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  • China PV Industry Briefing: Construction of the world's largest PV project starts
    China PV Industry Briefing: Construction of the world's largest PV project starts
    • January 19, 2022

    State-owned power generation company China Huadian Group has begun construction of a 3.3GW solar power plant in Sichuan province. The project is one of nine renewable energy power plants listed in China's latest national five-year plan. Headquarters of China Huadian Group State-owned power generation company China Huadian Group has begun construction of a 3.3GW solar power plant in Chamdo, southwest China's Sichuan province. The 16 billion yuan ($2.51 billion) project includes the Mangkang Angdo and Gongju Lator solar power plants. The power company said the plot would be combined with farming and animal husbandry. The project is one of nine clean energy projects in China's 14th Five-Year Plan. According to the National Energy Administration, the total generating capacity of these renewable energy projects will reach 300GW and cost about 300 billion yuan ($47 billion). Solar module maker LONGi and energy company Sinopec have announced plans to deploy photovoltaics at 147 of the latter's gas stations. The arrays will feature Longi Roof, a new building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panel that replaces traditional building pitched roofs. The projects will be installed in Shaanxi, Hubei, Anhui and Guangdong provinces. China's largest energy company, State Power Investment Corporation, has launched a bidding process for 5.5GW of inverters, 4.5GW of solar modules and 1.8GW of engineering, procurement and construction services.

  • Brazil set for solar installation boom
    Brazil set for solar installation boom
    • January 10, 2022

    The deployment of distributed PV (under 5 MWp) in Brazil has surged from a total capacity of 500 MW in 2018 to 7 GW in September this year. In addition to soaring electricity prices, the trigger for the increase was Proposition 5829 in 2019, wrote IHS Markit analyst Angel Antonio Cancino. The proposal is expected to pass into law by the end of this year and will gradually introduce grid access charges to residential and commercial system owners. On August 18, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a revised version of Law 5829. The new version of the proposed law is the result of a lengthy negotiation process. It aims to remove some of the grid access that Brazil's distributed generation (DG) projects have. Currently, DG systems are exempt from grid charges when they benefit from Brazil's current net billing scheme. The program allows DG system owners to offset their energy bills by generating electricity from their rooftops and feeding it into the grid. Law 5829 is currently awaiting Senate approval and will be published by the end of the year. While it was originally planned to limit the DG section, the revised version of the law is expected to drive an installation boom past the deadline by which fees will be charged. This is similar to other markets where there are grace periods or specific connection periods when such laws are introduced. From January 2021 to September 2021, 2.2 GW of DG systems were connected, a significant increase from the 5 GW that was operating at the beginning of the year. Brazil's worst drought in nearly a century has exacerbated high electricity prices, low interest rates due to the Covid-19 crisis and economic entities that offer 5 to 10-year loans to finance solar projects make solar PV an attractive investment option. The opportunity to avoid paying grid bills makes near-term installations more attractive. As most developers and end-users will scramble to apply to build distributed generation systems before the grace period ends, we expect annual installations of distributed generation projects to peak in 2022 and 2023, with nearly 30 percent of new distributed generation added each year. 6 GW. Due to the boom in project installations, we forecast strong installation activity in the PV industry, which could lead to as much as 37 GW of new additions over the 2021-2025 period. This is expected to be split between 22 GW from distributed generation projects and 15 GW from the utility-scale market.

  • Solar bakery explores containerized solutions
    Solar bakery explores containerized solutions
    • December 30, 2021

    German startup Solarbakery developed this 52 kW containerized solution. The production process of the bakery has been adjusted. Most of the electricity consumption occurs during the day, and only a brief baking is carried out before dawn. A new artisanal bakery is expected to open in Senegal as early as the end of March, serving fresh and delicious bread-and using solar energy to achieve a carbon dioxide-neutral production process. The special feature of this bakery is that it is completely arranged in a container and will be shipped from Munich to Senegal by the German startup Solarbakery. The solar cell modules and installation system will then be unpacked and installed on site. The equipment of the bakery and a well-divided insulated and air-conditioned room will be located in a container on the ship. The container is almost 14 meters long and 2.45 meters wide. There is also a battery energy storage system embedded in the container, designed to provide enough power for early shifts. The idea for Solarbakery came from Simon Zimmermann. He and a partner have deployed several container bakeries in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Through this business, the company achieved sales of $128,000 in the first fiscal year, but the electricity supply for the bakery is still guaranteed by polluting and expensive diesel generators. As the co-founder of Solarbakery, Zimmermann won the support of Torsten Schreiber. Torsten has been cooperating with Africa Greentec company, committed to the solar electrification of African villages, and is now responsible for converting the containers in the bakery to rely on photovoltaics. To this end, a solar roof installation was added to the bakery with 144 modules and a total power of 52 kW. The third founder of the company, Daniel Petruccelli, is a baker. He changed the production process so that most of the power consumption occurs during the day, and the finished bread only needs to be heated for a short time before dawn. He also trains employees and devotes himself to developing new recipes.

