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The stipulated FIT reduction for distributed solar PV in China came as a surprise

China considers significant solar PV FIT cuts for 2017


China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) is aiming at significantly reducing FIT levels possibly effective 2017. Still “unofficial and only a draft version”, relevant information were disseminated via various Chinese media on September 29th, 2016. The draft stipulates FIT levels for ground-mounted solar PV plants to be reduced from RMB 0.80 to 0.55 (USD 0.12 to 0.08, minus 37%) in region 1 (western provinces); RMB 0.65 instead of RMB 0.88 (USD 0.10 instead of USD 0.13, minus 25%) in region 2 (Beijing, Tianjin and certain districts in Qinghai, Xinjiang and Gansu); and a reduction from RMB 0.98 to 0.75 (USD 0.15 to 0.11, minus 23%) in Region 3 (eastern China). Read more...

NREL U.S. PV system cost benchmarks, from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2016

NREL report shows U.S. solar PV costs continuing to fall in 2016


The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the U.S. residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). According to NREL, driving the cost reductions were lower PV module and inverter prices, increased competition, lower installer and developer overheads, improved labor productivity, and optimized system configurations. Read more...

JA solar emphasizes that PV selling prices continue to decline, while the MIP has remained unchanged for the past 18 months

JA Solar withdraws from EU price undertaking, will serve the European PV market through its manufacturing facilities outside of China


JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Beijing, China) on September 28th, 2016 announced its decision to withdraw from the European Union’s price undertaking for solar photovoltaic (PV) products. The Company will now serve the European market through its manufacturing facilities outside of China. Read more...

Canadian Solar on September 26th, 2016 announced the commercial operation of the 200 MWac/258 MWp Tranquillity solar power project in California

Canadian Solar subsidiary signs 100 MW PPA with MCE on Tranquillity 8 PV project in California


Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) wholly owned subsidiary and solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer Recurrent Energy on September 27th, 2016 announced a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 100 MWac of solar power in California with MCE (San Rafael, CA, U.S.), California's first operating Community Choice Aggregation program. Read more...

The two thin-film solar PV modules of the highly efficient stack: CIGS below, perovskite on top

Thin-film PV record: Stacked Perovskite/CIGS solar module achieves unprecedented efficiency at 17.8 percent


Scientists from Zentrum fuer Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Wuerttemberg (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and imec (partner in Solliance and EnergyVille) have fabricated a thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) module stack made up of perovskite and Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) with a conversion efficiency of 17.8 percent. For the first time, this tandem module surpasses the highest efficiencies of separate perovskite and CIGS modules. Read more...

Partial view of the 258 MW Tranquillity solar PV facility in California

Canadian Solar subsidiary completes 258 MW Tranquillity solar PV plant in California


Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on September 26th, 2016 announced the commercial operation of the 200 MWac/258 MWp Tranquillity solar power project in California. The Tranquillity solar photovoltaic (PV) project was developed by Canadian Solar's wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy and is majority-owned by Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power. Read more...

From the report: Cumulative solar PV capacity in Africa.

New IRENA report: Solar PV poised to boom in Africa thanks to declining costs


The business case for solar photovoltaics (PV) in Africa is stronger than ever thanks to rapidly declining technology costs, according to a new report released on September 22nd, 2016 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets”, estimates that installed costs for power generated by utility-scale solar PV projects in Africa have decreased as much as 61 per cent since 2012. Today, installed costs for these projects are as low as USD 1.30 per watt in Africa, compared to the global average of USD 1.80 per watt. Read more...

According to ADEWA, six bidders submitted proposals for the 350 MW Sweihan solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi officially confirms record-low bid for solar PV power at USD 0.024/kWh


On September 20th, 2016 the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADEWA) confirmed record-low bids for the 350 MW Sweihan solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Abu Dhabi. According to ADEWA, six bidders submitted proposals, a consortium formed of JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) and Marubeni Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) submitted the most competitive proposal with USD 0.024 per kWh of solar power. Read more...

SunPower plans to eventually upgrade the Melaka solar cell facility

SunPower to acquire AUO's stake in Malaysian solar cell joint venture for USD 170 million


SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.) on September 19th, 2016 announced that it is purchasing AU Optronics Corporation’s (AUO, Hsinchu, Taiwan) portion of the two companies' joint venture which manufactures solar cells at an 800 megawatt (MW) fabrication facility in Melaka, Malaysia. Under the stock purchase agreement, SunPower will pay AUO USD 170 million over the next four years. Read more...

The Oriana Solar Farm is a 45 MW AC (58 MWp) solar PV plant in Puerto Rico

Sonnedix subsidiary connects the largest PV plant (58 MW) in the Caribbean to the Puerto Rico grid


Oriana Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Sonnedix Group, in partnership with Yarotek, on September 14th, 2016 announced it has commenced energization of the Oriana Solar Farm, a 45 MW AC (58 MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The PV plant will be the second recently built by the partnership in Puerto Rico and the largest of its kind in the Caribbean. Read more...

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