Policy

Argentine province confirms financing for solar projects

PV projects in Mendoza awarded under the RenovAr program with 85% local content will be able to obtain financing through the FONDEAR Fund.

German development bank restarts subsidy for PV + storage

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the development bank owned by the German government, today announced that it will restart subsidy payments for PV + storage applications within Germany.

Solar provides 4.3% of Japan’s electricity during 2016

The latest data show solar taking an increasing role in Japan’s energy mix, however several provinces are nearing caps on PV capacity eligible for reimbursement for curtailed power.

PVMA figures show 75 GW of solar PV was installed in 2016

The PV Market Alliance has released its official solar installation figures for 2016, which, with a total of 75 GW installed, show a 50% growth from 2015, mainly driven by a mammoth year of installations in China, although the future would seem less auspicious as the two biggest markets show signs of retraction.

WFES 2017: United Arab Emirates reveals new energy strategy

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) energy minister has presented the country’s new energy strategy at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES). Dubai appears to be the most active of the seven emirates comprising the country.

Mercom: India falls behind on installation targets

With 25 of India’s states falling behind on Renewable Purchase Obligation targets, the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is now requesting that the individual states take action to ensure compliance.

EU ProSun casts doubt on Solar Power Europe manufacturing figures

The conflict between the two organizations goes beyond policy approaches, with EU ProSun stating that SolarWorld was never contacted for information.

WFES 2017: Saudi Arabia announces new energy master plan

Speaking yesterday at an Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Week (ADSW) event, Saudi Arabia’s energy, industry and mineral resources minister Khalid Al-Falih announced a new grand energy plan for the country.

Decentralized energy: how much of it?

An emerging topic in today’s discussions for renewable energy is the extent to which decentralized structures of energy replace the old centralized systems. pv magazine captures the debate.

PV, micro-grids win the bulk of IRENA funding for developing countries

The fourth round of a joint project facility between Irena and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development that finances renewable energy projects in developing countries has been announced. Solar PV and micro-grid technologies attract the main bulk of funding.