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New UK government signals strong support for solar

Signs of a UK government that’s prepared to back solar have emerged within a fortnight of the Labour Party securing victory in the General Election. The government has already signed off on more than 1 GW of new solar capacity.
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Czechia installs 484 MW of solar in H1

Czechia's Solární Asociace says that the country installed 484 MW of solar in the first half of this year, nearly matching the 487 MW added in the same first six months of 2023. It notes that the residential PV market has cooled, but the corporate segm...
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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...
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Peru records 115.5 MW of new solar in H1

Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) says the country installed 115.5 MW of new solar capacity in the first half of 2024, bringing the nation's total installed PV capacity to around 400 MW.
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German authorities arrest Solar Fabrik CEO

The German police have arrested Christian Laibacher, the CEO of German solar manufacturer Solarfabrik, in relation to an investigation by the Würzburg public prosecutor over alleged customs violations by PV wholesaler ESC Verwaltungs GmbH & Co.KG du...
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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 eac...
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ILB Group to acquire Malaysian solar business, assets

Malaysia’s ILB Group Bhd is acquiring Armani Sinar and its solar assets for MYR 98 million ($21 million) in cash. This deal will increase its PV capacity from 13 MW to 30 MW.
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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 indus...

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.

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‘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.

Polysilicon prices stabilize at low levels amid market downturn

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.

Weather standstill limits European solar production in June

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that, while in June Western Europe experienced below-average irradiance, Eastern Europe and the Balkans in particular saw a notable increase, resulting from persistent and static weather patterns.

‘Mobile work policies are extremely beneficial for women’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Olga Kovalchuk, Head of Finance and Investment – Managing Director at Germany’s Goldbeck Solar. She says that the underrepresentation of women in STEM subjects affects the pipeline of women entering both the renewable and traditional energy sectors, though this is gradually improving with more targeted educational initiatives. “The gender pay gap is ever-present and, given how much pay is linked to performance in senior positions, the underrepresentation has a knock-on effect on the gender pay gap for the industry,” she stated.

Wafer prices stable-to-soft on weak demand

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.

Markets & Policy

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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.

Indonesian utility plans 500 MW solar project in Bangladesh

Indonesia’s Pertamina Power has revealed plans to build a 500 MW solar project in Bangladesh.

Fronius to cut 650 jobs

Austrian inverter maker Fronius has cut another 650 jobs due to high inverter inventories and no expected upturn.

US residential solar down 20% in 2024

A recent webinar hosted by Roth Capital Partners looked at the health of the residential solar market and forecasts for next year.

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.

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Trane launches all-in-one air-source modular multi-pipe heat pump

The Thermafit Air-Source Modular Multipipe heat pump uses R-454B as the refrigerant and has a size of 30 tons. The manufacturer said the system act as a chiller to cool the building, as a heat pump to heat the building, or as a heat recovery unit to deliver simultaneous heating and cooling.

South Africa commissions largest wheeling project to date

South Africa has commissioned its largest wheeling project, with SOLA Group supplying more than 200 MW of solar power to Tronox Mineral Sands via the Eskom network.

Philippines switches on 64 MW solar project

Prime Solar Solutions Corp. has completed a 64 MW solar project in the eastern Philippines. It is one of two facilities by the company that will supply 128 MW per year combined.

Hungary refinances rebate scheme for residential solar

The Hungarian government is investing an additional HUF 30 billion ($83.9 million) into its HUF 75.8 billion rebate program for residential solar and storage systems. The scheme, which launched in January, is now expected to support more than 25,000 households.

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.

Germany deployed 7.55 GW of solar in H1

Germany installed more than 1.13 GW of new PV systems in June alone. Its cumulative installed PV capacity hit 90.2 GW at the end of the first half of this year.

Technology

Singaporean startup achieves 22.6% efficiency for perovskite solar module

Singfilm Solar said the result was certified by China's National PV Industry Measurement and Testing Center (NPVM).

All indoor PV technologies at a glance

A review of indoor PV cell technologies by an international research team delves into recent progress, characterization, and design strategies used to develop highly efficient cells. The study presents 250 commercial and laboratory devices, as well as applications and performance reporting.

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.

Mission Solar releases solar modules for C&I, utility-scale PV projects

Mission Solar has developed solar modules for C&I, utility-scale PV projects. The US manufacturer now offers large-format bifacial solar modules for bigger projects.

Elastocalorics could replace heat pumps, air conditioning systems

Elastocalorics have the potential to replace current air conditioning and heating systems, offering significant energy savings when paired with technologies such as photovoltaics.

PV cell integrating molecular thermal storage tech achieves 14.9% solar utilization efficiency

Scientists in Sweden have integrated a PV device with a molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage system, which acts as as a solar cell optical filter and cooling agent. The proposed combination achieves a 0.2% higher PV efficiency and solar storage efficiency of 2.3%.

Manufacturing

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Longi to mass-produce back contact solar cells

Longi has announced plans to produce its new hybrid passivated back contact (HPBC) 2.0 solar cells at a 12.5 GW facility in Xixian New Area, Shaanxi province.

JinkoSolar-led group to build 10 GW solar cell, module factory in Saudi Arabia

A JinkoSolar-led consortium has announced plans to construct a 10 GW solar cell and module factory in Saudi Arabia with PIF and Vision Industries Company.

German researchers develop ‘communicative’ PV panels

A German research team is conducting practical tests to see how solar modules with integrated radio technology can be linked to form an overall network. The “communicative” panels should represent a simple and cost-effective solution for monitoring and controlling small-scale photovoltaic systems.

Transfer switch for home solar power integration

Nature’s Generator has released a 50-amp, 12-circuit switch to manually power up selected circuits from backup systems.

Cybersecurity guidelines for smart inverters

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has flagged a cybersecurity risk for smart inverters, and is developing guidelines to prevent cyberattacks.

Energy management market to roughly double in Europe by 2030, says LCP Delta

New analysis from LCP Delta finds Germany is Europe’s top market for home energy management systems and predicts European yearly sales will more than double by the end of the decade.

Energy Storage

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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.

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.

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.

Sungrow secures 7.8 GWh battery storage deal from Saudi Arabia

China’s Sungrow has signed three landmark energy storage contracts with Saudi Arabia’s Algihaz Holding, amounting to the world’s largest grid-side storage order. Each project will have a capacity of 2.6 GWh, totaling 7.8 GWh.

UK energy retailers add heat pump tariffs

Time-of-use and type-of-use tariffs for heat pump customers launched to support technology adoption in market where gas heating remains competitive on price.

Enphase Energy releases EV charger for commercial fleets

Enphase Energy has developed an electric vehicle (EV) charger for commercial fleets. The CS-100 provides up to 19.2 kW of continuous power output and allows fleet operators to set up charging schedules using the Enphase proprietary COSMOS interface.

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