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Iberdrola using dogs, robots to monitor solar plants

Iberdrola is using a springer spaniel in a solar park to smell electrical problems that could lead to power cuts. It is also using a robotic dog to detect and analyze faults in substations.

Solar mounting structure made of recycled wind turbine blades

Spain’s Acciona Energia is using fiberglass from the blades of used wind turbines to make the torsion beams of solar trackers. It is using the tech as part of a pilot project in Badajoz, Spain.

EU wants European PV sector to make 40% of required components by 2030

The European Union is working on a draft proposal, which pv magazine has seen, that would require 85% of the components used in European wind farms – along with 60% of heat pumps, 85% of batteries, and 85% of electrolyzers – to be manufactured on the continent.


Spain installed 6.93 GW of PV in 2022

Spain installed 8,312 MW of new renewable energy capacity last year, including 4,281 MW of utility-scale solar, 2.64 GW of distributed-generation PV systems, and 1,382 MW of wind power.


Key takeaways from Genera 2023

This year’s edition of Genera, Spain’s largest energy trade show, focused heavily on solar and attracted significantly more companies and visitors than last year, according to provisional data.

Iberdrola to open PV module factory in Spain

Spanish energy giant Iberdrola has joined forces with PV module maker Exiom Solution to build a factory in northern Spain. The facility is set to begin commercial operations by the end of this year.


Solar moves forward in Latin America amid easing supply chain issues

PV developers have launched, resumed and completed several large-scale solar projects in Latin America in recent weeks, including two Enel installations in Chile and Colombia.


PVH to build world’s largest tracker factory

PVH has confirmed that it will build a new manufacturing facility in Valencia, Spain. The factory will raise its global tracker production capacity to 25 GW.

European developers signed 8.4 GW of PPA deals in 2022

Developers signed 8.4 GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Europe in 2022, down 21% by volume from the preceding year, according to Pexapark’s newly published annual report. However, the Swiss consultancy notes that the 161 deals that were actually signed rose by 4.5% year on year, with Spain leading the way.


Iberdrola to deploy 25 MW floating PV plant on gravel pit in France

Iberdrola has secured a new 25 MW floating PV project in a tender in the municipality of Kurtzenhouse, Alsace, France.


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