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Solar+Storage in C&I: Market trends and smart solutions in EMEA region

Businesses ranging from warehouses and factories to hotels and offices are realising significant benefits and are thriving thanks to specialised solar+storage products and software that unlock energy cost savings, reliable backup generation, uninterrupted power, and more. In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll explore the key trends and intelligent solutions that enhance profitability and provide flexibility for small to medium C&I applications.  

Jordan launches online platform for residential solar subsidies

An online platform taking inquiries into a subsidy program for residential solar heaters and PV systems has gone live in Jordan. The program will cover more than 30% of installation costs and aims to benefit around 7,000 targeted households.


Dubai’s high-rise buildings perfect match for building-integrated photovoltaics

Scientists in the Middle East have simulated the use of different building-integrated PV systems on Dubai’s high-rise buildings. They found that for buildings with more than seven floors, BIPV may be superior to rooftop power generation.

Bahrain launches 100 MW PV tender

Bahrain has launched a 100 MW solar tender. The authorities aim to build a PV plant in the Al Dur area of the nation’s Southern Governorate through the procurement exercise, which is being conducted by the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA).


Saudi Arabia reveals bidders for 3.7 GW solar tender

Saudi Power Procurement Co. (SPPC) has announced the selected bidders for the the fifth round of the Saudi Arabian government’s renewable energy tender program.


New approach to integrate PV-powered heat pumps into greenhouses

Scientists have proposed to use PV energy and heat pump-driven HVAC system in greenhouses conceived to grow tomatoes in the Mediterranean area. The system was found to have a payback time of only 2.9 years in southern Spain.

Monocrystalline solar modules more resistant to hail than polycrystalline panels

Scientists from Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have conceived a new experimental setup to conduct hail impact tests for photovoltaic modules. The first tests showed that monocrystalline panels lose less efficiency than their polycrystalline counterparts with the same number of busbars.


Weekend Read. COP: A solar flop?

Tripling clean energy generation capacity to 11 TW by 2030 was a leading pledge from the United Nations’ (UN) climate change conference in Dubai. With few details about infrastructure and energy storage and no clear PV targets, however, it is hard to judge the effectiveness of the 28th global Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting. Angela Skujins considers possible impacts for the solar industry.


Cyprus set to curtail 28% of renewable electricity in 2024

The Transmission System Operator of Cyprus (TSOC) predicts that transmission and distribution grid operators will need to curtail 28% of the nation’s annual green energy production in 2024.


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.