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Canadian Solar placing major bet on next-gen p-type multi cell technology
21 Mar 2017 at 6:16pm
In defiance of a significant trend by a growing number of leading PV manufacturers to either completely replace P-type multi c-Si cell technology with P-type mono c-Si with PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) technology, or hedge their bets and do PERC on both wafer substrates, Silicon Module Super League member Canadian Solar is placing a potentially risky bet on pushing ahead with the migration to P-type multi c-Si PERC cell technology using diamond wire saw (DWS) and ‘Black Silicon’ texturing under its ‘ONYX’ cell branding.

Hanwha Q CELLS in cash preservation mode as profits and margins crash
24 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS may have reported record PV module shipments and revenue for 2016 but the underlying strategy for 2017 is cash preservation after its gross profit and margins collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

JinkoSolar’s optimized Eagle MX panels replace bypass diodes with high-yielding cell-string optimize
24 Mar 2017 at 1:37pm
JinkoSolar has introduced the Eagle MX solar panel, its next generation smart module for the high-volume mainstream PV panel market that incorporates a new innovative cell-string optimizer technology.

Shunfeng raises expected losses for 2016 to US$348 million
24 Mar 2017 at 1:22pm
Diversified renewable energy firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) had previously warned that it expected to report a loss in 2016 of around US$133 million (RMB 923 million) due to a catalogue of issues but revised analysis by the company put the figure significantly higher at around US$348 million.

Chile to reduce capacity available in next power tender
24 Mar 2017 at 12:56pm
Chile is set to reduce the amount of capacity on offer in its next major power tender and delay the start of power purchase agreements (PPAs) by a year, according to executive secretary of the National Energy Commission (CNE).

TerniEnergia signs EPC and module supply contract for 10MW Tunisia PV plant
24 Mar 2017 at 11:55am
Italian renewable energy firm TerniEnergia, part of Italeaf Group, has signed a contract to provide EPC services and supply modules and inverters for a 10MW solar PV plant in Tunisia on behalf of national utility Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG).

ROUND UP: NTPC 32GW renewables by 2032, EIB Mexico PV investment, Tamil Nadu tender
24 Mar 2017 at 11:05am
NTPC targets 32GW of renewable energy deployment by 2032, The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an MOU with Mexican development bank NAFIN over renewables in Mexico, TEDA has invited expressions of interest for a 500MW solar park in Tamil Nadu.

Movers & Shakers: Vivint Solar, ABB, Manz AG, SMA Inovateus Solar and More
24 Mar 2017 at 11:00am
This week's Movers & Shakers focuses on big career moves in Germany, India and the US. SMA Americas plans a major push into the US market, the International Solar Alliance welcomes a new interim director and India's Hartek Group takes on BHEL's Jeet Chhatwal to develop innovative automated systems and procedures for day-to-day activities which further improve productivity and bring more efficiency.

Ocean Holding plans to invest US$100 million for development of solar projects in Armenia
24 Mar 2017 at 2:30am
The Armenian Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources announced Wednesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ocean Holding of the United Arab Emirates for the development of solar projects within the country.

GE to develop 13 solar projects in northeast US
24 Mar 2017 at 1:30am
Solar solutions provider Current, a subsidiary of GE, announced that it is developing more than 17MW in solar carport and ground-mounted projects across six states in the northeastern US.

Wärtsilä to supply 15MW hybrid solar plant to Essakane Solar in Burkina Faso
24 Mar 2017 at 1:30am
Finnish energy solutions company Wärtsilä is set to supply a 15MW solar plant to Essakane Solar in Burkina Faso. The PV project will be developed next to the 55MW Wärtsilä power plant, which is currently running on oil.

TAIWAN ROUND UP: Still waiting for China’s solar boom
23 Mar 2017 at 8:46pm
Many key PV manufacturers in Taiwan are still reporting monthly sales in February, 2017 that are well below the levels set in the first half of 2016, due primarily to the expected boom in China’s downstream PV market, which has yet to take hold.

