New efficiency record for flexible CZTS
Scientists at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology have set a new efficiency record of 11.4% for a cell based on a copper zinc tin sulfide thin film applied to a flexible substrate.
Sep 24, 2019 // Technology, South Korea, Asia, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, flexible CZTS, Kee-Jeong Yang, thin-film solar cell, Jin-Kyu Kang
International Energy Agency forecasts 115 GW of new solar this year
The global expansion of PV, wind power and other clean energies will see double-digit growth this year as solar continues to lead the pack.
Sep 24, 2019 // Solar, Spain, China, Europe, Asia, IEA, Fatih Birol
Canada’s Saskatchewan province to halt net metering for solar
Utility SaskPower is set to close the net metering open to systems up to 100 kW in size once a 16 MW cumulative generation capacity limit is reached in the province.
Sep 24, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Canada, SaskPower, Mike Marsh, Tim Schulhauser
Live fast, die young: MIT study proposes use of 10-year panels
Research has found even short-lived, 10 to 15-year solar panels could provide enough return for bankable projects. The researchers believe panel costs, coupled with an industry mindset now fixed on the final solar energy price rather than costs per kilowatt installed, may open opportunities for PV products currently snubbed because of a short lifecycle.
Sep 24, 2019 // Technology, USA, LCOE, MIT, North America, Bertrand Lempkowicz
Siemens and TEIS to open battery research center in China
The facility is set to open this year and will offer battery suppliers digitalization research and manufacturing consulting. Smaller manufacturers will be able to use shared laboratories for research.
Sep 24, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, LG CHEM, Siemens, TEIS, Hong Li, CATL, Pei Huang
Tender for megawatt scale solar-plus-storage launched in Sri Lanka
A planned 10 MW solar project will be coupled with a storage system with a minimum capacity of 8 MWh. The facility will be near Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka.
Sep 24, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, tender, Asia, Sri Lanka
Mongolia tenders 10 MW solar plant
The project, planned for Khovd in the west of the country, is being developed with the support of the World Bank.
Sep 24, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, tender, Asia, Mongolia
UMPA, sPower sign agreement for 80MW PV project in Utah
Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA) has signed off on an agreement with sPower to provide renewable energy to six cities within the state by way of an 80MW PV installation.
Sep 23, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, sPower, Utah, North America, umpa, Michelle Kaufusi, Ryan Creamer
France, Netherlands, UK commit US$350m to emerging solar and storage
A handful of European states have moved to bankroll various World Bank clean energy initiatives, with US$100 million of French and Dutch money set to back PV in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sep 23, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, France, UK, Europe, world bank, Netherlands, BESS, emerging markets, emerging pv, cif
174 Power Global acquires OnForce Solar
174 Power Global has acquired OnForce Solar, a New York-based commercial solar development firm and community solar business. With this acquisition, 174 Power will boost its profile in both the retail energy sector and C&I project development market.
Sep 23, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, New York, New Jersey, North America, 174 power global, onforce solar, Henry Yun, Charles Feit
US energy regulator moves to limit mandatory renewable purchases
Solar representatives have cautioned against a move to overhaul US rules that have guided utilities' mandatory renewable purchases for decades, setting the scene for a policy clash.
Sep 23, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, SEIA, FERC, PURPA, North America, big sun
AT&T inks virtual deal with Invenergy for 800MW wind and solar pipeline
US telecoms and entertainment giant AT&T has inked a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Chicago-based developer Invenergy for 800MW of solar and wind.
Sep 23, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Duke Energy, Invenergy, North America, at&t, vppa, Oklahoma
Upstream ROUND-UP: Q CELLS toasts 1.7GW plant; Sungrow debuts line; Risen & Arctech milestones.
Hanwha Q CELLS has celebrated the grand opening of what it bills as the “largest” solar panel factory in the western hemisphere, a US$200 million facility in Dalton, Georgia, meant to supply 1.7GW to the US market every year.
Sep 23, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Sungrow, India, Ukraine, Europe, Asia, Risen Energy, North America, Hanwha Q Cells, kazakhstan, downstream, arctech solar, Brian Kemp
Germany ditches solar subsidy cap to hasten clean energy shift
The German government has acted to remove a key hurdle to solar growth, in a deal hammered out as pressure for bold climate policies builds in the country’s streets and legislative chambers.
Sep 23, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Policy, Germany, Europe, subsidy, Angela Merkel, Carsten Körnig, Malu Dreyer, Simone Peter
The Connection Between Solar and Bitcoin
Bitcoin and the solar energy industry are increasingly intertwined. For instance, buying solar panels with bitcoins is becoming easier. Several businesses, such as gogreensolar.com, AM Solar, and Spendabit, offer complete solar panel kits and accept bitcoin as payment.
Sep 23, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, SEIA, Australia, Oceania, Bitcoin, Laurent Schmitt, Power Ledger
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