  • The UK launches a new round of large-scale renewable energy auctions, including solar energy for the first time since 2015
    The UK launches a new round of large-scale renewable energy auctions, including solar energy for the first time since 2015
    • December 22, 2021

    The fourth round of contract for difference (CfD) plan is expected to allocate 12 GW of renewable energy capacity. The British government believes that mature solar and onshore wind energy technologies are entitled to up to 5 GW of capacity, but the limited budget of these two technologies may not be enough to reach this level. The British Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today launched the fourth round of contract for difference (CFD) plans to help deploy utility-scale renewable energy projects. The British government has allocated 285 million pounds for a new round of auctions, and for the first time since 2015, solar energy and onshore wind energy have been included in competing energy sources. However, only 10 million pounds of it are dedicated to solar energy and land-based wind energy, both of which are defined as mature technologies by the government. Most of the funds will be earmarked for offshore wind power, tidal power and floating offshore wind power projects. BEIS hopes to sign a renewable energy capacity of about 12 GW through this round of auctions, which is more than the total capacity of the previous three rounds of auctions. BEIS said: “Since 2015, onshore wind and solar energy have participated in competitive distribution for the first time. The government hopes that these two technologies will make a huge contribution to production capacity and help us achieve the level of deployment needed to achieve climate change goals.” The ministry also added It is pointed out that the total capacity of solar and wind energy in this auction may not exceed 5 GW, and the purchase capacity limit of 3.5 GW has been set for these two technologies.

  • Japan releases new agrivoltaics guidelines
    Japan releases new agrivoltaics guidelines
    • December 15, 2021

    With the solar installation reaching 200 MW, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan recently issued new guidelines for the development and construction of ground-based agrivoltaics facilities, and excludes facilities that do not grow crops or livestock during the planning stage to increase Such projects exist in this land-scarce country. Due to building regulations, the height of agrivoltaics projects must not exceed 9 meters. Therefore, projects that use trackers or facilities installed in barns and gardening greenhouses have been excluded from the guidelines. Existing solar power plants that introduce crop growth or livestock after the project planning and construction phase may not necessarily be considered as agrivoltaics power plants. The difference between this type of solar power plant and a project considered as an agrivoltaics facility is whether the plant is planned from the design stage to achieve the best agricultural production. In addition, in the case of agrivoltaics power generation, the land The type is regarded as farmland, so there are related tax incentives. Most of the agrivoltaics power plants in Japan are built under the country's feed-in tariff plan. According to recent statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, as of the end of September, Japan has 200MW grid-connected agrivoltaics projects in operation. These projects cover a total area of about 181.6 hectares, spread all over the country. Agrivoltaics projects are deployed on farmland, so there is no tax issue, and even in urban areas, the land can be used very cheaply. Therefore, the rapid growth of solar power plants under the national feed-in tariff will gradually be replaced by agricultural photovoltaics. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently identified land scarcity and grid congestion as the two main reasons behind the limited success of six solar auctions in Japan. IRENA also pointed out the high cost of solar photovoltaic brackets in the Japanese market. It said that in addition to high land costs and grid congestion, it is particularly difficult to obtain permits for solar parks with a scale of more than 40 MW in Japan because of the lengthy approval process.

  • Bifacial solar modules excluded from Section 201 tariffs
    Bifacial solar modules excluded from Section 201 tariffs
    • November 22, 2021

    In order to win the photovoltaic solar industry, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) excluded bifacial solar modules from Section 201 tariffs. In addition to the exclusion, the CIT reduced the Section 201 tariff rate from 18% to 15% after it was raised to 18% in Proclamation 10101. The court concluded, “Proclamation 10101’s withdrawal of the exclusion of bifacial solar panels and increase of the safeguard duties on CSPV modules constituted both a clear misconstruction [of] the statute and action outside the President’s delegated authority.” Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on this positive decision: “The decision by the U.S. Court of International Trade to strike down an order by President Trump to change the step-down rate for the Section 201 tariffs and reverse the bifacial module exclusion was clearly the right conclusion. Both actions were an unlawful attempt to harshen the Section 201 tariffs. “We are committed to building the U.S. solar manufacturing supply chain and we believe there are policies in the Build Back Better Act that will help grow American manufacturing. We look forward to working with the Biden administration and Congress to get these critical policies, including Senator John Ossoff’s Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, over the finish line.” Through this positive decision, the sustainable development of the solar energy industry will be used more widely.

  • The Rise Of Solar Energy
    The Rise Of Solar Energy
    • November 22, 2021

    The world is adopting renewable energy at an unprecedented pace, and Pv solar power is the energy source leading the way. Despite a 4.5% fall in global energy demand in 2020, Visual Capitalist's Govind Bhutada notes that renewable energy technologies showed promising progress. While the growth in renewables was strong across the board, solar power led from the front with 127 gigawatts installed in 2020, its largest-ever annual capacity expansion. China is the undisputed leader in solar installation system, with over 35% of global capacity. What’s more, China is showing no signs of slowing down. It has the world’s largest wind and solar power project in the pipeline, which could add another 400,000MW to its clean energy capacity. In 2020, President Xi Jinping stated that China aims to be carbon neutral by 2060, and the country is taking steps to get there. China is a leader in the solar energy industry, and it seems to have cracked the code for the entire solar supply chain. In 2019, Chinese firms produced 66% of the world’s polysilicon, the initial building block of silicon-based photovoltaic (PV) panels. Furthermore, more than three-quarters of solar cells came from China, along with 72% of the world’s PV panels. With that said, it’s no surprise that 5 of the world’s 10 largest solar parks are in China, and it will likely continue to build more as it transitions to carbon neutrality. The energy transition is a major factor in the rise of renewables, but solar’s growth is partly due to how cheap it has become over time. This year, solar costs are rising due to supply chain issues, but the rise is likely to be temporary as bottlenecks resolve.

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