The pv magazine weekly news digest


Clinton scores green energy points

Hillary Clinton criticized retroactive changes to Nevada’s net metering policy in an interview with a local newspaper. The Democratic presidential candidate reiterated her call for more renewable energy and argued that regulators should not be changing the state’s regulations retroactively.

Meanwhile, the U.S. solar industry continued its impressive growth, surpassing 200,000 jobs. The sector added 35,000 jobs from November 2014 to November 2015, its third year of 20% annual growth. Installation makes up more than half of U.S. solar jobs.

LG enlarges

South Korean group LG Electronics said this week that all four new lines to be added to its cell and module production facility in the Korean city of Gumi through 2018 would employ high-efficiency cell and module tech. The expansion follows strong demand for its NeON 2 modules, which use n-type mono cell technology along with busbarless cell interconnection.

LG is investing $435 million to expand its solar cell production facility in Gumi, increasing its capacity from 1 GW to 1.8 GW by 2018.

India could add up to 7.2 GW of utility-scale solar PV in the coming financial year despite bottlenecks in power evacuation and grid stability, according to research and consulting group Bridge to India.

Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Group – which at one point was among the world’s five-largest wind developers – has entered the country’s solar energy market after winning a tender to develop 210 MW of solar PV power in the Indian state of Telangana.

Trade dispute heats up Down Under

Australia has resumed its anti-dumping case against Chinese solar producers after dropping it in October. While the country’s Anti-Dumping Commission initially found only negligible injury or hindrance to the Australian PV industry, it relaunched its investigation after reviewing the decision.

Germans mad about battery systems

In Germany, the number of new stationary battery systems connected to solar arrays on homes and businesses in 2015 far outnumber the number of electric vehicles sold in the country.

In related news, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy concluded that tenders are well suited for ground-mounted PV installations. The ministry took stock after the first three pilot tenders for ground-mounted systems, noting the decline of prices from round to round as well as the diversity of stakeholders.

U.S., China lead global solar PV investment

Globally, solar PV installations rose some 30% last year to 57 GW, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. At the same time, clean energy investment reached the highest level ever at $329.3 billion, with China and the U.S. leading the way.