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The long read: When a solar spark becomes a fire

In 2021, China installed 21.6 GW of residential PV, which accounted for nearly 40% of the total annual installation figure of 54.9 GW. Spool back to 2018, and the residential segment clocked in at a mere 3 GW – less than 7% of the total for the year. Vincent Shaw in Shanghai reports on how changing market priorities caused a spark that quickly became a fire.

Websol to build 1.8 GW solar cell, module factory

Websol’s board members have approved a proposal to set up a new solar cell and module factory to produce high-efficiency mono-PERC and TopCon products.  

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Solar module price increases to affect returns on 4.4 GW of solar

Solar cell and module prices have increased by more than 40% over the last 18 months, driven by polysilicon prices. However, bid tariffs has remained lower than what is needed to mitigate the rise in module prices. The risk of lower returns is significant for 4.4 GW of projects that have been awarded over the past 18 months, with tariffs below INR 2.2 ($0.028)/kWh.

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Recycling options for PV panels, batteries could drive circular economy, says NREL

Renewable hardware that lasts longer and uses fewer materials could bolster recycling efforts and help to build an effective circular economy for solar and battery technologies, says the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Single-axis trackers on commercial rooftops increase generation by 37%

Alion Energy trackers thread the return-on-investment needle with productivity gains from white roofs and bifacial modules, while design aggressively maximizes module count.

Letters of Award given for Omkareshwar floating solar project

Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) has issued letters of award to NHDC, AMP Energy, and SJVN to build 278 MW of the 600 MW Omkareshwar floating solar project. This first-phase capacity development is expected to complete by September next year.  

Prozeal Infra wins 131 MW solar EPC contract in Gujarat

Prozeal Infra has secured an engineering, procurement and construction contract for 131 MW (AC) of solar from Gujarat State Electricity Corp. Ltd. (GSECL).

Skyfri secures asset operations for 31 MW floating solar project in Kerala

Norway’s Skyfri, which oversees almost 2 GW of solar assets throughout the world, has secured comprehensive asset operations for a 31 MWdc floating solar plant in Kerala.

Sanvaru plans new lithium battery plant as orders exceed capacity

Haryana-based Sanvaru is expanding its lithium battery production capacity to 400 MWh per year by setting up a new factory in Haridwar.

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India’s first fractionally owned, ground-mount solar plant

A 5 MW open-access solar project in Karnataka is India’s first fractionally owned, ground-mount PV plant. Bengaluru-based Pyse is financing the INR 26 crore ($3.3 million) project through its investment platform, which allows retail investors to own a stake for as little as INR 10,000.

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