Intersolar Europe 2017: Floating solar developer tops Intersolar AWARD proceedings

In its tenth year of organisation, the Intersolar AWARD proceedings reflected a niche but high-profile sector of the downstream PV industry, floating solar. The coveted prize in the ‘Photovoltaics’ category went to project developer Ciel & Terre International, regarded as a pioneer of floating solar with around 43 projects completed.

China completes largest floating solar power plant

Major photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co has said the largest floating PV power plant with a capacity of 40MW had been grid connected on former flooded coal mining region in Huainan, south Anhui province, China.

Taiwan ripe for floating PV

Taiwan’s geographical constraints combined with new Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) from the government have opened the door for a significant push for floating solar PV deployment, according to industry members at the PV Taiwan exhibition in Taipei.

Moving mountains

Land constraints, hilly terrain and adverse weather conditions are among the many practical complications facing solar developers in Japan. David Pratt looks at some of the technical solutions being devised in response to Japan’s challenges.

Lightsource building largest floating PV project in Europe

Construction of Europe’s largest floating solar PV array is underway on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir, where the installation will help Thames Water meet its target of self-generating a third of its own power by 2020.