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Europe ‘fully embracing’ solar with 11GW deployed in 2018

The whole of Europe connected 11GW of solar PV in 2018, up 20% year-on-year from 9.2GW in 2017, according to estimates from trade association SolarPower Europe.

Meanwhile, the European Union deployed roughly 8GW of solar PV in 2018, up an impressive 36% from the 5.9GW installed in the prior year.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, said: “It is good to see Europe fully embracing solar again. With solar being the most popular energy source among EU citizens, the most versatile and often also the lowest cost power generation source, and with cost reductions continuing, we are only at the beginning of a long upward trend for solar in Europe.”

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Aljaval, presente en la siguiente subasta de México con 600 MW precalificados

El pasado 6 de agosto de 2018, CENACE publicó las Ofertas de Compra aceptadas para la Cuarta Subasta de Largo Plazo en México, las cuales se resumen en: 1.679 MW de Potencia al año en el Sistema Interconectado Nacional, con un precio anual máximo de $ 930.000 MXN / MW; 5.908 GWh de Energía al año con un precio anual máximo de $ 750 MXN / MWh; y 5.908.000 Certificados de Energías Limpias (CELs), con un precio anual máximo de $ 367 MXN / CEL. 

Energía Aljaval ha participado en la precalificación de aproximadamente 600 MW de proyectos fotovoltaicos propios para esta Cuarta Subasta, que están siendo desarrollados junto con socios españoles y locales.

El próximo 18 de diciembre de 2018 es la fecha límite para que se dé a conocer el Fallo de la Subasta y se lleve a cabo la Asignación de los Contratos.

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Reaction to Europe ending MIP on Chinese solar imports

With Europe to end the Minimum Import Prices (MIPs) on Chinese imports of solar cells and modules today, following a European Commission announcement late last week, PV Tech has gathered responses from the industry:

Marc Rechter, co-founder of integrated solar energy consortium, Solar Synergy Group, supplied this analysis to PV Tech:

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Dos proyectos desarrollados por Energía Aljaval entran en operación en México

Dos proyectos desarrollados por ENERGÍA ALJAVAL, de 33 MW de capacidad instalada cada uno, entraron en operación en el primer trimestre de 2018. Dichos proyectos están ubicados en los municipios de Camargo y Jiménez, en el Estado de Chihuahua. 

Cada proyecto ocupa 100 hectáreas de superficie, con 100.000 módulos solares fotovoltaicos de 330 vatios pico instalados con tecnología de seguidor solar a un eje horizontal. Ahorrarán por cada año la emisión de 76.279,74 toneladas de CO2 a la atmósfera, lo que supone una equivalencia a evitar la tala de 300.000 árboles, y generará unos 72 gigavatios hora anuales, lo que supone electricidad para abastecer a 35.000 hogares. 

Además de estos dos proyectos, se han iniciado recientemente en México las obras de otros seis proyectos desarrollados por la compañía, que totalizan 400 MW de capacidad instalada.

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Cutting finance costs could double size of global PV market, says LONGi

Lowering the cost of finance could lead to dramatic reductions in the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of solar, according to LONGi Solar.

Speaking to PV Tech, VP of overseas marketing at LONGi, Max Xia said the entire value chain had work to do to trim down the LCOE but the most substantial gains could be achieved by slashing interest rates.

“The final important piece of the puzzle is reducing the cost of finance,” said Xia. “We need support from development banks. If we could drive down interest rates from 8% to 1% or 2% we believe the LCOE could fall by as much as 50%. The Chinese government is looking to do more work on reducing the financial costs of LCOE as well as grid costs and land costs.”

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Two projects developed by Energía Aljaval have been preliminary awarded by the Energy Secretary in the third long-term Energy Auction in Mexico

The Energy Secretary (SENER) published on November 22th the definitive results of the evaluation process based on the Economical Offers submitted by the participants in the Third Long-Term Auction. The average Price for clean energy has been established around US Dollars 20.57, what is representing one of the lower prices worldwide.

