3. REGION

U.S. Solar Surged 95% to Become Largest Source of New Energy – Total Installed Capacity to Reach 105 GW by 2021

Solar installations surpassed gas and wind for first time Record 14.6 gigawatts of solar panels added in 2016, SEIA says Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year, almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. […]

Clean Disruption News: Elon Musk launches Tesla electric vehicles in Dubai

Dubai’s petrol-guzzling supercars will soon face greener, healthier competition.  Tesla co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk launched the company’s electric vehicles in the United Arab Emirates yesterday. This was the Californian company’s first foray in the ­Middle East, which is potentially a big market for its luxury cars and sports-utility vehicles. The electric car maker […]

Intersolar Europe 2017: New Technologies and Efficiency Concepts in PV Production Technologies

The investment trend in the photovoltaics industry (PV industry) is carrying through into 2017: Numerous PV manufacturers are set to build new production facilities or retrofit existing capacity this year. Innovative technologies are increasing the efficiency of solar cells, and at the same time, reducing manufacturing costs. Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the […]

Onyx Solar Receives Contract for World’s Largest PV Skylight

Onyx Solar won a contract to supply 60,000 square feet of semi-transparent photovoltaic glass for Somerset Development’s Bell Works Complex in Holmdel, New Jersey. The project is part of the complete revitalization of the two-million-square-foot former Bell Labs facility into a mixed-use “metroburb” community. Originally designed by Eero Saarinen, the building’s existing glass will be replaced […]

Sonnedix announces partnering with GSSG Solar for a 170MW expansion in Japan, taking its global reach well beyond 1GW

Sonnedix, through its Japanese operator Nippon Solar Services (NSS), has partnered with GSSG Solar (GSSG) to deploy a 170MW portfolio of Solar PV plants, with 47MW under construction, and the rest currently under development. The announcement comes at a period of sustained growth for Sonnedix, taking its global reach well beyond 1GW, with almost 500MW […]

Sharing the Passion & Shaping the Market’s Growth: MESIA Strategy 2017 and Beyond with Board Members – James Stewart, Karel De Winter & Wim Alen

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to three of their Board Members: James Stewart, MESIA’s VP, and General Manager at ALEC Energy, Karel De Winter, MESIA’s International Development Director and General Manager at Alsa Solar Systems & Wim Alen, MESIA’s Secretary General […]

Solar Trade War: EU proposes shorter extension of China solar duties

New recommendation for 18-month extension vs initial 24 months Majority of EU countries voted in January against extension Measures include duties and minimum price agreement (Adds Commission source on commissioner discussion) The European Commission has softened a proposal to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels, a document seen by Reuters showed, after opposition from a […]

China’s solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016 and reaches 77.42 GW

China’s installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world’s biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Saturday.  Installed PV capacity rose to 77.42 gigawatts at the end of 2016, with the addition of 34.54 gigawatts over the course of the year, data from […]

Solar Innovation: First Wattway solar road pilot in US pops up in rural Georgia

The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Part of Georgia’s Interstate 85 was […]

Tired but extremely happy! an exclusive talk with Naji El Haddad, Group Event Director at Reed Exhibitions ME, THE man behind the WFES 10-year’s history

Today we speak to Naji El Haddad, Group Event Director at Reed Exhibitions ME, the man behind WFES organisation and success. The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017 & SolarPV.TV had an opportunity to be an active part of it as TV Media Partner. […]

ORC-PLUS: Innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco & Enerray’s vision for Africa and the MENA region – Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray. In our talk with Michele we focused on their innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco (shortly described below) as well as on the company strategy in Africa & the MENA […]

Building Four Green Dreams of Wang Chuanfu in the Middle East & Africa – Exclusive talk to Tom Zhao, General Manager of Global Sales Solar at BYD

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we present our talk to Tom Zhao, General Manager of Global Sales Solar at BYD. Tom shares with us the company’s vision on how BYD is going to build its founder Wang Chuanfu four green dreams in the Middle […]

Equis Energy to invest $300 mln in two solar plants in Australia

Equis Energy said on Wednesday it plans to build two solar power plants for A$400 million ($303 million) in Australia, marking the Singapore-based renewable energy developer’s first investments in the country. The two 100-megawatt solar plants would be in South Australia and Queensland, moving the country a step closer toward the federal government’s target for at least 20 […]

Solar in USA: NRG’s Massive California Solar Plant Finally Making Enough Power

Ivanpah solar-thermal plant struggled to produce enough power One-year forbearance deal with PG&E expired Wednesday The world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant is finally producing enough electricity. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Southern California initially failed to meet contractual obligations, and a yearlong forbearance deal with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expired Wednesday. After fine-tuning the […]

Solar in LATAM: Brazil solar energy drive stalled by high costs, strict rules

A government plan to spur the construction of solar energy farms in Brazil is faltering because of high costs, strict rules requiring local components and low-priced competition from Chinese suppliers, say regulators and power sector executives. Developers had been excited about solar power’s potential in a continent-sized country with 200 million consumers and plentiful sunlight. But many […]

India’s Budget 2017: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says solar power to feed 7,000 railway stations

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced that around 7,000 railway stations would be fed through solar power in the medium term and work has already begun in that respect in 300 stations. “It is proposed to feed at least 7,000 stations with solar power in the medium term. A beginning has already been made in 300 stations,” Jaitley said in his […]