Analyst expects recovery for PV and storage supply chains

U.S.-owned analyst Wood Mackenzie expects solar demand to decline but predicts the market will recover, with the prospects for the energy transition remaining intact.

Covid-19 pushes German solar sector to request delay to grid-connection deadlines

Large solar parks awarded contracts under Germany’s tender scheme could lose funding if not brought online on time. The nation’s solar trade body believes the government should quadruple its annual PV deployment target despite an anticipated coronavirus-related hiatus in roll-out.

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EnBW starts working on 187 MW unsubsidized PV plant in Germany

The utility will build the project this year on 164 hectares of land just outside of Berlin. It will be the largest solar park to be constructed outside of Germany’s incentive scheme for solar and renewables.

BNEF lowers 2020 global PV outlook due to coronavirus concerns

Many solar factories in China are starting to resume production, suggesting that concerns about supplies of PV components could soon begin to ease. Nevertheless, the temporary standstill will have an impact on the global solar market, as the implementation of some projects will probably be postponed until next year.

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Incentives for small solar-plus-storage in Austria and Italy

Rebates are being offered to homeowners and businesses willing to couple small solar systems with energy storage.

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German module maker increases production capacity

Soluxtec is almost trebling output capacity at its 200 MW fab in the Eifel region. The Luxembourg-owned manufacturer says it wants production capacity of 550 MW for monocrystalline PERC modules and special formats this year.

Hanergy’s Solibro Hi-Tech unit in liquidation

With the opening of insolvency proceedings, the business operations of the company were halted days ago. No potential investor could be found to take over the business.

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German scientists develop solar facade with 50% higher yield

The three-meter prototype consists of nine panels based on an aluminum compound. The PV elements of the facade can be tilted to capture more sunlight.

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German grid agency reports 375 MW of new solar in January but revises down cumulative figure 360 MW

The cumulative capacity of subsidized PV systems in Germany reached 49,425 MW at the end of January. Under the nation’s triggered FIT reduction regime the tariff – and income from electricity sold directly to off-takers – will fall 1.4% this month.

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Juwi applies new coating to operations and maintenance portfolio

The developer of the material, US-based specialist Pellucere, says its innovation can raise PV energy yield 3.5-4.2%.

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