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EDF launches 30 GW solar plan

French energy giant, EDF has announced a plan to develop 30 GW of solar projects in France between 2020 and 2035.
Energy Storage

Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference highlights important role for Australian solar in the Pacific Islands

pv magazine Australia speaks to conference presenters on solar energy for development outcomes via academic-industry collaboration.

Installations

November’s rooftop record, large C&I, storage still to come

A major milestone was surpassed in the Australian PV market last month, indicating that the rooftop solar sector is in robust health. However, not tracked in the figures underlying the record are large commercial rooftops and distributed battery storage, and reports are that here too strong growth is being achieved.

Manufacturing

JinkoSolar eyes tech progress as firm cements module leadership position for Q3

Tier-1 Chinese solar company trains sights on greater cost optimization and higher efficiencies with half-cell and bifacial technologies as it assesses capacity expansions for 2018 following a strong Q3 that saw the firm retain its shipment leadership position.

Energy Storage

ATA launches free solar+storage calculator for homeowners

The not-for-profit Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has launched a free service through which homeowners looking to install a solar+storage system can get information on how to best size their system.

Markets & Policy

Australia welcomes formal creation of International Solar Alliance

As it officially came into force on Wednesday, the International Solar Alliance was welcomed by Australia, one of its 19 founding members.

Installations

Decmil, Maoneng sign MOU for 250MW PV project in NSW

Based on an exclusive memorandum of understanding, Australian EPC Decmil is poised to design and construct one of the largest solar projects in New South Wales. The company is in line for a $275 million engineering contract with Chinese group Maoneng in March next year.

Manufacturing

First Solar produces first S6 module, seals 800 MW of deals

The first modules have rolled off the line in Ohio as part of First Solar’s $1.4 billion dollar bet on its large-format Series 6. The company will also expand production in Vietnam.

Markets & Policy

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US Senate approves tax bill with provision to hobble solar, wind tax credits

The bill will now be reconciled with the House version, which does not contain the BEAT provision. The Solar Energy Industry Association says that it has four Senators who support “fixes”, but was not able to get a modification to the Senate bill.

European PV market expected to grow by 35% in 2018 – GTM Research

European countries such as France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain are all forecast to be gigawatt-scale markets in 2018. Globally, around 606 GW of new PV capacity is forecast to be installed between 2017 and 2022.

Australia’s North Territory backs 50% renewables plan, to boost home solar and batteries

The Northern Territory government has given broad support to a plan to transition the territory to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and announced new funding for rooftop solar and grid upgrades, after the release of a Roadmap to Renewables report on Monday.

AEMO says ready for summer with 2GW of additional resources

Looking to prevent blackouts this summer, the Australian Energy Market Operator has stated that almost 2 GW of additional resources will be at disposal to the market during the peak-demand months, highlighting the role of rooftop PV in long-term maximum demand forecasts.

Solar to suffer as Australia drags heels on National Energy Guarantee, says BNEF

Proposed National Energy Guarantee program could see investments in solar and wind power fall dramatically should PM Turnbull overlook stricter 2030 emissions reduction target, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports.

Installations

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Sun Brilliance signs grid connection contract with Western Power

What is being touted as Australia’s largest merchant PV power plant has signed grid connection and electricity transfer agreements with WA’s state-owned grid operator Western Power. Construction on the two-phase 128 MW(dc) project, to be located around 160km east of Perth, is set to get underway in early 2018.

Australia, Indonesia propose joint 6 GW solar+wind hybrid plant

The proposed 6 GW wind+solar project would generate renewable energy from Australia’s wind and solar resources and supply it via subsea cables to Indonesia. Vestas has been confirmed for the wind energy side, while the search for a solar partner, which would deliver the required equipment for the project’s 2 GW solar PV capacity through establishing a manufacturing facility in Indonesia, will be conducted over the next two years.

