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South Africa may add additional renewable energy capacity through REIPPP Window 3

2014-04-16

The South Africa Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it is considering adding an unspecified amount of additional renewable energy capacity under the third window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP). The agency notes that prices offered by the bidders in Window 3 are competitive, and reflect a downward trend compared to the prices in the first two windows. Read more...

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The Kalkbult PV plant

South Africa may add additional renewable energy capacity through REIPPP Window 3

2014-04-16

The South Africa Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it is considering adding an unspecified amount of additional renewable energy capacity under the third window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP). The agency notes that prices offered by the bidders in Window 3 are competitive, and reflect a downward trend compared to the prices in the first two windows. Read more...

JA Solar is the first large Chinese PV maker to report first quarter shipments above its guidance

JA Solar beats guidance to ship more than 620 MW of solar PV cells, modules in Q1 2014

2014-04-16

JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) has announced selected preliminary information for the first quarter of 2014, estimating that it shipped more than 620 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, well above its guidance of 580–610 MW. The company also expects sequential gross margin improvement in the first quarter of 2014, and has confirmed its PV cell and module shipment guidance of 2.7–2.9 GW for the full year of 2014. This includes 200 MW of module shipments to its PV projects. Read more...

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Coming fall in EU minimum import price affecting solar PV shipments, prices

2014-04-15

The European Commission is expected to revise its minimum import price for Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) modules shortly, which has already affected the shipments and prices of major PV manufacturers. Martin Schachinger of pvXchange GmbH (Cologne, Germany) predicts that this price will be EUR 0.53-0.54 (USD 0.73-0.75) per watt, and expects an official announcement in the near future. Read more...

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Ib vogt completes 80 MW of UK solar PV plants in Q1 2014

2014-04-15

Ib vogt GmbH (Berlin) reports that it commissioned six solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 80 MW in England during the first quarter of 2014. As such, all qualify for the 1.6 renewables obligation credit (ROC) rate. All six have been purchased by institutional investors, with construction finance supplied in part by ib vogt and in part by the investors. Read more...

BSW-Solar estimates that solar PV and heat reduced greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by 22 million tons in 2013. Image: BSW-Solar

German, EU renewable energy groups call for policy improvements in light of IPCC findings

2014-04-15

A new report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that due to greater-than-expected emissions, “major institutional and technological changes” will be needed to keep global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius. The contribution of Working Group III to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report finds that emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades. But while the report identifies decarbonization of electricity including more rapid ramping of renewable energy as a key need, German and European renewable energy trade groups say that policies are currently moving in the wrong direction. Read more...

Shunfeng to issue up to USD 300 million in convertible bonds to fund solar PV project development

2014-04-15

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd. (Changzhou, China) has entered into an agreement with Partners Capital Securities Ltd. (Hong Kong) to place up to USD 300 million in convertible bonds. The company states that the bonds will be used to provide capital for some of the 10 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which it intends to build by the end of 2016, as well as “general corporate purposes”. Completion of the bond issue will take place on June 30th, 2014. Read more...

While Los Angeles had the highest raw capacity, Honolulu is the clear leader on a per-capita basis for installed PV

USA: California cities show the largest solar PV capacities, but Honolulu has the most per-capita

2014-04-15

Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix have installed the most solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity among American cities, according to a new report by Environment Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.). Including San Jose and San Francisco, California cities made up four of the top ten and three of the top four. But while California dominated the rankings of raw capacity, the per-capita numbers tell a slightly different story. Honolulu, Hawaii is by far the leader in terms of per-capita installations at 265 watts per resident, with San Jose, California coming in second at 97 watts per resident and Wilmington, Delaware right behind at 96 watts. Read more...

Rice fields in Kedah, Malaysia

PPA signed for Malaysia's biggest solar PV project at 50 MW-AC

2014-04-14

Utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd (Kuala Lumpur) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with state-owned development company 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB, Kuala Lumpur) for the output of a 50 MW-AC solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be built in the Malaysian state of Kedah. Read more...

Utility-scale PV plant

Yingli to build at least 300 MW of solar PV projects for United PV in China, shipments to fall in Q1 2014

2014-04-14

United Photovoltaic Group Ltd. (Hong Kong) has entered into a framework agreement to acquire at least 300 MW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants from Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (Baoding, China) from 2014 through 2016. Yingli will develop and construct the plants, as well as operating them upon completion. Read more...

ISFH's record-breaking PERC PV cell

Research Institute ISFH produces 21.2% efficient PERC solar PV cell

2014-04-12

The Institute for Solar Energy Hamelin (ISFH, Emmerthal, Germany) has produced a passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar photovoltaic (PV) cell with an efficiency of 21.2%, as confirmed by Fraunhofer ISE's (Freiburg, Germany) CalLab. This is the highest efficiency recorded to date for a single-junction crystalline silicon PV cell with screen-printed metal contacts. Read more...

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