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PERC solar products hard to sell due to falling TOPCon module prices

Prices for tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar panels continue to fall. pvXchange.com founder Martin Schachinger explains how this will affect the sale of PV modules based on passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) cells.

Tender opens for feasibility study on floating solar in Zambia

The African Development Bank is seeking expressions of interest from consultants to carry out a feasibility study for a floating solar project at a dam in southern Zambia. The deadline for applications is June 15.

Enel, Energy Vault build 18 MW/36 MWh of US gravity storage

Energy Vault and Enel have revealed plans to build 18 MW/36 MWh of gravity storage in the United States. They say that the project will be the first large-scale gravity energy storage in a Western country.

AleaSoft records drop in weekly European electricity prices

Spanish consultancy AleaSoft Energy Forecasting registered a decrease in weekly electricity markets in all major European markets, bar the British and Italian markets, in the third week of May. The German market, meanwhile, broke its record for PV production on May 14, recording 404 GWh.

Renewables must triple by 2030 to hit net-zero by 2050, says BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF says in a new report that solar and wind must drive most emissions cuts before 2030 to stay on track for net-zero by 2050. Its net-zero scenario targets a combined solar and wind capacity of 31 TW by 2050.

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: CNOOC buys 790 MW of modules at $0.12/W

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) says it has bought 790 MW of solar modules from Yingli at $0.12/W through a procurement process.

Analysis shows large-scale PV still cheapest electricity tech in Australia

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) GenCost report shows renewables remain the cheapest new-build electricity technology in Australia.

Amp Energy finalizes agreements for 10 GW green hydrogen project

Amp Energy is pushing “full steam ahead” on the development of a green hydrogen production facility with up to 10 GW of electrolyzer capacity in South Australia, after finalizing commercial agreements for the multimillion-dollar project.

Silfab Solar secures funds to develop US-made back-contact n-type PV cells

Silfab Solar is one of seven recipients of US Department of Energy (DoE) funding for projects that will rely on dual-use PV technologies to electrify buildings, decarbonize the transportation sector, and reduce land-use conflicts.

Israel to deploy 250 MW of floating solar, agrivoltaics

The Israeli authorities have proposed a plan to deploy 250 MW of floating solar and agrivoltaics through four PV plants in the Negev Desert near Ramon Airport.

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