Photovoltaic energy in Spain grows after 94% increase in installed power in 2018

In 2018, installed capacity reached 261.7 MW, mainly due to the increase in self-consumption facilities, which account for 90% of the total. However, the figure represents only 3% of the new installed capacity in Europe, which has reached a total of 8.5 GW. UNEF values positively the effect of RDL 15/2018, which establishes a free market system for self-consumption, eliminating economic and administrative barriers to self-consumed energy. UNEF values the recent draft of the law on self-consumption in a positive way. It provides clarity and transparency and shows a clear willingness from the Government to promote self-consumption. However UNEF expects that some aspects will be improved in the period of allegations in order to eliminate legal gaps that are hindering certain procedures. Continue reading

Brazil to surpass 3,000 megawatts of PV in 2019

According to projections from ABSOLAR, the photovoltaic solar sector will invest more than US$ 1.3 billion in 2019, generating more than 15 thousand new jobs in the country.  In 2018, Brazil reached the historical milestone of 2.000 megawatts (MW) of operating PV capacity connected to the national grid and the strong market growth will continue in a fast pace during 2019. Continue reading

Trina Solar to establish downstream arm in France

Trina Solar, the world’s leading total solutions provider for solar energy recently announced that it would soon incept its downstream business facility in the French market. The French arm, Trina Solar France System (TSFS), under Trina Solar’s International System Business Unit (ISBU) will be established in Toulouse, a city in the Southern France in January 2019. Continue reading

State-of-the-Art Climate Model funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation shows how we can solve the Global Climate Crisis

Two-year scientific collaboration with University of Technology Sydney, German Aerospace Center, and University of Melbourne produces unique regional pathways to stay below a 1.5°C temperature rise by transitioning to 100% renewable energy and implementing natural climate solutions Continue reading

Brazil achieves historical landmark of 500 MW PV distributed generation

According to figures from the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR), most of the installed capacity – 371.9 MW – was installed in 2018. Commercial PV dominates with 43.2% as cheaper modules and higher electricity tariffs, combined with a national net metering regulation, continue to fuel installation rates. Continue reading

EU Member States confirm support for small-scale solar installations

Major win for Small is Beautiful coalition as priority dispatch is maintained for small scale-solar installations following today’s Member States vote. Member States, through the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I), have voted to support the agreement laid out in the Electricity Market Design Directive, which maintains priority dispatch for small solar installations up to 400kW. Continue reading

Spotlights of Renewable Energy Market in Argentina

Argentina has launched the third round of the RenovAr renewable energy auction programme. Known as MiniRen, this new round will offer 400 MW of power to be connected in medium voltage networks of 13.2 kV, 33 kV and 66 kV. The maximum power allowed per project will be 10 MW, while the minimum power will be 0.5 MW. The distribution per technology will be 350 MW for wind and solar photovoltaic, 10 MW for Small Hydroelectric Utilities, 25 MW for biomass for 10 MW biogas and for biogas for landfill there will be 5 MW. This, coupled with the first PPP tender for transmission, demonstrates political support for renewables in the country. Continue reading

Grid Intelligent Solar: How Solar Helps Stabilise Electric Grids

Photo: ©RES   SolarPower Europe Publishes First Report on Grid Intelligent Solar – Unleashing the Full Potential of Utility-Scale Solar Generation SolarPower Europe launched its “Grid Intelligent Solar – Unleashing the Full Potential of Utility-Scale Solar Generation” report, which shows that solar is not only the lowest cost power source in many regions and crucial to meet EU climate targets, but also a reliable partner that helps to keep the grid stable and supports Europe’s security of supply. Continue reading

ISES is happy to introduce our latest publication "Dispelling the Myths: Renewables in the Grid"

"The International Solar Energy Society, ISES, has launched its latest publication "Dispelling the Myths - Renewables in the Grid ": a set of eight infographics dispelling the most commonly claimed myths about renewable energy integration. Continue reading

Australia raises the bar for solar PV modules

The Australian Clean Energy Council continues to raise the bar for PV module standards in Australia. On 1 December 2018, the Clean Energy Council introduced new requirements meaning all PV modules installed in Australia must now adhere to IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 to receive support under the Australian Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. The adoption of the standards resulted in more than 1500 PV modules being removed from the Clean Energy Council’s Approved Product List, reducing the number of approved modules to 1725. Continue reading