Solar and Distributed Energy are Modernizing the U.S. Electric Grid

Built during the last century, the United States electric grid was primarily designed to transport electricity from large central station power plants to end-use customers. But with rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DER) resulting from falling costs and technological advances, customers are increasingly taking charge of their own energy. These resources offer the promise of a more innovative, economic, and cleaner electric grid. DER, such as solar power, will play an important role providing power and grid services where they are needed most. To reach this goal, however, distribution grid planning must evolve to allow more transparency into system needs, enable more robust data exchange between utilities and DER providers, and include DER as a standard component of utility load forecasts. Continue reading

Solar Electricity: Contributing to Grid Stability

Dr. Mahesh Morjaria, Vice President PV Systems at First Solar Governments, utility companies and private enterprises around the world have rapidly been embracing solar energy and for good reason: Solar energy is not only clean and renewable; it has already become the cheapest source of energy in some countries. Continue reading

The Spanish photovoltaic sector foresees investments of up to 5,000 million euros by 2020

Currently, the photovoltaic projects in process in the different Autonomous Communities add up to a total of 24 GW. The development of the photovoltaic sector opens an international market in constant growth and with an estimated value of 100,000 million euros per year. Institutionalized legal insecurity is one of the main barriers that prevent a more stable development of the market in Spain. Continue reading

After Back-to-Back Years of Double-Digit Growth, U.S. Solar Passes 50 GW Milestone

At the end of 2015, there was over 25 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV installed in the United States. Now, after back-to-back years of double-digit gigawatt growth (15 GW in 2016 and 10.6 GW in 2017), the solar industry has more than doubled its total installed capacity to 53.3 GW through the end of 2017. Today’s release of the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2017 Year in Review finds the solar industry doing well, even after obstacles like the trade case to state policy actions. Continue reading

13th Edition of the SolarPower Summit Successfully Held in Brussels

The 13th edition of the SolarPower Summit was by far the most successful one that SolarPower Europe has ever organised. The event covered all major solar topics and went way beyond that tapping into storage, digtalisation, sector-coupling, corporate sourcing, emerging markets and others. The SolarPower Summit brought together over 300 high-level industry players, senior policy-makers and media representatives from over 30 different countries. More than 60 expert speakers shared their insights on the latest industry trends from a policy, technology and market perspective. The social media outreach was enormous having almost a viral effect on Linkedin and Twitter. The hashtag #SolarPowerSummit featured in over 853 tweets, creating over 3.6 million impressions. Continue reading

Solar photovoltaic (PV) surprises at A-4 new energy auction, taking the lead in capacity volume contracted and with a strong price reduction.

According to the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR), the results of the A-4 New Energy Auction (LEN A-4 of 2017) indicate a new level of competitiveness of solar PV in Brazil.   São Paulo, December 18th, 2017 - With a strong reduction of 55.7% compared to the initial offer price of R$ 329.00 / MWh, reaching an average sale price of R$ 145.68 / MWh (equivalent to US$ 43.88 / MWh), solar PV projects surprised positively in the LEN A-4 of 2017, held today (December 18th) by the Electricity Energy Trading Chamber (CCEE), in São Paulo (SP). According to the CEO of the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR), Dr Rodrigo Sauaia, these results indicate a new level of competitiveness of solar PV in the country, due to the reduction of prices of equipment, recovery of the Brazilian currency and fierce competition among entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy reaches first gigawatt in Brazil

According to the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association - ABSOLAR, this historic milestone positions the country among the top 30 markets in the world  São Paulo, January 5th, 2018 - Brazil has just surpassed the historic mark of 1 gigawatt (GW) in operational solar PV projects connected to the national electricity grid, according to data from the Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association (ABSOLAR). The installed capacity is equivalent to a demand of 500,000 residences, generating renewable, clean, sustainable and competitive electricity capable of supplying 2 million Brazilians. Continue reading

PV Market Alliance News

The understanding of the PV market has increased over years but remains often a jump into the unknown. From incoherent policy decisions to fast price declines, the PV market has experienced a decade of intense evolutions that led to the 100 GW that it reached in 2017. According to the PV Market Alliance, these 100 GW represented a 25 GW increase compared to 2016 numbers, with almost 19 GW coming from China alone. In other words, the PV market outside of the Chinese market giant, grew from 41 GW in 2016 to 47 GW in 2017. These numbers highlight the chaotic evolution of the global PV market but also its capacity to continue growing to reach new heights. Continue reading

APVIA Q4 2017 MARKET REPORT

The latest APVIA report focuses on "China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam" and the highlights of renewable energy in its energy mix in general as well highlighting trends regarding solar in particular.  Continue reading

Spanish PV sector registers a 145% growth in 2017, with 135 MW of new capacity installed

A total of 135 MW of new PV capacity was added in Spain in 2017, with a rise by 145% compared to the capacity installed in 2016, 55 MW. The new capacity is for self-consumption, solar plants connected to the grid and off-the-grid installations, especially for rural electrification. Continue reading