CSUN obtains ETN certificate for France
We have obtained the ETN certificate that CSUN’s 60cell poly and mono modules are compliant with GSE mounting system. ETN certification is the basis for installers in France to be able to provide insurance for their work and is thus highly important for the French roof-top market.
Solar Power International, Las Vegas/USA: 20-23 October 2014, hall S02 booth 2145
RENSEF, Antalya/Turkey: 30 October – 2 November
Forum Solarpraxis, Berlin/Germany: 27-28 November
UK: Closing of RO scheme next year likely to shift focus to commercial rooftop sector
With UK’s Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme ending at the end of March 2015, the solar market’s focus is likely to shit to commercial rooftops and away from large-scale solar projects. Projects >5MW with connection schedules after 1 April will have to apply for the controversial Contracts for Difference scheme (CfDs). Under the CfDs funds will be spread across different technologies and large-scale solar is grouped in a pit with onshore wind. The first auction is planned for autumn, although some policy details are still unknown.
Source: PV Tech 29.9.2014
Chile: Incentive system for roof-top systems introduced
According to Photon, Chile will introduce an incentive system for renewable energy system on residential houses. The required law was published in September and shall come into effect at the beginning of October. Operators of systems >100 kW producing power for self-consumption shall receive a fixed tariff for excess electricity that is fed into the public grid.
Chile is seen as a major emerging market with a 9MW project pipeline, 100MW installed until the end of 2013 and additional 600MW currently under construction (IHS).
Source: PV Tech 4.9.2014, Photon 16.9.2014
Japan: 1.82 GW of delayed projects cancelled, FIT cut rumours denied
A large number of the almost 300 developers of delayed large-scale PV projects reacted to the August deadline to submit necessary paperwork to start construction and prevent losing FITs. Nonetheless, 1.82 GW (almost 10% of the approved projects in FY 2012) had to now be officially cancelled due to non-satisfactory documentation. Hearings for another 2.7 GW of the 2012 approvals are expected. There had been some controversy about the reasons for the large number of delayed projects including the argument that the ease of getting FIT approval may have motivated developers to apply for the lucrative FIT rates in 2012 and wait for construction until costs decreased to maximize profits. However the main reasons for the delays are currently seen in grid connection issues – especially in remote areas like Hokkaido and Okinawa – as well as difficulties in repurposing agricultural lands.
In the on-going discussion Aoyama of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) denied rumours that drastic cuts of incentives for solar were ahead. Aoyama emphasized that no decisions had been made yet and that new FITs will not be decided upon before March next year.
Source: PV Tech 4.9.2014 & 11.9.2014