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Germany’s solar market faces price wars, consolidation

A series of inquiries to residential PV installers has revealed a tough consolidation phase in Germany’s solar installation market. With an increasing number of installers offering solar arrays at very low prices, competition is intensifying as companies vie for fewer orders.

Lightsource bp switches on 40 MW of solar in Poland 

UK-based Lightsource bp says its first solar project in Poland has begun commercial operations, with the developer signing a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Microsoft.
Markets & Policy

Ramaphosa reveals 22,500 MW renewables pipeline in South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his first speech since forming a coalition government in May, said the nation is experiencing a “renewable energy revolution,” with upcoming projects expected to attract around ZAR 400 billion ($21.9 millio...

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Fimer launches sale proceedings under extraordinary administration

Fimer has launched a process to sell itself to new owners. Interested investors have until Aug. 31 to submit offers.
Heat Pumps

Canadian government extends heat pump grant scheme

The provincial government of Prince Edward Island, Canada, has signed an agreement with the Canadian federal government to implement the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability (OHPA) program. The scheme offers grants to low- and medium-income households to insta...

Scientists say concavities in perovskite films may improve solar cell stability

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) researchers have gained insights into perovskite microstructure. After removing grain surface concavities in the crystalline grains of perovskite, they fabricated a solar cell with improved efficienc...
Markets & Policy

WTO accuses China of low transparency on state subsidies, including solar

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat has criticized China for an alleged lack of transparency in its state support framework and has urged the nation to improve its subsidy notification process.
Markets & Policy

Panama cancels renewables auction

Panama has canceled an auction it announced in February for 500 MW of renewable energy capacity. It would have been the country's first renewable energy tender in a decade and the first in Central America to include battery storage systems.

Press Releases

DAS Solar receives PV’s first ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Management Certificate by SGS

DAS Solar became the first in the photovoltaic industry to receive SGS certification for ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Management. This milestone signifies that DAS Solar has

JinkoSolar Once Agained Ranked on BNEF’s Energy Storage Tier 1 List

JinkoSolar has once again been recognized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF) as a Tier 1 manufacturer in the latest ‘BNEF Energy Storage Tier 1 List 3Q 2024’ for its exceptional performance in the energy storage field.

JA Solar Signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

JA Solar officially signed the UN Women's Empowerment Principles. The company will integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its own strategy and operations, identifying relevant sustainable development goals related to the company and its value chain, and actively responsive actions to accelerate progress.

JinkoSolar Secures Landmark Module Contract to Supply 150 MW to Power Algerian projects

JinkoSolar secured a 150MW PV module supply contract for Algeria's groundbreaking solar project initiative. This strategic win is a significant milestone in JinkoSolar's international expansion and commitment to delivering clean energy solutions.

Opinion & Analysis


‘Scarcity of female peers, role models can lead to isolation, lack of natural allies’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Camille Zimmermann, Investment Director at France-based equity firm Omnes. She says that, when there are women at the helm of companies, it seems there is no problem in finding other talented women to join the ranks of their organizations.

Weak demand continues to exert downward pressure on solar module prices

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

Jet stream shift brings winter sunshine to Brazil, cloud to Argentina

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that Rio de Janeiro recorded the sunniest June in over 18 years, with solar irradiance 15% above the long-term average. This was part of a band of higher than average sunshine extending through Bolivia, Paraguay, and parts of Brazil. Conversely, southern Argentina saw an irradiance drop of up to 30% below the long-term average as it experienced its cloudiest June in the same period.

Tackling merchant risk – A deep dive into Europe grid-scale energy storage contracted revenue

Current market conditions are propelling grid-scale project deployment in a more diversified European energy storage market. Anna Darmani, principal analyst – energy storage EMEA, at Wood Mackenzie, examines revenue streams in different parts of Europe and emerging routes to the market.

