As market participants in South Africa wait for the final results of the country’s fourth round of the successful REIPPP tender program for large-scale solar PV to be announced in early April, this week’s Solar Show Africa, part of the 20th Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, showed a growing diversification of solar PV in this leading African market.
At this week’s World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi Huawei launched its 1500V Smart PV Solution for the Middle East Africa (MEA) market. At yesterday’s launch event pv magazine interviewed Paul Pan, Huawei’s General Manager for the Smart PV Plant Business, Middle East & Africa, at the Huawei booth at WFES. Pan is responsible for over 70 countries in MEA, where Huawei is already present with offices serving its ICT customer base.
Globalization is a fact of life in the solar PV industry as much of the production of modules and other key PV system components takes place in China, only to then be shipped across the seas to customers in other continents.
The Solar Show Africa 2016 opened with much interest in Johannesburg yesterday, with exhibitors and visitors engaging in a wide range of discussions on available solutions and measures to drive South Africa and other African markets forward in PV installations.
The show marks the first time Genera has been hosted outside Spain, reflecting the burgeoning PV potential in Chile and the wider Latin American market.
It is clear the fall from grace of one of the worlds largest PV manufacturers a key topic at this years Solarcon China 2013 will impact other Chinese top-tier companies. Other discussion points at the event included shifting policy models and the imminent overhaul of Chinas PV FITs.
This years PV Project Implementation Conference China saw around 80 solar industry professionals gather to discuss large-scale opportunities in what is tipped to be the biggest PV market of 2013. In contrast to the governments declared 10 GW targets, forecasts are that just 8 GW of new PV will be added in China this year. Meanwhile, rumor has it, the Golden Sun Program will soon be scrapped.
Despite being down-sized to a conference without an exhibition, the second edition of Intersolar China in Beijing turned out to be very well-timed. In addition to news of a doubling of the countrys 2015 photovoltaic target, many turned out to hear what the central government has planned for the domestic photovoltaic industry. Overseas markets were also a central topic of discussion.
Organized by SEMI China, the Distributed PV Application and Commercialization Forum opened today in Shunde, Guangdong province. Overall, it was felt that Chinas new Presidential appointments will bode well for the domestic photovoltaic market, and that Guangdong and China are about to do a lot more in distributed photovoltaic power.