20 June 2017 11:00 AM GMT

EDF Energies Nouvelles has acquired an 80% interest in the Pirapora II PV project (115 MWp) from Canadian Solar Inc., which is retaining a 20% stake and manufacturing the PV panels locally. It marks the latest step by EDF in Brazil’s renewable energy sector. With this addition, it now has 489 MW under construction, consisting of 183 MW (wind) and 306 MWp (solar). The project is located close to Pirapora I (191 MWp), also jointly owned by both companies. With a total installed capacity of over 300 MWp, the energy generated by both projects will cover the annual electricity consumption of 323,000 Brazilian homes.

June 20th 2017
Digital, Smart, Connected: A New Energy World Emerges At Intersolar Europe 2017

With a total of 40,000 visitors and 1,100 exhibitors from 51 countries present at the Intersolar Europe and at ees Europe 2017; the topic of smart renewable energy took centre stage, propelling the industry ever onward. Annual global deployment of PV installations cracked the 80 gigawatts(GW) mark for the first time in 2017 with 2016 already seeing a 50 percent increase in deployment over the previous year; a renewable energy future is arriving at a breathtaking pace. “Our vision of ‘24 hours of sunshine’ clearly foresees an energy future in which all energy is generated by renewable sources,” says Martin Hackl, Global Director of the Solar Energy Division at Fronius International GmbH. “We will achieve this vision by observing the four pillars of this future – intelligent and efficient generation, distribution, storage and consumption of energy.”

June 18th 2017
Intersolar North America Focuses on Solar Finance And Smart Renewable Energy

New conference tracks, off-site events and increased networking opportunities will be in place to connect industry executives, policymakers and advocates at Intersolar North America, the most-attended solar industry event in North America. The event will feature new, in-depth conference tracks on solar finance, smart renewable energy and cutting-edge PV and energy storage technologies at its 10th annual event in San Francisco July 10 to 12. High-level conference speakers will discuss key themes, technologies and advancements in the solar and energy storage industries, as well as financial tools and legislative actions currently shaping the North American market.

May 31st 2017
Intersolar Europe 2017: A Meeting Point For The Solar Industry

Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, is now open. This year’s exhibition focuses on the new energy world. One of the highlights is the special exhibit Smart Renewable Energy. Other topics include new financing and business models for photovoltaics (PV), large-scale PV power plants and the operation and maintenance of PV installations. Manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry will be in Munich until June 2. Once again, ees Europe – Europe’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage – is taking place at the same time.

May 23rd 2017
Mercedes-Benz Enters Energy Storage Market In US, Teaming Up With Vivint Solar

Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar have announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the US. The two companies’ joint offering provides customers with the German engineering and performance of Mercedes-Benz batteries, coupled with Vivint Solar’s expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems. The storage systems are based on the same Mercedes-Benz automotive-grade battery technology used in its electric and hybrid vehicles.

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May 21st 2017
Trina’s Solar Revolution: DUOMAX Twin Packs 25% Additional Generating Capacity

Trina Solar has announced the launch of its high-efficiency bifacial module DUOMAX Twin, which generates power from both the front and back sides of the solar module and performs well even under weak light conditions. The front side receives direct sunlight while the back side receives reflected and scattered light. Compared with traditional single-sided modules, the DUOMAX Twin can deliver as much as 25% additional generating capacity. The company’s leadership in PERC cell technology has achieved several world records and total shipments of over 1 Gigawatt over the past years.

May 15th 2017
Engie Strengthens Solar Presence In China With 30% Equity Investment In UNISUN

ENGIE has signed in Shanghai an Agreement for a 30% equity investment through a capital increase in UNISUN, a PV company. Since 2014, UNISUN has successfully developed around 500 MW PV projects, showing strong technical capacity. During COP21, China pledged to peak its carbon emissions in 2030 or earlier; the country shall subsequently increase the share of non-fossil energy from 13% to 20% in its energy mix by then.

May 15th 2017
Smart Renewable Energy Forum: Digitalization Driving The New Energy World

The digital transformation in the energy industry has fundamentally changed the electricity landscape. In the future, the energy supply will be ensured by a range of renewable energy plants, storage systems and consumers acting as prosumers. The Smart Renewable Energy Forum at Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, is, therefore, focusing on new concepts and technologies for digital networking along the energy value-added chain from May 31–June 2.

May 15th 2017
Overall Investment Down But Global Renewable Capacity Surges To Record Levels

As the cost of clean technology continues to fall, the world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, at an investment level 23 percent lower than the previous year, according to new research. For instance, new investment in solar totalled $113.7 billion, down 34 percent from the record high in 2015, yet solar capacity additions rose to an all-time high of 75 gigawatts. “The investor hunger for existing wind and solar farms is a strong signal for the world to move to renewables,” said Prof. Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, commenting on record acquisition activity in the clean power sector, which rose 17 percent to $110.2 billion.

May 12th 2017
Total And SunPower Join Forces To Build Solar Power Plant In Japan

Total and SunPower and ISE Group, have started up a 27-megawatt-peak photovoltaic power plant in Nanao on Japan’s Honshu Island. Completed one year after the beginning of construction, the plant will generate clean and reliable electricity to serve thousands of Japanese households on the island. The Nanao plant is jointly owned by ISE Group, which holds 50 percent interest, with Total and SunPower each holding a 25 percent interest.

May 11th 2017
Today, Every Fifth Utility Company In Germany Offers Photovoltaics To Households

The energy transition is changing the face of the energy market and its stakeholders. For utilities, this process also means a restructuring that will affect all areas. The energy transition involves products and services in the energy efficiency, mobility, electricity and heat sectors. It, therefore, creates numerous opportunities for utilities to grow by coming up with innovative solutions, but it also brings many risks. Customer relationships are changing. Simple power delivery is being replaced by more complex prosumer relationships. The portfolio of utility companies now consists of products such as photovoltaic installations and electrical storage systems, as well as new services in the mobility sector.

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