‘Early in my career, I had the tendency to behave and perform like a man’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Mary Riccio-Kjærgaard, CEO and owner of Danish PV installer Risskov Teknik & Solar Aps. She explains how the idea of leadership is still being negatively influenced by cultural stereotypes and says women can accomplish more and go further by simply being “female leaders.”

Texas solar shines through Tropical Storm Beryl

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that the Tropical Storm Beryl caused a large but temporary dip in solar generation potential across Texas on July 8. However, cross-referencing with grid operator reports revealed that very little production went offline due to the storm, showing the resilience of Texas’ solar infrastructure.

Markets & Policy


France records 1 GW of new solar for Q2

Grid operator Enedis said last week that France installed 1,013 MW of new PV systems in the second quarter alone. If the current growth rate continues in the second half, the country could install record capacity in 2024.

India developers seek tax relief, supply support in new state budget

India’s Union Budget will be presented next week. Developers in the country hope for lower goods and services tax (GST) and import duties on solar components, as well as a delay in enforcing the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) until domestic supplies improve.

Australian polysilicon project shifts focus to silica feedstock

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners’ plan to build a “state-of-the-art” polysilicon manufacturing plant in Australia has taken a step forward, with Australian Silica Quartz starting a drilling program at a planned mine site that could provide feedstock for the proposed facility.

Romania aims to roll out 5 GW of energy storage by end 2026

Romania is aiming to have at least 2.5 GW of energy storage installed by the end of next year and to exeed 5 GW only a year later.

China to conduct comprehensive safety overhaul of battery storage facilities

China’s regulators are reportedly considering a comprehensive fire safety inspection and upgrades of operating energy storage facilities. For older storage stations, enhancing fire safety measures will significantly increase non-technical costs, potentially up to CNY 0.2 per Wh ($0.028/Wh).

SunPower stock crashes 70%

The company’s share price fell below $1 as it announced it is halting some operations and ending its lease and power purchase agreement offerings, among other actions.



German startup offers self-adhesive film for glare-free PV modules

Germany-based Phytonics has developed a self-adhesive film with microstructures to reduce glare on PV modules. It is available in sheets and rolls for new and existing PV systems.

Grid backlog drives innovative approaches in Brazil

The rapid growth of renewable energy in Brazil has not been matched by transmission and distribution infrastructure. Connection restrictions for both “distributed-” and centralized-generation sites are leading companies to adopt new strategies to maintain expansion, reports pv magazine Brasil’s Livia Neves.

The Hydrogen Stream: Europe could miss 2030 hydrogen targets

The European Court of Auditors says the European Union will likely fail to achieve its 2030 renewable hydrogen goals, while the US Department of Energy and Arches have agreed to build a $12.6 billion hydrogen hub in California.

Germany’s balcony PV installations hit 200 MW in H1

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) says 220,000 balcony PV systems were installed in the country in the first half of the year, reaching 200 MW.

More than half of California solar customers to include battery storage

Falling battery costs, shifting regulations and interest in energy independence are driving increased battery attachment rates on residential solar projects in California.

Norway has potential to deploy 31 GW of solar in buildings

A research group has examined the potential for PV on building walls and rooftops across Norway. It says that up to 36% of the feasible solar energy, or approximately 31 GW, could be integrated into the national power system to match generation and consumption patterns.



First Solar probes potential infringement of TOPCon patents

First Solar says it is evaluating potential infringement of its patents for its tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) tech, secured through the acquisition of TetraSun in 2013. The US thin-film solar module manufacturer has not named the companies involved or given a timeline for the investigation.

Organic solar cell based on PEDOT:PSS hole transport layer achieves 17.1% efficiency

A team of researchers in Germany has fabricated a non-fullerene acceptor-based organic photovoltaic cell featuring a bilayer solution-processed hole transporting layer. It recorded a power conversion efficiency of 17.1% and maintained 93% of its initial efficiency after 1,800 hours under continuous solar cell operation at 60 C.

