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BayWa r.e. expands solar business to South-East Asia

2016-05-30 |

BayWa r.e. (Munich, Germany) targets the South-East Asian market: From its offices in Singapore and Bangkok, the company intends to manage solar projects in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and other South-East Asian countries. BayWa r.e. will also tap into the market potential of this region for the benefit of its photovoltaic trade business and look to strengthen existing contacts, the company reports. Read more...

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Brazil’s new legislation to foster investment in distributed solar

2016-04-22 |

Brazil has made international headlines on political and economic issues lately, most of which did not paint a rosy picture of the country’s current situation. Nonetheless, development of the solar sector is on a promising path, with the successful execution of several large-scale PV auctions and increasing interest from industry players to set up a local value chain. The much touted small-scale distributed generation (DG) PV segment, however, is still struggling to meet growth expectations. Brazil has recently introduced new legislative measures to stimulate the DG segment, yet will these provide the remedy the market needs? Read more...

Solar point of view

Christopher Burghardt: Enabling long-term solar investments in Europe

2016-03-04 |

In just over a decade, solar energy has evolved from being relegated to highly specialized applications that justified the high cost, or heavily subsidized programs entirely dependent on continuing policy support from governments; to increasingly capturing a large share of the total power generation market on the strength of economics alone. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar interview with project manager Cesar Beláunde on low energy prices and renewables for Chilean mines

2016-03-18 |

Although energy prices in Chile have historically been some of the highest in South America, in recent months prices have dropped. How would you describe the country’s current energy landscape? CB: The situation in the last few months has changed and with it the challenges faced by mines and renewables. Previously, demand exceeded supply, generating higher energy prices. Recently, the development of several renewables projects and the global energy situation, have reversed the situation by notably reducing energy costs. 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...

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