking like 10 years from now.

Belarus’s biggest PV plant comes online

State-owned Belarusian oil company Belorusneft has finalized its 55 MW solar project more than three years after the initial announcement.

Belgian logistics company WDP invests another €25 million in solar in the Netherlands

The funds will be used to deploy around 25 MW of projects under the SDE+ program for large-scale solar and renewables.

Kong Sun’s PV generation spikes 82.6% in Jan-Sept period

Kong Sun Holdings has revealed that its solar projects throughout China generated roughly 1162.2 GWh in the nine months to the end of September 2017, up 82.57% year on year, as it expanded its operational PV portfolio by more than 500 MW.

Sadiq Khan puts forward London Community Energy Fund in a bid to encourage locally created solar energy sources.

With the aim of producing 2 GW of installed capacity by 2050, the Mayor sets out his vision to reduce emissions in London to make it a cleaner space for people to live, and a more energy efficient city in general.

M-KOPA to invest $20 million in powering remote areas of Uganda and Kenya

160,000 units have been sold to date by the company, which includes 90,000 Solar TVs. 62.5 million hours per month of kerosene-free lighting will be provided, which estimates calculate will save over 600,000 tones of CO2 over a period of four years.

Technology

Featured

Step by steppe

Solar in Mongolia: Mongolia takes tentative steps with large-scale solar power plants, but the vast country of steppes and deserts is already the king of distributed solar power.

Solar-powered saloon turns heads in Oz solar race

Dutch solar-powered car, with an average speed of 69 km/h and a carrying capacity of up to five people, has been hailed as the future of solar powered cars after competing in World Solar Challenge.

Interview: JinkoSolar CEO discusses half-cut cell technology

Kangping Chen, the CEO of Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar, speaks to pv magazine about the company’s solar technology development, the efficacy of half-cut solar cells, and the future of the PV industry.

Dutch team Nuon Solar wins Australia solar car race

Since October 8 some 42 cars powered by solar energy raced their way across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide in the 30th World Solar Challenge. Delft University’s Nuon Solar grabbed its seventh win.

MIT researchers develop ‘air breathing’ sulfur flow battery

A team at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a type of battery which it says could store energy for long durations at a fraction of the cost of current storage technologies.

Wärtsilä to offer energy storage solutions in India

Wärtsilä, one of the largest global supplier of flexible and efficient energy solutions, has announced that it will provide technically and environmentally advanced energy storage solutions to the power markets in India.

Manufacturing

Featured

Shedding light on the latest technologies

Flash testing: As module manufacturing looks increasingly towards high efficiency concepts such as heterojunction as the future of the industry, new challenges arise for the manufacturers of production-line testing equipment. Switzerland-based flash testing specialist Alfartec is ready to meet these challenges. pv magazine recently caught up with Chief Technology Officer Alo Lo to discuss the latest developments in flashing technology and the market for this specialized equipment.

Vikram Solar launches new monocrystalline product line SOMERA

SOMERA series uses PERC monocrystalline solar cells reaching module area efficiency up to 19.05% (for 60 cells) and up to 18.45% (for 72 cells).

Singulus establishes joint venture with Chinese heterojunction companies

Singulus has signed an agreement with two Chinese PV providers to form a joint venture in the field of the heterojunction technology. The joint venture will be based in China.

India’s Borosil opens 2mm fully tempered solar glass production facility

Indian company Gujarat Borosil claims to have developed the world’s first 2mm fully tempered solar glass for glass-glass solar modules.

French solar glass maker Sunpartner opens new production facility

The company has secured €15 million in financing for the new factory from the European Investment Bank.

ABB supplied central inverters to 246 MW Chilean solar plant

The El Romero Solar Plant in the Atacama Desert of Chile has been completed using 60 3.6 MW ABB inverter stations. Spanish developer Acciona constructed the solar farm and commissioned it last year.

Energy Storage

Featured

High figures, mixed feelings

Distributed storage in Australia: As installation figures continue to show a strong upward trend of battery penetration, Australia is persistently reaffirming its status as the market to be in for storage providers. Standards Australia’s proposed installation safety guidelines caused a commotion earlier this year, dimming the industry’s high hopes. Amid a lot of hype surrounding the Australian battery storage arena, pv magazine explores whether this promising market is developing as anticipated.

EU launches battery alliance

“Airbus for batteries”-style alliance announced this week in Brussels aims to expedite European battery cell manufacturing and strengthen continent’s storage value chain in face of Asian and U.S. competition.

sonnenCommunity expands into the United States

A 2,900 home planned development in Arizona will feature electricity trading between a network of PV and battery systems, as a grid-tied microgrid that will also absorb excess power at strategic times for the local grid.

CS Energy signs PPA for 60 MW Australian PV+storage+wind hybrid energy park

The AUS$150 million agreement between the government-owned CS Energy and the Kennedy Energy Park marks yet another positive step for Australia as it seeks to tap the potential of all its renewable energy sources.

Drax teams with Sheffield Uni on battery research drive

British power group sponsoring three PhD projects at the University of Sheffield to support research designed to revolutionize country’s energy future.

Remote community in Guyana receives 400 kWp solar+storage system from Meeco

The off-grid ground-mounted solar and battery project will be carried out by Meeco and Oursun, providing remote regions of Guyana such as Mabaruma with clean energy, while reducing their fossil fuel consumption.

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Research Titans Confirm Solar-Log a Global Solar Monitoring Leader

Solar-Log, an innovative solar PV monitoring provider, has been recognized by GTM Research and Navigant Research as one of the leading independent software vendors and home energy management systems on the planet.

Solar PV distributor Krannich Solar introduces the Online-Shop in U.S.

American and Canadian customers benefit immediately from the advantages of online shopping. They have now access to the company’s entire range of products at any time, complete with individual prices, current availability and detailed technical information, via the Online-Shop.

“Safety at solar park construction sites is top priority”: SMP Montage launches quality initiative in final quarter

Hamburg, 11th October, 2017 There is a high risk of potential hazards at solar construction sites, particularly in major parks encompassing the megawatt range. If safety standards are not consistent or are not enforced, there is a significantly higher risk of damage or an accident.

Heliatek raises an additional €15 million

New and existing investors increase financial resources to accelerate development and speed up worldwide market entry