Installations

The weekend read: Tracker market is adapting to bifacial module technology

Solar tracker makers are bringing specially designed models to the market in order to embrace the coming wave of bifacial panels. While bifacial panels may capture up to 10% more light than monofacial panels, single-axis trackers typically add 25% to that bifacial gain, resulting in a roughly estimated 12.5% gain from the two technologies combined, compared with fixed installs using monofacial panels.

Sonnedix PV portfolio grows 46.7 MW with acquisition of 12 Spanish plants

The 46.7 MW of acquisitions will make the firm one the largest in Spain, with Sonnedix now operating worldwide capacity of 703 MW.

Chinese companies lead global solar developer rankings

State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) and GCL New Energy have taken the top spots for installed capacity, but Canadian Solar and First Solar are showing impressive pipelines.

Spain’s Balearic Islands proposes ambitious 100% renewable energy law

Blasting the Spanish Government for its lack of renewables action, the Balearic Government has today issued an ambitious Climate Change Law designed to kick start a renewable energy transition on the four islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Overall, it aims to cover 100% of energy demand with renewables by 2050. 230 MW of solar PV are alerady in the pipeline.

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Japan to install up to 7 GW in 2018 despite cancellation of 14.6 GW of approved capacity — report

Japan will likely install 6 GW to 7.5 GW (DC) of solar in 2018, from about 7 GW in 2017, despite government efforts to cancel approvals for projects that were registered under the country’s old feed-in tariff (FIT) program, according to a new report.

Cleantech Solar awarded 27 MW of rooftop solar across three Asian countries

The leading solutions provider for corporate customers in Asia has inked long-term PPAs with three different firms, effectively augmenting its current portfolio that has been expanding since last November.

Innogy to acquire two Australian projects worth 460 MW

Germany’s innogy is set to acquire the Limondale and Hilston utility-scale solar projects in Australia’s New South Wales from developer Overland Sun Farming. The two projects have a combined capacity of over 460 MW.

Germany’s ib vogt breaks ground on three Egyptian solar farms totaling 166.5 MW

The projects were awarded to the German EPC under the second round of the Egyptian FIT program, and are located in Benban in the country’s Aswan Governate.

Siemens to work with DEWA on Dubai’s first solar hydrogen electrolysis plant

The German multinational signs memorandum of understanding with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to build pilot the facility at the vast 1 GW Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

IEEFA identifies nine markets pushing boundaries of variable renewables integration

Latest report by IEEFA showcases nine case studies among the world’s leading states by wind and solar market share, which can serve as an example for other countries on their energy transition pathways.

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