• European Commission Approves €385 Million Support for Production of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources in Lithuania

    /23rd April 2019, European Commission, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources in Lithuania. The measure, open to all types of renewable generation, will contribute to the EU environmental objectives without unduly distorting competition. The scheme, with an overall budget of €385 million, will be open to all renewable installations.

  • European Commission endorses corporate renewable PPAs as part of the answer to surging energy prices

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    /BRUSSELS, October 14, 2021, 17:00 CET, WindEurope, SolarPower Europe/ Renewables are central to delivering Europe’s energy and climate ambition – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. At RE-Source 2021 globally leading businesses from different sectors of the economy underline their commitment to support Europe’s transition to a renewable energy system. This year’s event comes just a day after the European Commission endorsed corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) as part of the answer to surging energy prices. The current price surge will only increase the demand for PPAs as businesses seek to hedge against volatile energy prices.

  • European Union (EU) in discussion for 50 per cent emission cuts by 2030

    /7th June 2019, EURACTIV, Sam Morgan, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ While Germany and Eastern European countries continue to oppose raising the EU’s 40% emission reduction target for 2030, a new analysis insists the bloc will actually manage at least 50% cuts under a business-as-usual scenario taking into account the latest coal phase-out pledges.

  • First Agri-PV Research Facility for Apples in Germany Launched by BayWa r.e., Fraunhofer and Partners

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    /14th October 2021, BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy GmbH, Fraunhofer ISE/ BayWa r.e., a pioneer in Agri-PV solutions, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, together with other research partners, have built the first Agri-PV research facility for apples and espalier fruit at the Nachtwey organic fruit farm in Gelsdorf in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The primary objective of the project, which is funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry of Rhineland-Palatinate (MUEEF) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), is to increase climate resilience in fruit growing and to ensure safe and sustainable apple production with additional solar power generation. As part of the project, which will run for five years, numerous factors will be investigated on eight varieties of apple.

  • First order for Siemens Gamesa in Russia for 90 MW Azovskaya Wind Farm

    /5th October 2018, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy/ The company will supply 26 of its SG 3.4-132 turbines at Enel Russia’s Azovskaya wind farm. Siemens Gamesa has secured its first order in Russia from Enel Russia, one of the country's independent power producers (IPP), for the supply of 90 MW of wind turbines.This is the first order for Siemens Gamesa in the country and belongs to the preliminary agreement signed with Enel in 2017 for the supply of 291 MW at two wind farms in Russia.

  • France Surpassed 10 GW Cumulative Installed Solar Photovoltaic Capacity in 2020

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    /12th January 2021, SolarPower Europe, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ France crossed the significant capacity threshold of 10 GW installed in 2020. It is now halfway towards its MAEP (Multi-Annual Energy Programme) goal of 20.1 GW of solar capacity by 2023, according to SolarPower Europe. Secondly, despite the impact of the pandemic, France produced 4.46 TWh of solar in the third quarter of 2020, thereby beating its record from 2019 (4.43 TWh). This is a significant achievement and an important step towards building back better. Solar photovoltaic (PV) power in the European Union had a strong performance in 2020 despite the negative health, social and economic effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, revealed the recent update of Europe Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market Outlook: 2020 ÷ 2030.  The climate targets that have been set are also promising. The Climate & Energy Law adopted last year confirmed the Energy Transition for a Green Growth law with 2030 targets. The detailed MAEP sets out the requirements for each type of technology, and the targets for 2028 now lie between 35.1 GW and 44 GW in cumulative capacity. To keep in line with these targets, the annual market growth rate will need to rise to 2 GW/year between now and 2023, and then 4 GW/year between 2023 and 2028. As a result of these targets, solar is positioned to be one of the most important contributors to the French energy transition.

