Following Covid-19 disruption, German battery storage company Tesvolt said it had begun production at its latest giga factory in Germany. Orders rose threefold in the first quarter compared to last year’s same time but the company said it was unsure how containment measures for coronavirus would impact production.

The Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory, based in China, has revised its estimate of the quantity of new solar generation capacity to be installed this year in China. The figure ranged from 34.5-37.5 GW to 23-31 GW even though the consultancy said: “Facing an ongoing global crisis that is currently in full swing, no end yet in sight, this new outlook is expected to be changed again in due course.”

Brazil has postponed the A-4 energy auction scheduled for this month as well as the A-6 exercise due later this year. Citing the ongoing crisis of the nation’s Covid-19, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said it hoped that normal operation would resume after the public health crisis had abated.

The SolarPower Europe industrial body and 31 other renewables and energy conservation organizations have urged the European Commission to put clean energy and energy savings at the centre of any Covid-19 fiscal stimulus package. The solar trading body pointed out that PV was the lowest renewable energy option and cited a recent study by the Joint Research Center of the commission which claimed that two-thirds of the solar rooftop capacity of the block could generate less power than residential tariffs. The organizations said zero-carbon constructions and sustainable transport and industry initiatives would be at the core of the post-coronavirus future of Europe.

In comparison, the UK has been proposed by English company Cornwall Insight. The government that “constrain” wind power but keep thermal power plants running to cope with grid issues such as system inertia and rate of frequency change – how quickly the network adapts to changing conditions. Owing to the Covid-19-driven shutdown of non-essential shops and industry, the consultancy indicated that wind could suffer – and presumably by extension, solar – as a result of plummeting electric demand. Cornwall said last Wednesday, a day after the government announced a coronavirus lockout, demand fell by 13 per cent compared to the same date last year.

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