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Financial close for 200 MW of solar in South Africa

Sola Group and Tronox have finally reached financial close on two 100 MW solar projects in South Africa, roughly six months after signing power purchase agreements.

Hybrid solar-wind project moves forward in Latvia

Lithuanian energy company Ignitis has purchased a 200 MW hybrid solar-wind project in Latvia. The installation is in the early stages of development, with construction scheduled to begin in 2025.


Shipments of module-level power electronics could hit 100 GW by 2026

IHS Markit said it expects the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands to be the top three markets for cumulative shipments of module-level power electronics in the 2022-26 period. Cumulative shipments are set to hit almost 100 GW by 2026.


Residential PV installation costs rising in Portugal

PV panels cost around €420 ($419) for a small 0.3 kW to 0.5 kW installation in 2021, according to data from service-hiring app Fixando. This year, installation costs have risen by about 40.5% to around €590.


IEA says global heat pump installations to hit 600 million by 2030

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that the deployment of 600 million heat pumps by 2030 could cover 20% of the annual heating requirements of buildings throughout the world.


Hydraulic robotic cleaning solutions for ground-mounted solar plants

France’s AX Solar Robot has unveiled two battery-free, hydraulic-powered cleaning solutions for ground-mounted PV plants. It is also distributing a modular battery-powered solution suitable for rooftop installations.


Panasonic to scale up heat pump output in Czechia

Panasonic has revealed plans to increase the annual production of heat pumps at its facility in Czechia to 500,000 units by March 2026.

Portugal added 546 MW of solar in H1

Portugal’s cumulative PV capacity hit 2.19 GW in June, outpacing the growth of other energy sources.


US startup unveils plug-and-play solid-state battery for residential applications

Zendure has developed a residential storage system using a semi-solid state battery with 6.438 kWh capacity. Each unit is scalable with up to four batteries, bring the capacity of one unit to 32 kWh and of two units to 64 kWh. The system can be used with solar panels.


Sungrow mulling another new inverter factory outside of China

Sungrow told pv magazine at the recent Intersolar South America event in Sao Paulo that its cumulative delivered capacity in Latin America now stands at 9 GW, with 6 GW of the total delivered to Brazil alone.


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