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The recently ended year 2019 was a bright year for solar business as a whole and for Gantner in particular. Gantner is very excited about having commissioned monitoring and control solutions for another 1 GW solar power in 2019.

Gantner’s complete monitor solution has been supplied for example in projects in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan as well as in the Netherlands and Spain. A new market Gantner entered is Ukraine which strengthens the company’s portfolio in Eastern Europe where already some of the region’s biggest solar power plants in Belarus and in Kazakhstan work with Gantner’s system.

In 2019 the total number of newly acquired measurement channels with a typical measure rate of up to 1 Hz sums up to about one million. On top of that another five million of calculated channels are imported into cloud-based Gantner’s webportal with a market-leading storage rate of one per minute. The huge amount of collected data provides the opportunity to apply new big data technologies to gain valuable information about the state of a power plant, to calculate production forecasts and to perform predictive maintenance. With Gantner’s “Mechanistic Performance Model” it is possible to compare the actual outcome of a PV plant with target values based on the structure of the plant and on weather conditions.

The goal for 2020 is to use the high momentum of the PV industry to strengthen its position as an international market leader with monitoring and control of solar power plants “Made in Germany”.

Source: Gantner

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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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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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Soltec currently ranks among the world’s largest manufacturers of solar PV tracking equipment and has a track record of over 8 GW in projects worldwide. This positions Soltec as the third company at global level as regards solar trackers, according to the PV market study from Wood Mackenzie.

Based in Molina de Segura (Murcia), Soltec has some twenty offices all over the world and projects on the five continents. Since its foundation in 2004, Soltec has been growing and multiplying both its manufacturing figures and its revenue. In 2017, company was listed on the Financial Times FT1000, ranking first among solar companies and fourth among all 31 energy companies including in this listing.

The speed of Soltec’s growth is largely due to the company’s commitment to innovation and the quality of its products. The Spanish company has been increasing its sales year on year to position itself as one of the companies with the largest market share in the PV sector. Soltec is currently the leading manufacturer of solar trackers in Latin American countries such as Brazil, as indicated by the Wood Mackenzie PV market study. To date, Soltec has supplied more than 270,000 such units around the world.

The continuous upgrading of its manufacturing processes forms a vital part of Soltec’s corporate philosophy, whose products are used on a daily basis. For this, the company benefits from a large team of experts and specialists in R&D which analyses and evaluates the results of each one of the solar tracker’s components.

To help undertake this exhaustive study, in 2018 Soltec inaugurated its Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center (BiTEC), based in Livermore (California, US). The aim of this centre is to investigate all the variables that impact on the performance of bifacial equipment and ways to improve output to achieve a greater return on investment. This centre researches aspects such as: assembly height, the clarity and characteristics of the ground, module temperature and other features that affect energy generation and optimise performance in bifacial structures.

Soltec has just released its annual study on all these variables, including analyses and assessments for the period September 2018 – September 2019. This document is the fourth in a series of White Papers that have been published throughout the year containing the different assessments and results analysed at BiTEC. Based on these analyses, conclusions are reached that the SF7 bifacial tracker from Soltec generates between 7.3% more bifacial gain for albedos of 19.9% and 15.7% for albedos of 55.6%. In addition, the SF7 bifacial tracker in a 2-vertical configuration can generate 2.1% more power than trackers in a 1-vertical arrangement under the same conditions.

These annual assessments and studies also conclude that, in addition to an increased output, the bifacial technology developed by Soltec has resulted in changes to the design and the behaviour of bifacial trackers.

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LONGi Solar has received CERTISOLIS’ low carbon footprint certification for its latest generation of high-efficiency mono-crystalline modules. This is validation that LONGi’s PV solar products are qualified for France’s CRE projects and paves the way for LONGi to offer its customers high quality solar products that drives lower LCOE.

LONGi has received the certificates under the Lifecycle Analysis criteria for both CRE3 and CRE4 regimes. LONGi’s solar panels can now be specified for CRE 4 tenders in France as well as unbuilt project pipeline under CRE 3. The certification is required by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) to be eligible for CRE auctions and covers carbon emissions of the entire product life cycle, from raw materials, manufacturing, transportation and storage, disposal to recycling and other stages.

We are very excited to receive the carbon footprint verification from CERTISOLIS, which is a validation of LONGi’s leadership in green production,” said Dennis She, Senior Vice President, LONGi Solar. “LONGi always advocates the concept of using clean energy to produce clean energy products. We take sustainable development as a core measurement for business decisions. The successful verification of the CRE carbon footprint is affirmation of our green commitment to the whole processes of production. In the future, LONGi will continue to improve production management, improve manufacturing processes, and further reduce the carbon footprint of our products.

