That was just one of the revelations of the latest Dentons’ Guide to renewables investment in Europe, which also noted solar plants could be switched off in Slovakia, Ireland could go either way on clean power pricing, and Luxembourg is struggling with a surprising headache.
Photovoltaics could offer peak generation at times of the year when the nation needs it most, says IRENA, but plenty will have to be done, including upgrading an aging grid and training an army of installers and building energy auditors.
This week, the price of polysilicon reached RMB 124 ($18.9)/kg. All major categories of polysilicon products have seen their price increase by around 45% so far this year. Meanwhile, Tongwei has lowered the prices of its solar cells for April.
The bloc should accelerate investment into mining and processing within its shores, as well as ramping up recycling, according to European employers and trades unions, with coal workers already equipped with the necessary transferable skills.
An Anglo-German report has suggested the environmentally-friendly desire to use only clean power to produce hydrogen, outlined by nations such as Germany, could end up being more emissions-heavy than the more pragmatic embrace of blue hydrogen under consideration in the U.K.
It is hoped 100% solar home system installation–with householders able to buy, or lease on a PAYG basis–will offer a template for installation in remote communities across Africa.
Talesun has begun work on its 5 GW factory in Siyang county, Jiangsu province and China’s second-largest grid operator, China Southern Power Grid, has announced around 200 GW of renewable energy capacity will be deployed on its service area over the next 10 years.
A global ranking of large scale solar project capacities indicates prominent roles for a resurgent Spain, behind the usual top three of China, the U.S. and India, with Australia and the Netherlands also on the rise. There were disappointing returns, though, for the U.K., Italy and Canada.
The fossil fuel assets belonging to the state-owned parent of China Power International Development might overshadow the latter’s green claims but the Hong Kong-listed utility said it reached full operation at 940 MW of solar farms in 2020–more than half of it unsubsidized.
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