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Dr. Anita Ho-Baillie with the record perovskite solar PV cell

UNSW engineers smash world efficiency record for perovskite solar PV cells

2016-12-05

Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, have smashed the world efficiency record for perovskite photovoltaic (PV) cells. The 12.1% efficiency rating was for a 16 cm2 perovskite solar cell, the largest single perovskite photovoltaic cell certified with the highest energy conversion efficiency, and was independently confirmed by the international testing centre Newport Corp, in Bozeman, Montana. Read more...

In Q1, 2016, China added 7.14 GW of PV capacity, of which 6.17 GW accounted for solar power plants, and 970 Megawatts (MW) for distributed PV

GlobalData: Global solar PV capacity will approach 295 GW in 2016, led by China

2016-11-30

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market is set to increase its installed capacity from around 225 Gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to 294.69 GW in 2016, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData (London, UK). The company’s latest report finds that China will remain the world’s largest market for annual solar PV installations. Read more...

Mercom forecasts global solar PV installations to reach 76 GW in in 2016, and 70 GW in 2017

Mercom forecasts global solar PV installations to reach 76 GW in 2016; Demand outlook improved for 2017

2016-11-29

Mercom Capital Group (Austin, TX, U.S.) forecasts global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations to reach 76 GW in 2016 and expects solar PV installations to hit 70 GW in 2017. “Global solar demand will overshoot most forecasts made earlier this year due to an unprecedented level of activity in China,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO and Co-Founder of Mercom Capital Group. Read more...

Enel reference solar PV plant

Enel starts construction of Peru’s largest solar PV plant, the 180 MW Rubi project

2016-11-18

Enel (Rome, Italy), through its Peruvian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP), has started the construction of Rubi, which will be the first solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to be built by the Group in Peru and, once completed, will be the country’s largest PV facility with an installed capacity of 180 MW. Read more...

Amazon’s 80 MW solar PV farm U.S. east, Accomack County, Virginia

Dominion to add 180 megawatts of solar PV in collaboration with Amazon

2016-11-18

Dominion (Richmond, VA, U.S.) on November 17th, 2016 announced a major expansion of its solar alliance with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, to add 180 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity in five Virginia counties. Construction of the facilities will be enabled through long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) between Dominion subsidiary, Dominion Energy, Inc., and an affiliate of Amazon's cloud computing business, AWS. The solar facilities are expected to enter service in late 2017. Read more...

Aerial view of the El Romero Solar PV plant in the Atacama desert, Chile

ACCIONA kicks off the biggest solar PV plant in Latin America

2016-11-14

ACCIONA Energía (Sarriguren, Spain) has begun the start-up phase of the ‘El Romero Solar’ solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, the biggest in Latin America with a maximum capacity of 246 MW (196 MW rated power), just thirteen months after starting construction work. The company has also completed the assembly of the last sets of PV panels in the plant: 776,000 photovoltaic modules with a solar capture surface area of more than 1.5 million square meters. Read more...

The 110-megawatt Blythe Solar Energy Center

NextEra Energy Resources celebrates commissioning of the 485 MW Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers

2016-11-11

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (Juno Beach, Florida, U.S.) and its partners on November 10th, 2016 commissioned the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers, which created hundreds of construction jobs and will help California meet its renewable energy goals. “These projects represent a more than USD 1.2 billion investment in California and a tremendous step forward to help the state meet its renewable energy goals,” said Armando Pimentel, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, which built and will own and operate the solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Read more...

Wafer-bonded III-V/Si multi-junction solar cell with 30.2 percent efficiency

Fraunhofer ISE announces new record for silicon-based multi-junction solar cell: 30.2 percent efficiency

2016-11-10

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Freiburg, Germany) together with the Austrian company EV Group (EVG) have successfully manufactured a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with two contacts and an efficiency exceeding the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells. A conversion efficiency of 30.2 percent for the III-V/Si multi-junction solar cell of 4 cm² was measured at Fraunhofer ISE's calibration laboratory. Read more...

PV has extremely rapidly become a significant source of electricity in several countries worldwide, finds the report

IEA PVPS report: Global PV capacity exceeded 228 GW in 2015

2016-11-02

2015 has been a year of renewed growth for the solar photovoltaic (PV) market, according to the 21st IEA PVPS “Trends in Photovoltaic Applications” report. In total, about 50.7 GW of solar PV capacity were commissioned in the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA PVPS) countries and the other major markets during 2015. This raised the total installed capacity to more than 228 GW, with now more than 1.2% of the electricity demand coming from PV. Read more...

La Jacinta solar PV plant, Salto department, Uruguay. In July 2015, FRV´s “La Jacinta” solar plant commenced operations, making Uruguay home to one of the largest solar PV projects in Latin America

FRV awarded a 300 MW solar PV project in Mexico’s second electricity market auction

2016-10-28

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV, Madrid, Spain), a global developer of large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, has been awarded a 300 MW solar PV project in the second electricity market auction, conducted by the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) of Mexico, the company announced on October 27th, 2016. With this agreement, FRV extends its global footprint into the Mexican market at a very competitive solar power rate of USD 26.99/MWh. Read more...

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