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.

France plans 200 MW joint wind and solar auction

The French government, which has so far held separate auctions for the two leading renewable energy technologies, said joint tenders will help further reduce costs. The first auction will be open to projects not larger than 18 MW.

Belgium may add up to 18 GW of solar by 2040

Belgian grid operator Elia expects solar could reach 11.6 GW by 2030, especially if distributed generation and storage begin to see strong development.

India committed to its renewable energy targets, MNRE says at COP23

Panel consisting of government officials and industrialists organized discussion on ‘Innovative Financing and Market Evolution to achieve 175 GW renewables by 2022’ at the India pavilion at COP23 in Bonn. The government remains ambitious to meet its target and to follow sustainable development.

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ERG enters solar energy business with acquisition of 89 MW in Italy

The Italian wind energy specialist has acquired 100% of ForVei, a company that owns 30 PV plants across northern, central and southern Italy.

ENGIE teaming with Heliatek to install HeliaSol lightweight technology at French school

ENGIE‘s teams have responded to tender calls by the Charente-Maritime Department, and will offer to cover a 530 square meter roof of secondary school Pierre Mendès-France in la Rochelle using HeliaSol technology.

Manz reports revenue and profit increase

The PV equipment manufacturer further improved its sales in the third quarter. The company said its CIGS orders are fully on schedule and will be included in the results of the fourth quarter.

Interview: Vikram Solar CEO talks ahead of COP23 ISA presentation

Gyanesh Chaudhary, the MD, and CEO of Vikram Solar, speaks to pv magazine about the international solar alliance event held in collaboration with MNRE and CII at COP23 in Bonn, Germany and more on the Indian solar manufacturing sector. He is a part of the Indian (CII) delegation to COP23, Bonn Germany.

What happens when… modules get dirty

Troubleshooting series: Steadily declining system yield over the years is to be expected due to module degradation in photovoltaic systems. But in the following case, the yield abruptly dropped – and it happened after several years of operation. In this series based on real cases, pv magazine aims to make assessment of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and stimulate a discussion about troubleshooting efficiency today.

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.