Commercial & Industrial PV

Construction begins on Sun Metals refinery solar farm

Queensland’s largest industrial solar project at the Sun Metals zinc refinery has broken ground. The new 125 MW renewable energy power station is to be delivered in early 2018.

Kong Sun’s PV generation soars in January-April period

The Chinese solar investment group said that in aggregate, its PV plants generated roughly 374.7 GWh of electricity in the first four months of 2017, up approximately 87.5% year on year.

US investors, led by Tesla/SolarCity, dominate list of non-Chinese solar PV asset owners

Report by GTM Research and Solichamba finds 11 investors that each own more than 1 GW of PV assets, with eight of those 11 hailing from the U.S.

Solar to attract more investment than coal, gas and nuclear combined this year, says Frost & Sullivan

Analysts expect global renewable power investment to reach $243bn this year, with solar PV the fastest-growing segment and non-hydro renewables to account for 65% of all global power investment by 2020.

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Belgium: researchers say solar-plus-storage is far from becoming economically viable

According to a scientific paper from the Université libre de Bruxelles, even a further reduction in storage prices may not be sufficient to make solar-plus-storage attractive in the Belgian market.

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Ukrainian government reports growing interest for solar under net metering

Around 3.4 MW of PV systems were installed in Ukraine under its net metering scheme in the first quarter of this year. The scheme was introduced by the Ukrainian government in 2015.

France releases new FITs for rooftop PV in Corsica and overseas territories

A new decree sets feed-in tariffs for PV installations up to 100 kW in Corsica, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, and La Réunion.

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Interview: Asia Clean Capital CEO Thomas Lapham

China is shifting its major PV installations from previous large utility-sized ground PV plants in the west and north to small-sized distributed PV projects in the eastern coastal areas. During this process, many companies have found new opportunities.

Sunseap nails $15 million loan from UOB

United Overseas Bank (UOB) has offered the financing package to support a handful of PV installations that Sunseap is building in Singapore.

U.S. researchers say solar micro-grids can help military facilities prevent cyber and physical threats

A U.S. research team from the Michigan Technological University is assessing the technical and economic viability of military microgrids run on solar power.