Within the awarded projects has been included two big projects developed by Energia Aljaval. 125MW PV project located in Sonora State and 104MW PV project located in Zacatecas State, these projects would be signing in the upcoming months a PPA with Comision Federal de la Electricidad (CFE) for selling the energy produced during the next 15 years and the Energy Clean Cetificates for the next 20 years.

There have been a lot of companies participating and at the end there were 46 companies that submitted the economical offer. At the end it has been selected 16 projects, of which 11 are solar PV projects.

The target provided from SENER was achieved reaching between all the offers the next figures for each year:

  • 5.49 millions of MWh, energy
  • 5.95 millions of Green Energy Certificates (GECs), and
  • 593 MW-year of Power.

That is fulfilling within 90.2% of the Energy purchasing offer, 97.8% of the GECs purchasing offer and 41.9% of the Power purchasing offer.

Regarding the awarded projects, 55.35% of the Energy and 58.31% of the GECs would be provided by solar PV projects. That means that the projects developed by Energía Aljaval are representing about a 14% with regards of the awarded solar projects in this Mexican tender. The rest of the energy and GECs would be provided through wind projects.

The awarded projects add a combined capacity of 2,562 MW, what means 15 new power plants awarded in this tender and with an approximate investment of 2,369 Millions of USD in the next 3 years.

 

https://www.gob.mx/cenace/articulos/anuncian-sener-y-cenace-resultados-preliminares-de-la-tercera-subasta-de-largo-plazo?idiom=es

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The Value Proposition of Using High-Efficiency Mono-Si PERC Modules

In the past the value proposition of solar modules has been primarily about the lowest price ($/Watt) via the lowest manufacturing costs of conventional multi-Si modules. In the last few years, PV system cost has decreased significantly. In the meantime, PV module costs had dropped at a faster pace than Balance of System (BOS) costs, resulting in PV modules accounting for a smaller and smaller percentage of overall PV system costs.

PV industry will continue driving down module cost, but its impact on overall system cost reduction has become smaller and smaller. High efficiency mono-PERC modules not only help to reduce module cost, but also leverage to reduce BOS cost.

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La SENER y el CENACE presentaron las Bases de Licitación de la Tercera Subasta Eléctrica de Largo Plazo

Con la Tercera Subasta Eléctrica se podría triplicar la generación de electricidad con fuentes más amigables con el medio ambiente y aprovechar el amplio potencial y recursos renovables con los que cuenta nuestro país. Asimismo, continuar con la tendencia de costos bajos y acelerar la transición hacia una matriz energética más diversificada, señaló el Secretario de Energía, Licenciado Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, en la presentación de las Bases de Licitación de la Tercera Subasta Eléctrica de Largo Plazo.

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México: Engie logra 157 MW solares en segunda subasta de energías limpias, PV Magazine

La empresa energética Engie se adjudicó un proyecto solar y otro eólico en la segunda subasta de energías limpias cuyos ganadores definitivos se anunciaron esta semana en México, según informó en un comunicado.

En el marco de esta adjudicación, la empresa realizará el proyecto fotovoltaico Trompezón, de 157 megavatios, en el estado de Aguascalientes, en el centro de México. El inicio de las obras se prevé a principios de 2018 y la puesta en servicio se ha previsto en 2019.

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Solar PV in Africa

The business case for PV in Africa is stronger than ever thanks to rapidly declining technology costs, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). »Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets«, estimates that installed costs for power generated by utility-scale solar PV projects in Africa have decreased as much as 61% since 2012. Today, installed costs for these projects are as low as $1.30 per watt in Africa, compared to the global average of $1.80 per watt. »In recent years, solar PV costs have dropped dramatically and will continue to do so with further declines of up to 59 per cent possible in the next ten years,« said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

Global capacity additions for solar PV have increased six-fold since 2009, a trend that is now beginning to materialize in Africa. More than 800 new MW of solar PV capacity was added in Africa in 2014 – doubling the continents cumulative capacity – and another 750 MW was added in 2015, finds the report. IRENA estimates that with the right enabling policies, Africa could be home to more than 70 GW of solar PV capacity by 2030.

 

http://www.photon.info/en/news/solar-pv-africa

http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=Subcat&PriMenuID=36&CatID=141&SubcatID=2744

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