• 437.8 MW Renewable Energy Capacity Awarded in the First Joint Solar Wind Power Tender in Greece

    /25th April 2019, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Greece has announced the results of its 600 MW renewable energy tender awarding 437.78 MW capacity. The tender had been oversubscribed with bids coming in for 637.78 MW capacity (see 600 MW Greek Tender Gets 638 MW Bids). Greek energy regulator RAE reported the weighted average price of the winning bids in the tender was €0.057 ($0.064) per kWh with bids ranging between €0.053 to €0.06472 ($0.059 to $0.073) per kWh. The Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) is an independent administrative authority, which enjoys, by the provisions of the law establishing it, financial and administrative independence. 

  • A Paradigm Shift for Low and Medium Voltage Grids Regarding Variable Renewable Energy Generation

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    /31st May 2017, IEA/ The greater uptake of distributed VRE shifts the historic balance of supply and demand in the electricity network and calls for a revision of the institutional arrangements guiding low- and medium-voltage grids. The rise of distributed generation assets – dominated by the rapid uptake of solar PV – translates into the growing complexity of power flows within the distribution grid. This provokes the need for innovative approaches to the planning and operation of low- and medium-voltage grids, with technical, economic and institutional implications. On the technical side, more dynamic and bi-directional flows of electricity (from lower to higher voltage levels and vice versa) require reinforced monitoring and control capabilities as well as upgrades to infrastructure. Moreover, planning standards need upgrading to manage the uptake of large shares of distributed resources. In this context, next-generation VRE technology – such as advanced inverters – can offer technical capabilities to support and sustain safe and reliable operations in local power grids, while also reducing energy losses in the overall power system.

  • Advances in Perovskite Research - Shooting stars of modern photovoltaics

    /11th July 2017, Sandra Henderson/, On their quest to better understand and thus be able to optimize perovskite solar cells, researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have discovered in the perovskite layers strips of nanostructures with alternating directions of polarization that could serve as transport paths for charge carriers. “Perovskite solar cells are widely considered the shooting stars of modern photovoltaics,” says Dr Alexander Colsmann, head of KIT’s Organic Photovoltaics Group, adding that their underlying working principles are not yet well understood, however. Thus, the KIT team set out to investigate the material properties and working principles of organometal halide — or more specifically, methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) — perovskite thin-films.

  • Armenia Pre-qualified Companies for a Tender about 55 MW Solar PV Power Plant Masrik-1

    /24th July 2017, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/, Ministry of Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resources of Armenia announced last week that 10 companies have been pre-qualified for a tender about 55 MW solar PV power plant located in the Masrik region of Gegharkunik province. The project cost is estimated to be between $40 to $60 million. The tender is being conducted by the Armenia Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund. Private developers or consortia can bid to design, finance, build, own and operate the 55 MW Masrik-1 Solar PV Power Plant. A special-purpose company to be owned 100% by the successful bidder will have to be incorporated in Armenia.

  • Asia Photovoltaic Market: Outlook 2020 - 2030 - Trends, Investments, Analysis, COVID-19 Impact, Projections

    /29th May 2020, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ This is unique thorough and detailed market report, which offers an incisive and reliable overview of the solar photovoltaic sector of Asian countries for the next long term period 2020 ÷ 2030. You will receive an overview of how the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will impact this market. The rooftop market segment in many countries is not developed and forecasted to score significant growth shortly. The report provides a complete picture of the market situation, dynamics, risks, current issues and prospects.

  • Central East and South East Europe Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market: Outlook 2020 - 2030 - Trends, Forecasts, Investments, Opportunities, Analysis, COVID-19 Impact

    /26th October 2020, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ This is the first-ever made the thorough and detailed market report, which offers an incisive and reliable overview of the solar photovoltaic sector of Central East Europe (CEE) and South-East Europe (SEE) countries for the next long term period 2020 ÷ 2030. The number of fully permitted and ready to build projects is promptly increasing. This study is intended to provide the reader with an overview of the economics and regulation of the industry. The rooftop market segment in many countries is not developed and forecasted to score significant growth soon.

  • Challenges about Renewable Energy Deployment in MENA Countries

    /11th December 2016, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/, The MENA region is blessed with all the natural resources necessary for a vibrant renewable energy sector: Lots of sunshine, strong winds and, in a few places, powerful rivers. According to World Bank estimates, the region receives between 22 percent and 26 percent of all solar energy striking the earth. This translates to a potential for solar energy per square kilometre per year equivalent to the energy generated from 1 to 2 million barrels of oil. MENA’s solar potential is considered to be exponentially higher than that of all other renewable resources combined and is even thought to be enough to meet the current global demand for electricity.

