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  • British energy developers to be told: speed up projects or leave queue for grid
    Move expected to help reduce waits of up to 15 years to connect solar power installationsBritain’s electricity system operator will tell energy developers to get on with their projects or get out of the queue for a grid connection as it struggles to manage the growing backlog of delayed green ener…
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 3:31pm -
  • Weather tracker: power prices dip to negative in Europe amid clean energy boost
    Low demand combined with sunny conditions and meltwater lifts hydro and solar productionOver the last week, several European countries had power prices in the wholesale energy market dip into negative values during daylight hours. The decline in prices was mostly driven by the abundance of available…
    - 6 days ago 29 May 23, 10:08am -
  • Mike Cannon-Brookes wins control of Sun Cable solar project from Andrew Forrest
    Entrepreneur says plan to send renewable energy to Singapore from Northern Territory a ‘nation-building project for Australia’Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastMike Cannon-Brookes has prevailed over…
    - 9 days ago 26 May 23, 8:23am -
  • NSW renewable energy zones up to two years behind schedule
    ‘We are not going to allow the lights to go off,’ state energy minister Penny Sharpe vowsFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastNew South Wales’ two main renewable energy zones will be delayed for as lo…
    - 11 days ago 24 May 23, 4:00pm -
  • How solar farms took over the California desert: ‘An oasis has become a dead sea’
    Residents feel trapped and choked by dust, while experts warn environmental damage is ‘solving one problem by creating others’Deep in the Mojave desert, about halfway between Los Angeles and Phoenix, a sparkling blue sea shimmers on the horizon. Visible from the I-10 highway, amid the parched pl…
    - 14 days ago 21 May 23, 11:00am -
  • New US rules could stem emissions from coal and gas power plants
    Environmental groups laud the regulation, which would advance clean power in the US – if it survives expected legal challengesThe US is set to impose new carbon pollution standards upon its coal- and gas-fired power plants, in a move that the Biden administration has hailed as a major step in conf…
    - 24 days ago 11 May 23, 10:00am -
  • UK solar energy firm offers ‘shared’ scheme that could save £200 a year
    Company behind Devon venture hopes it will become a blueprint for projects owned by consumersIf you would love to have solar panels but don’t own your home or can’t afford the outlay, how about investing in Britain’s first “shared” solar park that is promising cheaper, zero-carbon electric…
    - 28 days ago 7 May 23, 2:00pm -
  • UK businesses face delays of up to 15 years for solar installations
    Committee of MPs says ‘dark cloud of delays’ hindering Britain from reaching renewable energy potentialBusinesses in the UK are facing waits of up to 15 years for solar installations on their homes due to a lack of grid connectivity, MPs have found.The environmental audit committee, which looks…
    - 30 days ago 5 May 23, 9:20am -
  • Competitive market to build NSW renewables drives energy price floors to record lows
    AEMO Services estimates the projects will avert as much as 11m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over a 20-year periodFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastRenewable energy companies have promised to build…
    - 34 days ago 1 May 23, 9:25am -
  • As Liddell bites the dust, can NSW supply enough power for a looming El Niño summer peak?
    As coal-fired plants continuing their demise, the largest source of new power every year for the past five has been rooftop solarGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAGL Energy’s Liddell coal-fired power station in New South Wales closed on Friday, Australia’s…
    - 36 days ago 29 Apr 23, 1:00am -
  • Budget 2023: call to fit public housing with solar as residents limit energy use to fight soaring bills
    Campaign groups say rooftop panels could save households $750 a year, and bring benefits of renewables to all Australians Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastBindi Lee counts every cent.The 52-year-old has to – she is on a disability pension and lives in public…
    - 37 days ago 28 Apr 23, 3:00am -
  • UK investment in clean energy transition falls 10%, bucking global trend
    Research shows Britain lagging behind at crucial time as US and EU pursue green growth hastened by Ukraine invasionInvestment in clean energy and the low-carbon economy fell sharply in the UK last year, even as rival nations were increasing their firepower in the global green race, data shows.The UK…
    - 38 days ago 27 Apr 23, 11:00am -
  • Number of UK homes installing rooftop solar panels highest in over seven years
    Arrays installed by more than 50,700 households in first quarter of 2023 as people seek to reduce energy billsThe number of households installing rooftop solar panels reached its highest level in more than seven years in the first months of 2023 as energy-bill payers turned to renewable energy to gu…
    - 39 days ago 26 Apr 23, 5:54pm -
  • Advice on voice a ‘cynical political tactic’ to confuse voters, Coalition claims – as it happened
    This blog is now closedPM says solicitor general’s advice on Indigenous voice refutes ‘absolute nonsense’ from Dutton and JoyceGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastEd Husic says board appointments alone won’t guarantee RBA diversityThe ministry for industr…
    - 44 days ago 21 Apr 23, 10:01am -
  • Renewable energy growth must double to meet Australia’s emission goals, Clean Energy Council says
    More than 35% of Australia’s electricity last year was supplied by wind and solar, up from just under 17% in 2017Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAustralia’s renewable energy industry is growing at…
    - 48 days ago 17 Apr 23, 4:00pm -
  • UK ministers review bidding process for funding new renewable energy projects
    Government wants to create more green jobs in response to Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act packageMinisters are considering an overhaul of the bidding process to fund new renewable energy projects in an effort to create green jobs, amid Joe Biden’s subsidy race.The government said on Monday i…
    - 48 days ago 17 Apr 23, 12:18pm -
  • Every household will go on a journey of electrification. We can make that easier, or harder
    Australia is at its best when it keeps the collective in sight. The way we move forward with electrification will either wire us together, or deepen isolationGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastIn 2021, the publisher of my book The Big Switch arranged a hectic bo…
    - 65 days ago 31 Mar 23, 3:00pm -
  • Solar is now viable even in rainy climes – so why aren’t we making hay?
