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Iberdrola seeks innovative solutions for agrivoltaics

The Spanish utility said agrivoltaic projects and solutions will be evaluated based on costs, technological maturity, crop diversity, and level of digitization among other things.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: New 5 GW heterojunction solar module factory, increasing wafer and cell prices

China-based wind turbine manufacturer Mingyang Smart Energy wants to build a heterojunction module factory with a capacity of 5 GW. Both Longi and Tongwei have raised the prices of their wafers and cells, respectively.

New discovery promises to bring singlet fission enhanced C-Si solar cells nearer to commercial production

New research from Australia has shown that singlet fission solar cells do not only have the potential to raise the theoretical efficiency of the PV technology to unexpected levels but also to provide a better temperature behavior and longer duration compared to conventional PV devices. The scientists believe that this technique may help conventional crystalline silicon solar cell technologies reach efficiencies close to 30%.

Daqo opens Xinjiang polysilicon factory to international observers

The polysilicon manufacturer has once again rejected allegations of forced labor by opening the doors of its factory in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to international investors and journalists. Video footage of the event was published by the company on its website.

Dutch farmers left with no connection for their PV arrays

Grid congestion issues are increasing in the Netherlands and several Dutch farmers claim to have remained without access to the grid despite having completed their rooftop arrays.

20 MW/5 MWh solar-plus-storage project moves forward in Malawi

The Golomoti solar plant is expected to come online by the end of the year. The plant will be used to provide grid stability and reduce national dependence on diesel generators and hydroelectric generation.

3.3 GW renewables pipeline provides cover for coal-fired power plant closures in Australia

Record investment in solar and wind farms across the National Electricity Market has helped to quell concerns that Victoria and South Australia will face increased risk of blackouts later this decade following the impending closure of the Yallourn coal-fired power plant.

Indian state tenders 500 MW of solar capacity under farming support scheme

With the national KUSUM program offering farmers the chance to develop projects or lease their land, developers in Odisha will have until June 22 to bid for projects. The state utility will buy the power generated under a 25-year PPA for a maximum INR3.08/kWh ($0.04).

Role of distributed solar at issue in California’s net metering update

Industry groups focus on solar-plus-storage, or preserving the distributed solar industry, while a state agency aims to compensate rooftop solar at avoided costs and add a grid service charge.

Another 2 GW of solar under review in Chile

The Chilean environmental authorities are currently scrutinizing the projects Solar La Pampina (160 MW), Gabriela (220 MW), Ghungnam Kcs (709 MW of PV and 300 MW of CSP), Pelequén (175 MWp), and Planta Solar Sol del Loa (640 MW).