  • China Grid Connection Concerns for Renewable Energy Generation

    /8th March 2017, IEA, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/, China has experienced a marked increase in electricity demand over the past decade, requiring rapid and large investments in the power sector. This has provided an opportunity for streamlining system integration with the expansion of overall electricity infrastructure. However, this opportunity has not been fully realised and investments have predominantly been in coal-fired capacity. The dominance of coal in the power sector has translated into growing concerns over local air pollution and CO2 emissions. To address these issues, China is ramping up the deployment of renewable energy resources and putting in place measures to effectively limit increases in coal-fired capacity.

  • Chinese Firm Sinomach Targets Investments in Renewable Energy Projects in Serbia

    /LONDON, November 10, 2021, 9:15 GMT, Tanjug, Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlovic met on 19 November 2021 with representatives of the Chinese machinery company Sinomach. They discussed potential investments in the development of the energy sector and the economy in the context of Serbia's potential in the electricity and renewables sector.

  • Corporate Renewables 2020 Launches, 100% round table event focussed on Corporate PPAs

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    /7th November 2019, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Shareholders, employees, customers and a wide range of stakeholders require corporate businesses to show a tangible, impactful commitment to renewable energy. As global energy usage and needs are re-defined by these groups, corporates are increasingly focused on reducing their environmental footprint and securing lower energy costs. Corporate PPAs enable companies to achieve their carbon emission reduction goals and are gaining momentum globally. This brings us to launch Corporate renewables 2020 in London, March 11-12. The size and frequency of deals have increased quickly in recent years to more complex and innovative buyer consortia, VFA and proxy swap agreements. However, in Europe, the business model for PPAs is yet to reach its potential. The total volume of corporate renewable PPAs signed in Europe in 2018 amassed to 1.9 GW while in the States it reached 8.5 GW. Corporate Renewables 2020 is not a conference or a summit. The event delivers a series of curated networking experiences designed to help you to assess the economic viability of corporate renewable PPAs, learn about innovative deal structures and understand how they can be applicable to your company. 

  • Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy and Corporate PPAs with a Rapid Growth in Europe Informed Renewable Market Watch™

    /LONDON, June 28, 2021, 14:00 BST, EINPresswire/ With the increasing costs of electricity, fluctuations of fossil fuel prices, and unpredictability of these costs, the corporate renewable PPA market segment will play an increasing role in renewable energy capacity development in Europe by 2030, revealing the recently published study Europe Corporate Renewable PPA Market Report 2021 ÷ 2030. The potential for the renewable corporate sourcing market in Europe, which includes both power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other forms of corporate sourcing, is significant. Until 2018, wind accounted for 90% of the contracted capacity in Europe, but recent growth in solar PPAs has further driven market growth.

  • Current State of the Solar Photovoltaic Energy Market in Romania

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    /23rd September 2019, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The solar photovoltaic development in Romania was started with small scale photovoltaic installations below 30 KW in 2006. Contrary to the rapid expansion of the wind market in Romania, the photovoltaic power capacity remained relatively unchanged by the end of 2011. With the introduction of support mechanisms in the law in 2008 and the subsequent amendments in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Romanian photovoltaic energy market started growing since the second half of 2012. Thus, the country's solar PV market performed impressive growth in 2013 and was amongst the best performing solar markets in the world. Romania had a cumulative photovoltaic installed capacity of only 41MW for 2012 and only for one year, this capacity exceeded 1,293MW (1.29 GW) by the end of 2014, which was a more than a 20-fold increase from the 2012 level. Romania finished the year 2013 at fourth place in Europe by installed new photovoltaic capacity measured on a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis.

  • Czech Republic Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market: Outlook 2021 - 2030 - Trends, Forecasts, Investments, Opportunities, Analysis, COVID-19 Impact

    /LONDON, August 19, 2021, 9:30 BST, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ This market report offers an incisive and reliable overview of the photovoltaic sector of the country for the next long term period 2020 ÷ 2030. The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Poland to the north, Germany to the west, Austria to the south and Slovakia to the east. Its capital and largest city, with 1.3 million inhabitants, is Prague. The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia and a small part of Silesia. The population of the Czech Republic is 10,732,476 at the end of 2020, and 73.5 % of the population is urban (7,875,268 people in 2020). The total land area is 77,240 Km2 (29,823 sq. miles). Renewable Market Watch™ registered that after a 6-year stagnation in the solar photovoltaic market in the Czech Republic since 2018, the activity in the small scale residential and commercial segment increased. 

  • EBRD Platform Initiative in Support of Coal Regions in Transition in Western Balkans and Ukraine

    /28th January 2021, Vanora Bennett, EBRD, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The Organisations behind the Platform Initiative in Support of Coal Regions in Transition in Western Balkans and Ukraine agreed to join efforts to support the transition away from coal and towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future in the Western Balkans and Ukraine. Participants including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD),World Bank Group, the College of Europe (Natolin campus), the Energy Community Secretariat, the European Commission and the government of Poland kicked off discussions on how to support the regions in phasing out coal while supporting local communities that remain economically dependent on the coal industry.

