4. SOLARTECH

Solar in LATAM: RECOM Solar as strong partner to Nicaragua’s 100 MW pipeline

RECOM, a top tier German manufacturer, with steady growth, proven quality, reliability and financial solidity, is delighted to announce successful commissioning of a 12.5MW solar project in the region of Puerto Sandino in Nicaragua. The project is first part of Nicaragua’s pipeline totalling 100 MW, which is expected to be built and commissioned in its entity until end […]

Solar in Australia: Large-scale solar industry takes off as 12 new plants secure finance

Australia’s large-scale solar industry now appears to be on solid ground, with all 12 plants recently awarded grant funding by the Australian Renewable EnergyAgency reaching “financial close” this month. That means they are fully financed and have locked in engineering, construction and grid connection agreements, as well as council and environmental approvals. Construction has already begun […]

Search for the Super Battery (NOVA Documentary)

We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a […]

Solar in USA: Sunlight Financial gets $500 million for home solar loans

Sunlight Financial, a startup that provides loans for home solar systems, on Wednesday said it received a $500 million commitment from Technology Credit Union that will finance about 20,000 new rooftop installations. The announcement, Sunlight’s largest single funding commitment to date, comes as demand for residential solar is slowing in California, by far the industry’s […]

Solar Disruption: Tesla’s Solar Roof Sets Musk’s Grand Unification Into Motion

Tesla has begun taking orders for its transformative new solar roof. The pricing is competitive, and it marks the final piece in Elon Musk’s vision for a grand unification of his clean-energy ambitions—combining solar power, home batteries, and electric cars. “These are really the three legs of the stool for a sustainable energy future,” Musk said. “Solar power […]

Solar in USA: Southern California Edison named No. 1 solar utility in the U.S. for second year in a row

Southern California Edison (SCE, Rosemead, CA, US) delivered more solar power to its customers in 2016 than any other utility in the United States, according to rankings compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). SCE connected 1,648 MW of solar power generation capacity to the grid last year through new and expanded residential and commercial […]

Clean Disruption: German utility E.ON offers UK households solar panels with battery storage

German utility E.ON launched a combined solar panel and battery storage product for British customers which could cut rising electricity bills by 50 percent, it said on Wednesday. Britain’s energy providers are under pressure from the government to help customers find ways to reduce bills after five of the country’s big six suppliers, including E.ON […]

Solar in LATAM: Solarcentury acquires PV projects totaling 400 MW

Four new solar industry professionals have joined Solarcentury’s (London, UK) Latin American business, from private equity investor ECOSolar. Enhancing the LatAm team strengthens Solarcentury’s ambition to become the leading developer in the region.  The 400MW of utility-scale pipeline acquired from ECOSolar includes solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that are a mix of ready to build and […]

Solar in Middle East: Saudis to Seek Bids for 700-Megawatt Wind and Solar Projects

Energy Ministry qualifies 51 companies to bid for power plants First Solar, renewables unit of EDF among qualified companies Saudi Arabia will begin seeking bids next week from renewable-energy companies to build wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 700 megawatts as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and […]

Solar in LATAM: BYD launches R$150 million solar panel factory in Brazil

Renewable energy technology company BYD has launched a solar panel factory in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas, the country’s first zero ecosystem project. With an initial investment of R$150 million, the plant will have a production capacity of 200 megawatts and generate 360 jobs. BYD Brazil’s solar panels contain the exclusive state-of-the-art technology Double […]

Solar in LATAM: Enel Green Power starts construction of the 238 MW Don José solar PV project in Mexico

Enel Green Power (EGP, Rome, Italy), through its Mexican renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power México (EGPM), has begun construction of Don José solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is located in San Luis de la Paz, in the country’s North-Central state of Guanajuato.  Don José will have an installed capacity of 238 MW and once completed […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Revolution in the Japanese electricity system – Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development, BYD

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Bin Guo, Director of Energy Storage Business Development at BYD about the company’s expansion in Japan. According to Bin Guo, we experience true revolution in the Japanese electricity system, where owners of solar power […]

Fraunhofer ISE tops 31.3 % efficiency record for a new type of solar PV cell in only a couple of months

In November 2016, Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany) reached a record efficiency for a triple-junction solar cell made of III-V and silicon material.  Now, in the short amount of time, the researchers in Freiburg have surpassed their own record. Their newest result boasts an efficiency of 31.3 percent for a fully integrated silicon-based multi-junction solar cell.  […]

SolarPower Summit 2017: ABB’s Electric Car Coming? Leonardo Botti, Global Head of Product Management – PG Solar at ABB

SolarPV.TV,  the Official TV Partner of the SolarPower Summit 2017 organized by SolarPower Europe, speaks to Leonardo Botti, Global Head of Product Management – PG Solar at ABB about the company’s performance in the solar business but also about the company plans within the whole clean energy sector. Will ABB introduce electric vehicles to its clean energy products portfolio? You […]

Solar in USA: Rooftop Solar Facing U.S. Consolidation as “Weaker Hands” Fold

Demand for residential power systems is slowing in U.S. ‘Likely see more acquisitions or bankruptcies,’ BNEF says It’s not the best time to be a midsize U.S. rooftop solar company. Growth is slowing nationally, especially in California, the biggest solar market. Interest rates are creeping up. As larger rivals gain share and expand into new cities and states, […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Brining German Quality & Worldwide Experience to Japan – Yuka Matsuura, Mounting Systems

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Yuka Matsuura, Key Account Manager, Mounting Systems K.K. about the company’s activities in Japan but also other neighboring markets. Mounting Systems GmbH, an ISO certified company, headquarters in Rangsdorf/Berlin, is one of the world’s largest producers of […]

PV EXPO Japan 2017: 3% Efficiency gain with the new “half-cut cell” solar PV modules – Blue Liu, Manager Shanghai Quality Department at BYD

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Blue Liu, Manager Shanghai Quality Department at BYD about their new “half-cut cell” solar PV modules which ensure at least 3% higher output comparing to the standard modules.  

PV EXPO Japan 2017: Marubeni’s Solar & Cleantech Business At a Glance – Alessandro Fujisaka, Marubeni America Corporation

Today, in our special coverage of PV EXPO Japan 2017 held recently in Tokyo, we present you our exclusive talk to Alessandro Fujisaka, Department Manager at Marubeni America Corporation. It was interesting to learn about 25 years Marubeni’s history in solar but even more interesting about its current milestones and strategy for the years to come.