As a driver of the global energy transformation, LONGi leads the industrial photovoltaic development with technological innovations and advances clean energy for sustainable development. The company has made significant progress in realizing its “Solar for Solar” concept of manufacturing clean energy products using 100% clean energy. As a signatory of The Climate Group’s RE100, LONGi has committed to achieving 100% clean energy. LONGi’s green production facilities are already in operation in Yunnan, China and Kuching, Malaysia. The clean energy consumption of three factories in Lijiang, Baoshan, and Chuxiong in China’s Yunnan accounts for 100%, 100%, and 96.6% respectively. “Solar for Solar” will also promote the application of PV in seawater desalination and desertification control to reduce carbon emissions and achieve a negative carbon earth.

LONGi supplies more than 30 GW of high-efficiency solar silicon wafers and modules each year, about a quarter of the global market demand. In order to meet the continuous large-scale growth demand brought about by energy transition, and to continuously and steadily meet the global customers for high-efficiency PV products, LONGi will continue to increase its production capacity and secure supply chains for solar products. LONGi will work with our customers and partners to promote the global energy transformation and the development of global renewable energy.

Source: LONGi Solar

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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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2019 was the strongest growth year for solar in Europe since 2010, with more new solar capacity added this year than any other power generation technology. Increasing by more than 100% over the past year, solar growth in the European Union has outpaced many of the leading solar regions worldwide.

SolarPower Europe’s first EU Market Outlook for Solar Power shows that 2019 was one of the best solar years on record for the European Union, with 16.7 GW of installations added in the region, representing a 104% increase over the 8.2 GW added in 2018. This makes 2019 the strongest growth year for solar in the EU-28 since 2010.

There are several reasons to explain the growth of solar in Europe. Primarily, this increased demand can be attributed to solar’s cost-competitiveness – it is often the cheapest power generation source – as well as the approaching deadline for member states to meet their binding national 2020 renewable energy targets. EU countries have also begun to prepare for their road to compliance with the Commission’s Clean Energy Package, which sets a 32% renewables target by 2030, where many national governments are increasingly looking to low-cost solar to meet their targets.

In 2019, Spain was Europe’s largest solar market, adding 4.7 GW; Spain has not held this achievement since 2008. Rounding out the top solar markets for 2019 were Germany (4 GW), the Netherlands (2.5 GW), France (1.1 GW), and Poland, which nearly quadrupled its installed capacities to 784 MW. This trend of increased solar installations was noted across the entire EU, with 26 of the 28 member states installing more solar in 2019 than the year before. By the end of 2019, the EU will enjoy a total of 131.9 GW, which represents a 14% increase over the 115.2 GW operating the year before.

With solar being the most popular energy source among EU citizens, as well as the most versatile, and with price reductions continuing, we are only at the beginning of a long upward trend for solar in Europe. In terms of medium-term projections, we expect continued growth for the EU-bloc with a 26% increase in 2020 bringing demand to 21 GW, and installations on track to reach 21.9 GW in 2021. The record-breaking year is expected to be 2022, with an anticipated all-time high of 24.3 GW of installations, and again in 2023 with 26.8 GW of newly-installed solar capacity.

Source: SolarPower

Mix de generación de España en el escenario base. Fuente: BloombergNEF. Nota: El gráfico muestra una proyección para España peninsular (continental) y no incluye las islas españolas / Spain’s generation mix in the base scenario. Source: BloombergNEF. Note: The chart shows a projection for peninsular (mainland) Spain, and does not include Spanish islands

Maximizing the role of solar and wind power in the electricity systems of Spain and Chile between now and 2050 will hinge on the extent to which flexibility assets such as batteries and dynamic electric vehicle chargers are deployed and used. That is the conclusion of twin reports, published by BloombergNEF (BNEF) in partnership with Acciona.

Both Spain and Chile have world-class resources in sunshine and wind, and are therefore prime locations for the build-out of renewable energy over the next three decades. The BNEF reports model the outlook for the power generation mix of the two countries by 2050, based on various scenarios. Both Spain and Chile have ambitious targets for decarbonizing their electricity systems, the former for renewable generation, and the latter for the retirement of its entire coal-fired power station fleet. But attaining these, or getting close, will require a focus on flexibility, as well as simply pouring money into increasingly cheap renewables.

