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CdTe facade solar panel with 18.2% efficiency

New cadmium telluride solar panels are now available for applications on tall buildings in urban environments. Their efficiency ranges from 15.3% to 18.2%, with 110 W to 450 W of power output.

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Solar power generation has risen 13% in Germany this year

The proportion of German electricity generated from renewables is five percentage points higher already than it was in the first nine months of last year.

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Two more PPAs for Spanish solar plants

Solaria secured a ten-year deal to supply solar power from a 150 MW of generation capacity this week and a Sino-Israeli consortium signed a deal to supply energy from 50 MW of capacity over the same term.

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Over-irradiance events affect utility scale PV components

Researchers are seeking to understand the extent to which sudden spikes in irradiance can affect solar power plants. The preliminary findings indicate large scale PV projects are not immune to such events, especially when the spikes last longer than a minute.

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India launches tender for innovative solar pumps

Bidders will be expected to deploy their tech in real field conditions. Shortlisted entries will be given sites to install solar pumps under India’s rural PV scheme.

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Tunisia launches another 70 MW PV tender

The Tunisian government hopes to build six solar plants in its latest procurement round, with capacities of 10 MW each, in addition to 10 smaller solar arrays, each up to 1 MW in size.

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Aerial imaging for residential PV

U.S.-based EagleView aims to set the “gold standard” for solar aerial imaging.

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Webinar Q&A: Embracing the 600 W+ Era

In a pv magazine webinar earlier this month, Trina Solar took us through some of the key considerations for the PV industry’s rapid switch to new, larger format modules based on 210mm wafers. The rise of such modules raises important questions up and down the supply chain. Here, Lim Cheong Boon, senior director of sales marketing at Trina, and Andrew Gilhooly, head of Trina for the Asia Pacific respond to some of the questions from the audience that we could not cover in the one-hour webinar.

‘Nuclear power is now the most expensive form of generation, except for gas peaking plants’

The latest edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report indicates the stagnation of the sector continues. Just 2.4 GW of new nuclear generation capacity came online last year, compared to 98 GW of solar. The world’s operational nuclear power capacity had declined by 2.1%, to 362 GW, at the end of June.

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Chinese PV industry headed toward grid parity

Project delays and price changes due to fluctuating demand are disrupting the Chinese solar market. Researchers who have analyzed the situation claim that the nation’s PV industry will be back on track toward grid parity by the end of the year.

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