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IHS: Global solar PV pipeline surpasses 200 GW

2016-02-09 |

With the United States in the lead, due in large part to the recent extension in the country’s solar investment tax credit (ITC) late last year, the global solar photovoltaic (PV) pipeline now exceeds 200 gigawatts (GW), according to IHS Technology (Englewood, Colo., US). At a combined capacity of 110 GW, projects in the U.S., China and Brazil make up half of the current PV pipeline. Read more...

 
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Global solar PV pipeline, excluding projects under construction. Source: IHS Solar Deal Tracker

IHS: Global solar PV pipeline surpasses 200 GW

2016-02-09

With the United States in the lead, due in large part to the recent extension in the country’s solar investment tax credit (ITC) late last year, the global solar photovoltaic (PV) pipeline now exceeds 200 gigawatts (GW), according to IHS Technology (Englewood, Colo., US). At a combined capacity of 110 GW, projects in the U.S., China and Brazil make up half of the current PV pipeline. Read more...

SolarEdge PV optimizer. “We founded the company with a vision that every solar panel would have smart electronics,” stated Guy Sella, CEO, Co-Founder, and Chairman of SolarEdge

SolarEdge surpasses 10 million shipped PV power optimizers

2016-02-09

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (Herzelya Pituach, Israel), a global provider of PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, on February 9th, 2016 announced that it has shipped its 10 millionth power optimizer. With systems installed in more than 90 countries, SolarEdge reached its 10 millionth shipped power optimizer in 10 years following its founding and after only 6 years of commercial shipments. Close to 5 million power optimizers were shipped globally, solely in 2015, the company emphasizes. Read more...

Solar PV Plant in India. The bidder interest in the last tender was highly subdued

BRIDGE TO INDIA: SECI is re-opening 50 MW solar PV tender in Maharashtra for bidding

2016-02-09

According to BRIDGE TO INDIA (New Delhi), bids were submitted last month for a 500 MW solar PV tender under the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) scheme to Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). In this tender, 50 MW were reserved for the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) category and the remaining 450 MW for the open category. However, the bidder interest in this tender was highly subdued as compared to other recent tenders, BRIDGE TO INDIA notes. The most surprising outcome was that only one participant bid for the 50 MW under DCR category. This 50 MW tender for DCR category will now be re-opened for bidding. Read more...

RWE started working on intelligence in the electric vehicle and the charging stations in 2008

Smart Grid meets Smart Car: RWE, KnGrid to marry electric vehicles to solar and wind energy

2016-02-09

On February 8th, 2016, KnGrid (Menlo Park, CA, U.S.), a company committed to make it easy for consumers to shift from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy starting with the electric car, and RWE New Ventures LLC, Californian daughter of German Utility RWE, announced plans to further strengthen their co-operation. Read more...

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, is seen standing third from right

Canadian companies, universities join hands for community energy storage project

2016-02-09

The Honorable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Canada, on February 5th, 2016, unveiled an energy storage project at the signing of a MOU between L&T Technology Services, Ontario based eCamion Inc, Ryerson University, Canada and Anna University, India. The innovative project combines eCamion’s modular storage solution with L&T Technology Services’ Smart Inverter solution, designed with cutting edge technology for both Indian as well as global markets, L&T reports. Read more...

UK PV plant. Europe's solar growth in 2015 is primarily based on the strong UK market

European solar PV market grows 15% in 2015; 8 GW of solar power connected to the grid

2016-02-09

In 2015, European countries connected around 8 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to electrical networks, according to first estimates by SolarPower Europe (Brussels), the association of the solar power sector in Europe. Demand for solar PV systems in European countries increased by around 15% year-on-year, compared to 6.95 GW of new grid-connected solar power capacity in 2014. Read more...

The United States has installed more than 24 gigawatts of solar power

U.S. DOE announces USD 21 million to lower solar energy deployment barriers

2016-02-09

The U.S. Department of Energy on February 8th, 2016, announced USD 21 million in new funding to lower solar energy deployment barriers and expand access to solar energy to all Americans. The Department is making USD 13 million available to help states take advantage of falling solar prices and maximize the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. This new program will offer technical and analytical support in the development and implementation of solar energy deployment plans. Read more...

The established MC4 connector now also has UL approval for 1,500 volts

PV connection technology: Multi-Contact MC4 connector receives UL approval for 1,500 volts

2016-02-09

Multi-Contact AG (Allschwil, Switzerland) on February 8th, 2016, announced that its original MC4 connector recently received UL approval for 1,500 volts. In addition to its existing global approvals such as TÜV, CSA, and CQC, the supplier of DC connectors for the PV sector has therefore been able to increase usage from 1,000 to 1,500 volts in UL-relevant countries, the company emphasizes. Read more...

SMA’s regional subsidiary in Chile will support the new office in Brazil

SMA Solar Technology AG establishes new PV subsidiary in Brazil

2016-02-08

SMA Solar Technology AG (Niestetal, Germany) is furthering its support of the Latin American solar market with a new PV subsidiary in Brazil: SMA Brazil conducts all sales, project planning, service and technical training for the entire country, with the support of regional subsidiary SMA South America, located in Chile. It offers SMA’s entire product portfolio of residential, commercial and utility-scale solutions and service packages to meet the increasing demands of all segments of this fast-growing PV market, SMA reports. Read more...

Solarcentury was selected by investor ECOSolar to engineer, procure, and construct (EPC) the solar farm

Solarcentury connects unsubsidised solar farm in Panama

2016-02-08

Solarcentury (London, UK) has connected one of Panama’s biggest solar farms connected to the spot market, in Coclé province. The 9.9 MWp ‘Divisa Solar’ system is one of the first PV plants in Panama to be connected to the national grid, and is now generating enough clean solar electricity to power around 3,000 homes, thus preventing the release of more than 4,850 tons of CO2 annually, the company reports. Read more...

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