off-grid solar pv Articles

  • Off-grid CPV in Latin America

    As company project pipelines for the Latin American market increase CPV’s biggest customer may not be the utility companies of America and Europe but instead industrial and commercial uses may provide the biggest opportunity for CPV in Latin America. London, February 13th 2013 Tecate, Mexico will be the site for the biggest CPV plant in the world. Using a ...

  • Off-grid photovoltaics the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ for implementing solar in MENA

    At a recent PV Insider webinar on the prospects for PV in the Middle East and North Africa, the case was made for off-grid PV as a promising opportunity. In his webinar presentation, Daniel Zywietz, Managing Director of Ambata Capital Middle East and Deputy Chairman of the Clean Energy Business Council explained that off-grid PV would be the most logical choice for anyone looking ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Technical and economic evaluation of an off-grid solar desalination system in Myanmar

    Myanmar is a unique country where the majority of the people live in rural areas, away from grid electricity and reliable water supplies. The penetration of grid electricity in rural areas is minimal and even then it is often erratic. This paper focuses on the challenges of transitioning from an electricity-poor country to a renewable energy based-economy augmented with photovoltaics (PV). ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Solar PV For An Estate In Oxfordshire

    Better Planet was selected to design, supply, install and commission a 56 kWp solar PV system for this estate in Oxfordshire. Better Planet assisted with the DNO (District Network Operator) application required for grid connection for an installation of this size. As the system is ground mounted and there are listed buildings on the site, a planning ...


  • Closing The California Clean Energy Divide

    Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage Executive Summary BATTERY STORAGE IS EMERGING AS AN effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not only provide economic returns today, they can also preserve the value of solar in an ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Africa’s green energy challenge: Mega projects, off-grid or somewhere in between?

    South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy. A 310-megawatt wind farm sprouting up in a remote, barren landscape near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya has the clean energy world buzzing — and for good reason. Africa’s largest wind farm, with 365 towering turbines, is creating more than 500 stable jobs in an ...


    By Ensia

  • Thin film technologies changing the solar PV business

    The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is clearly in a rapid growth phase. The worldwide industry size was recently estimated at US$50 billion. Over the past few years, production capacity is thought to have grown at an average of 48% each year and cumulative global production is now at 12.4 Giga Watts (GW). It is also an industry on the brink of change. New technologies are emerging that seem ...


  • Solar Power 2011 - Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output. Annual PV production has grown nearly 100-fold since 2000, when just 277 megawatts of cells were made.  Newly installed PV also set a record in 2010, as 16,600 megawatts were installed in more than 100 countries.  This brought the total worldwide ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Are inverters PV’s Achilles Heel?

    The organizers of the Utility Scale PV Yield Optimization Conference & Expo, gained exclusive access with Michael Levi, Senior Director Worldwide Marketing from Satcon to talk about the inverter market for utility solar projects, how they are positioning themselves in a competitive market and how reliable are these key components. Q1:  What segment of the solar market are you ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Revolutionary Education: PV Powered

    Travel around rural Latin America and you’re sure to see schools without basic educational tools, let alone electricity. Not in Cuba. More than 34,000 children in rural areas of this small Caribbean island are reading, writing, and watching educational videos using the power of the sun. Cuba’s commitment to education is astounding. Although many countries have obligatory schooling, Cubans take ...


    By Solar Energy International

  • Women’s PV Workshop

    On a clear, sunny day in March 2003, a group of women were outside a California environmental science school talking shop—and that isn’t short for shopping. Discussing everything from conduit bending to system voltage, these 25 women were at Walden West Center in Saratoga, California, installing a 1.5 KW solar-electric system. Walden West is an outdoor environmental science school in the Saratoga ...


    By Solar Energy International

  • Artificial neural network based models for forecasting electricity generation of grid connected solar PV power plant

    This paper presents an artificial neural network (ANN) approach for forecasting the performance of electric energy generated output from a working 25-kWp grid connected solar PV system and a 100-kWp grid connected PV system installed at Minicoy Island of Union Territory of Lakshadweep Islands. The ANN interpolates among the solar PV generation output and relevant parameters such as solar ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) to LV distribution network: a case study

    The development of renewable energy sources will increase the amount of generation connected to distribution networks. The main advantages are that optimally located distributed generation resources can reduce or postpone the need for investment in the transmission and distribution infrastructure; transmission and distribution losses are reduced as well as improvement in power quality and system ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Water vapour permeation measurement for PV Solar Cell packaging

    With fears of carbon dioxide causing global warming and diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, a looming energy crisis is affecting all countries.  As a consequence, a great deal of world-wide effort is going into the development of alternative energy technologies.  At present, wind, hydro and geothermal are becoming well established with more niche roles for tidal and solar. The latter ...


    By Systech Instruments Ltd

  • South Korea Solar PV Power Market Forecast & Industry Analysis to 2025

    RnRMarketResearch.com adds report “Solar PV Power in South Korea, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014” to its store.   “Solar PV Power in South Korea, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy, Equipment Market, Regulations and Company Profiles” is the latest report from GlobalData, the industry ...


  • India’s PV-led solar growth casts eyes on performance of CSP projects

    India's CSP industry is seeking maximized output from Reliance Power’s 125 MW Fresnel-based plant and progress in four parabolic trough projects to provide competitive cost references in a market pressured by PV growth, industry sources said. It has now been a year since the 125 MW Reliance Areva plant, Asia’s largest Concentrated Solar Power plant, went into operation at Dhursar, ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Things You Need To Know If You Wanna Buy a Solar PV System

    As solar photovoltaic systems become more affordable, many consumers have begun to consider installing solar panels on their roof or surrounding property. A solar PV system can be a great investment for a home or business owner, but there are many important factors to consider. First, are you able to put solar panels on your home or property? Not only do you need suitable sun exposure, ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar and community relations: Sharing best practice essential to PV growth

    With nearly 6GW of solar now having been approved by Chile’s national environmental agency, a huge number of local consultations and community impact studies will have been carried out.  At present, legal precedents and few clear guidelines have meant that communities play a powerful role in the environmental approval process and the PV community in Chile needs to work hard to provide ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • PV Balance of Systems holds the key to grid parity in the US

    PV Insider reveals the importance of Balance of Systems (BoS) for lowering LCOE and maximizing performance in 2012 In 2011 the solar PV industry in the United States installed 1.86GW of photovoltaic systems and is expected to install a full gigawatt more in 2012, totalling a massive 2.8GW. Simultaneously, prices have also continued to decline since 2009. Average module prices have fallen nearly ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Energy Efficiency and PV: Together Forever

    We have seen a marriage of the energy efficiency and solar energy industries as the US has worked to green its buildings. In fact, some financing programs require that all cost-effective efficiency be pursued before solar panels are installed.  Here Elisa Wood interviews Liz Merry, owner of Verve Solar Consulting, about how the solar industry views energy efficiency and the outlook for ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

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