The pv magazine weekly news digest


Germany’s renewable energy sector reached new heights on May 16. According to data published by Agora Energiewende, solar and wind power peaked at 2pm last Sunday. Together with biomass and hydro, the clean energy sector delivered 45.5 GW of power at a time when German demand was 45.8 GW.

In Argentina, meanwhile, the government is set to launch the country’s first renewable energy auction. President Mauricio Macri announced the opening of the auction for 1 GW of renewable energy capacity, which would be incorporated into the nation’s energy mix by the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018.

Preparing its second electricity auction, Mexico has made conditions more flexible for bidders. The auction, which takes place Sept. 30 and is open to solar PV, will incorporate an office to address concerns, greater demarcation of regions, more time for evaluation and introduce modifications to the payment system.

According to new report by the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), global off-grid solar sales grew 40% in the second half of 2015 compared to the first half of the year. 31 GOGLA member companies sold more than 4 million off-grid solar devices in the period, generating cash sales of more than $118 million.

Texas is set for a massive expansion of solar PV capacity, according to a study by Brattle Group. Driven by market dynamics such as low gas prices, the Lone Star State is on a path towards a grid dominated by natural gas, wind and solar. The report predicts that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) will add 13 GW of solar over the next 20 years.

India has inaugurated an 11.5 MW single rooftop solar PV installation – reportedly the largest in the world. Installed atop the Dera Baba Jaimal Singh campus – a spiritual and learning organization – the entire array has a capacity of 19.5 MW, with 8 MW of PV spread across other buildings at the site.

At 11.5 MW, the main rooftop installation is larger than the 6.4 MW solar system atop the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.