South Australia backs next wave of energy storage projects

The South Australian government has announced four energy storage projects, which will receive a financial backing of a total of AU$ 8 million.

Carnegie says 10MW Northam Solar Project moves forward with new investors on board

Following the selection of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Perth Noongar Foundation (PNF) as co-equity investors, Carnegie Clean Energy has announced that it readies to break ground on the WA’s first merchant utility solar project.

First solar panels installed at White Rock Solar Farm

As part of a solar-wind hybrid renewable energy facility, the 20 MW White Rock Solar Farm has seen its first panels installed.

Technology

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DNV GL: AI will make renewables more efficient

A paper published by consultancy DNV GL forecasts major growth in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) applications within renewable energy, and outlines the risks and opportunities of such technologies.

Californian project recognised for demonstrating solar’s supply of grid services

California’s grid operator (ISO) says that a joint National Renewable Energy Lab, First Solar and the California Independent System Operator project shows that renewable energy plants with smart inverter technology can provide grid services similar to, or in some cases better than conventional generation.

Solliance hits new perovskite milestone

European research group Solliance has announced new conversion efficiencies of 13.5% (cell) and 12.2% (module) for its perovskite based PV technology. The group states that the records were achieved in a factory setting, using an industrially scalable roll to roll process.

Australian government to back blockchain PV, water project

The Australian government has agreed to provide $2.57 million to support a two-year pilot project that will use blockchain technology to pair utility-scale and commercial rooftop PV with a battery, electric vehicle charging stations and water treatment and capture systems in the port city of Fremantle.

AGL to expand peer-to-peer solar trial

AGL is set to expand its blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer solar trading program. Initially launched as a trial in May, the scheme will be expanded first in Adelaide, although the number of households to which it will be made available in this second stage is yet to be determined.

Manufacturing

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Soltec opens subsidiary in Sydney

The Spanish tracker manufacturer has announced that it has opened an office in Sydney in a bid to ensure its presence in all leading global PV markets.

Winaico to launch HJT modules in Australian market

Taiwanese module maker Winaico is set to launch its heterojunction (HJT) PV modules in Q2 2018. The high powered PV panels feature a favourable temperature co-efficient, offering a high powered module for high temperature rooftop applications.

LONGi claims 22.71% PERC efficiency world record

Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE CalLab has confirmed that China’s Longi Green Energy Technology has achieved a record 22.71% conversion efficiency with its monocrystalline passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar cells.

U.S. thin film PV maker Stion to discontinue operations

The Mississippi-based CIGS manufacturer cites “intense” competition from imports.

Taiwan solar merger mooted as Gintech, NSP and Solartech to suspend trading on Monday

Three of Taiwan’s largest solar cell and module manufacturers – Gintech, Neo Solar Power and Solartech – will suspend common stock transactions next week, prompting rumors that a merger between the three firms could be on the cards.

Energy Storage

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Bali volcano threat prompts distribution of solar-powered TVs, kits

Not-for-profit Kopernic provides disaster relief in Bali with the distribution of solar-powered televisions and kits.

Elon Musk comes good on 100-day, 100 MW South Australia battery promise

The Tesla chief laid down the gauntlet earlier this year, confidently tweeting that his team could have the world’s largest battery online within 100 days of signing the contract. The lithium-ion South Australia project was actually completed in 60 days.

Western Australia takes first steps in utility-scale storage

As Tesla is finalizing connection of the world’s largest energy storage facility in South Australia, trials have got underway for the first utility-scale storage system in Western Australia.

Explainer: How accessible is battery tech for home owners today?

Undeniably popular and, according to a new report, important for future energy systems, distributed battery storage is tipped by many to be set for rapid growth. But how realistic is the proposition for homeowners today?

Opinion: Regressive energy policy fails to stifle Australia’s enthusiasm for energy storage

Australia tipped by BNEF to be distributed storage hotspot, despite a lack of policy support. BNEF forecasts global storage market to double in size more than six times between now and 2030.

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