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Ingeteam is boosting its international growth with the opening of a new branch in the United Arab Emirates. With this expansion, the company has consolidated its global position with its presence in 23 countries. The branch, based in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, is initially directed at the solar PV and energy storage business, due to the good positioning of Ingeteam in the sector.

The United Arab Emirates currently boasts the world’s largest solar PV plant with a single connection point, with an installed power of 1,177.36 MW. This plant, named Noor Abu Dhabi, is located in the town of Sweihan and is equipped with Ingeteam PV inverters and Inverter Stations, supplied as a centralized turnkey solution for medium voltage power conversion.

Ingeteam has also supplied its power conversion system (PCS) to this country for a pilot project in Dubai, representing the first energy storage system in the United Arab Emirates to be coupled to a large-scale PV plant. This battery system is part of the largest solar complex in the world: the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

Ingeteam’s branch already has a sales department and after-sales service that covers the entire Middle East as well as North Africa. With this opening, Ingeteam is consolidating its dominant position as a supplier of power converters and provider of operation and maintenance services for renewable energy generation plants in the MENA area, where the company has already supplied more than 1,800 MW.

Source: Ingeteam

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Global solar PV installations will continue double-digit growth rates into the new decade, according to the new 2020 Global PV Demand Forecast by IHS Markit. New annual installations in 2020 will reach 142 GW, a 14% rise over the previous year.

The expected 142 GW are seven times that of the entire capacity that had been installed by the start of the prior decade (20 GW in 2010). The growth has been substantial in terms of geographic reach as well. There were 7 countries with more than 1 GW of installed capacity in 2010, most of them confined to Europe. IHS Markit expects more than 43 countries to meet that threshold by the end of 2020.

Another year of double-digit global demand growth in 2020 is proof of the continued and exponential growth of solar PV installations in the last decade,” said Edurne Zoco, director, Clean Technology & Renewables, IHS Markit. “If the 2010s were the decade of technology innovation, steep cost reductions, large subsidies and dominance by a few markets then 2020 marks the decade of emerging unsubsidized solar, diversification and expansion of solar installation demand across the globe, new corporate entry players and increasing competitiveness versus conventional energy sources.

Large markets such as China will continue to have an outsized share of new installations into the foreseeable future. However, the overreliance on China for global solar installation growth will continue to decrease in coming years as more capacity is added elsewhere. Installations outside of China, the world’s leading market, grew by as much as 53% in 2019 and are expected to continue growing by double digits in 2020. Overall, the top 10 solar markets are expected to see their collective share of the market fall to 73 %, down from 94% in 2010.

China will remain in the preeminent position as the overall leader in solar installations. But this decade will see new markets emerging in South East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East,” said Zoco “Still, the major markets will continue to be critical for the development of the solar industry, especially as test beds of technological innovation, policy development and new business models.

Regional highlights

China. Solar demand in 2020 will be lower than historic installation peaks of 50 GW in 2017. Demand in China is in a transitional phase as the market moves towards solar being unsubsidized and competing with other forms of generation and there is some lingering uncertainty while awaiting the release of the new 14th Five-Year Plan to be announced next year.

United States. Installations are expected to grow 20% in 2020, consolidating the United States’ position as the world’s second largest market. California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and New York will be key drivers of U.S. demand growth over the next five years.

Europe. After nearly doubling installations in 2019, Europe is expected yet to continue growing in 2020, adding more than 24 GW—a 5% increase over 2019. Spain, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy and Ukraine will be leading sources of demand, accounting for 63% of total EU installations.

India. Following a flat year in 2019, due to policy uncertainties and the impact of import duties on solar cells and modules, installations are expected to grow again and surpass 14 GW in 2020. Lower module prices and a large pipeline of projects are expected to spur the return to growth.

Source: IHS Markit

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La industria fotovoltaica alcanza una nueva era de producción a gran escala

LONGi’s 10 GW mono-crystalline module production facility in Chuzhou is now running at full capacity, with its Phase II 5 GW reaching construction close. The additional capacity increased total global module production capacity of LONGi to an estimated 21 GW, exceeding its previously announced “Three-year Capacity Plan” (2019-2021).

Zhong Baoshen, Chairman of LONGi, said: “We are very optimistic about the rapid development of photovoltaic in the context of the global energy transition. The further build-up of LONGi’s global capacity of mono-crystalline modules will gradually increase LONGi’s ability to realize demand for high-efficiency products from global customers.

