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US trends for residential solar finance, equipment, maintenance

A new US solar installer survey covers typical loan terms, top equipment brands, and what to expect from system maintenance services.

Australian rooftop PV market faces price squeeze as sales slow

Rooftop PV is the fourth-largest source of electricity generation in Australia, providing about 11% of the country’s power supply, but SunWiz says the market faces challenges.

IEA-PVPS launches action group on agrivoltaics

IEA-PVPS is poised to launch a new format for expert engagement. It will include an action group on agrovoltaics, as well as a collaborative effort to match agriculture and solar generation. It aims to unlock the potential of agrivoltaics, optimize land use efficiency, enhance agricultural resilience to climate change, and foster social consensus for solar development.

Competition, oversupply to reduce n-type solar module prices

Global solar demand will continue to grow in 2024, with module demand likely to reach 492 GW to 538 GW. Amy Fang, a senior analyst at InfoLink, looks at module demand and supply chain inventories in a market still affected by oversupply.

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Solar and wind generation will soon pass nuclear, hydro

In a new monthly column for pv magazine, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) explains how solar and wind are dominating power plant construction.

April sees mixed irradiance during extreme weather around the Arabian Sea

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that, despite record rainfall in the middle of April, areas of the Arabian Peninsula still saw above-average irradiance through April, with the UAE and parts of Saudi Arabia seeing irradiance about 5% above normal.

Key takeaways from the German-African Energy Forum

The 17th edition of the German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg this week drew more than 300 participants from over 30 countries. The continent’s green energy transition and how to finance it were among the topics on the agenda.

New MPPT technique based on improved snake algorithm

Researchers from China have suggested to use the so-called improved snake optimizer (ISO) algorithm for maximum power point tracking in PV systems. The proposedly algorithm can reportedly achieve a higher PV system performance and better accuracy than the simple snake algorithm.

Germany’s January-April solar installations hit 5 GW

Germany added approximately 1 GW of new solar capacity in April and 4.9 GW in the first four months of this year, according to the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). The country’s total PV capacity now stands at 87.6 GW.

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SolarPower Europe presents agrisolar digital map

SolarPower Europe has developed an agrisolar digital map showcasing more than 200 projects across 10 European countries, with a total capacity exceeding 15 GW.

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