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    • zeupater
    • By zeupater 7th Jan 13, 5:36 PM
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    Solar ... In the news
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    • 7th Jan 13, 5:36 PM
    Solar ... In the news 7th Jan 13 at 5:36 PM
    Hi All

    Thought it was about time we had a thread specifically to discuss relevant press articles relating to solar pv & thermal ..... so here goes ...

    Z
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 12th Jan 18, 4:54 PM
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    ... I'd guess that the link Ofgem provided would be the official list! ...
    Originally posted by zeupater
    When it comes to OFGEM you can never be too careful.

    FAQ's amended. Thanks again.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 12th Jan 18, 5:22 PM
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    I nearly posted this in the other news thread, then remembered this one is solar not PV.

    So ..... CSP (concentrated solar power) is making a comeback. South Australia has approved the construction of a 150MW site, that'll have 1.1GWh of storage too, so able to run 8hrs at night.

    Shame that CSP isn't viable in the UK (this far from the equator).

    BTW, if you haven't noticed a theme yet, it 'always' seems to be SA getting things done, such as the Tesla battery, they are certainly way ahead of the Australian national policies - or should that be policy singular ..... burn more coal.

    South Australia Approves World’s Largest Single-Tower Thermal Solar Plant
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 13th Jan 18, 7:37 AM
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    I found this article interesting (well a paragraph anyway), but here's why, first.

    PV in the US has been quite slow on the demand side, and I and others have often mentioned that it seems very expensive compared to the UK and Germany.

    I was aware that marketing and permitting were substantial costs there, whereas in the UK, there is no permitting as it's permitted development for almost all properties, and PV firms spend very, very little on marketing.

    What I wasn't aware of though was just how much US permitting was:

    Sneaky! US Energy Dept. Enlists Anytown USA In Solar Energy Stealth Attack

    SolSmart launched under the Obama administration in April 2016 as a project of The Solar Foundation funded by the Department of Energy. The aim is to !!!8220;cut red tape, drive greater solar deployment, and make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access solar energy to meet their electricity needs.!!!8221;

    That red tape can be costly. SolSmart estimates that !!!8220;inefficient!!!8221; local permitting processes typically add $2,500 to the cost of a residential rooftop solar installation.

    SolSmart is structured as a recognition and mentoring program that can help grow local jobs directly in the solar industry, while also enabling local communities to promote their green brand:
    Given that all of the US has better generation (kWh/kWp) than the UK, and the southern half is probably 50% better, then cutting those permitting costs could lead to an explosion in residential PV in the States.

    If the US got to about 40-50m household PV systems of 5kWp (around 40% of households), then their annual generation would be similar to the whole UK annual leccy demand. Australia is already up to about 25% of households with PV.

    Apologies for the waffle, but my brain decided to put all of this together whilst I was trying to squeeze in some extra zzzz's this morning, and the scale of this potential/future generation shocked me.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 19th Jan 18, 8:55 AM
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    Looks like PV has broken the 100GWp/year barrier. Waiting for exact numbers for 2017, but somewhere north of 100, with predictions of 107GWp for 2018, so looks like another milestone. So when will it hit 200GWp? Previously it's doubled every 2yrs, but I think it's slowing down a bit now.

    BNEF Predicts 107 Gigawatts Of Solar In 2018 & $330 Billion In Clean Energy Investment, Again!
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 22nd Jan 18, 4:19 PM
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    What do you do if you break your 2020 PV target in 2017, well if you are China, just increase the target by 140%.

    China’s cumulative PV capacity hits 130 GW, to reach 250 GW by 2020

    It says cumulative solar PV installs in China have now reached 130.25 GW, thus outpacing the government’s initial target of 105 GW by 2020.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 24th Jan 18, 5:11 PM
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    Firstly - this article sounds incredible, $0.50/Wp installed PV by 2020, that's phenomenally cheap. A 4kWp £5k install works out at $1.78/wp.

    Secondly - not a clue what it's talking about, or how, but fun to note, wait and watch I suppose.