  • Germany Allocated Close to 156 MW of Solar Plus Storage in August 2021 Innovation Tender (Auction)

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    /LONDON, August 26, 2021, 9:10 BST, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has announced the results of the innovation auction that closed for bids on August 1, 2021. As in the innovation auction on April 1, 2021, only bids for combinations of at least two renewable energy installations with different generating technologies at the same grid connection point could be accepted. The round was slightly undersubscribed, with 23 bids comprising a volume of nearly 250 MW submitted. The number of bids and the bid volume submitted was around half what they were in the previous auction round. All bids were for combinations of solar installations with storage facilities. Six bids had to be disqualified due to formal errors. As this round was undersubscribed, the statutory volume control for the innovation auction was applied for the first time. This meant that bids were awarded until 80% of the bid volume of the accepted bids had been reached or exceeded. As a result of the volume control, only 16 bids with a total volume of 156 MW were successful, according to the market study Europe Net Metering and Self-Consumption Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market Outlook 2021 – 2030

  • Giant Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant in Bulgaria with 400 MWp Capacity is Planned in Bulgaria by Austrian Investor Enery Development

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    /28th September 2020, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Тhе Мunісіраl Соunсіl оf Наѕkоvо hаѕ іѕѕuеd at the end of August 2020 рrеlіmіnаrу аррrоvаl fоr thе соnѕtruсtіоn оf а giant solar рhоtоvоltаіс (PV) power рlаnt with 400 MWp capacity nеаr thе vіllаgеѕ оf Кnіzhоvnіk аnd Dоlnо Vоуvоdіnо, located in the Haskovo District of South Bulgaria. Тhе іnvеѕtоr whо wіll buіld thе рlаnt іѕ Еnеrу ВG 1, whісh іѕ а рrојесt соmраnу оf thе Аuѕtrіаn hоldіng Еnеrу Dеvеlорmеnt GmbН. Тhе рhоtоvоltаіс power рlаnt іѕ ехресtеd tо gеnеrаtе 560,000,000 КWh оf сlеаn еnеrgу аnd ѕаvе 650,000 tоnѕ оf саrbоn dіохіdе еmіѕѕіоnѕ реr уеаr, according to the company. Furthermore, it will open over 50 permanent jobs and additional jobs during the construction phase of the project that will take up to 12 months. Vіеnnа-bаѕеd Еnеrу Dеvеlорmеnt, fоundеd іn 2019, іѕ аn іnvеѕtmеnt соmраnу fоr rеnеwаblе еnеrgу іnfrаѕtruсturе thаt рrоvіdеѕ сlеаn еnеrgу tо іtѕ сuѕtоmеrѕ.

  • Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment in 2017

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    /18th April 2017, FS UNEP, BNEF) According to a recent report of FS UNEP and BNEF In 2016, the advance of renewable energy slowed in one respect and speeded up in another. Investment in renewables excluding large hydro fell by 23% to $241.6 billion, but the amount of new capacity installed increased from 127.5GW in 2015 to a record 138.5GW in 2016. Together, the new renewable sources of wind, solar, biomass and waste, geothermal, small hydro and marine accounted for 55.3% of all the gigawatts of new power generation added worldwide last year. More solar gigawatts were added (75GW) than of any other technology for the first time. A major reason why installations increased even though dollars invested fell was a sharp reduction in capital costs for solar photovoltaics, onshore and offshore wind. On a less positive note, there were clear signs as 2016 went on of slowing activity in two key markets, China and Japan.

  • Hungary Renewable Energy Transition Presents New Excellent Opportunities for Investors and Developers in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Wind Power Projects

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    /LONDON, September 29, 2021, 10:30 BST, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The country’s primary strategy to meet the growing need for power includes reducing energy dependence by increasing energy efficiency, renewable resources, natural gas, nuclear sources and connecting to the European power infrastructure. The country imports nowadays approximately 30% of its power (the main import countries are Slovakia, Austria, and Ukraine, while the main export countries are Croatia and Serbia). Hungary is ranked among the top 10 countries by attractiveness for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy by the Renewable Market Watch in their yearly updated "Attractiveness index for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy investments in Central-East Europe (CEE) and South-East Europe (SEE) countries in 2021". Between 2015 and 2020, cumulative installed solar power capacity in Hungary registered an impressive 11-fold increase. In June 2020, Hungary adopted a new law making the net-zero emission target by 2050 a binding obligation. This law is part of a broader change in the country’s energy and climate policies.

