Driven by increased investor interest and a growing project pipeline, utility-scale floating solar installations are set to take off globally over the next few years, a report from Fitch Solutions says.
PROJECT ROUND-UP: Sungrow wins 800MW Qatar inverter supply deal, Scatec Solar completes Malaysian project
A round-up of the latest solar project development news from around the world, as Sungrow wins a significant order for its 1500V inverters, Scatec Solar completes a notable project in Malaysia and Hive Energy continues Spain’s solar run.
PV Tech’s analysis of ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JA Solar’s capacity expansion announcements in the first nine months of 2020 have revealed the company has already announced a total of over 104GW of combined plans, including ingot/wafer, solar cell and module assembly.
Major integrated PV module manufacturer, Suntech has started ramping up a 1GW integrated cell and module assembly plant in Indonesia, predominantly to serve the US market that takes its nameplate module assembly capacity above 10GW.
JinkoSolar has supplied more than 600MW of modules for a utility-scale solar farm in Vietnam.
A round-up of the latest solar industry news from around the world, as Aquila picks up its first solar projects in Portugal, one of Europe’s hottest solar markets, and Dehui lays claim to being Vietnam’s first module manufacturer to produce next-generation panels.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar is planning its first major solar cell manufacturing expansion in recent years, driven by its migration to large-area PV modules using the 210mm wafer size as it ramps production of its high-performance mainstream ‘Vertex’ Series modules in 2021 onwards.
Major PV inverter manufacturer will supply DAT Technology Co with 50kW-110kW inverter solutions for commercial & industrial (C&I) installations across Vietnam.
Country’s largest PV auction to date targets smaller projects and locally-owned developers to ensure procurement drives ‘immediate’ boost to post-COVID economy.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a loan deal for its first wind energy-plus-battery storage project in Thailand, which is also the country’s first private sector initiative to combine the two technologies at scale.
Module manufacturer Seraphim has landed a 183MW module supply deal with Philippine EPC ERS Energy.
Updated: High-performance PV manufacturer SunPower has idled all of its manufacturing plants located in the US, Mexico, France, Malaysia and the Philippines to restrict the financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has ‘exposed the vulnerability’ of value chains, says development bank as it advises other countries to develop domestic PV sector through standalone or collective action.
Having already guided expected GAAP net losses of US$145-195 million for 2020, high-performance PV manufacturer, SunPower is planning to make operating cuts to save around US$50 million, due to ongoing impact of COVID-19 and has withdrawn previous financial guidance for the year.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member concludes facilities in Ohio and Malaysia are exempt so far from government restrictions, while Vietnam factory remains ‘not affected’.
Government approves previously floated plans to allow renewable developers to invoke ‘force majeure’ clauses to win more time as virus continues to disrupt PV supply chains.
Facility’s location at out-of-the-way Si Racha zone, preliminary stocking of raw materials and the still-healthy state of global freight have helped minimise impacts, manufacturer tells PV Tech.
Squabble over individual amendment leads to vote against entire American Energy Innovation Act, potentially delaying until 2021 deal on new US$270m-a-year solar research programme.
Leading monocrystalline wafer producer spells out post-takeover plans for central manufacturing hub to target significant expansion of non-tariff module shipments to the US and India.
Country could avoid costs and grid chaos if it learns from Germany and Vietnam’s FiT lessons and opts instead for competitive auctions, says new IEEFA report.
Virus outbreak prevents solar modules and Chinese engineers from reaching Meralco PV projects in the Luzon provinces of Tarlac and Bulacan.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, LONGi Solar has signed a framework agreement to buy Vietnam-based solar cell and module OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), Vina Solar for RMB 1.78 billion (US$253 million).
Politburo resolution proposing green energy targets for 2030 (15-20%) and 2045 (25-30%) emerges as country embarks on FiT-to-auction shift to ease PV grid bottlenecks.
With the spin-off of most of its solar cell and PV module manufacturing operations to new entity Maxeon Solar Technologies (MXT) expected in Q2 2019, SunPower shed new light on the planned capacity expansions of the new offspring in its fourth quarter earnings call.