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UK to cut FITs for PV systems over 50 kW on Jan. 1
 
FITs for new PV systems under 50 kW will remain unchanged for the first 3 months of 2014. be reduced 3.5% starting January 1.
04.11.2013: The UK will not reduce FITs for PV systems up to 50 kW on Jan. 1, 2014. FITs for PV installations up to 50 kW registered in the period from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2014 will be the same as those applied to PV systems registered between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. FITs for PV systems over 50 kW will be reduced by 3.5% on January 1. FITs for new PV systems up to 50 kW were reduced by 3.5% on July 1, while tariffs for systems greater than 50 kW were last reduced on May 1. Eligible PV systems up to 4 kW will continue to receive 14.90p (23.89¢) per kWh, while systems greater than 4 kW and up to 10 kW will receive 13.50p per kWh. Systems greater than 10 kW and up to 50 kW will receive 12.57p. Meanwhile, PV systems over 50 kW and up to 150 kW will receive 10.71p per kWh, while systems over 150 kW and up to 250 kW will receive 10.25p per kWh. The largest systems, those over 250 kW, will receive 6.61p per kWh. UK FIT rates are reviewed every 3 months and are cut or left intact based on the amount of capacity installed in prior months. More than 1,823 MW of installed PV capacity had been registered under the UK’s FIT scheme as of Sept. 30, 2013, according to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). 45.8 MW of newly installed PV capacity was registered under the scheme in September, up slightly from 44.8 MW in August and down from 49.1 MW in July. As of September 30, 418,243 PV systems were connected to UK grid – 391,292 of these PV systems, totaling 1.2 GW, have a power of 4 kW or less. © PHOTON
 
 
 
 
30.10.13
 
UK FIT scheme now supports more than 1.82 GW of installed PV power
 
Approximately 45.8 MW of installed PV capacity was added to the UK FIT scheme in September 2013, up from 44.8 MW in August.
© Udo Geisler / photon-pictures.com 30.10.2013: More than 1,823 MW of installed PV capacity had been registered under the UK’s FIT scheme as of Sept. 30, 2013, according to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) latest statistics. 45.8 MW of newly installed PV capacity was registered under the scheme in September, up slightly from 44.8 MW in August and down from 49.1 MW in July. According to the DECC, 418,243 PV systems were connected to UK grid as of the end of September, representing 99% of the completed installations and 87% of the total capacity installed under the FIT program. The DECC also stressed that 391,292 PV installations totaling 1.2 GW have a power of up to 4 kW. These figures do not include PV capacity installed under the UK’s Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme, which is designed for larger PV installations.. According to the DECC’s latest quarterly energy statistics, approximately 2.46 GW of installed PV capacity – including larger systems – had been registered under the FIT and RO schemes as of the end of August 2013. The UK aims to cover 15 percent of its domestic electricity demand with renewables by 2020. As part of this goal, the DECC aims to have 22 GW of installed PV capacity by the end of the decade. © PHOTON
 
 
 
 
 
12.07.2013
 
Graetzel achieves 15% efficiency for dye solar cell
 
Australian building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) materials supplier Dyesol Ltd. announced that the Swiss scientist Michael Graetzel has developed a new deposition process for the production of solid-state Dye Solar Cells (DSC), that enables to achieve a 15% conversion efficiency. The company said the new technology developed by Graetzel has adopted Dyesol’s key DSC input materials and specially formulated 18NR-T Titania Paste. Graetzel, Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, said: »Our research work on solid-state dye sensitised solar cells is now achieving efficiencies exceeding 15% and our cells have been externally validated with a world record of 14.1%. At these efficiencies the technology is extremely competitive with conventional solar cells particularly when you consider dye sensitised solar cells do not need perfect sunlight conditions to effectively produce energy.« According to Dyesol, Graetzel’s two-step deposition process is reproducible and can be applied for the commercial mass-production of dye solar cells. © PHOTON

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The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/78486.pdf

 
11.07.2013
 
European Parliament's Committee on Energy (ITRE) calls for more microgeneration
 
The resolution approved by ITRE calls on the EC to assess the potential of microgeneration on the European internal energy market.
 
The European Parliament's Committee on Energy (ITRE) adopted a resolution, which calls on the European Commission to draw up guidelines for energy regulators and systems operators of the member states on how to simplify the connection of microgeneration unit productions to the grid. The resolution recommends the member states to eliminate fiscal and legal provisions dealing with microgeneration that can prevent its further development. Still, the resolution suggests that the EU metering legislation should be revised to make possible to transfer energy between producer and consumer on a small scale, »for example in a neighbourhood or cooperative.« The resolution also calls for the member states to facilitate access to the grid for microgenerators, while mantaining efficient work management. Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs) will be required to cooperate in the active distribution system management. Moreover, ITRE has asked the EC to include strategies for small scale electricity and heat generation into the existing policy framework. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has welcomed ITRE’s resolution, claiming that distributed generation is playing an increasing role in the European energy mix. »Mindsets are progressively changing but more needs to be done in order to grasp the benefits associated with a decentralised model,« said Alexandre Roesch, head of regulatory affairs for EPIA. © PHOTON
 
 

 

 

 

09.07.2013

China repotedly will not introduce duties on silicon imports from EU


July, 2013: The Chinese government will not introduce antidumping duties on polysilicon imports from the European Union, according to German financial newspaper Handelsblatt. 