LONGi launched the new generation Hi-MO 4 module based on the new M6 (166 mm) silicon wafer in 2019 and has continued to optimize it. Currently, the power of Hi-MO 4 is up to 450 W in volume production with conversion efficiency of 20.7%. Further optimization has reduced the module size and weight, enabling easier installations on rooftops. Bifacial technology and high yield can reduce BOS cost and lower LCOE, making it the best choice for large photovoltaic power plants. Global potential order has surpassed 10 GW, with over 1.5 GW delivered. Customer feedback has been positive and exceeded expectations.

The market response to LONGi’s Hi-MO 4 module has exceeded expectations. We are optimistic that 166 mm wafers will become the mainstream of the photovoltaic industry’s next-generation and we will optimize the capacity of modules based on the 166 mm standard. In 2020, LONGi’s modules with 166mm wafers will exceed 20 GW, accounting for 80% of planned capacity. We will guarantee the global supply of high-power modules, helping the industry enter the era of large-scale mass production of 450 W high-power modules.” Zhong Baoshen said.

LONGi modules will meet more than 15% of newly installed photovoltaic installations worldwide. Our expansion strategy is not to compete for market dominance, but to promote the transformation of the global energy sector by improving the market supply capabilities of leading products, and to accelerate the path to 100% renewable energy globally,” added Mr. Zhong.

By 2020, global photovoltaic newly installed capacity is expected to increase to 150 GW, reaching a growth rate of more than 20%. The current market demand for high-power modules exceeds supply. Following on the heels of LONGi’s switch to modules based on the 166 mm standard, other mainstream photovoltaic module companies have also launched their 166 mm cells and modules.

Industry analysis forecasts that by the end of June 2020, the global production capacity of modules based on 166 mm cells will exceed 30 GW, and by year-end 2020, this may reach 60~70 GW. Under the backdrop of rapid industrialization and strong market response, the photovoltaic industry has officially entered the “166 era”.

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Ingeteam has supplied its technology to a 240 MWp solar PV plant in Vietnam. The Xuan Thien Thuan Bac PV project is the largest one that Ingeteam has supplied to date for the solar sector in Southeast Asia.

The company’s supply comprised forty 5 MW Inverter Stations, two 3.4 MW Inverter Stations, 220 kV plant substation, string combiner boxes, SCADA system and the PPC (Power Plant Controller).

In total, this photovoltaic project, located in the province of Ninh Thuan, has an installed power of 240 MWp. This is the first order that Ingeteam has received from the Xuan Thien group in Vietnam which, up to now, had focussed its activities on the construction of hydropower plants.

The Inverter Station made by Ingeteam is a turnkey solution comprising the PV inverters and all the low and medium voltage equipment, all supplied ready for immediate field connection. Ingeteam has also developed the transmission substation for the Xuan Thien Thuan Bac PV plant with a 220 kV output, and the protection, supervision and communication systems, as well as the EVN interface and the plant control system (PPC).

In 2019, Vietnam has positioned itself as the market reference in Southeast Asia’s solar sector, given that it will close the year with 5.5 GW of installed PV power, which is almost half of all the power that has been installed this year in this region. This boost to solar energy goes hand in hand with the minimum price guaranteed by the government in the form of a feed-in tariff.

The Xuan Thien Thuan Bac PV plant, which is set to be connected at the end of January 2020, will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 28,000 tons of CO2 per annum.

Source: Ingeteam

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In the twelve-month period ending Sep-2019, India added a record 1,853 MW rooftop solar capacity, which is 17% higher than the same period last year according to the latest report released by BRIDGE TO INDIA. PV inverter suppliers from China are the top players in the solar rooftop sector. Growatt, one of the TOP 3 rooftop solar inverter brands in China, has become the NO.1 solar rooftop inverter supplier in India according to the report.

Growatt entered the Indian solar market around eight years ago. It provides a wide range of solar inverters with capacity from 1KW to 80KW for the rooftop sector, and is planning to launch an advanced 200KW inverter model next year for ground-mounted and utility-scale solar farms. The company’s growth momentum has been very strong over the past years.

Rucas Wang, Growatt regional director attributed the achievement to the company’s strong foundation built upon its product reliability and professional service. “Growatt is a global leading inverter brand in the solar rooftop sector. Our advanced PV technologies and product reliability are very well recognized by clients and end-users around the world,” said Wang.

