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France simplifies environmental permitting for solar up to 1 MW

The new measures are expected to accelerate solar deployment across the country. From pv magazine France The French government has published in its Official Journal new provisions to simplify the procedure for the environmental approval of PV projects with a capacity of up to 1 MW. The new decree establishes that PV installations deployed on rooftops or parking areas will no longer be subject to environmental assessment. Furthermore, it states that all PV systems with a capacity of up to 300...

Heterojunction solar cells with lower silver consumption via rotary screen printing

Scientists from the Fraunhofer ISE built a bifacial heterojunction solar cell with a power conversion efficiency of 21.7% via rotary screen printing. They used a machine that is able to achieve a cycle time of just 0.6 seconds per solar cell and enables a strong reduction in silver use. A group of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Germany has developed a new metallization technique for bifacial silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells that they claim...

The supply chain requirements UK solar developers will have to grapple with under CfD scheme

Any developers bidding to construct solar plants with more than 300 MW of generation capacity in the latest round of the UK's clean power auction program will have to draw up a supply chain plan showing how they will address matters ranging from skills gaps to new technology to modern slavery. The UK government has published details of the supply chain development plans which must be drawn up by the developers of big clean energy plants who wish to be eligible to bid for contracts for...

Kenya defines net-metering rules for solar

Kenya's new net-metering regulations will apply to PV systems up to 1 MW in size. Kenya's Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has released a draft regulation to support the introduction of a net-metering regime for PV installations. The new rules will apply to PV systems up to 1 MW in size. It will help the country to initially deploy around 100 MW of solar capacity, according to EPRA. The owners of the solar arrays will need to pay grid-interconnection fees and cover the costs of...

Italy publishes new national guidelines for agrovoltaic plants

On June 27, the Guidelines for The Design, Construction and Operation of Agrovoltaic Plants were published in Italy by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, in coordination with the Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics (CREA), Gestore dei Servizi Energetici S.p.A. (GSE), the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), and Research on the Energy System S.p.A. (RSE). From now on, developers and, in general, RES...

Solar-powered direct air carbon capture tech from Australia

Australian company AspiraDAC, which uses solar-powered Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere, has been selected to be part of the first round of purchases from Frontier, a program backed by Facebook and Google’s parent companies, Meta and Alphabet. From pv magazine Australia Australian direct air carbon capture technology has the attention of a conglomerate of technology giants, with the company deploying the technology, AspiraDAC, announcing its first...

Singapore regulator issues fresh appeal for clean power

The Energy Market Authority has already attracted proposals for 1.2 GW of renewable electricity, to be generated in four southeast Asian nations, and wants to raise that figure to 4 GW by 2035. Singapore's electricity and gas regulator has issued a second call for electricity imports as it aims to procure 4 GW of clean power by 2035. The Energy Market Authority last week said it had opened a second request for proposals (RfP) for generators to supply electricity to the city state. A first RfP,...

Dewa installs 100 MW of capacity at massive Dubai solar park

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority installed 514 MW of the fifth 900 MW phase of the 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in May. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has revealed that it has installed 100 MW of additional solar capacity at the 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The new capacity is part of the project's 900 MW fifth phase. The state-owned utility said the site now hosts 1,627 MW of solar. Another 1,233 MW of solar and concentrating...

Novel photovoltaic water pump from Spain

A Spanish startup has developed a new pumping system that can operate in DC and AC modes. It can work for direct irrigation and with a water tank. Spanish startup Acrosun recently unveiled a new solar water pumping system based on maximum power point tracker (MPPT) technology. The Benelus water pump can work for direct irrigation and with a water tank. “With the tank filling control, we achieve maximum efficiency, as we can fill it during solar radiation hours, regardless of the flow rate and...

Ifri-Sol launches M10 rooftop solar module

The Tunisian module maker said its new product is based on p-type gallium-doped solar cells and is suitable for both residential and commercial applications. The panel is available in nine versions with nominal power of up to 505 W and an efficiency of up to 21.44%. Tunisia-based solar panel manufacturer Ifri-Sol has unveiled a new solar module for rooftop applications with a power output of up to 505 W and a power conversion efficiency of up to 21.44%. “The module can be used for either...