Spain expected to double new PV capacity for self-consumption and to install around 4000 MW of new PV capacity at utility-scale in 2019

The Spanish PV sector has entered in a new era of growth, thanks to the changes in self-consumption regulation and the definition of a National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) that includes ambitious – but feasible – targets for 2030. The Spanish NECP proposes a reduction of between 20% and 21% of greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990 levels. It plans to achieve up to 42% consumption of renewable energies out of the total energy use by the year 2030. As regards electricity generation, the percentage of renewables will stand at 74%. The country's energy efficiency would improve by 39.6% by 2030. Continue reading

IBC SOLAR helps universities to improve Namibia’s energy supply

The system house acts as an industry partner for universities from Bavaria in a pilot project for the energy supply in Africa. Bad Staffelstein, July 01, 2019 – IBC SOLAR, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, is supporting Bavarian universities to create a pilot project for expanding the energy supply into rural areas of Namibia. The aim of the project “PROCEED” is to achieve a sustainable improvement in the energy supply based on renewable energy. The research will also be funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) with approximately 1.24 million Euros in the next three years. Continue reading

BSW-Solar takes over chairmanship of the strategy advisory board of the Export Initiative for Energy of the German government

The international managing director of the German Solar Association, David Wedepohl, has been elected chairman of the strategy advisory board of the Export Initiative for Energy of the German government. The Advisory Board is the central economic body within the framework of the initiative.  Continue reading

A new Solar Cooker Performance Evaluation Process (PEP) testing center was recently opened at the University of Nairobi, Kenya

Solar Cookers International (SCI) recently opened a new Solar Cooker Performance Evaluation Process (PEP) testing center at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.  SCI’s PEP test allows manufacturers and consumers to know the cooking power of solar cookers without brand bias and to develop a baseline for comparison.  PEP testing demonstrates to solar cooker users and investors the power, in watts, they can expect from a specific model of solar cooker.  SCI PEP results are trustworthy because the PEP test is based on an internationally accepted protocol for testing and reporting solar cooker performance.    Continue reading

Scratching the surface of Brazil’s huge solar potential

Rodrigo Sauaia, CEO of Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association - ABSOLAR, analyzes the chances of PV in this year’s two energy auctions in which it can compete. But it is not all about auctions, Sauaia tells pv magazine, there are 2 GW of solar projects under development for which bilateral PPAs may be signed, and hundreds of MW worth of such schemes that have already secured contracts. Continue reading

Put solar on all new and renovated buildings in the EU to help fight climate change!

SolarPower Europe has unveiled its new campaign: all new and renovated buildings in the EU should have solar installed – on residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The aim of the campaign is to have a requirement for solar on all new and renovated buildings introduced into EU legislation. Continue reading

Italian Renewable Energy Scheme Worth €5.4 Billion Gets European Commission’s Nod with Recommendations

The European Commission has given green light, but with some recommendations, to Italy’s renewable energy scheme with an estimated budget of €5.4 billion ($6.07 billion). This will support the installation of renewable energy technology in the Southern European country, including onshore wind, solar PV, hydroelectric and sewage gases. Continue reading

Check out the updated numbers of the Brazilian photovoltaic solar sector

Check out the updated numbers of the Brazilian photovoltaic solar sector in a simple and intuitive way, the ABSOLAR infographic gathers the main indicators of the Brazilian photovoltaic solar sector. Continue reading

The Rivierenland Water Board and IBC SOLAR realize solar park with 7,200 solar panels

Arnhem, May 10, 2019 – IBC SOLAR, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, has provided the Dutch regional water authority Rivierenland with a solar park consisting of 7,200 solar panels in three months. Dutch water boards aretaking more and more measures to cope with the effects of climate change and, for that reason, they are also implementing a sustainable energy policy. With this 2.2 MWp installation at the Arnhem sewage treatment plant, the Rivierenland Water Board is also taking an important step towards its sustainable ambitions. As a supplier for the solar park, IBC SOLAR ensures the qualitative supply of sustainable electricity, from which the local sewage treatment plant can now draw its energy. Continue reading

RREAL a Winner in a National Competition to Expand Solar Access

The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance was named a winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar in Your Community Challenge.   May 17, 2019 [Backus, MN] – The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) announced that it won Runner Up for the Best Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Projects in the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition from the U.S. Department of Energy that aims to expand solar electricity access. After nearly 20 years of delivering solar energy to low-income families, RREAL and its partner communities won national recognition for their innovative Community Solar for Community Action (CS4CA) model that is empowering low-income communities and ensuring solar energy is accessible to all. Competing against more than 170 teams from 43 states and territories, this Minnesota based organization received the honor of runner up. Continue reading