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Optimizing PV Operations & Maintenance crucial to reducing LCOE in the US

The solar PV industry in the United States is expected to install 2.86GW of photovoltaic systems by the end of 2012. As the project pipeline continues to grow, and as more plants come online, experts predict that operations and maintenance will play an increasing role in reducing the Levelized Cost...
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Balance of Systems components costs in USA still higher than Germany

At a recent PV Insider webinar on reducing costs in the balance of systems in the USA it was revealed that the world’s second largest utility-scale PV market continues to suffer from higher prices for key components compared to Germany, in spite of much larger growth in utility-scale PV. These...
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Etrion announces PPA in Chile and participation at PV insider LATAM

Last week, Swiss PV developer Etrion announced that a PPA had been signed with Aguas Blancas a mine in northern Chile for 8.8MW of power. With Etrion looking to international financial institutions for funding, financing from commercial banks is yet to appear for PV in Chile. The park which is...
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CPV viability key industry focus after positive spell

Recent project announcements utilising concentrated photovoltaic technology show industry is tackling long-term feasibility questions. Two major announcements marked a positive week for the concentrated photovoltaic industry last week, with SunPower LCPV technology selected for Apple’s 20MW Reno...
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RustMo1 site visit announced for PV Project Development Africa in August

Attendees of PV Project Development Africa (27-28 August, Johannesburg) will be given a unique opportunity to visit the 7MW RustMo1 Solar Farm which has been awarded approved bidder status in Round I of South Africa’s REIPPP tender. The RustMo1 photovoltaic plant is set to come online in November...
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Awareness increasing for concentrated photovoltaics in the Middle East

The challenges of realising CPV technology in the Middle East will be discussed at length at this year’s Middle East and North Africa Solar Conference (MENASOL), taking place 14-15 May in Dubai. The Middle Eastern markets have long been touted as potential CPV hotspots, and genuine excitement about...
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Grid, Mining and Finance crucial topics for PV development in Chile

This week, ClearSky Advisors predicted that there will be 2.2GW of installed PV capacity in Chile by 2017. Whilst this is a more conservative prediction than we have seen from other analysts, it takes into account the current grid issues which may seriously hinder PV’s growth potential. London,...
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ACERA working to increase Chile power producers targets to 20% by 2020

As solar companies seek to get financing for PV plants in order to take advantage of the high DNI/GHI rates, the opportunity for solar seems endless. So much so that Chile’s central renewable energy association has argued that the current green energy target of 10% by 2020 is just the tip of the...
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PV companies must understand Saudi Arabia in order to beat competitors

Browning Rockwell, Founder and Director of SASIA (Saudi Arabia Solar Industries Association) explained that photovoltaic companies will also be in stiff competition with concentrated solar power rivals in Saudi Arabia. In an interview with PV Insider, Rockwell explained that “at this stage, it’s...
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Concentrated Solar Distribution and Research, Inc.

(CSDR) is a US manufacturer of Concentrated Photovoltaic Dual Axis tracked power systems featuring the SC-90 25KWp Power Tracker. Currently, their global manufacturing capacity is at 300MW annually and is expected to achieve 600MW by mid 2014. The SC-90 Power Tracker System offers the lowest cost...
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