  • Hungary Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market Outlook 2020 - 2030 with Trends, Investments, Financial Model, Analysis, COVID-19 Impact

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    /2nd June 2020, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ With a land area of 93,028 km2, Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It measures about 250 km from north to south and 524 km from east to west. It has 2,106 km of boundaries, shared with Austria to the west, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia to the south and southwest, Romania to the southeast, Ukraine to the northeast, and Slovakia to the north. The country’s landscape is mostly flat. The population was 9.82 million, and the current gross domestic product (GDP) was $155.7 billion as of 2018, according to the Hungary Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market Outlook: 2020 ÷ 2030. Under Hungary’s National Energy Strategy up until 2030, Hungary will aim at ensuring the long-term security of energy supplies and increasing the share of renewable sources in its electricity generation mix, particularly solar photovoltaic, but also notes that fossil fuels, mainly natural gas, will be necessary for future generations. Hungary is ranked among top 10 countries by attractiveness for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy investments among CEE & SEE countries by Renewable Market Watch™ in their yearly updated "Attractiveness index for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy investments in CEE & SEE countries in 2020". The country’s main strategy to meet the growing need of power is to reduce the energy dependency by increasing energy efficiency, increased use of renewable resources and nuclear sources.

  • Iberdrola is Already Among the Key Market Players in the UK with the Acquisition of 800MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects

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    /LONDON, January 17, 2022, 9:15 GMT, Iberdrola, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Iberdrola, through its British subsidiary ScottishPower has signed two deals to acquire 17 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the UK, with a combined capacity of more than 800 MW. The contracts have been concluded separately with Elgin Energy, which owns 12 projects, and Lightsource BP, which controls the rest. Both companies are experienced developers with a long track record in renewable energy. The projects, across England, Scotland and Wales, are in advanced stages of development and will be operational by 2025 with a total investment of approximately £500 million (around €600 million). This portfolio of solar sites will add enough clean energy to power over 220,000 homes.

  • Integration Challenge about Variable Generated Wind and Solar Power into Future Grid Infrastructure

    /29th June 2017, IEA, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM,IRENA/, The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases. Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e.biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e.ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind).

  • Kazakhstan Continues its Ambitious Plans for Renewable Power Capacity Increase and Pursues Clean Energy Leadership Position Among the CIS States

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    /25th June 2020, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ In the first quarter of 2020, the share of green electricity generated in the total amount of energy generated in Kazakhstan was 1.8%. This is 58% more than for the same period in 2019. Renewable energy development in Kazakhstan is accelerating. For three years, the amount of green energy generated has doubled. In 2017 renewable energy power plants in the country generated 1.1 billion kWh, while in 2019 this figure was 2.4 billion kWh. The state plans in 2020 to bring this figure to 3.15 billion kWh. According to the Kazakhstan Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market Outlook 2020 ÷ 2030, electricity consumption in Kazakhstan will continue to show steady growth. Electricity consumption amid the development of the Kazakh economy shall increase by 2030 to 133.8 billion kWh, and by 2050 - to 162.7 billion kWh. The growing demand for electricity and the decommissioning of old power plants due to physical wear and tear in Kazakhstan will require significant construction of new power capacities: 10-15 GW by 2030 (which corresponds to approximately 60% of installed capacity for 2012) and 35-40 GW by 2050. This creates incredible opportunities for investors in renewable energy projects.

  • Kazakhstan Doubled its Renewable Energy Capacity in 2019 and has Ambitious Plans for 2020

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    /17th December 2019, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The Republic of Kazakhstan lies in the Eurasian continent's centre equally distant from the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. With its territory of 2,724,900 km² it is the ninth largest country in the world. In the west and the north, it shares borders with the Russian Federation, in the east with China, and in the south with the countries of Central Asia – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. The national border's overall length is 12,200 km, with 600 km of them passing through the Caspian Sea. Kazakhstan has a population of 18.55 million as of 1 June 2019. There are nearly 160 oil and gas deposits in Kazakhstan, including Tengiz - one of the world’s biggest oil and gas deposits (20 trillion barrels of oil and 700 million tons of gas condensate). Kazakhstan has 160 million tons of coal reserves in 155 deposits. The country's iron ore resources (containing 50-60% of pure iron) are some of the world's best. In the last twenty years, Kazakhstan made considerable progress in implementing complex political, economic and social reforms to establish a politically stable market economy. Kazakhstan had undergone reforms in currency convertibility, inflation targeting, foreign investment policy, privatization of state enterprises, economic decentralization, de-monopolization and reallocation of resources.

