Residential PV

Large scale PV moribund in UK but unsubsidized projects offer hope

The latest government figures show utility scale solar had near-zero growth in 12 months. Although excluded from the Contracts for Difference procurement regime, large scale projects may experience a resurgence thanks to unsubsidized schemes linked to bilateral power supply deals, with the Solar Trade Association predicting 400 MW of such projects may be finalized this year.

Albania to introduce net metering for solar up to 500 kW

The new net metering tariff will be equal to market prices and will go into force as soon as the Albanian government approves it. According to a local interest group led by Albanian company EuroElektra, that could happen within the next two weeks. Overall, the scheme could facilitate the installation of around 200 MW of solar power.

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Growth slows in India as developers add 1.7 GW of solar in Q1

The country’s solar installations fell 49% year-on-year in the first three months of 2019, with rooftop PV additions plunging as installers struggled to secure approval for projects immediately before the Indian general election, according to new statistics from Mercom India Research.

Mitsui to buy 49% of Mahindra solar subsidiary

Mahindra Susten will retain a majority 51% stake in its Marvel Solren unit, which operates 16 MW of solar at four sites in India. It aims to jointly build up to 150 MW of capacity with the Japanese trading house by 2023.

Video: Future PV Roundtable looks into subsidy free PV

At the Smarter E Europe, held in Munich this month, pv magazine hosted another Future PV Roundtable to discuss the possibilities of subsidy free solar projects. In all market segments solutions are at hand and representatives across the industry shared their insights with us.

Germany sees new PV additions surpass 300 MW in April

In the first four months of the year, over 1.6 GW of solar power generation capacity came online in the country. Next month the FITs for rooftop PV will fall by 1.4%.

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Solar, EVs and energy storage among the few technologies keeping pace with energy transition goals

Among 45 critical energy technologies and sectors assessed in a tracking report by the International Energy Agency, only seven are keeping hopes alive that climate, energy access and air pollution goals can be met.

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China confirms $435m solar subsidy budget for this year

The race is on to process applications for central payments across the world’s biggest solar market, particularly as qualifying projects must reportedly be grid connected this year. The final electricity price will be a major competitive factor considered by the Beijing authorities.

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Hanergy’s $1bn HanTile announcement has turned out to be a typo

The thin film manufacturer says it has issued clarifications to media after pv magazine pointed out it had announced a blockbusting HanTile agreement in the wake of Intersolar Europe.

PV leads the way as renewables threaten coal-fired power

With clean energy being generated at lower and lower prices around the world, solar power is playing a leading role in bringing the curtain down on coal, and will help the decarbonization of transport and space heating too.

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