The company pursues a strategy of localization and has established service center and warehouse in Hyderabad. Additionally, it has hired local Indian sales representatives and now has more than 20 Indian service engineers in 8 major cities to provide on-site services across India. “Growatt provides advanced and reliable products and has been increasing investments in India. We have a lot of training workshops and a lot of advertisements. And we have a big Indian team, that provides superb services for our clients and end-users. That’s why we stay ahead of the solar rooftop competitors in India,” said Wang.

Source: Growatt

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Special report focusing on PV, published as a separate issue to the November 2019 edition of FuturENERGY for special distribution at: ENERGYEAR México (Mexico, 13-14/11). It also will be distributed at Genera 2020 (Spain, 5-7/02), where FuturENERGY has an active presence as media partner.

This special report includes the following:

COVER STORY

How the R5 solar inverter from SAJ makes rooftop energy smart

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Solar PV drives a strong rebound in renewable capacity additions
The PV sector: driving the energy transition
Energy gain of bifacial modules under different surface conditions
A new PV module using Tiling Ribbon technology achieves 20.78% efficiency
PV self-consumption: distributed and sustainable energy for a wide range of consumers
Sustainability: the trademark of a hotel on Ibiza
Latin America: a booming solar market in need of high technology solar inverters
2020: a key year for PV in Chile
Prime time for the professional distribution of PV and self-consumption in Spain and Latin America
Innovative solutions to minimise wind-structure interaction phenomena on solar trackers
Spain’s PV sector attracts investor interest
Structural solutions for PV projects

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During the UN Climate Change conference in Madrid, COP 25, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it has invested EUR 76.5 million in one of the largest solar projects in Spain, demonstrating its strong commitment in regards to the promotion of clean energy production in the country. The project is sponsored by Encavis AG, a leading independent producer of renewable energy, and Solarcentury, a global integrated solar power company, and comprises the construction and operation of a 300 MWp photovoltaic solar plant in the cohesion region of Extremadura, more specifically in the municipality of Talayuela. The transaction is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan.

At 300MWp, the Talayuela Solar plant will be one of the most powerful solar projects in Europe, capable of producing enough energy to power around 150,000 households per year at a very competitive price. Moreover, the project will contribute to reducing CO2 emission by more than 171 kt CO2-e/year and approximately 400 people will be employed during the construction phase.

The EUR 228m project has secured a project financing from the EIB and Deutsche Bank for an aggregate amount of c. EUR 165m, which reached financial close at the end of November. The Talayuela Solar Plant is one of the first greenfield renewable energy projects to be financed in Spain without any form of government/public support. The Project entered into a 10-year financial Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in September 2019, which hedges the off-take price for approximately 75% of the volume of the production. Following these developments, Encavis AG has provided Solarcentury with a notice to begin construction of the plant, which is expected to be operational in the second half of 2020.

The Talayuela plant is going to have a significant impact on the Spanish renewable energy market, helping the Iberian country to meet its renewable target of 20% of primary energy consumption to be generated by renewable sources by 2020. Moreover, the project contributes to the achievement of the Bank’s Climate Action objectives as well as to meeting the European Commission’s binding renewable energy target of at least 32% of final energy consumption by 2030.

Source: EIB

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Endesa, through its renewable energy division, Enel Green Power España (EGPE) has been awarded 72.4 MW of photovoltaic solar capacity in the Balearic Islands, within the framework of the concession auction for investment aid that was carried out by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the IDAE, in collaboration with the Government of the Balearic Islands, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). At this auction, aid was awarded for a total of 326.333 MW of new capacity in photovoltaic solar installations.

The 72.4 MW obtained by Endesa are added to the 879 MW of renewable power that were awarded in the auctions launched by the Ministry for Ecological Transition in 2017.

The company will invest approximately €60 million in the construction of the solar power awarded at this auction, an amount that adds up to a total investment of more than 800 million which represents the 879 MW obtained from the previous auctions.

Endesa estimates that the projects needed to develop this 72.4 MW amount will be operational before the end of 2022, generating approximately 114 GWh a year and avoiding the annual emission of around a few tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Endesa currently manages more than 6,983.8 MW of renewable capacity in Spain through its Enel Green Power España division. Of this figure, 4,710 MW are of conventional hydraulic generation and the rest, more than 2,273.8 MW, come from wind (1,843.8 MW), solar (337 MW), mini-hydro (79 MW) and other renewable energy sources (14 MW).