  • Kazakhstan New Auction System for Renewable Energy (Solar, Wind, Biomass, Hydro, Geothermal)

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    /24th August 2017, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTMKazakhstan will switch to the mechanism of auctions to develop renewable sources of energy from the beginning of 2018. At the end of 2016, total number of 44 countries of the world is successfully applying an auctions system instead of fixed feed-in tariff support systems. Some of the largest global energy companies will be involved in developing renewable energy power plants in Kazakhstan. Aqua Power, Eni-Agip, General Electric, Shell, SANY Group, Hydro China, and many others are among them. Kazakhstan plans to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources according to President Nazarbayev’s ambitious 2050 strategy. This strategy is a part of the country’s comprehensive initiative to transfer itself from one of the world’s major hydrocarbon energy producers to a model green economy.

  • Kazakhstan Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market Outlook 2020÷2030 with Trends, Investments, Financial Model, Analysis, COVID-19 Impact

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    /10th February 2021, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ This market report offers an incisive and reliable long-term overview of the photovoltaic sector of the country for the period 2020 ÷ 2030. In view of recent cuts in FIT’s announced in Germany, Spain, France, UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy, the Republic of Kazakhstan represents a stable investment environment in the CIS region with clear rules, feed-in tariff support scheme and auction (tender) procedure. The current cumulative installed PV capacity in the country is insignificant, but the number of fully permitted and ready to build projects will promptly increase in 2020 and the next years. Kazakhstan is ranked 25th for Ease of Doing Business in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The country has moved up three positions compared with the previous year. Investors prioritize Kazakhstan's strong fundamentals as its most attractive feature.

  • Kazakhstan to Focus on Renewable Energy for Power Generation Mix Diversification and Improvement

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    /13th August 2018, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ More than 70 per cent of Kazakhstan’s electricity is produced in ageing coal-fired plants, served by the large volumes of cheap local coal in the northeast part of the country according to Kazakhstan Wind Power Market Outlook 2017÷2026. Consequently, the energy sector, in particular power and heat generation, accounts for 80 per cent of the country’s carbon emissions. Electricity in Kazakhstan is generated by 128 power plants of various forms of ownership. As of 1 January 2017, the total installed capacity of the power plants in Kazakhstan was 21,672.9 MW; and the available capacity was 18,791.4 MW. According to KEGOC in 2017 Kazakhstan saw the increase in electricity generation and consumption compared to 2016: electricity generation grew by 8.8% (or by 8.3 billion kWh) and amounted to 102.4 billion kWh; electricity consumption grew by 6% (or by 5.5 billion kWh) to 97.9 billion kWh.

  • Lightsource BP Acquires Three Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects in Italy with a Capacity of 156 MWp

    /6th May 2021, Lightsource bp/ in Italy, Lightsource bp continues to boost its utility-scale solar portfolio by acquiring three projects from Horizon Firm, a trusted developer specialized in solar, totalling 156MWp across the country. Two of the projects are based in Sicily, in a low solar plant massification density area, in the province of Agrigento: the Canicattì project (40.9 MWp) and the Torre di Mastro project (58.2 MWp). The third project, Manfredonia (57.4 MWp), based in Apulia, will be developed as an Agri-PV with the aim of virtuously integrating agriculture and renewable energy. These projects cast light upon the two regions’ strategic roles for the development of RES in line with the national objectives of energy production and decarbonisation.

  • Lightsource bp and Portuguese Gas Utility Dourogas Formed a Green Hydrogen Joint Venture to Invest in Solar and Hydrogen Infrastructure in Portugal

    /LISBON, December 20, 2021, Lightsource bp/ Global solar developer Lightsource bp and Portuguese gas utility Dourogás have agreed a unique green hydrogen joint venture to invest in solar and hydrogen infrastructure in Portugal. The partnership will explore the potential of eight green hydrogen sites. As much as 200MWp of solar projects developed by Lightsource bp will power 130MW electrolysers, developed by Dourogás, that will convert water to green hydrogen and oxygen. 

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