Utility-scale PV

Quality Roundtable: Rain in the box

Quality issues: A solar power plant investor finds out that neither the warranty of the EPC, nor the warranty of the module manufacturer, was adequate. It would be good to clarify in advance what should happen in the event of a serial defect, and how the term “serial defect” should be defined at all.

Portugal: renewable energy sector wants first auction for large-scale solar and wind

Portugal’s renewable energy association Apren said that Spain has paved the way for further development of renewables on the Iberian Peninsula with its recent 3 GW auction, and that a similar tender is needed to revive the country’s solar and wind power sector.

APVIA sees steady Q1 growth in Asian PV

The expansion of the Asian solar market in the first quarter of 2017 was broadly similar to the growth seen in the first quarter of last year, although most countries in the region have yet to reveal official installation statistics for the January-March period, the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) said in a new report.

Nova Power to build 25 MW solar plant in Ivory Coast

The Moroccan developer will construct the plant as an Independent Power Producer (IPP). The facility will be located in the north of the country.

Spain to launch another 3 GW renewable energy auction before the summer

In the auction, which will be open to wind and PV power projects, all the projects not chosen in the 3 GW auction held two weeks ago will likely have another chance to compete.

Japan’s solar shipments fall 5% in fiscal Q4 — JPEA

Deliveries of PV cells and modules hit 1.7 GW in the three months to the end of December, down from 1.8 GW in the July-September period, according to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).

Financing agreed for Sweihan mega project in Abu Dhabi

Chinese module manufacturer JinkoSolar announced the completion of financial negotiations for the 1.17 GW solar project to be built in Abu Dhabi. The project will be financed with $870 million and is expected to begin commercial operation in April 2019.

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ARENA announces AUD $20m PV R&D funding round

In order to help reduce the future cost of solar PV, ARENA is set to launch its third competitive funding round for solar R&D.

India’s Uttar Pradesh mulls additional 750 MW solar project at Bhadla

Government officials from the state of Uttar Pradesh have met with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy representatives to discuss development opportunity in Rajasthan, eyeing October 2018 commissioning date.

SoftBank unit completes 32.3 MW in Japan

SB Energy — the renewables development arm of Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank — has switched on a 32.3 MW solar array in Yusui, Kagoshima prefecture.