4. SOLARTECH

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.

Canadian Solar Signs PPAs with SECI to Develop 80 MWac Solar Power Projects in India

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that it has secured Power Purchase Agreements for an aggregate 80 MWac of solar power projects with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a public sector undertaking of the Government of India. Canadian Solar was awarded these projects under […]

SolarPower Summit 2017: Solar President Donald Trump? Exclusive talk to the U.S. Solar Industry Pioneer – Thomas Thompson, VP Sales, LONGi Solar USA

SolarPV.TV,  the Official TV Partner of the SolarPower Summit 2017 organized by SolarPower Europe, speaks to Thomas Thompson, VP Sales, LONGi Solar USA, one of the U.S. Solar Industry Pioneers, who came to Brussels from Massachusetts to update European members of SolarPower Europe on the current situation on the solar market in the U.S. after the recent Presidential Elections. […]

SolarPower Summit 2017: Forgotten “O” in “Operations and Maintenance” solar terminology – Vassilis Papaeconomou, Alectris & Máté Heisz, SolarPower Europe

SolarPV.TV,  the Official TV Partner of the SolarPower Summit 2017 organized by SolarPower Europe, speaks to leaders of “Operations and Maintenance Task Force”: Vassilis Papaeconomou, Managing Director at Alectris (Chair of the Task Force on behalf of SolarPower Europe members) & Máté Heisz, Business Analyst at SolarPower Europe.  Acknowledging the emerging importance of Operations and Maintenance for the […]

1366 Technologies reports 19.9% efficiency using Direct Wafer and Hanwha Q CELLS solar PV cell technologies

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies (Bedford, Mass., US) on March 8th, 2017 announced a new performance record for its Direct Wafer technology with the achievement of 19.9% solar cell efficiency through 1366’s ongoing technical partnership with Hanwha Q CELLS.  The result, which was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, clearly demonstrates the rapid efficiency gains that […]

Tesla Completes Hawaii Storage Project

Provides power that’s cheaper than utility’s cost for diesel Project has 13 megawatts of panels, 52 megawatt-hours storage Tesla Inc. has completed a solar project in Hawaii that incorporates batteries to sell power in the evening, part of a push by the electric car maker to provide more green power to the grid. The Kapaia installation includes […]

Solar in Middle East: JinkoSolar and Marubeni Corporation enter into PPA for a 1.2 GW solar project in Abu Dhabi

JinkoSolar announced that a consortium consisting of JinkoSolar and Marubeni Corporation have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Compan for the Solar PV Independent Power Project located at Sweihan, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A special purpose company jointly owned by JinkoSolar, Marubeni, and the Abu […]

Jinko Solar Posts 2016 Profit, Guides 8.5 to 9 GW 2017 Solar Modules Shipping Target

Chinese solar PV manufacturer Jinko Solar reported a very impressive growth in 2016, even with a solid-but-lackluster fourth quarter, and further shocked experts by guiding 2017 solar PV module shipments in the range of 8.5 to 9.0 gigawatts, a potentially staggering growth rate. It’s obviously been fun times at Jinko Solar of late. In November, the […]