With nearly 4GW of large scale solar in the UK’s pipeline alone, the time for subsidy-free solar has arrived. Ahead of our Large Scale Solar Europe conference in Lisbon on the 26-27 March, PV Tech takes an in-depth look at Europe's solar resurgance.
Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Africa: EAC & SADC is designed for governments and project owners (large and small to meet) to mobilise access to electricity in Africa. The event will focus on the pre-qualifiers of the first and second rounds of the Zambian Scaling Solar programme with up to 400 MW of PV to deploy, and the 160 MW PPA which was signed in Kenya in June 2017. Large scale solar developers will also be invited to contribute from across the region, to update attendees on their plans and project requirements. The off-grid sessions will focus on the role of microgrids in the region, smart villages, aggregated small scale PV installations and energy storage. Attendees will enter into discussions about the commercial and industrial opportunity and we will host Solar Media’s second hotly anticipated Women in African Power workshop, bringing together the most exciting and tenacious female owned businesses from across the region. Lastly, we will bring major sources of funding from development finance to private equity grants, foundations and commercial debt to show everyone in attendance how to scale up access to clean electricity. (Image credit: African Solar Design)
PV ModuleTech is a two-day conference that brings together all the critical issues regarding the manufacturing of solar PV modules, focusing specifically on real-world technologies and supply to the end-market. Similar to PV Tech and Solar Media Ltd.’s ground-breaking PV CellTech conference, PV ModuleTech will become the benchmark for quality in module equipment, materials, production, specifications, testing, certification and warranty. Attend the event to hear from the leading module suppliers, equipment manufacturers and material suppliers. Presentations will be technology-focused, providing real-world data to support findings and trends shown. PV ModuleTech will help industry players to finally get to the bottom of who is supplying the best PV modules to the different segments and geographies where PV is dominant today, with real data to back up the claims: and explanations of why equipment, materials, testing and certification is pivotal to being a global module market-leader in the solar PV industry.
Japan's PV industry is changing fast. The feed-in tariff has brought about over 30GW of installed capacity, with large-scale solar outnumbering residential by about 10 to one. With PV Expo taking place in Tokyo this week, we bring together our stories covering the biggest trends in Japanese solar plus the latest from the show itself.
PV production capacity expansions are expected to gather pace in 2016 and beyond as plans outlined by manufacturers over the past two years come to fruition. PV Tech has been tracking which cell technologies are currently finding favour among the leading manufacturers and which are therefore likely to feature most in the next round of capital equipment spending. This section brings together highlights from our recent coverage of this critical topic, many of which will be under discussion at the inaugural PV CellTech conference organised by Solar Media taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 16-17 March 2016.
Time is ticking down to the crucial COP21 international climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. On the table is nothing less than a new legally binding climate change agreement with the aim of keeping global warming within a 2°C limit. As an increasingly affordable clean energy technology, solar has a potentially pivotal role to play in helping the world make the transition away from fossil fuels to low- or zero-carbon energy sources. We have reported extensively in the past on calls for solar to have a prominent place in the debate over how the shift to a low-carbon energy system could best be achieved. To bring together our coverage of the build-up to COP21 and of solar’s role in delivering the agreement that many hope the talks will deliver, we have created this dedicated section of the site. If you would like to contribute views on solar’s place in the Paris talks and beyond, please contact Ben Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or John Parnell, at email@example.com on the PV Tech team.