Supermarket rooftop brings commercial solar – and silicon carbide inverters – to Norway
The sizeable rooftop array will feature latest-generation inverters. The project planners claim using 1500 V technology on a commercial rooftop allowed them to drive down costs 10-15%.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, Rooftop PV, Europe, rooftop PV, Kaco, Siemens, Norway, Trine Kopstad Berenten
Repsol sets up renewables unit
After turning to clean energy last year, the Spanish oil company plans to deploy 4.5 GW of renewables generation capacity by 2024.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Spain, Europe, Repsol Renovables, Joao Paulo Costeira
Prices drop in eighth round of France’s rooftop PV auction
The winners of the eighth round of France’s rooftop PV tender series have drawn lower average prices than peers awarded just four months ago, new results show.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Rooftop PV, France, Wood Mackenzie, auctions, Europe, rooftop PV, tenders, frassenheim, ministry for the ecological and solidarity transition
Merkel Flip-Flops on Solar, Wind Targets in Climate-Action Plan
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is wavering on whether to focus on wind or solar power over the next decade to help Germany cut carbon emissions.
Oct 9, 2019 // Solar, Germany, UK, Europe, Angela Merkel, Christoph Zipf, Bruno Burger
Major solar farm plan to power Angus pharmaceutical plant
Ambitious proposals have emerged to power a major Angus pharmaceutical plant with electricity from a giant solar farm on land a few miles away.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, UK, Europe, Angus, GSK, Proposal of Application Notice, Kate Cowey
Emerging markets help new faces into list of world’s top EPC providers
Although the Wiki-solar website ranking only gives a snapshot of PV project engineering, procurement and construction contracts outside China, it is nevertheless a useful indicator of the changing shape of the global solar market.
Oct 9, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Spain, SunPower, China, First Solar, Europe, Asia, Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Hanwha Q-Cells, Belectric, juwi, Enerparc
Italy’s historic ’Tuscia’ region deluged by 1.35 GW of large scale solar
The central Italian province of Viterbo has 1,359 MW of solar generation capacity in the development and approvals process. The mass of projects has raised opposition from some locals and developers are in talks with government officials to discuss how concerns can be addressed.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Italy, Europe
Another Polish coal mine powered by solar
Poland’s fourth largest energy company, Enea, will build a 30 MW solar plant for the Bogdanka coal mine in which the utility is majority shareholder. The project will sell power to the mine through a long-term supply deal.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Poland, Europe, coal, Zespół Elektrowni Pątnów-Adamów-Konin SA, Enea
A new generation of nano-architected, 3D solar cells
A group of scientists at Netherlands based research institute AMOLF have discovered a method for electrochemical printing at the nanoscale. With further optimizations, the group theorizes, the technique could allow for the development of new, three dimensional solar cells.
Oct 9, 2019 // Technology, Europe, Netherlands, AMOLF, Mark Aarts
France assigns 129.4 MW in commercial and industrial PV tender
The final average price for power generated by solar systems with a capacity of 100-500 kW came in at €97.48/MWh. The price for 500 kW-8 MW installations was €86.54/MWh. Only the latter category saw a fall in price compared to the previous commercial solar tender.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, France, Europe, Élisabeth Borne, François De Rugy
Ingeteam unveils new 1500 V string inverter
The Spanish manufacturer said the new three-phase device may reach a power output of 160 kWac in a single 75kg unit. The inverter features 1500 Vdc technology and is said to be able to reach a power output of 161 kW (AC) in a single 75kg unit.
Oct 8, 2019 // Inverters, Spain, Europe, Ingeteam
SolarEdge takes patent infringement case against Huawei to China
Major PV inverter manufacturer, SolarEdge Technologies is taking its patent infringement case against Huawei Technologies to the Regional Courts of Jinan and Shenzhen in China, after fillings in Germany in June and July 2018.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Germany, China, pv power plants, Europe, Asia, solaredge technologies, pv inverters, Huawei, Zvi Lando, power optimisers
X-Elio secures Portuguese oil and gas offtaker for 200MW of Spanish PV
X-Elio has enlisted a Portuguese oil and gas group as offtaker to a large-scale solar pipeline in Spain, adding to the country’s bustling PV power purchase agreement (PPA) scene.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Spain, PPA, Galp, utility-scale PV, Europe, x-elio, oil and gas, offtaker
ReneSola finds buyer for 55MW solar portfolio in Poland
Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has sealed the latest of a raft of solar plays in Poland, purchasing a relatively sizeable portfolio from China’s ReneSola.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Poland, Europe, small-scale pv, renesola, aberdeen standard investments, asset manager, r.power
Finland receives first rooftop solar over 1 MW
Finland’s first roof mounted solar power plant with capacity exceeding 1 MW is currently being built on the roof of Sponda’s Elo Shopping Centre in Ylöjärvi. The project will be completed in November 2019.
Oct 7, 2019 // Rooftop PV, Europe, Finland, Elo Shopping Centre, Sponda, Timo Matinlompolo