A late rally boosted China’s domestic solar installations in 2019 to a better-than-expected 30.22GW. But Frank Haugwitz asks whether a renewed interest in locally available coal and an economic slowdown could conspire to slow recent momentum in China’s energy transition, in which solar has played a central role
Green energy reps tell PV Tech they fear country may ‘lose trust’ of investors after announcing plans for cuts of up to 25%. Will the move derail the momentum of one of Europe’s PV markets-to-watch?
Country told competitive bidding could take PV market to ‘tens of gigawatts’ within 10 years, turning the page from grid chaos driven by feed-in tariffs last year.
Feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in Japan for solar PV systems have now been provisionally set by the national Ministry of Energy Trade and Industry (METI) for the next financial year, which begins in April.
ADB will support plans by Southeast Asian state to auction 350-400MW pipeline of two projects this year and next, in a bid to drive competition after a subsidy rush congested the grid.
Warsaw sets early December dates for 2.5GW (>1MW projects) and 750MW (<1MW) renewable tenders, with industry expecting solar to dominate latter auction as was the case last year.
Clean energy body UARE slams government’s ‘threat to retroactively review’ investment guarantees as top energy group DTEK switches on 240MW PV plant in Dnipropetrovsk region.
Less red tape could bring about revival of cost-competitive PV without government incentives, Italia Solare event hears days ahead of launch of new subsidy programme.
Fitch Solutions: Utility-scale growth favoured by competitive bidding will see provinces including Gansu and Xinjiang regain top role they lost to coastal areas in 2016-2018 period.
Downsizing the fixed element of tariffs would bring Spain in line with European countries and help incentivise self-consumption and electric vehicles, says solar body UNEF.
Retroactive scrapping of feed-in tariffs in the early 2010s lands Madrid in major defeat against developer NextEra, which sought arbitration over project losses.
Country fails to dismiss case brought by bankrupt developer over losses from FiT changes, joins Spain among EU states risking multi-million payouts for policy u-turns.
Japanese firm wraps up construction of fourth large-scale project to date in Vietnam, with plans to switch the installation on in next few days.
Even lowest estimate would lead to 40GW of total deployment in China in 2019.
More than 240MW of feed-in tariff-accredited solar was installed in the UK in Q1 2019 as the country’s last remaining subsidy mechanism closed to new applicants.