PV

IRENA estimates that by 2025 the cost of electricity could fall by at least 37 % from concentrated solar power

IRENA estimates that by 2025 the global weighted average cost of electricity could fall by 26 % from onshore wind energy, by 35 % from offshore wind power, by at least 37 % from concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, and by 59 % from solar photovoltaics (PV). IRENA, the Assembly [...]

Saudi Arabia targets 2.7 GW Concentrated Solar Power in 2030

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office of Saudi Arabia (REPDO) published the "Saudi Arabia's Renewable Energy Program 2030" earlier on January 9th, the country's renewables target for 2023 has been revised up from 9.5 GW to 27.3 GW, and that for 2030 set at 58.7 GW, of which 40GW [...]

Construction progresses on final phase of Dubai concentrated solar power park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announces completion of 128 pillars of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Concentrated Solar Power Park's solar tower. The fourth phase of the park is the largest single-site investment project in concentrated solar power (CSP) in the world based on the independent power producer [...]

Huge desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewables power-house

Solar projects stretching across the Sahel region are expected to connect 250m people with electricity by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resource. The details of the “Desert to Power Initiative” have been outlined as part of the Paris Agreement climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland this week. [...]

MIT develops tech to store solar power, wind energy

MIT researchers have invented a novel method to store renewable energy, such as solar energy and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and [...]

Morocco hybrid Concentrated Solar Power – PV project seen as ‘game changer’ for costs

Technology coupling gains and a favorable development framework could see prices for Morocco’s pioneering Noor Midelt hybrid projects trend towards the lowest global CSP tariffs, experts told the CSP Madrid 2018 conference. Now entering the final stages of tendering, Morocco's Noor Midelt hybrid CSP-PV project is expected to set a [...]

Electrifying the Deserts of Africa

During last week’s Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference, Solarplaza (www.Solarplaza.com) unveiled ‘The Solar Future: Deserts of Africa’, a new platform aimed at exploring the opportunities that accompany solar PV development in Africa’s deserts. This new two-day event will be hosted in Dakar, Senegal on 13-14 March 2019. “At Solarplaza, [...]

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park adds 250MW to its 4th phase to reach 950MW

The solar energy project will use three technologies to produce clean energy: 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from a concentrated solar power tower and 250MW from photovoltaic panels. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed an amendment to the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the consortium led [...]

Egypt aims to produce 5,651 MW of renewable energy by 2022

For the wind energy under-implementation projects, Al-Khayat said that they include a wind farm in Jabal Al-Zayt with a capacity of 120 MW, and another wind turbines plant in the Gulf of Suez under the build, own, operate (BOO) scheme. The total capacity of wind energy projects under study amounted [...]

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $53 Million in New Projects to Advance Concentrated Solar Power and PV Technologies

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for up to $53 million in new projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, DOE will fund 53 innovative research projects that will lower solar electricity costs and support a [...]

Concentrated Solar Power is expected to grow 87% until 2023

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is expected to grow 87% (4.3 GW) over the forecast period, 32% more than in 2012‑17. China leads at 1.9 GW, followed by 1 GW from Concentrated Solar Power projects receiving multilateral development bank support in Morocco and South Africa, 1 GW in the Middle East, and 300 MW each [...]

Concentrated solar power thermal generated 2.2% of electricity from January to September in Spain

Renewable energies generated 41.8% of electricity from January to September in Spain: wind energy 19.4%, concentrated solar power thermal 2.2% and photovoltaic 3.3%. Generation of the month of September 2018 The peninsular demand for electricity in September is estimated at 20,821 GWh, 3.4% higher than that registered in the [...]