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

Solar to create 94,000 new jobs in Europe by 2021

Solar jobs and wealth creation in Europe are set to increase to nearly 175,000 full time jobs and 9,500M value added by 2021, according to a new EY report. The EY report also shows that an increase in ambition for the European Union 2030 renewable energy target from 27% to 35% will result in more than 120,000 new solar jobs alone. Continue reading

THE FRENCH SOLAR MARKET UPDATE

The French solar electricity market is supported through two different vehicles: FiT for small projects (Tarif d’achat) Public call for tenders (AO-Appel d’offres) for larger ones. Continue reading