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Florida Power & Light breaks ground on three new solar PV plants totaling 224 MW

2016-02-12 |

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL, Juno Beach, Florida, U.S.) on February 11th, 2016 celebrated the ground breaking of its three new solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants with a ceremony on the site of the future FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. The three new large, community-scale PV plants, which include the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center and the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center, are expected to begin producing solar power by the end of 2016 and will triple the company's current PV capacity. Read more...

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Solar Interviews

Solar Interview with Muhammed Kazi on the potential of the Middle East solar market

2016-02-09 |

Which potential do you identify in the Middle East solar market? Electricity demand in the Middle East has been growing between 6% and 8% CAGR, and yet some GCC utilites have faced an increase in peak load demand in excess of 12% when comparing the summer period of 2014 and the same period in 2015. In 2016, total electrical energy demand in the Middle East region is expected to exceed 900TWh. Read more...

Solar Report

Battery energy storage systems: Positive developments regarding battery costs and improved regulatory frameworks will drive a remarkable growth

2015-10-08 |

The number of battery energy storage systems (BESS) used for stationary applications, both utility-scale and distributed, has started to grow significantly, cleantech advisory company Apricum (Berlin) reports. According to recent estimates, today’s annual market volume of about USD 1 billion is expected to reach an impressive USD 20 – 25 billion by 2024. Apricum identified three major drivers of growth for stationary BESS: 1st, positive developments regarding battery costs and 2nd, improved regulatory frameworks that both increase the competitiveness of batteries to participate in 3rd, a growing market for addressable services. Read more...

Solar Innovation

OELFLEX® SOLAR XLR WP – the waterproof solar cable certified by TUV

U.I. Lapp: OELFLEX® SOLAR XLR WP

If photovoltaic cables are exposed to wet conditions over a long period of time, this may have grave consequences. This is because, with standard solar cables, moisture can permeate a cable that has been lying in water for a long time. The moisture then reduces the performance and insulation resistance of the cable. This can then result in short circuits, which may in turn cause power failures or, in the worst case scenario, even damage to the systems.

To overcome this problem, the Stuttgart-based Lapp Group presented a permanently waterproof solar cable at the Intersolar Europe 2015 exhibition. The cable in question is an electron beam cross-linked solar cable of type PV1-F in accordance with TUV 2PfG 1169/08.07 for durable and weather-resistant use in photovoltaic systems. Its optimised cable design and permanently high contact resistance mean that it will still function reliably even after years in damp environments or in water. Read more...

Solar point of view

Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström: Ten myths about solar power – and the real facts

2015-09-23 |

Solar energy and the solar industry has exploded in the last decade, and is today an established and competitive renewable energy source. Despite this (or maybe because of this), solar energy has been surrounded by myths, rumours and false facts that has dimmed the sunny (!) picture. Here are the ten most common solar energy myths – and the real facts – as explained by Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström. Read more...

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