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Saudi Arabia’s second PV tender draws world record low bid of $0.0104/kWh

The record low price was offered for the 600 MW Al Shuaiba PV IP project, which competed in the second round of the country’s procurement scheme for renewable energies.

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Keep cool and distribute stress: A recipe for improved performance

Both higher energy yields and longer lifetimes are needed for PV modules to meet growing customer expectations. Couple this with the fast moving nature of PV technology – larger formats, new cell interconnection techniques and many more can all affect long term performance – and it’s clear that understanding and mitigating the various mechanisms that lead to performance has never been more important. In this pv magazine Webinar we’ll examine the roles of temperature, humidity and mechanical stress in driving some of these mechanisms, and how Coolback’s innovative solution promises to limit the effects of these, ensuring both better day-to-day module performance and a longer operational lifetime.

Solar and wind together overhaul global hydro capacity

The latest set of clean energy statistics compiled by the International Renewable Energy Agency signal a changing of the guard when it comes to clean power, with legacy hydropower facilities overtaken by new intermittent renewables.

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Solar could help Azerbaijan consolidate gains in Nagorno Karabakh after recent conflict

That was just one of the revelations of the latest Dentons’ Guide to renewables investment in Europe, which also noted solar plants could be switched off in Slovakia, Ireland could go either way on clean power pricing, and Luxembourg is struggling with a surprising headache.

Palestine seeks EPC contractors for 35 MW rooftop solar program

The Palestine Investment Fund wants to install solar systems with an average generation capacity of 70 kW on 400 public schools.

Cooling PV panels with HVAC system exhaust

A French-Lebanese research group has proposed a way to cool down PV modules by using air exhausted from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They showed that array performance improves when the cooling load rises.

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The promising future of decentralized solar PV in the MENA region

Commercial & Industrial (C&I) solar PV users consume a significant amount of energy in the MENA region. In these markets, the residential sector accounts for 41% of the total power demand, followed by the industrial and commercial sectors at 21% and 20%, respectively. The remaining 18% represents other sectors, such as agriculture and transport, as well as network losses.

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Concerns and solutions – reliability in large-wafer modules

New technologies come with concerns as well as opportunities. This is true even for something as fundamental as changing the size of a silicon wafer- new dimensions and module layouts also bring changes elsewhere in the system design, and all of these need to be thoroughly tested to ensure there are no nasty surprises that appear later on. In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll delve into the reliability concerns that the rapid shift to larger, high powered modules raises, and how Jinko Solar and the industry more broadly is tackling these.

Turkey’s 1 GW PV tender more than eight times oversubscribed

The Turkish authorities revealed that 131 project proposals, with a combined capacity of 9,440 MW, will compete in the tender.

Greece, Cyprus and Israel take a further step to link their grids

The three Mediterranean countries of Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed this week an agreement to develop a subsea cable that links their electricity grids. Upon completion, the so-called EuroAsia Interconnector will be the world’s longest subsea power cable and could boost solar PV development in all three countries substantially.

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