Kosovo planning auction scheme for solar and wind capacity
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is helping the Kosovan government develop a competitive scheme for the award of payments to renewable energy generators. The Balkan state wants to add 400 MW of clean energy capacity by 2026.
Sep 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, EBRD, Kosovo, Valdrin Lluka
Five takeaways from EU PVSEC 2019
This week, pv magazine headed to Marseille for the 36th edition of the EU PVSEC conference and exhibition. During the week-long show, leading universities and research institutes presented their latest results to the industry and public. As the conference heads into its final afternoon, we’ve put together five key takeaways from this year’s event.
Sep 13, 2019 // Solar, France, China, Europe, Asia, recycling, EU PVSEC 2019, thermal and UV drone
Duke snaps up Canadian Solar’s 200MWac Texan bifacial PV project
Duke Energy Renewables has clinched another major solar acquisition in Texas, bringing its PV project count up to four in the Lone Star state.
Sep 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Canadian Solar, Duke Energy Renewables, Texas, utility-scale PV, North America, bifacial modules, shell, recurrent energy, 8minute Solar Energy
Wacker enters battery business with acquisition of 25% stake in Nexeon
The Munich-based chemical company has taken a substantial minority share in the British materials specialist to expand its silicon-based high-performance battery activity. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.
Sep 13, 2019 // Storage, Germany, UK, Europe, Wacker Chemie AG, Nexeon, Christian Hartel, Scott Brown
Bangladesh’s first state-owned solar plant comes online
The new generation facility was financed by the Asian Development Bank and built by Chinese company ZTE Corp. The project will sell power to the grid for $0.065/kWh, a record low for solar in the country.
Sep 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Floating PV, China, Bangladesh, Asia, rooftop solar, Asian Development Bank, ZTE Corp, Floating solar
This solar panel- like device can generate electricity in the dark
Electrical engineer Aaswath Raman, at the University of California in LA, has come up with a device that can harness energy from a dark night sky to power an LED — hinting at a new frontier in renewable energy.
Sep 12, 2019 // Technology, California, USA, North America, Aaswath Raman, LED — hinting, Jeffrey Grossman
Essent takes over Belgian solar installer Aralt
The Essent business of German utility RWE wants to widen its clean energy offer for Belgian clients. Last year Aralt achieved a €5 million turnover.
Sep 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Germany, Europe, Belgium, Aralt, Essent, Benelux
Discovery challenges accepted wisdom on organic PV
Researchers at the University of Warwick in the U.K. have made a discovery that could lead to new designs for organic PV devices. Their findings could open up a new range of materials for the electrode layer and bring low cost, flexible organic PV devices a step closer commercial reality, say the academics.
Sep 12, 2019 // Technology, UK, Europe, University of Warwick, flexible organic PV, Dinesha Dabera, Ross Hatton
Value of local manufacturing demonstrated, utilization up but still a long way to go
Indian module manufacturers are gearing up for an end-of-year surge in solar project procurement and hoping their investments in incorporating global manufacturing benchmarks will translate into enhanced sales.
Sep 12, 2019 // Manufacturing News, India, Asia, South Asia, Rajaram Pai, DuPont Photovoltaic Solution, Module Accelerated Sequential Testing
The energy transition is easily affordable but all hope of 1.5C warming will vanish in 2028
Technical consultancy DNV GL has published its Energy Transition Outlook 2019. While the electric vehicle, storage and renewable energy industries are likely to see significant rises in demand, the sobering conclusion is the world will miss carbon reduction targets by a long shot.
Sep 12, 2019 // Solar, storage, India, China, Asia, DNV GL
Luxembourg launches 40 MW solar procurement
The exercise will be open to PV projects ranging in size from 200 kW to 5 MW.
Sep 12, 2019 // Plants, Commercial, Residential, Tariffs, tender, Europe, Luxembourg, Claude Turmes
Australian Capital Territory ends 250MW first phase of renewables-and-storage reverse auctions
The Australian Capital Territory government has announced the final step of the first phase of its ‘reverse auction’ programme, with the announcement of a tender for 250MW of renewable energy generation alongside a 20MW/40MWh battery energy storage system (BESS).
Sep 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Battery Storage, Australia, auctions, Oceania, tenders, autralian capital territory, act greens
Californian panel maker reaps US$40m in bid to double production
Solaria Corporation is to work towards a doubling of its panel manufacturing capabilities this year, a push financed by a new capital raise.
Sep 12, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, California, USA, North America, T.J. Rodgers, Isidoro Quiroga, solaria corporation, investors
Truce with Michigan utility frees 584MW PV pipeline from planning limbo
US solar players have scored a victory in Michigan this week after regulators ratified a deal to unblock a 584MW PV pipeline, held up by years of standoff with a utility.
Sep 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, SEIA, FERC, PURPA, Michigan, MPSC, North America, michigan public services commission, Katherine Gensler
174 Power Global bags funding for utility-scale solar in Texas
174 Power Global has wrapped up construction financing for the US$210 million, 150MW first phase of its solar farm in Ector County, northwest Texas, clinching funding from a group of global banks.
Sep 12, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, USA, Texas, PV plants, North America, 174 power global, credit agricole corporate and investment bank, korea development bank, Q CELL modules
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