Flexibility is provided by technologies that can rapidly increase or reduce the amount of electricity they deliver to the grid, depending on the balance between supply from generators and demand from businesses and consumers. Examples are stationary storage batteries, EV chargers that charge when electric prices are low rather than at peak periods, interconnectors to other countries, and – on the fossil fuel side – quick-response gas-fired power stations.

Among the conclusions of the two reports are:

• The base-case scenario for Spain shows wind and solar generating 51% of total electricity by 2030, and as much as 75% by 2050, thanks to the fact that they are the lowest-cost options in that country for generating power.
• The base-case scenario for Chile shows wind and solar surging from supplying 13% of the country’s electricity now, to 40% by 2030, and 67% by 2050. The market is expected to be 93% supplied by all renewables in that year. In a coal phase-out scenario, the figure rises to 98%.
• In Spain, in a scenario in which battery storage costs fall more rapidly than expected, the electricity system could need 13% less gas back-up capacity by 2050, have 12% fewer emissions, and accommodate up to 94% zero-carbon generation.
• In Spain, in a scenario in which EVs are able to charge flexibly (to take advantage of hours of cheaper electricity), the added costs to the energy system of electrifying transport can be halved. It would also lead to 9% fewer emissions than in the base-case scenario.
• An increase in interconnector capacity between Spain and France would enable the share of zero-carbon electricity to be increased relative to the base-case, and at slightly lower overall cost. However, the benefits are less obvious in the long-term as the interconnector utilization drops due to wind and solar over-generating more often in both countries simultaneously.
• However, another scenario in which storage costs fail to come down as sharply as expected, would lead to 11% more emissions by 2050, and 3% higher system costs, than in the base case.
• In Chile, wind and solar represent a $35 billion investment opportunity between now and 2050, and batteries an $8 billion opportunity.
• In Chile, coal makes up 39% of electricity generation today and this is set to slide all the way to 6% in the base-case scenario, as it loses ground to cheaper wind and solar projects.
• To cut coal-fired generation further, and minimize Chile’s emissions, would require deliberate government policy and 25% more investment in new generation than in the base case.

Source: BNEF

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Soltec manufactures and supplies complete single-axis solar tracking units. Since its foundation in 2004, the Spanish company has been increasing its sales year after year to position itself as one of the companies with the greatest market share in the PV sector, according to the Wood Mackenzie PV market report. To date, Soltec has supplied more than 270,000 solar trackers worldwide.

To achieve these figures, Soltec has always been committed to product innovation and to the quality and control of its production processes. Whether in the PV plant or during manufacturing, Soltec experts have all the resources at their fingertips to respond to any incident that may occur, for both prevention and urgent response.

Soltec currently has factories in Spain and Brazil. Located next to its head office in Molina de Segura (Murcia) is Solhub, where the product is manufactured and distributed to any project located anywhere in the world. Before it leaves the factory, the product is subjected to an exhaustive review by the logistics team.

To maximise product quality, Soltec has committed to innovation, implementing the most efficient processes to detect possible improvements that can be applied to each phase. In addition to being able to rely on a team of experts specialising in different aspects of engineering and PV energy, the company is firmly committed to the lifelong training of its personnel. Apart from providing them with professional training and refresher courses, Soltec focuses on the cross-disciplinary enhancement of all its agents, so that learning in the sector and within the company is an ongoing and fulfilling experience for the whole team.

Together with its policy of lifelong learning, this Murcia-based company also seeks to attract talent and new generations of engineers. Through its training and corporate social responsibility programmes, Soltec has promoted several grants and courses geared towards new engineering graduates, mechanics and those with training in electricity and electronics who are interested in renewable energy.

“Soltec is very committed to job creation and attracting talent. Thanks to our training programmes, such as the Solteach Grants, we offer the best professionals in the sector the opportunity to receive training in PV energy and to work in one of the leading solar power companies”, comments Soltec’s CEO, Raúl Morales.

The Solteach grant, whose second edition took place last July, offered 20 new engineers the chance to be trained at Soltec’s facilities and obtain an inside view of how the company operate. Many of these students are now working at Soltec, some of them on different projects around the world.

A commitment to job creation and a positive working environment are the pillars that form the basis of Soltec’s business ethic, in which the employee is the driver of the company. Through initiatives such as the Solteach training and employment grant, this company with over 15 years experience in the sector, supports quality jobs and the incorporation of new professionals into the world of solar energy.

Far from being an alternative, renewable energy has become a reality in recent years. Companies such as Soltec support environmentally-friendly practices and the protection of our planet through its activity creating clean energy. The Solteach programme also sets out to make these professionals share in the growth of one of the most buoyant sectors of recent years.

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