The article reports that the German Minister of Economy Philipp Rösler and China's Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng have settled the trade dispute over the polysilicon imports from the EU into the Chinese market and that no duties will be imposed. Rösler and the German government have called on the European Commission to find an amicable solution with China over the solar trade dispute. On June 5, Bloomberg reported that the Chinese government proposed to the European Union to fix an annual quota of 10 GW for the solar product imports and a minimun price of €0.50 ($0.64) per W for the solar module imports, if the antidumping duties the EU imposed on imports of wafers, solar cells and PV modules from China will be reduced or cancelled. 
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) opened an antidumping and countervailing duty investigation into solar-grade polysilicon imports from the EU in November 2012. Through the investigation, Mofcom attempted to determine if EU polysilicon producers have engaged in unfair trade practices or have unfairly benefited from government subsidies. Mofcom was expected to issue a final determination on the investigation on Nov. 1, 2013, but the probe could be extended by six months to May 1 under special circumstances. Mofcom opened similar investigations into US and South Korean polysilicon imports in July 2012. All three investigations were launched at the request of four Chinese companies: Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon, LDK Solar, Sino-Silicon and Daqo New Energy. © PHOTON

08.07.2013

Solar trade dispute: China proposes annual quota and minimun price for imports into the EU
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The Chinese government is proposing to the European Union to fix an annual quota and a minimun price for the imports of Chinese solar products into the EU market, if the antidumping duties the EU imposed on imports of wafers, solar cells and PV modules from China will be reduced or canceled. According to Bloomberg, citing local newspaper Shanghai Securities News, Wang Sicheng, an adviser of the Chinese government, revealed that China is proposing a quota of 10 GW of solar products to be imported into the EU market annually and a minimun price of €0.50 ($0.64) per W for the solar module imports. The negotiations to solve the solar trade dispute bewteen the EU and China started on June 21, when the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht met China's Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng in Beijing, China. The European Commission decided to introduce antidumping duties on Chinese solar products on June 5. The duties were introduced according to a »phased approach« starting with an 11.8% tariff for all producers for the first 2 months. The tariff will be raised for the remaining 4 months starting from August, with specific tariffs assigned to each producer: DelSolar 67.9%, JA Solar 58.7%, LDK Solar 55.9%, Trina Solar 51.5%, Suntech 48.6%, Jinzhou Yanguang Energy 38.3% and Yingli Green Energy 37.3%. On June 6, China promptly responded by launching inquiries into imports of European luxury goods, including wine. One week later, the EU filed a trade complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Chinese antidumping duties on imports of high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes from the EU. In late June, Mofcom imposed antidumping duties on imports of the chemical product toluidin when originating from the EU and few days later it announced that the expected antidumping and antisubsidy investigation on wine imports from the EU was officially opened. © PHOTON

02.05.2013

UK to cut FITs for PV systems up to 50 kW in July
 
The UK will cut FITs for new PV systems up to 50 kW in size by 3.5% on July 1 despite the fact that capacity triggers for these categories were not reached. The UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has published the FITs for PV installations registered between July 1 and September 30, 2013. Despite low installation figures in previous months, FITs for these smaller systems have been automatically cut due to a stipulation from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that FITs cannot stay flat for more than 9 months at a time, regardless of installation levels. Beginning on July 1, FITs for systems up to 4 kW will receive a FIT of 14.90p (23.10¢) per kWh. Systems greater than 4 kW and up to 10 kW will receive 13.50p per kWh, while systems greater than 10 kW and up to 50 kW will receive 12.57p per kWh. Meanwhile, FITs for PV systems over 50 kW will remain unchanged from the previous months. These tariffs will continue to range from 11.10p per kWh for systems between 50 and 150 kW to 6.85p for systems between 250 kW and 5 MW. Tariffs for systems over 50 kW were reduced by 3.5% on May 1. UK FIT rates are usually reviewed every 3 months and are cut or left intact based on the amount of capacity installed in prior months. The summer tariffs, however, which came into effect on May 1, will only be valid for two months in order to align the quarterly PV FIT degression schedule with the annual degression schedule introduced for non-PV installations. Incentives for non-PV systems are adjusted on April 1 each year. To match this schedule, PV FITs will now be revised on the first day of July, October, January and April – a month early, respectively, compared to the previous degression schedule. As of April 28, the UK had 424,741 PV systems with a capacity of 50 kW or less. Together, these systems have a total installed capacity of 1,502 MW. The UK added a total of 779 MW of PV capacity in 2012, bringing Britain’s cumulative installed PV capacity to 1.65 GW as of the end of last year. © PHOTON
 
 
 
 
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