Photovoltaic

SolarEdge Rolls Out Complete Residential Solution Throughout Europe

SolarEdge Technologies announced on 1st March that it is rolling out its new complete residential solution throughout Europe. Combining PV inverter, storage and home automation, the product manages and monitors solar energy generation, electricity consumption, energy storage, and device control that enables homeowners to increase self-consumption and energy independence.

01.03.2017

Hybrid Hydroelectric and FPV system realised in Portugal

The power output of the FPV plant on Alto Rabagão is equivalent to the annual consumption of around 100 homes. (Photo: EDP Group)

A hybrid system combining floating photovoltaics and hydroelectric power generation has been installed at the Alto Rabagão dam in Portugal. FPV systems are producing energy on areas that are unused otherwise. The pioneer project has an installed capacity of 220 kW and is expected to produce 332 MWh.

27.02.2017

First solar parks in Iran completed

Solar Park Amir Kabir is one of two solar parks completed by Athos Solar in Iran. (Photo: Athos Solar)

German Athos Solar GmbH recently became the first investor to install and launch two high-performance solar parks in Iran. The two systems reach a combined peak output of 14 MWp.

23.02.2017

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

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