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Lazard LCOE analysis: Costs of PV continue to drop, solar power is increasingly cost-competitive with traditional energy sources

2014-09-22 |

In September 2014 financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard Ltd. (New York) has released its Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis – Version 8.0, an in-depth study comparing the cost of generating energy from conventional and renewable technologies. The study shows the acceleration of an ongoing trend: Utility-scale solar and wind power are increasingly cost-competitive with traditional energy sources such as coal and nuclear, even without subsidies. Read more...

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mVELO: World's smallest and most multifunctional solar charger for Li-Ion batteries of e-bikes and Pedelecs from almost all manufacturers

2014-08-11 |

With mVELO the Berlin company Sunload has developed a unique portable charger for lithium-ion batteries for electric bikes. In combination with photovoltaic modules, mVELO becomes a mobile solar charger for the “Green Bike”. The compact, lightweight and intelligent "mVELO charger" by Sunload works additionally as a car battery (12 V) or as an AC outlet to a “charging station”, and due to its flexibility is also ideal for motor home, weekend cottage or at the office. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar interview on PV markets in Latin America with José Ma Llopis, Senior Vice President Project Business, IBC SOLAR AG

2014-07-31 |

Mr Llopis, when it comes to expanding solar power capacity, Latin America is expected to be the front runner this year with a growth rate of 35%. What are the reasons for the increased use of photovoltaics? Llopis: The increasing demand for energy in Latin America along with the level of dependency on imported oil and gas prompted the governments to promote their own power generation projects, especially for solar and wind power. The new energy agenda of the Chilean government states, for example, that around 20 percent of the available power capacity should be provided by renewable energy by 2025. Read more...

Solar Report

Official figures published: China installed 12.92 GW of solar PV capacity in 2013; Shift to distributed generation in 2014

2014-07-21 |

Late April 2014, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announced that a total of 12.92 GW of solar PV capacity were installed in 2013. However, this figure is incomplete, since data from provinces like e.g. Jilin and Tibet were not included, Solar Server’s partner Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA) notes. According to the official statistics, 12.12 GW fell into the category of large-scale, whereas the remaining 801 MW belonged to distributed solar PV projects. Read more...

Solar point of view

Solar Point of View: Building a New Value Chain for Solar PV

2014-07-21 |

To date, billions of dollars have been spent on building factories to produce solar wafers and cells. But as the global solar photovoltaic (PV) market continues to grow, the industry is going to need to find innovative ways to ramp up production without spending billions of dollars on new factories. One way that holds promise is leveraging new technologies and making improvements in the supply chain. Read more...

Solar Energy System of the Month

Wildwoods Convention Center PV project

2013-07-05 |

In late July 2012, workers connected to the grid a 487 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwoods, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore of reality TV fame. This is a large PV plant, but by no means the largest in New Jersey, and the mixture of Suntech and Eoplly multicrystalline silicon PV modules and Power-One inverters is fairly mainstream as well. What makes this PV plant different is its investors. A total of 823 individuals from 42 US states invested more than USD 1 million in the plant, though crowd-funding platform Mosaic. Read more...

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