Source: Endesa

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Soltec, a leading company in the manufacture and supply of solar trackers, already has a track record of close to 8 GW. The Spanish company has been expanding its business into countries worldwide with projects of up to 500 MW.

Its expertise and commitment to innovation are the two main axes driving this company that has become a reference in the PV energy market. Its almost 8 GW in solar projects positions Soltec in third place in the world in terms of solar trackers, according to the PV market study published by Wood Mackenzie.

In addition to projects in countries such as Australia, Italy and Thailand, Soltec is also the leader in Latin American countries such as Brazil and enjoys a major presence in other nations including Chile and Mexico.

In its commitment to supplying the highest quality products that carry the Soltec seal of distinction, this Murcia-based company now boasts offices in twenty countries as well as factories in Spain and Brazil. These manufacturing centres make the tracking units for which the company is known. The manufacturing processes continue to be improved day after day to achieve enhanced quality and performance for clients.

The solar trackers are made and subjected to in-depth examinations to guarantee quality in every process, as well as in Soltec’s end product. Whether at the PV plant or during manufacturing, Soltec experts have all the resources readily available to respond to any incident that may occur, for both prevention and urgent response.

Solhub is the point from where the manufactured product is packaged and distributed to every project, no matter their location in the world, thanks to a first-class logistics team and standardised processes that benefit from exhaustive product checking.

The quality of its products and delivery, in addition to the commitment of its team, has resulting in a significant increase in sales year after year, since its foundation in 2004 to positioning itself as one of the companies with the highest market share in the global PV sector. Soltec already has an extensive track record in utility-scale projects and a wide portfolio of international clients.

In 2017, company was listed on the Financial Times FT1000, ranked first among solar companies and fourth among all 31 energy companies including in this listing.

In addition to its exponential growth with projects around the world, Soltec has also grown as regards its workforce. Its team comprises over 1,500 professionals in projects and subsidiaries worldwide.

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Enel Green Power España (EGPE), Endesa’s renewable energy subsidiary, has connected six new 42-megawatt photovoltaic solar plants (252 MW), it has built in Extremadura, to the grid, for an overall investment of 200 million euros. All the solar projects awarded to Endesa in the 2017 energy auction (339 MW) are now connected. These comprise six plants in Extremadura and one in Totana (Murcia), which went live in September.

EGPE was awarded 540 MW of wind power and 339 MW of solar energy at the government auctions held in May 2017, with a total investment of more than 800 million euros. The company has now connected 389 MW (339 solar and 50 wind) to the grid and is finalising the construction and connection of the remaining 490 MW of wind generation facilities, which will be complete by the end of this year.

This renewable capacity is in line with Endesa’s strategy of decarbonising its generation mix. The first milestone will be to reach 8.4 GW of renewable installed capacity by 2021, compared to the current 6.5 GW, with a total investment of about 2,000 million euros.

Each of Endesa’s three photovoltaic installations in Logrosán – Baylio, Dehesa de los Guadalupes and Furatena – comprise more than 42 megawatts of capacity each (127 MW in total). The facilities cost around 100 million euros to build. These solar installations are composed of around 372,000 modules, and can generate more than 240 GWh per year, avoiding annual emissions of approximately 158,000 tons of CO 2 into the atmosphere.

In the meantime, Endesa’s three solar plants in Casas de Don Pedro and Talarrubias – Navalvillar, Valdecaballero and Castilblanco-, which cost approximately 100 million euros to build, have more than 42 MW of installed capacity each. These solar farms, composed of more than 372,000 modules, can generate approximately 250 GWh per year, avoiding the annual emission of more than 164,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

These power plants have been built based on the “Sustainable Construction Site” model implemented by Enel Green Power, which uses renewable energy during construction. This is provided by a photovoltaic system that covers the energy needs of the works, as well as the implementation of initiatives designed to involve the local population in the execution of the project.

Endesa follows a facility development model that encompasses actions to create social value for the environments in which they are built, the so-called Creating Shared Value (CSV) model. Specifically, CSV projects implemented in Extremadura have boosted employment and improved employability in Extremadura, prioritising employment of local labour to build the plants, as well as the use of local workforce for tasks related to the site, catering and accommodation services for workers, renewable energy training courses for local residents, and other local associations.

Source: Endesa

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