  • EBRD to Support Renewable Energy Transition in Western Balkans Region

    /1st October 2020, EBRD, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The EU has one of the most ambitious energy and climate policies in the world. Its clean energy transition is well underway. "I am glad that benefits already can be seen in terms of "greening" of economies, less dependency on imported fuels, and greater domestic investments in ecologically sound approaches", said Christian Danielsson, Director General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. 

  • EBRD, ADB and IFC to Provide Financing for a 100 MW Nur Navoi Solar (PV) Photovoltaic Power Plant in Uzbekistan

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    /24th December 2020, EBRD, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/  The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) shall provide financing for a 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Uzbekistan. The plant is located in the Navoi region and is one of the first renewable energy projects in this country realised by the private investors. The engagement of the EBRD is providing an equity bridge loan of up to US$ 60 million to Nur Navoi Solar Holding for the construction and operation of the plant. The loan will allow the project investors Masdar, owned by Mubadala Investment Company, a global investment holding established and wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, to borrow the amount of equity it puts into the project. 

  • Econergy Enters Greek Renewable Energy Market with 460MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Portfolio Agreement

    /LONDON, April 20, 2022, 15:00 BST, Econergy/ Econergy Renewable Energy, a leading investor, developer and operator in renewable energy projects across Europe, has entered a partnership with Terna Energy, a company listed on the Athens Stock Exchange. The partnership will see Econergy develop and construct a solar portfolio with a capacity of 460MW as part of a new pipeline of projects in the Greek market.

  • Europe Corporate Renewable PPA Future Market Development, Trends and Opportunities

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    /19th November 2019, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Worldwide, renewable energy generators are entering into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with corporations, due to the falling price of renewable power. Furthermore, electricity markets are changing and around the world electricity regulation is also changing to meet the requirements of the accelerating energy transition. Many government policies and regulations are moving in the direction of carbon emissions reduction, more liberalization, smart grids combined with greater flexibility and easier market access for end-users. The result is a combination of a stronger policy focus on environmental goals and reduced government control and supervision of national electricity markets. These trends have the potential to give consumers a greater role in electricity markets than ever before. Many government commitments in Europe to manage climate change can be met with the implementation of clean energy transition programs and with the support of corporate renewable PPA structures, reveals the recently published study ’Europe Corporate Renewable PPA Market Report 2019 ÷ 2028’. This study considers the whole array of options available to corporates looking to source renewable electricity in Europe. Despite the less developed corporate renewable PPAs market in Europe compared to the USA, the Renewable Market Watch™ predicts increased support and acceptance of the corporate renewable PPA model in European countries in the next decade.

  • Europe Leads the Global Clean Energy Transition with Binding Renewable Energy Target for the EU for 2030 of 32%

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    /14th June 2018, Strasbourg, EU Commission/ An ambitious political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe was reached today between negotiators from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. Today's deal means that two out of the 8 legislative proposals in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package (adopted by the European Commission on 30 November 2016) have been already agreed by the co-legislators. On 14 May, the first element of the package, the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive, was adopted. Thus, progress and momentum towards completing the Energy Union is well underway and the work started by the Juncker Commission, under the priority “a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy" is delivering its promises. The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of 32% with an upwards revision clause by 2023. This will greatly contribute to the Commission's political priority as expressed by President Juncker in 2014 for the European Union to become the world number one in renewables.

  • Europe Net Metering and Self-Consumption Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market is Growing: Prosumers, BIPV, Energy Storage, Distributed Generation, Off-grid, Electric Vehicles, Trends, Investments, Forecast by 2030, Renewable Market Watch

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    /22nd March 2020, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The current levels of dependence on fossil fuels, the need of reducing the carbon emissions associated with energy use and the prospects of developing a new and highly innovative European technology sector make distributed solar photovoltaic energy generation increasingly attractive. To understand how we may unlock the self-generation potential, the analysis Europe Net Metering and Self-Consumption Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market Outlook 2021 – 2030 has been conducted with primary research, interviews, first-class sources of information, case studies and desk research. Based on our findings, the study drew conclusions and recommendations on developing a more comprehensive policy and regulatory framework for residential and commercial prosumers. Today, renewable energy sources have become a significant contributor to the energy transition occurring in Europe. According to the EU Green Deal, substantial fossil fuel capacity needs faster decommissioning to ensure that the EU reduces carbon-intensive power plants by 2030. The rate of replacement of carbon-intensive energy sources by renewable energy to date has already resulted in GHG emissions reductions in the EU electricity sector. Residential and commercial prosumers installing rooftop and building-integrated (BIPV) solar photovoltaic systems and energy storage shall have a vital role in the European clean energy transition by 2030.

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