    Solar Tariffs Could Be Offset By Ultra-Low-Cost Solar Plans

    The recently announced 30% solar tariff could be offset and overwhelmed by new plans announced this week by the Rocky Mountain Institute and 35 solar energy industry leaders, which have committed to developing an ultra-low-cost solar product which could significantly reduce costs to the point that fully installed costs would only reach $0.50 per watt.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 25th Jan 18, 7:45 AM
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    I found this article interesting (well a paragraph anyway), but here's why, first.

    PV in the US has been quite slow on the demand side, and I and others have often mentioned that it seems very expensive compared to the UK and Germany.
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    Just a follow on to explain why US PV is so much more than UK/Germany, and so, so, so much more than Australia - quite shocking!

    How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the US
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • NigeWick
    • By NigeWick 26th Jan 18, 10:50 AM
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    Just a follow on to explain why US PV is so much more than UK/Germany, and so, so, so much more than Australia - quite shocking!
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    And, the Orange Faced Quiff has just increased tariffs on Chinese made solar panels.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 3rd Feb 18, 1:10 PM
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    In case there was any doubt about the myth that PV panels consume more energy than they ever produce, here's more on it:

    Solar ERoEI Is Actually Really, Really Good

    The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany published a document containing similar figures: “The Energy Payback Time of PV systems is dependent on the geographical location: PV systems in Northern Europe need around 2.5 years to balance the input energy, while PV systems in the South equal their energy input after 1.5 years and less, depending on the technology installed.” Its report also noted there was a PV system in Sicily with a payback time of about one year.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 7th Feb 18, 12:19 PM
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    Not sure if this is genius or crazy (perhaps it makes sense if you don't have spare land?)

    Dutch consortium plans world’s first “off-shore” floating PV plant for the North Sea
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 7th Feb 18, 12:20 PM
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    Push for more PV in London.

    London backs solar with funding for 1 GW PV scheme

    London has launched a £34 million Energy for Londoners scheme, which includes goal of generating 1 GW of energy from solar by 2030. Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor for the environment and energy, presented parts of London’s energy vision this week at the Energy Storage Connected Systems conference.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • NigeWick
    • By NigeWick 7th Feb 18, 1:01 PM
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    Not sure if this is genius or crazy (perhaps it makes sense if you don't have spare land?)
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    China's got some on lakes.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 8th Feb 18, 5:11 PM
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    China's got some on lakes.
    Originally posted by NigeWick
    Lots of countries have rolled out floating PV on lakes and reservoirs, it's been quite successful I believe.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 8th Feb 18, 5:14 PM
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    Italy is getting close to subsidy free PV that competes directly with the wholesale market, as well as under PPA's.

    Unsubsidized large-scale solar projects are proliferating across Italy

    Italian renewable energy developer LIMES RE and Italy-based consultancy company Prothea Srl have jointly announced that they intend to deploy around 500 MW of large-scale solar projects across Italy at market parity.

    According to the companies’ announcement, the plants will have a capacity ranging from 10 MW to 50 MW, and will be developed across several Italian regions over the next three years.

    “These projects,” the CEO of Prothea, David Armanini told pv magazine, “are planned to sell power to local power traders under private PPAs that will have a minimal duration of 10 years.”
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 8th Feb 18, 5:18 PM
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    Bad news.

    Can you believe it?

    Government quietly shelves plans for feed-in tariff review

    Last year a BEIS spokesperson informed Solar Power Portal that it intended to conduct a review of the feed-in tariff, to be published before the end of 2017.

    The spokesperson said in April: “BEIS intends to conduct a review of the balance of deployment caps between and within technologies, taking into account deployment patterns and wider government priorities. This will be published later this year.”

    This was in response to questions over the government’s commitment to conducting bi-annual reviews of the feed-in tariff’s performance, as mandated within the consultation response published in December 2015.

    However the department now appears to have shelved the review, according to written answers provided by Perry.

    Good news.

