The Spanish photovoltaic sector is prepared to meet the objectives of the National Energy and Climate Plan

The sector values positively and coherently the renewable targets set by the Government in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. The photovoltaic sector has the will and capacity to invest and develop the photovoltaic capacity from 37 GW to 2030 announced. The green transition plan approved by the Government represents a great opportunity for economic development, employment generation and to offer cheaper energy to society. The expansion of economic development will be based on the establishment of a country project in which all the actors involved are aligned on a stable and consensual goal. The launch of this energy transition process requires the approval of the following pending regulations: Law Draft of Reasonable Retribution, RD for Access and Connection, RD for Self-consumption, and call for internationally comparable Energy Auctions and Auctions in the Canary Islands. Continue reading

South Africa: Proposed IPP “renegotiations” will threaten green energy investments and job creation

The recent stance by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, as reported in the Business Day; to “renegotiate” contracts with companies that won the first two rounds of SA’s renewable energy Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will not afford South Africa the opportunity to create value, especially on the job creation front. R 5 Billion, is what the current Eskom Load shedding crisis costs South Africa’s economy daily.  The last thing needed in this current crisis is a “renegotiation” of electricity tariffs with Renewable Energy IPPs given the urgent need to stabilize supply of power to our economy. Continue reading

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