Feb 282019
 
An 8-megawatt solar park in Nepal is to contribute to a stable electricity supply and will benefit a school through a lease agreement. The builders rely on the latest technology from inverter manufacturer KACO new energy as well as its system design expertise and were delighted to win the Solar Shark Tank Competition in advance. The Nepalese government has taken up the cause of expanding grid-connected solar PV projects. The goal is a better electricity supply, from which the country's...
Feb 272019
 
Despite the uncertainty and volatile pricing dynamics in the global solar industry, demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) continued to grow in 2018, and annual installations reached the long-awaited milestone of 100 gigawatts (GW). This is a figure that seemed unattainable in 2007, when annual installations had just tipped the 2 GW mark, according to IHS Markit. “As solar becomes increasingly competitive with conventional sources of power generation, companies are investing in the...
Feb 262019
 
Canadian Solar Inc. won three solar power contracts with Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, for a total of 94 megawatts (MWp) of solar power system in southeast Alberta, with an average contracted PPA price of 48.05 Canadian dollars per megawatt-hour (MWh). When in operation, these solar plants will provide 55% of the electricity needs for Alberta provincial government. This is likely the largest public sector solar energy procurement contract in Canada in 2019. In the fall of...
Feb 252019
 
 "The Solar Maverick," a new podcast about solar and renewable energy debuted in November 2018 and is heading into 2019 as one of the most popular podcasts in solar, and with a growing international audience.  This weekly podcast from Benoy Thanjan, founder and CEO of Reneu Energy, features in-depth interviews with solar and renewable energy executives, providing expert analysis of the industry. Benoy has over 15 years of energy experience, including Project Finance at...
Feb 252019
 
During construction of his new home in San Antonio, Texas (US), John Bedingfield decided he wanted to include a solar system that would reduce his utility bill and allow him to generate his own clean energy. He needed a system that would both conform to the community’s strict building standards and offer more aesthetic beauty than traditional rack-mounted panel systems. In addition, he wanted a system that would blend seamlessly with his existing concrete tile roof. After researching the...
Feb 222019
 
The sunniest regions of the world are located in Africa and the Middle East. So it’s particularly surprising that these regions are home to less than five of a total of 450 gigawatts of photovoltaics (PV) capacity worldwide. Africa holds enormous potential for renewable energies. Renowned experts will be exploring just how great this potential is with presentations at the Intersolar Europe Conference on May 14 and 15. The organizers of Intersolar Europe and the conference of the same...
Feb 202019
 
Panasonic Solar Group announced its expansion of the Panasonic Residential Solar Installer program with the addition of ten Premium installers located across Panasonic's three main regions of the United States. Over the past six months, Panasonic has promoted more than 16 installers across the U.S. to premium status, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio. Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installe
Feb 192019
 
To cover 60% of its energy needs with renewable energy, the Jordanian Al-Balqa' Applied University has selected KAWAR Energy to build a solar park with a power of 7 megawatts. German manufacturer KACO new energy is supplying the inverters for this largest PV plant to date at a university in Jordan. Construction will start in the second quarter of 2019. Al-Balqa' Applied University is honoring its focus on applied sciences: The university, which is located in Salt and attended by...
Feb 182019
 
The electricity sector continued to improve its carbon intensity in 2018 due to increased renewable energy and natural gas power generation and investments in energy efficiency, even as a stronger economy and volatile weather boosted energy demand and contributed to a rise in economy-wide carbon dioxide (COâ‚‚) emissions. Consumers experienced near record low energy costs on a household basis and the number of energy jobs grew. Meanwhile, greater corporate purchasing of...
Feb 152019
 
imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies and EnergyVille present a new simulation framework that can accurately calculate the energy yield of bifacial PV systems (also capturing reflected light from the ground). The high precision of the new simulation framework compared to existing approaches comes from the fact that the framework not only computes the energy yield of the individual cells and modules based on local and varying...