    Government’s reluctance to require panels to be fitted on new homes in England from 2025 remains a puzzleIt may seem unlikely with the dark, rainy skies in many parts over the last month, but solar power is now the cheapest way of generating electricity, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on…
    - 65 days ago 31 Mar 23, 6:00am -
  • Boris Johnson’s climate adviser backs Labour’s energy security strategy
    Exclusive: No 10 adviser Sam Richards lends support to drive for energy independence and planning reformBoris Johnson’s former climate adviser has backed Labour’s plans to make Britain energy secure by 2030, the Guardian has learned.Sam Richards, who worked as the energy and climate adviser in N…
    - 69 days ago 27 Mar 23, 6:30am -
  • Solar panel firm leaves Londoners in the dark about installations
    Green Energy Together took £2,000 of Wendy Lewis’s money – but four months and many phone calls later, she’s nowhere near getting what she orderedA leaflet from Lewisham council was the incentive Wendy Lewis needed to take the green plunge. It offered residents the chance to buy solar panels…
    - 83 days ago 13 Mar 23, 9:00am -

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  • Weekend Read: Flex generation
    A new generation of flexible, lightweight modules is entering the market. With back contact technology offering its own form of design flexibility and robustness, the new products could crack a hard-to-address market segment.
    - 1 day ago 3 Jun 23, 5:00am -
  • Polysilicon prices plunge worldwide on bearish market sentiment
    In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 4:38pm -
  • Chinese PV Industry Brief: TCL Zhonghuan reduces wafer prices, TW Solar announces giant solar plant
    TCL Zhonghuan reduced its wafer prices by between 16% and 24%, while its competitor Gokin Solar is raising funds to build additional ingot and wafer capacity. Meanwhile, TW Solar announced a 3.4 GW solar plant across 52 fishponds.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 4:30pm -
  • Ecoflow unveils new balcony PV system
    US-based Ecoflow has announced the commercialization of a balcony solar device with a portable power station for residential applications.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 4:00pm -
  • India installs 485 MW of rooftop solar capacity in Q1
    India reached 9.3 GW of cumulative installed rooftop solar capacity on March 31, 2023, following the addition of 485 MW in the first quarter of 2023.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 3:15pm -
  • Australian utility plans to enter solar panel recycling, reuse business
    Australian energy major AGL is pushing ahead with plans to transform its Loy Yang power station site into a clean energy industrial hub in the Australian state of Victoria. It has signed a deal with Solar Recovery Corp. (SRC) to explore the feasibility of establishing a PV panel recycling facility a…
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 2:30pm -
  • Evonik unveils new wafer-cutting solutions
    German chemicals producer Evonik claims that its wetting and defoaming solutions improve the speed and quality of wafer cutting, despite the industry's shift toward harder, more brittle materials.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 1:45pm -
  • Assessing effectiveness of icephobic coatings on PV systems located at high latitudes
    A Norwegian research team assessed the snow deposits on photovoltaic panels and the consequent energy losses via the PVsyst software and utilized the so-called Marion’s algorithm (MA) for evaluating the sliding coefficient. It found the coatings may effectively reduce energy losses caused by snow…
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 1:03pm -
  • Germany surpasses 3 million PV systems as demand soars
    Germany has achieved a significant milestone, with more than 3 million PV systems now in operation, according to new data from German PV association BSW-Solar. It said the country's rooftop PV market is experiencing robust demand and the 4 million mark could be surpassed as early as next year.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 1:00pm -
  • Sonnen connects heat pumps to virtual power plant in Germany
    Sonnen has introduced a new software solution to seamlessly integrate heat pumps into private household energy supplies and enhance grid stability. The company's initial partner is heat pump manufacturer NIBE, but additional partners are expected to join in the future.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 12:15pm -
  • Maxeon claims 24.7% efficiency for IBC solar panel
    Maxeon said it has achieved a 24.7% efficiency rating for a full-scale Maxeon 7 solar panel using its IBC technology. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) confirmed the result.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 11:48am -
