Commercial & Industrial PV

Belgium: Flemish solar market grew by 188 MW in 2017

Almost all of last year’s newly installed PV capacity comes in the form of residential PV systems not exceeding 10 kW, installed under net metering.

SMA, Danfoss create JV to deliver solar, storage and energy management to supermarkets

The German and Danish technology firms will utilize their various expertise and platforms to help supermarket operators increase their renewable energy footprint and optimize their energy usage.

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Brazil surpasses 175 MW of solar under net metering

Overall, 23,627 solar PV power systems were installed in the country under the country’s distributed generation scheme.

Czech Republic launches new round of its Green Savings Programme

The scheme provides investment support for residential and commercial solar PV systems. The round’s deadline is April 30, 2018.

Portugal announces distributed solar generation FIT of €95/MWh for 2018

The 15 year feed-in tariff (FIT) for solar power units with a capacity of up to 250 kW for this year will be maintaned at the same level of that of the past three years.

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Belgium’s Flanders region plans to launch virtual net metering

The new scheme, named Zonnendelen, will enable electricity consumers with no available surface to install a PV system to buy a share in a net metered installation owned by a third party, and to use its stake in the project to reduce their energy bills.

Japan: Disappointing first auction; plans for 200 GW solar by 2050

Japan’s first solar PV auction has reaped disappointing results, with just 41 MW set to be developed. Under the revised FIT, meanwhile, 27.7 GW were cancelled. Despite this, JPEA is aiming for 200 GW of solar PV installs by 2050. Overall, cumulative installed capacity has reached over 40 GW. There are still many plans afoot for large-scale projects, although it is the rooftop sector, which holds the most promise.

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China’s cumulative PV capacity hits 130 GW, to reach 250 GW by 2020

According to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the country installed a total of 52.83 GW of solar PV in 2017, with cumulative capacity now sitting at 130.25 GW. Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd (AECEA) forecasts this to reach 250 GW by 2020.

TÜV Rheinland: Centralized tracker architecture can reduce LCOE

A report published by TÜV Rheinland, which was commissioned by tracker manufacturer, Array Technologies, shows that centralized tracker systems such as those offered by Array Technologies offer an LCOE advantage over other, decentralized system architectures.

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PIF, Palestinian Government invest $35 million in PV rooftop projects

The Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) and the Ministry of Education have signed an agreement to install 35 MW of solar PV on the roofs of 500 public schools.