As 2019 draws to a close, PV Tech reflects on the year’s most impactful stories in the solar economy. Liam Stoker starts by looking back at the first three months of the year, when there was a major subsidy U-turn in China and the first of many manufacturing expansions.
Vietnam’s second solar FiT could be cut short in favour of an auction model after Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued an order highlighting MOIT's shortcomings in handling the roll-out of solar power.
Trade body Holland Solar lauds government’s move to use unspent 2019 money to award extra €1.5-2 billion in 2020, with subsidies targeted at this year’s failed applicants.
Budapest launches first ever auction for green premium tariffs under METÁR scheme as pipeline of utility-scale solar projects swells after string of announcements.
Denmark outlines terms of tech-neutral tender, German Greens move against PV subsidy cap, Switzerland proposes shift to auctions, the Netherlands launches new subsidy round.
Europe’s top PV market must drive five-fold solar boom and hit 59GWh storage capacity by 2040 if it is to plug gaps left behind by phase-outs, says industry-backed analysis.
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.
Incentive scheme exceeds expectations in Spanish archipelago, Unisun exits FiT-backed 11.75MW plant, Gonvarri in tracker deal with Sonora project.
Energy storage systems paired with solar can receive up to €3,200 with battery sizes capped at 30kWh.
Government flags solar’s ‘poorly designed’ applications as it moves to force projects to get indicative go-ahead from grid operator before subsidies are awarded.
European Commission’s green light will see country inject up to €5.4bn into PV, wind and others via auctions and contracts for difference until 2021.
Retroactive scrapping of feed-in tariffs in the early 2010s lands Madrid in major defeat against developer NextEra, which sought arbitration over project losses.
Dutch financier FMO buys 40% stake of FiT-backed, €35 million Kamianka project, scheduled for commercial launch in Q4 2019.
Dronten municipality finds no objections to 125MW two-plant complex on reclaimed island, to be developed by Solarfields and IB Vogt.
Monopoly utility EVN warns of forthcoming grid integration challenges but aims to help investors hit COD targets.