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Central & South America

Case study: Utility solar + storage in LATAM’s largest solar installation

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will discuss a case study of Latin America’s (LATAM) largest solar+storage installation where two companies, Ampt and eks Energy, partnered to deliver an end-to-end power conversion solution using a fixed-voltage DC-coupled architecture.

Argentina hits 1.36 GW of PV capacity

New figures from Cammesa, the state-owned company that manages Argentina’s wholesale electricity market, show that solar accounted for 3.1% of total national generating capacity at the end of December 2023.

Colombia assigns 4.4 GW of solar for $0.0182/kWh in latest energy auction

The Colombian authorities have allocated 4.4 GW of solar capacity at a rate of $0.0182/kWh in the nation’s latest energy auction, with solar plants accounting for approximately 99% of the assigned capacity.

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PV and prices, the fast uptake of solar in Brazil

In a new monthly column for pv magazine, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) reports that Brazil currently has more than 85% renewable electricity, mainly hydropower, but with rapidly growing shares of solar and wind power. With 2.3 million rooftop PV systems installed so far and more than 90 million consumer units still available to go solar, favourable energy policies and cheap PV are encouraging the fast uptake of solar in the country.

Brazil’s solar panel imports hit 17.5 GW in 2023

PV module imports fell by 1% year on year in Brazil in 2023, according to a new report from solar consultancy Greener.

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Weekend Read: PV goes portable

Portable solar generators are making their way from the fringes of solar and energy storage to become a mainstream consumer item. The rise has been charged by a range of factors that have created massive brands. Where did the sector emerge from, who was buying before, who is buying now, and what’s next? Tristan Rayner reports.

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Puerto Rico distributed solar rises to 680 MW, residential storage to 1.6 GWh

While distributed solar and storage are advancing quickly in Puerto Rico, utility-scale solar and storage procurements ordered by regulators in 2020 have made little progress.

Brazil’s PV capacity surpasses 38 GW

Brazil has pushed past 38 GW of total installed PV capacity, with around 26.3 GW consisting of distributed-generation solar systems.

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New CIGS solar cell design with antimony trisulfide promises 31.15% efficiency

The novel solar cell uses antimony trisulfide (Sb2S3) as the back surface field (BSF) layer. According to its creators, this layer can be included in conventional CIGS solar cells to improve their efficiency and reduce the absorber material’s cost.

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Caribbean utility launches tender for PV, wind, battery storage project

Saba Electric Co. (SEC), an energy supplier on the Caribbean island of Saba, is seeking expressions of interest for a solar, wind and battery energy storage system. The deadline is Feb. 5, 2024.

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