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International workshop to focus on CIGS thin-film solar modules
24 Mar 2017 at 10:26am
Global demand for photovoltaic systems is rising sharply. CIGS thin-film modules have become a hot topic for the solar industry. International experts will convene in Stuttgart (Germany) on May 30, 2017, at the annual IW-CIGSTech workshop to discuss past and potential future technical and industrial advances in this solar technology. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) are hosting the workshop, which caters to scientists, engineers and industry specialists.

Thermal Energy Storage market to grow at a CAGR of 11.0% from 2017 to 2022
23 Mar 2017 at 10:46am
According to a new analysis by ReportBuyer the thermal energy storage market is projected to reach USD 6.2 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 11.0% from 2017 to 2022. Rising momentum of renewable energy generation (concentrated solar power), increasing demand for Thermal Energy Storage (TES) in HVAC for district heating & cooling, and process heating & cooling are expected to drive the TES market.

Global photovoltaic system market to grow with a CAGR of 18.7% by 2022
23 Mar 2017 at 9:30am
Research and Markets has published a new report which anticipates the global photovoltaic system market to grow with a CAGR of 18.7% during 2016-2022. According to “Global Photovoltaic System Market Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2017 – 2023”, the key drivers of the market are the rapidly increasing electricity consumption globally, an increasing adoption and usage in various sectors, supportive government initiatives and environmental policies.

JinkoSolar partners with GRID Alternatives to extend solar and jobs to underserved communities
22 Mar 2017 at 1:44pm
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on March 22, 2017 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. activated a partnership with GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer. JinkoSolar will donate over 620 kW of high-efficiency solar modules to support GRID Alternatives' work bringing solar power and job training to low-income communities across the country.

SOLV deploys QOS Energy’s O&M management platform to improve performance across 1 GW solar portfolio
22 Mar 2017 at 9:36am
SOLV (San Francisco, CA, U.S.), an independent solar O&M service provider and a division of EPC contractor Swinerton Renewable Energy, has begun deployment of QOS Energy’s Qantum software to monitor and support the operations and maintenance of more than 1 GW of solar PV plants in the U.S.. Qantum is a cloud-based analytics platform that allows SOLV to harness the power of the data generated by the multiple PV installations they manage on behalf of renewable energy project owners.

ees Europe Conference discusses the market for domestic, commercial and large-scale energy storage systems
22 Mar 2017 at 9:19am
The energy storage industry is evolving: ees Europe, the continent's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, is setting a new exhibitor record, an achievement which is also being felt at the accompanying ees Europe Conference in Munich, Germany. From May 30–31, 2017 the Conference will offer an extensive presentation program and serve as a presentation and discussion platform alongside the exhibition for the third year running.

Kalyon Enerji and Hanwha Q CELLS awarded 1 GW solar PV project in Turkey
21 Mar 2017 at 10:57am
A joint venture formed by Kalyon Enerji (Istanbul, Turkey) and Hanwha Q CELLS (Seoul, South Korea) on March 20th,2017 won the tender to build a 1.000 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Karapınar region in Turkey with the bid of USD 0.07 cent per kWh of solar power, the International Solar Energy Society’s Turkey Division (GUNDER) reports.

Phoenix Solar regains full control over Asia/Pacific operations from minority shareholders in Singapore
21 Mar 2017 at 10:50am
Phoenix Solar AG (Sulzemoos, Germany) has acquired the outstanding minority shares in its Singapore based subsidiary Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd., the company announced on March 21st, 2017. They were held by a group of former directors of this enterprise. After the transaction Phoenix Solar AG will own 100 per cent of the company. The parties agreed not to disclose further details.

200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park inaugurated
21 Mar 2017 at 10:24am
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on March 20, 2017 has inaugurated the 200 megawatt second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The project reflects a new era in the excellence and leadership of the UAE, as it increases the share of clean and renewable energy, ME NewsWire reports.

Dominion announces two large-scale solar PV projects in South Carolina
21 Mar 2017 at 10:23am
Dominion (Richmond, Va., U.S.) on March 20, 2017 announced that it plans to construct, own and operate 81 megawatts of solar generating capacity in Jasper County, S.C. Two projects – a 71.4-megawatt facility that would be South Carolina's largest and a 10-megawatt array – are expected to enter service in 2017.

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