Solar’s flexibility can be agriculture’s gain

Solar's voracious appetite for land means that the industry will increasingly come into conflict with other important concerns, especially agriculture, as installations continue to expand. Coupled with warnings that a holistic solution to the global food-energy-water...

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Russia to bid for 500 MW of solar power in 2021

An additional 500 MW of solar power will be tendered by the Russian government this year in the context of the large-scale renewables program it initiated in 2014. "In Russia, at the end of 2020, around 1.7 GW of solar capacity was online," Anton Usachev, President of...

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French developer secures PPA for 5 MW agrivoltaic project

A power purchase agreement has been obtained by French renewable energy developer Valorem for a 5 MW agrivoltaic project it is building in the Dordogne department in southwestern France. The Tour-Blanche solar facility will sell power to the renewable electricity...

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Another decade of PERC

Today, more than 100 GW of production facilities, the vast majority of PV production in service worldwide, dependent on passivated emitter rear cell technology (PERC). And while it is getting more difficult to find further technological advances, scientists at the...

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Coloured facade solar panels with 13.8% efficiency

Studio Solarix, a Dutch start-up, has built a new line of coloured facade solar panels for building materials such as brick, composite wood, and aluminium. Depending on the scale and colour of the components, the Dot panel series features an efficiency of 13.8 per...

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Germany is affected by 2 million installs of PV systems

According to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), which quoted figures from the Federal Network Department, approximately 2 million PV systems were in service across Germany by the end of October (Bundesnetzagentur). The built PV systems will produce...

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Tandem PV cell production at Gigawatt-scale by 2022?

The CEO of 1366 Innovations, Frank van Mierlo, is a betting man. And your humble narrator bets that high-efficiency solar tandem cells are the near-term commercial potential of solar technology. The CEO of 1366 Innovations, Frank van Mierlo, is a betting man. And he...

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PPA for PV facade in Germany

We think of massive photovoltaic power plants when we think of power purchase agreements (PPAs). The model may also work on a small scale, however. With an urban lighthouse scheme, the Sonneninitiative association and the Marburg municipal power company, Stadtwerke...

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U.S. coal plant replaces solar + storage

The debate about how to offset the generation power that would be lost after the closure in June 2022 of the 847-MW coal-fired San Juan Generating Station is finally over, as the New Mexico Public Service Corporation (PNM) has elected to step forward instead of San...

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US solar corporate market hits 8 GW

The fact that some of the major companies in the U.S. are also now some of the largest users of renewable energy in the world is not necessarily breaking news. Google and Walmart, Google by 2030 and Walmart by 2035, are among the latest to make headlines with...

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Sheep farming involved in the Austrian agri-voltaic project

The power company Wien Energie has asked German project developer Maxsolar for an 11.5 MW photovoltaic, ground-mounted system on a former gravel dump, with Vienna's tremendous support for renewables. As 150 Jura mountain sheep will graze between 25,780 solar panels as...

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Apple data center powered by 50 MW solar power in Denmark

Apple has announced that its data centre in Viborg, Denmark, is now operated by a 50 MW solar project under a long-term deal to buy electricity. The array was designed by Danish developer European Energy which was sold to the LHI Group in Germany in early August....

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Giant 1 GW agrovoltaic project in China

China shows interesting examples of efficient use of land resources. The country has implemented large-scale projects to combine solar energy and aquaculture, allowing to collect a "double-crop" from one site. Here is another example - the world's largest agricultural...

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Bosch is buying up more solar energy

Under a 16-year Purchase Agreement (PPA), the RWE Supply & Trading subsidiary of German electric utility, RWE will supply solar power to Bosch's sites in the country. The electricity will be generated in southern Germany by 50 MW of solar capacity which is set to...

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