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New power electronic device to manage surplus solar power

The device was developed by an international consortium through the EU-funded project Renewable penetration levered by Efficient Low Voltage Distribution grids (RESOLVD). The power electronic technology is claimed to be able to combine different storage technologies in a single electronic-based board interface.

Floating PV plant at California water treatment facility

A 4.8 MW floating PV installation in California has surpassed an array in the metro New York area to become one of the largest floating solar projects in the United States.

New parameters to improve prediction models for snow cover

Canadian scientists have developed a way to improve the short-term models used to forecast the impact of snow on PV arrays. The parameters include the warming effect of irradiance on the backs of panels, thermal capacity, and irradiance through snow.

Spanish company plans 1.17 GW hybrid solar-wind complex in Chile

Ibereólica has submitted the project, set to be located in the Antofagasta region, to Chile’s environmental authorities for approval.

When agrivoltaics meet energy communities

Spain’s Tranesol is setting up two energy communities that will be powered by 2.5 MW of agrivoltaics. The two facilities will be located in the Valencian Community, which is at the forefront for supporting projects for solar power sharing.

Brazil may host $5.4bn green hydrogen plant

The facility is expected to be located in the state of Ceará and to be powered by around 3.6 GW of wind and solar facilities located in the region. The project developer is Australia-based Enegix Energy.

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Modular lift system for solar panels

Altrex, a scaffolding and ladder producer in the Netherlands, has developed a new modular lift solution for solar panels. The system can raise one solar panel at a time and can be operated by a single installer using nothing other than a cordless drill, the company claims.

Vietnam sees 350 MW solar park come online

Chinese inverter maker Sungrow revealed a 350 MW solar facility was energized in Loc Ninh County, Binh Phuoc Province. The project secured a FiT of $0.0709 per kWh.

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EUPD Research expects 6 GW of new solar for Germany in 2021

According to the analysts, the German photovoltaic market would grow by 23% this year, compared to 2020. Strong growth is expected to come from large scale projects.

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Kosovo to host 150 MW solar park

The solar plant is planned to be built in southwestern Kosovo and to come online next year.

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