Eastern Europe

Hungary grants 1-year grace period for PV projects under FIT scheme

The Hungarian government has updated the Decree 389/2007, which regulates the support for renewable energies, to allow around 2 GW of projects approved under the FIT program to see completion by the end of 2018, although the incentive scheme was closed in mid-2016.

Hevel switches on 10 MW solar park in Russia

The solar facility is located in the Republic of Buryatia, where the Russian solar module manufacturer hopes to deploy 150 MW of solar.

Poland cancels solar auction for projects exceeding 1 MW

The Polish government said the auction was cancelled due to some adjustments relating the EU state aid rules that must be done in the legislation for renewables.

Hevel to raise capacity of heterojunction fab by 90 MW

The expansion plan also aims to increase the average module power up to over 400 W. The factory, located in Novocheboksarsk, produces 72-cells HJT standard and bifacial modules.

Scientists grind out solvent free perovskite thin-film process

Researchers from the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) and the renowned Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have collaborated on a new technique for the creation of perovskite solar cell materials. The technique replaces traditional solvent based processes with steel ball mill grinding.

Construction underway on first PV array for Chernobyl

Project developer Rodina today announced that construction is underway on the first solar power plant to be built on land inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone.


Kosovo announces auction scheme for solar

Through the new scheme, the local goverment hopes to attract investments in the amount of €100 million.

Czech solar association calls for policies to support industry growth

As Czech politicians negotiate to form a coalition government after the recent elections, the country’s solar association Solarni Asociace calls for stability, and warns incoming policymakers against the politicization of supporting for solar.

European Parliament proposes nationally binding renewables targets

The European Union should aim for 35% of renewables in its energy consumption by 2030, with nationally binding targets introduced to support EU goal, European Parliament says.

Albania: ten more PV projects up to 2 MW apply for regulated tariff of €100/MWh

In addition to ten project proposals for solar parks not exceeding 2 MW, the Albanian Ministry of Energy and Industry has also accepted an application for a 5 MW PV facility.