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  • PV developer and Investor joint-ventures: A strategy for commercial success in Chile

    Recently Mainstream Renewable Power announced a joint venture with Actis Investment meaning its financing needs for a large pipeline of projects will now be assured. With little experience in Chile for renewables, this rare form of partnership could be the most viable but difficult means of getting projects into production. Earlier in the month Mainstream Renewable Power announced a joint ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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

  • India solar PV energy

    Assuming Rs.7.2 Cr/MW for 750 MW = Rs. 54,000,000,000 (Rs. 5400 Crore) , with Government having done the entire capacity (like BHEL etc are doing for 4000 MW), the 30% equity needed is only Rs.1620 Crore. (only Rs.400 Cr more, but, AD benefits are not known) The list is quite conveniently silent on Accelerated Depreciation being taken by many of them, which we need to ask SECI to publish to ...


  • 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 ...

  • MENA set to spearhead Solar developments as CSP & PV grind to a halt in the western world

    The solar community in the Western world is undergoing radical change in 2012. Falling PV prices and the ending of the DOE loan guarantees in the US have hit the CSP industry hard, making it difficult to secure the necessary political and financial support to continue development. The PV market is also on the brink of collapse, with damaging effects from government incentive programmes set to ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Developing MATLAB software for PV and battery sizing for lighting projects in Gaza Strip, Palestine

    Recently, with the critical situation of the siege on the Gaza Strip, the need for an alternative energy source instead of traditional energy sources increases day by day, especially as Palestine is considered one of the sunny countries and receives good solar radiation over the year. In this paper, the MATLAB software is developed for sizing process of PV modules and batteries. The developed ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Jordan leads the way in the Middle East PV industry

    With over 400 companies operating in the local PV industry, Jordan is leading the way in the development of a regional PV market. Projects from Round I are soon to get financial closure, while the preferred bidders for Round II will be announced shortly. On the last year Jordan has proven to be a pioneer in solar PV in the Middle East. With the opening of two rounds of utility- scale PV projects ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Indian PV projects grow to 1GW in 2012

    As part of PV Insider’s PV Technology Outlook: India Guide, Vikram Solar forecasts a bright future for the Indian industry with manufacturing opportunities on the rise. Shaibal Ghosh, President of International Business at Vikram Solar, was one of the 6 experts interviewed for the PV Technology Outlook: India Guide.  He pointed out that conditions in India are ideal for the growth of ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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 ...


  • Trending strategies for PV O&M - White Paper

    EPCs and developers placing more emphasis on operational assets in the wake of damaging cuts to FiT schemes, non-O&M companies developing new business lines to services the O&M markets, and the secondary market of new owners keen to achieve optimum performance, are driving a competitive O&M market. Energy output has never been more essential: “If you do energy trading and you ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • South Africa looks to large-scale PV Installations

    The most recent round of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in South Africa saw fewer projects awarded than Round I. At first glance it did not look positive when only 9 projects, half the amount seen in Round I, were announced as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy. The number of projects in Round II had dropped from 18 to 9, in addition to the overall power allocated across ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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

  • Spotlight on India: Financing Utility Scale PV Projects – Webinar

    PV Insider has announced the details of their latest complimentary webinar on Tuesday April 10th, giving a comprehensive outline of the project financing situation in the photovoltaic industry in India. Thanks to the National Solar Mission, India finds itself today on the path of becoming one of the leading nations in solar energy, and the photovoltaic industry is gaining momentum by showing ...


    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

  • Innovations in monitoring & field control pave the way for PV plant optimization

    PV Insider - hear the latest challenges and solutions for improving monitoring and field control for large scale PV plants   With large-scale PV development taking shape in the United States, maximizing the output of utility scale PV plants is vital for developers and utilities alike. The critical drivers for utility scale projects lay in the increasing size of plants, the need to export ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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

  • 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

  • PV growth in South Africa hinges on the success of phase I projects

    A recent PV Insider webinar that focused on the project development challenges in South Africa, revealed the key hurdles that developers are facing to complete plants on time and on budget Since the South African government launched the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in 2010 local and international developers have shown a keen interest in this region. Since December 2011 632MW of PV has been ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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 African PV market in position to promote local manufacturing growth

    PV Insider examines the potential of South Africa’s PV market to drive local industry development and job creation in future rounds of the IRP Solar photovoltaic technology has emerged as the big winner in Phase I and II of South Africa's 20 year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for renewables. The announcement on the 21st May confirmed that a further 9 PV projects were awarded in window II ...


    By FCBI Energy

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