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 […]

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 […]

Solar in Ukraine: China gears up to build solar power plant in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone

China’s GCL- Power has confirmed its plans to build a solar power plant in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. GCL-Power said the new plant will bring remarkable social and economic benefits. CCTV’s Aljosa Milenkovic reports from Chernobyl. For three decades, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone it was the area detached from the rest of the world. But now, […]

Solar Trade War: China expresses disappointment at EU favoring continued limits on Chinese solar panels

China expressed disappointment at the European Commission favoring an extension of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on imports of Chinese solar products, an official at the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday. Wang Hejun, chief of Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau, said: The measures that the European Commission takes not only damage the interests of Chinese […]

European solar energy companies call for end to EU’s trade barriers against Chinese solar panels

The EU has imposed restrictions on industries including the clean energy. Recently, the simmering row over the EU’s trade barriers against Chinese solar panels has erupted once again. Richard Bestic reports from London.   VIDEO courtesy CCTV News In addition, according to SolarPower Europe, over 400 European companies covering all EU Member States sent a letter to […]

BMW, Daimler, Ford And Volkswagen Plan JV For High-Power Charging In Europe

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company ( F ) and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick buildup of a sizable number of stations to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. The projected ultra-fast charging network […]

SolarPower Europe: 35 % renewables possible until 2030 – policy priorities for solar & storage

Solar Power Europe is calling on the EU-Commission to address the needs of solar power and storage technology in its upcoming Energy Union Package. The association outlines ten comprehensive policy priorities to reach 35 percent renewables by 2030. The association’s Task Force on Solar & Storage has created ten Policy Asks that are crucial to develop […]

GCL-SI & CCEC announce over 1 GW solar PV project in Chernobyl, Ukraine

GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (GCL-SI, Shenzhen, China), a subsidiary of the energy group GCL, announced cooperation with China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) on an over 1 GW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Chernobyl, Ukraine. To help rebuild the “exclusion zone” with solar power thirty years after the Chernobyl accident marks another important move […]

Nissan & Enel in Italy: Nissan Leaf + Home Recharging Station Turnkey Solution For €299 A Month

The multinational utility giant Enel has partnered with Nissan for the launch of a new turnkey solution for those interested in getting an electric vehicle in Italy. The new “E-go All-Inclusive” turnkey solution provides a 30 kilowatt-hour (kWh) Nissan Leaf, an Enel home electric vehicle recharging box/station, and free installation for a single monthly price starting at […]

Coming soon: Tesla cars & energy storage “Made in Europe” from “Gigafactory 2”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel are in Germany today to announce the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering. Following the announcement, they held a press conference during which Musk emphasised that Tesla is planning “significant investments” in Germany and the conversation quickly moved to Tesla not only investing in engineering […]

Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman & CEO of Total: solar industry facing “a new winter”

The global renewable solar industry is facing a new crisis due to over-capacity and low demand, Patrick Pouyanne, Chief Executive of French oil and gas giant Total said on last Thursday. Low prices seen in recent projects and a decline in government support in some countries could make investments in the solar power sector unprofitable, Pouyanne told an energy […]

France starts building first solar-paved road

France’s environment minister Ségolène Royal yesterday launched construction of the country’s first road paved with photovoltaic panels, claiming the 1-km stretch could light a town of 5,000 people. The experimental road will be laid at Tourouvre-au-Perche, in the Orne region of northwestern France. Specially designed rugged panels developed by French road construction group Colas will […]

Solar & Renewables Towards Ukraine’s Energy Independence & Economic Growth – Alex Ryabchyn, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament

While attending SEF Kiev 2016 (International Sustainable Energy Forum), Alex Ryabchyn, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament & Chairperson, Subcommittee on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency, Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety invited SolarPV.TV to an exciting Round Table Event: Renewables and Energy Efficiency in the new Energy Strategy: simulation of […]

100GW of Solar in Europe – Wings for the Future: James Watson, CEO at SolarPower Europe

During 100GW Celebration event organized by SolarPower Europe in Brussels, SolarPV.TV had an exclusive opportunity to speak to its CEO James Watson, at this most influential solar industry association in Europe. 100GW of Solar in Europe was definitively an important milestone in the organisation’s life but as James ensured us it also gives wings & […]

Solar is five times cheaper than new nuclear! Winfried Hoffmann, Former President of EPIA (today SolarPower Europe)

During 100GW Celebration event organized by SolarPower Europe in Brussels, SolarPV.TV had an exclusive opportunity to speak to Winfried Hoffmann, solar pioneer, whose personal involvement helped a lot in reaching this impressive 100GW solar milestone in Europe. We spoke with Winfried a little bit about the history of the solar industry but more importantly about […]

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union – Let’s together make Europe’s energy industry ‘shine bright’

During 100GW Celebration event organized by SolarPower Europe in Brussels, SolarPV.TV had an exclusive opportunity to speak to Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. We asked Mr. Šefčovič, how come he still believes in the future European leadership of the solar industry. We also spoke about a very interesting initiative of […]