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Building a successful renewables auction in Colombia
pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras spoke to Carolina Obando, regulatory coordinator at renewable energy association SER Colombia, to discuss the country’s first renewable energy auction. The delayed tender promises to boost a solar industry with a 4.3 GW pipeline.
Sep 3, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Opinions, Rooftop PV, rooftop PV, Eckhart Gouras, Carolina Obando, SER Colombia, Maria Fernanda Suárez
Germany added 292 MW of solar in July
Demand for systems with a generation capacity of up to 750 kW is driving the market. The 52 GW capacity cap for solar under the national FIT scheme is approaching. In September, feed-in tariffs and market premiums will fall a further 1.4%.
Sep 3, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Tariffs, Germany, Europe, Federal Network Agency
PV cheaper than spot market electricity across Europe
The levelized cost of energy produced by large scale PV projects ranges from €24/MWh in southern Spain to €42/MWh in Finland. New research states that is already cheaper than the average spot market electricity price and that the figure for big facilities in southern Spain may fall to €14 in 2030 and €9 in 2050.
Sep 3, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Europe, Christian Breyer, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Canadian researchers have done the math on optimizing PV output
Mathematicians at Canada’s University of Waterloo who turned their attention to solar power have developed an algorithm they say offers better control over PV plant output. The researchers estimate the algorithm could improve the output of a 100 MW power plant by almost a million kilowatt-hours per year.
Sep 3, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Canada, North America, University of Waterloo’s Department of Applied Mathematics, Milad Farsi
Uzbekistan launches rebate program for rooftop PV
The Uzbek government last week opened a rooftop solar program which provides 30% of the initial costs for buying and installing a PV system, up to around $320 per project. Tax incentives are also available.
Sep 3, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Rooftop PV, Canadian Solar, Asia, Uzbekistan
Africa’s ‘largest’ solar-plus-wind-plus-storage project unveiled
Japanese developer Eurus Energy and Australian-headquartered wind developer Windlab have signed a deal with Kenyan authorities to develop an 80MW solar-plus-wind-plus-storage facility in central Kenya.
Sep 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, Windlab, solar-plus-wind-plus-storage, Africa, Eurus Energy
JinkoSolar’s order book for 2020 is rapidly filling up
The SMSL reported second-quarter PV module shipments of 3,386MW, an increase of 11.5% from 3,037MW in the first quarter of 2019 and an increase of 21.2% from 2,794MW in the second quarter of 2018.
Sep 2, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, China, JinkoSolar, Asia, PV module, monocrystalline wafer, Kangping Chen
Brazil ROUND-UP: Next month’s auction, LONGi’s DG move, Canadian Solar’s duo
Solar winners of the first Brazilian A-6 auction ever to admit PV bids will be offered 20-year supply deals with the government, newly-released official documents show.
Sep 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, Canadian Solar, Enel, tender, jair bolsonaro, auction, LONGi, mori energia, minas gerais, Joining Actis, Romeu Zema
France sets scene for decade-long PV boom with 2GW auction push
France has laid the groundwork for a new period of solar growth with the announcement of three new government solar auctions for 2020.
Sep 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Rooftop PV, France, tender, ground-mounted pv, Europe, rooftop PV
Fifth Third Bancorp, SunEnergy1 open 120MW PV project in North Carolina
Fifth Third Bancorp and SunEnergy1 have opened the 120MWdc/80MWac Aulander Holloman Solar Facility in Hertford County, North Carolina. The facility, developed by SunEnergy1, is expected to generate clean power that is more than or equal to the total that Fifth Third uses in a year, which is enough to cut out 143,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases and power 25,000 households.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, North Carolina, North America, Fifth Third Bancorp, SunEnergy1, Greg D. Carmichael, Amy Davidsen
India’s Adani Green Energy buys operational 205MW from Essel Group
Indian energy giant Adani Green Energy Limited has inked a deal to purchase 205MW of contracted and operational solar assets from Essel Group for an enterprise price of INR1,300 crore (US$182 million).
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, India, Asia, South Asia, Adani Green Energy, Essel Group
SEIA: US renewable purchase reform must not entrench utility dominance
The pressure building for the US to water down decades-old federal energy policy risks further tilting the scales in utilities’ favour, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Policy, USA, SEIA, FERC, solar-plus-storage, Jimmy Carter, North America, Abigail Ross Hopper, NARUC
The weekend read: Chile taps ‘white gold’ for security of energy supply
Chile is home to a massive 10.3 million tons of lithium reserves, most of which is found in the Atacama Desert in the northern part of the country. With some of the highest solar irradiation levels on Earth, this region also boasts the perfect conditions for generating solar power. Developments in the photovoltaic market, alongside implementation of more efficient energy storage systems, are positioning Chile as a regional leader in this field. So what does the future hold for battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Chile, and what obstacles lie in their way?
Sep 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Engie, Chile, South america, BESS, lithium, Sebastián Piñera, AES Gener, Claudia Rahmann, Juan Carlos Jobet, Javier Giorgio
Afghanistan issues 40 MW solar tender
The nation’s Ministry of Energy and Water is seeking developers for a plant on an industrial park at the center of a previous 40 MW procurement exercise.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, tender, Asia, South-Central Asia, Ministry of Energy and Water, Mercom India
Scatec reaches commercial operation for another 112 MW of capacity
The Norwegian developer has opened plants in Ukraine and Egypt. Scatec Solar recently announced it managed to triple energy production in the last year.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Tariffs, Raymond Carlsen, Scatec Solar, Ukraine, Europe, Asia, Africa, Egypt, Oslo
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