    Zestec targets commercial rooftop market with multi-million-pound, subsidy-free model

    Zestec Asset Management is aiming to ignite the UK’s commercial solar rooftop market with a multi-million pound, subsidy-free model.

    The scheme, which is financed by institutional and private investment, offers commercial rooftop installations for businesses backed by power purchase agreements.

    Zestec develops and manages the installs while commercial entities enter into long-term PPAs that only rise owing to RPI.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 15th Feb 18, 6:12 PM
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    Well, I got all excited last year waiting for, then seeing the first 100GWp year, but now it seems I should strap myself down, and start to get ready for a 200GWp year soon*, as the figures keep on going up?

    *Anyone want to make a guess, 2022?

    Solar PV 2018 CAPEX To Grow 25% & Surpass $10 Billion, Says Finlay Colville

    Solar module supply is expected to continue to expand “at unprecedented rates” in 2018, with expectations that it could easily reach or even surpass the 120 gigawatt mark.
    Mart. Cardiff. 5.58 kWp PV systems (3.58 ESE & 2.0 WNW)

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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 16th Feb 18, 7:51 AM
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    Yes, Arizona has an ickle bit more sun than the UK but softly, softly, catchee monkey:-

    Solar Plus Batteries Beat Out Natural Gas In Two US Electricity Markets
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 20th Feb 18, 2:55 PM
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    German PV gets cheaper, yet again. It's a reasonably good guide for the UK as generation is similar. The last UK CfD where PV was eligible was in early 2015 when contracts were awarded £80/MWh and German contracts were issued at the same time for about !!!8364;91/MWh.

    Germany!!!8217;s auction for large-scale solar: Bids below !!!8364;0.04/kWh for the first time

    The price rally in the tenders for solar PV systems over 750 kW in Germany is not stopping. According to the German Federal Network Agency, submitted bids crossed the !!!8364;0.04 threshold for the first time, and reached an average value of !!!8364;0.0433/kWh. The agency has also revealed that the lowest bid was !!!8364;0.0386/kWh, while the highest offer was !!!8364;0.0459/kWh.
    Note !!!8364;43.3/MWh is approx £38.30/MWh.

    Edit - for some reason MSE is having trouble with the euro symbol .... is this an early Brexit issue?
    Last edited by Martyn1981; 21-02-2018 at 12:01 PM. Reason: Added an edit
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    • michaels
    • By michaels 21st Feb 18, 12:00 PM
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    German PV gets cheaper, yet again. It's a reasonably good guide for the UK as generation is similar. The last UK CfD where PV was eligible was in early 2015 when contracts were awarded £80/MWh and German contracts were issued at the same time for about !!!8364;91/MWh.

    Germany!!!8217;s auction for large-scale solar: Bids below !!!8364;0.04/kWh for the first time



    Note !!!8364;43.3/MWh is approx £38.30/MWh.

    Edit - for some reason MSE is having trouble with the euro symbol .... is this an early Brexit issue?
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    Presumably in the UK that would be pretty much subsidy free but with the huge German build out I think spot prices sometimes drop to zero on good solar days.
    Cool heads and compromise
    • Nicolai Grenovski
    • By Nicolai Grenovski 23rd Feb 18, 12:17 PM
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    "German PV gets cheaper, yet again. It's a reasonably good guide for the UK as generation is similar"
    This is misleading - there are two things to note.
    Firstly, German prices do not include transmission costs -there is no direct equivalency to UK pricing-
    You need to add in the region of 25-35% for the UK cost dependent upon multiple factors.
    The true measure is LCOL (Levelized Cost of Leccy).


    Secondly, there is a lot of what we call "Wiedererwerb" (reacquisition ) of stock and older technology cells.
    Older low efficiency panels originally sold for the domestic market are being purchased for solar farms and newer higher efficiency panels (with a smaller footprint) are being installed domestically to increase domestic efficiency.

    Simply put: If you have cheap land and a warehouse full of low efficiency (originally domestic) panels cheap enough, then you can undercut the current install price by a significant margin.
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