Water-source heat pump integrating cooled photovoltaic panels, thermal storage

Researchers in Italy have designed a water-source heat pump system intended for generating cooling, heating and domestic hot water in social housing stock built during the 1970s–1990s. The novel concept integrates photovoltaic-thermal energy with thermal storage and promises a seasonal coefficient of performance of 5.

First Solar opens US research facility

First Solar has commissioned the Jim Nolan Center for Solar Innovation in Lake Township, Ohio. It includes a high-tech pilot manufacturing line to produce full-sized prototypes of thin-film and tandem PV modules.

Sunswap rolling out PV-powered transport refrigeration

The U.K.-based technology company has launched Endurance, an electric transport refrigeration system with integrated battery and solar PV. It is built to compete with diesel-powered systems.

Optimizing grid-scale battery placement via quantum computing

A computing pilot program, housed within Europe’s largest electricity utility, Iberdrola, found that some quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms matched or outperformed existing benchmarks for optimal placement of grid batteries.



Chinese PV Industry Brief: ZNShine Solar plans Hong Kong listing

ZNShine Solar says it has applied to list H-shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX). The company runs three factories in China with a total capacity of about 10 GW.

Chinese researchers build heterojunction silicon solar cell with MXene-based hole transport layer

A research group including scientists from Chinese module maker Longi has developed an undoped monocrystalline heterojunction cell that uses the promising MXene compound for the hole transport layer. The experimental device achieved an efficiency of 12.2% and was able to retain around 86% of its initial efficiency after 105-day exposure in ambient environment. 

Jupiter International secures $36 million to expand solar manufacturing

Jupiter International has obtained $36 million to expand its PV manufacturing operations, including the construction of a 1.8 GW solar cell facility, as well as a joint venture with AmpIn Energy for 1.2 GW of integrated solar cell and module capacity each.

Europe’s solar, storage markets on stable path, says Sungrow executive

Yang Meng, Sungrow’s director of distribution in Europe, says that despite signs of slowing demand in parts of the residential segment, Europe’s overall solar and storage markets are on a stable path, with potential for growth in the commercial and industrial storage space.

S&P Global launches daily spot market price assessment for solar panels

The tool has been billed as the world’s first independent daily spot market price assessment for solar panels. S&P Global says it has been launched to aid transparency in technology pricing as solar modules become increasingly commoditized.

Solar module prices rising in Brazil

Despite global overcapacity, several factors may contribute to a slight increase in solar panel prices in Brazil, with shipping costs and quotas for fiscal exemptions on imported PV modules playing a key role.

Energy Storage

Dutch utility Eneco uses residential batteries for grid stress relief

Dutch energy supplier Eneco has partnered with local energy storage manufacturer Charged to trial the use of solar power stored in home batteries of customers with fixed and variable contracts in a bid to alleviate stress on the grid.

Greece readies for next battery storage growth phase

Greece’s energy storage market is hot with a number of new policies paving the way to new applications in the market. The government is now working a new plan, which will allow the colocation of batteries with existing solar plants as well as standalone, in front of the meter battery energy storage systems.

Weiheng Ecactus releases high voltage lithium iron phosphate battery for residential PV

Weiheng Ecactus has unveiled its new Myrtillo battery system, with 4.99-29.9 kWh of capacity, giving users the flexibility to connect up to five units in parallel.

India wraps up 1.2 GW solar, storage tender at average price of $0.041/kWh

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has concluded a 1.2 GW solar and storage tender at an average price of $0.041/kWh, with Acme Solar Holdings, Hero Solar Energy, JSW Neo Energy, and Pace Digitek Infra emerging as winners.

New fault detection techniques for air-to-air heat pumps

Portuguese researchers have compared several applied machine learning techniques to detect faults in air-to-air heat pumps in cooling mode. The results showed a high level of performance based on four metrics.

The Hydrogen Stream: Germany grants €4.6 billion to 23 green H2 projects

The German government has granted €4.6 billion ($5 billion) for 23 green hydrogen projects, while BP has revealed separate plans to develop a 100 MW green hydrogen installation in Germany.

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