  • Tokuyama, OCI plan to build 10,000 MT polysilicon factory in Malaysia
    Tokuyama said the new factory should meet increasing demand for polysilicon. OCI already operates a polysilicon manufacturing facility in Malaysia.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 10:49am -
  • Solarge launches lightweight PERC modules with low carbon footprint
    Dutch solar manufacturer Solarge has unveiled two versions of its lightweight mono-PERC solar panels for rooftop applications. The module have power outputs between 470 W and 520 W and efficiencies ranging from 17.4% to 19.2%.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 10:22am -
  • Nickel-zinc battery systems with hydrogen, EV charging
    ZincFive is supplying battery systems for Advanced Power & Energy's hydrogen-fueling microgrid and pilot DC fast-charging station in Greenville, Pennsylvania
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 10:15am -
  • NGK starts operating sodium-sulfur battery storage for Japanese utility
    NGK Insulators has switched on 1 MW/5.8 MWh of NAS batteries under a demonstration project to assess the performance of stationary storage at a site operated by Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO).
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 9:30am -
  • Brazil hits 30 GW milestone
    The country has added 15 GW of new PV capacity since January 2022. In 2023 alone, it deployed 4.4 GW of new solar power, of which 3.15 GW comes from distributed generation and 1,24 GW from utility scale PV.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 8:55am -
  • Mitsubishi to deploy heat pumps, solar, storage in remote island project
    Mitsubishi Electric has launched a demonstration experiment to assess the efficiency of heat pumps in demand-response control on the Aran Islands in Ireland and San Pietro Island in Italy. As part of the European Union's REACT project, solar, wind, and storage solutions will also be implemented to e…
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 8:45am -
  • PV Cycle recommends excluding PV panels from WEEE directive
    PV Cycle has published a position paper stating that PV panels do not fit with the European Union's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive. It is calling for the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation for all renewable energy products and equipment i…
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 8:00am -
  • Binary organic solar cell achieves 19,31% efficiency
    Hong Kong Polytechnic University researchers have developed a binary organic solar cell (OSC) with a record power conversion efficiency of 19.31%. They invented a non-monotonic intermediate state manipulation strategy to lower the non-radiative recombination loss and boost efficiency.
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 7:15am -
  • New York and Ontario steal California’s sunshine, as high pressure systems affect May irradiance
    In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, presents the solar irradiance data it collected for North America in May. New York registered a new record on May 18th, when solar power met 20% of the state power demand, while Los Angeles and San Diego rooftops actually received less…
    - 2 days ago 2 Jun 23, 6:22am -
  • First attempt to repair glass-damaged solar panels
    A Dutch research group has used a series of techniques from the automotive industry to develop a novel methodology to repair glass in double-glass solar panels. Their experimental work represents the step towards transforming glass-damaged solar panels from waste into valuable products.
    - 3 days ago 1 Jun 23, 4:20pm -
  • Avancis achieves 20.3% efficiency in CIGS solar panel
    Avancis has set a new world record for a copper, indium, gallium, and selenium (CIGS) solar panel with an integrated series connection of 30 cm x 30 cm, achieving an efficiency of 20.3%. The German manufacturer's accomplishment has been validated by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
    - 3 days ago 1 Jun 23, 3:15pm -
  • German developer moves forward with minigrid project in Senegal
    Germany's development bank, KfW, is financing a new minigrid project in Senegal with a $138.8 million loan.
    - 3 days ago 1 Jun 23, 3:00pm -
  • India to add 2 GW of hybrid wind-solar, 16 GW of PV in 2023
    India installed 11.4 GW of utility-scale solar capacity in 2022 and 1.9 GW of rooftop PV, for a total of 13.3 GW.
    - 3 days ago 1 Jun 23, 2:30pm -
  • Improving ground-mounted solar power plant performance via orbiting reflectors
    Scientists in the United Kingdom have proposed using orbiting solar reflectors to enhance the electricity yield of terrestrial solar power plants. They claim this new technology may be particularly beneficial for improving generation at dusk and dawn, when irradiance is lower.
    - 3 days ago 1 Jun 23, 2:02pm -
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