Photovoltaic

California wants to make solar power obligatory

The installation of PV or solar heat might be obligatory soon. (Photo: Adroit)

The state of California has submitted a bill that would mandate the installation of solar power on all new buildings. Current law only mandates new buildings to be “solar ready” meaning, that there has to be at least 15 % of the roof’s area free of shades. However, at the moment the bill is in the early stage and a lot is still to be figured out.

23.02.2017

Indian cabinet approves plans to double capacity of large PV projects to 40,000 MW

India wants to double the capacity of large-scale PV power plants (Photo: juwi)

The India Government has approved a plan to double the nation capacity of the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects from 20,000 to 40,000 MW.

22.02.2017

Kobus Partners aquires eight operating PV projects in Spain

The investment and advisory firm Kobus Partners, specialised in renewable energy and energy infrastructure, has bought a PV portfolio with a total capacity of 12.5 MW. The eight plants are located in the regions of Catalonia, Castile and Leon the Valencian Community, and Andalusia.

22.02.2017

Fraunhofer ISE takes back the world record: 21.9 % multicrystalline

Multicrystalline world record solar cell made of n-type HPM silicon material (Photo: Fraunhofer ISE)

In all the commotion about falling module prices, the subject of cell efficiency is sometimes overlooked. Fraunhofer ISE, which is based in Freiburg, has put the topic back in the spotlight by announcing a new world record for efficiency with multicrystalline cells: 21.9 %.

20.02.2017

PV Hybrid Lowers Electricity Costs in East Africa’s Largest Salt Factory

Even while constructing the factory, Krystalline Salt has planned space for a PV system to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of electricity generated with diesel generators. (Photo: SMA)

In Malindi one of Kenya’s largest solar hybrid systems has started operation. The SMA Fuel Save Controller smartly integrates the PV system including 34 Sunny Tripower inverters to the public grid and the diesel generators. With an annual output of 1.6 MWh the system is expected to reduce the electricity costs of Krystalline Salt Ltd by 25 %.

15.02.2017

ABB delivers substation for 200MW solar park in Dubai

The substation includes 11 bays of 400 kV and 21 bays of compact 132 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), power transformers and IEC 61850-based open architecture automation and control systems. (Photo: ABB)

The substation for the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park has been successfully energized. ABB was responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the gas-infused switchgear substation. The project is an essential element of the vision to reach a renewable share of 7 % of Dubai’s energy consumption.

15.02.2017

The polysilicon market in 2020

Johannes Bernreuter's encouragement for the industry is scant: "We see no signs of a positive change in the low-price segment by 2020." (Photo: Bernreuter)

Johannes Bernreuter from the market research company Bernreuter Research has published a new study. Like previous studies, it examines the polysilicon market, this time providing an overview through the year 2020. The data that was used for the study – and there is quite a lot of it – is from November 2016. This means the data is very current. It is unlikely that anyone has a more up-to-date study. A more thorough market study probably does not exist either.

10.02.2017

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