Western Europe

SolarWorld seeks to drastically reduce costs

The German PV module maker has confirmed its financial results for 2016. The company reiterated its outlook, which forecasts that it will become profitable again in 2019.

Vattenfall to invest $226 million in solar and storage over next two years

The Swedish power utility announced a plan to invest heavily in renewable energies over the next two years. The company said investments in solar and storage will reach 2 billion SEK ($226.3 million).

Danfoss, GE partner to make SiC modules in New York

The Danish company says that its collaboration with GE will allow it to become the world’s leading provider of silicon-carbide power modules.

Sweden allocates $25.6 million for solar rebates in 2017

The Swedish Energy Agency Energimyndigheten has allocated 225 million SEK ($25.6 million) for the support of solar energy in 2017. The funds will be used for the country’s solar rebate program.

Time is working for storage, as prices keep sinking

Video interview: Andreas Piepenbrink, CEO of German residential storage system provider E3/DC, explains at the Energy Storage Europe 2017 how the storage market is progressing in and out of Germany.

French energy regulator publishes tender for commercial PV projects for self-consumption

The French Energy Regulatory Authority has published the tender for the installation of renewable energy and PV projects for self-consumption ranging in size from 100 kW to 500 kW. Through the tender the French government aims to allocate 450 MW of renewable energy capacity over the next three years.

Eurotron’s sister company opens testing facility for back-contact solar in the Netherlands

Eurolab, a sister company of Netherlands-based equipment provider Eurotron, has opened a new testing facility for back-contact PV modules. The laboratory will facilitate pre-production of back-contact solar panels, R&D projects, and small-scale production for solar challenge teams

Lightsource brings 38 MW of solar capacity online in Northern Ireland

The British renewable energy developer commissions 32 MW solar energy project comprising five interconnected sites, and further 6 MW installation at Millar Farm in Antrim.

Redox flow batteries on the rise

Video interview: prices for redox flow batteries are sinking, while installed capacity increases steadily. Lorenzo Grande, technology analyst at IDTechEx, explains here the opportunities and limitations of flow technologies, and how the related market will likely develop.

Greece installs first virtual net-metering PV; awaits ministerial approval

Greece’s first virtual net-metering PV system is installed on the rooftop of a school in Thessaloniki, the country’s second biggest city. The system is funded by Greenpeace Greece but is not yet connected to the grid, as it is waiting for a ministerial decision facilitating virtual net metering.