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Intersolar South America Day 2: Brazilian PV heading towards full market maturity

The second day of the Intersolar South America tradeshow happening in Sao Paulo, Brazil, showed companies’ eagerness for a bigger share of this huge solar market. New certifications, growth of the utility-scale business via power purchase agreements (PPAs), and opportunities for storage were recurring topics.

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Intersolar South America Day 1: Brazil may install 11 GW of solar this year

The first day of the Intersolar South America tradeshow happening in Sao Paulo, Brazil, started with very positive numbers signaling continuous growth and consolidation of the Brazilian solar market.

Green hydrogen project wins €10 million grant from Portuguese government

Fusion Fuel is set to receive a €10 million ($10.09 million) grant from the Portuguese government to develop a 6.6 MW green hydrogen project.

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EPC tender for solar-powered hydrogen project in Portugal

Hyperion Renewables launched an EPC tender for its Green H2 Setúbal Project back in March. Seven companies are now competing to build a plant with a green hydrogen production capacity of 135 kg (1,500 Nm3) per hour. The plant will be fed by 12 MW of solar PV.

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Portuguese industry group preparing licensing guide for onshore renewables

Portugal’s main renewables industry group is preparing a licensing guide for onshore energy projects. It aims to simplify and clarify all stages of the licensing process in order to expedite the implementation of solar and wind projects.

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Portuguese solar generation hit highest point ever in May

Solar generation accounted for a 8.2% of Portugal’s total electricity production in May – a new record for the country.

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Solar beehive in South Korea

Hanwha Group has marked World Bee Day by unveiling the country’s first solar beehive. The PV modules on the beehive generate electricity to automatically monitor and control internal conditions.

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EU wants rooftop PV mandate for public, commercial buildings by 2027, residential by 2029

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced a mandate for rooftop solar on commercial and public buildings by 2027, and for residential buildings by 2029. The EU target for renewable energy has been increased from 40% to 45%.

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Brazil to become major global solar market by 2026, says SolarPower Europe

SolarPower Europe launched its “Global Market Outlook” report at Intersolar Europe this week in Munich. The world installed a record 167.8 GW of solar in 2021, passing the 1 TW milestone and giving rise to a new international solar star: Brazil. 

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New water-draining device for rooftop PV systems

Portuguese startup Solarud has developed a way to eliminate soiling around the frames of PV panels with low inclination slopes. The device drains water that would otherwise stay stagnant on the surface of modules.

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