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New guide to improve biodiversity of PV projects in Australia

The Community Power Agency said its new guide offers strategies and practical methods for developers of large-scale PV projects so they can handle land-use conflicts and adopt regenerative farming techniques, including “conservoltaics” and “agrivoltaics.” The group in New South Wales said the Building Better Biodiversity on Solar Farms Guide will help solar projects to meet new and …

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: January-June solar installations hit 78.42 GW

The NEA says China’s cumulative installed PV capacity reached 470 GW at the end of June. In the first six months of this year, the country added 78.42 GW of new PV systems, with 17.2 GW deployed in June alone. New solar power installations hit 20.37 GW in the first two months of 2023, followed by 13.29 …

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Jinko to build 56 GW vertically integrated PV factory

JinkoSolar has announced a $7.87 billion plan to build a 56 GW PV factory in Shanxi province. The project will include monocrystalline rods, silicon wafers, solar cells, and PV module capacities. The factory will be completed in four phases over two years, with the first two phases set to start operations in 2024. JinkoSolar aims to …

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Tongwei to set up 120,000 MT of additional polysilicon capacity

Tongwei said this week that it will invest CNY 6 billion ($896 million) in 120,000 MT of additional polysilicon capacity. The Chinese polysilicon and solar module producer signed an agreement with the municipal government of Leshan, Sichuan province, for the new production capacity. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to start by end of June, …

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Longi plans new 100 GW wafer plant, 50 GW solar cell factory in China

Longi Solar said it will invest CNY 42.5 billion to more than double its PV wafer and cell capacity. It plans to build new wafer and cell factories. The company signed an investment agreement with the local government of Xixian New District, Shaanxi province. Construction of the new facilities should take no longer than 18 months …

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: JinkoSolar achieves 26.4% efficiency for n-type TOPCon solar cell

JinkoSolar has announced a new world record for n-type solar cell efficiency, at 26.4%. The achievement has been confirmed by China’s National Institute of Metrology, making it the seventh time that Jinko has raised the bar for n-type cell efficiency with its tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) technology. The record surpasses Jinko’s previous achievement of 26.1%, announced …

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PV modules with longer lifetimes could slash demand for materials, says NREL

NREL has evaluated the trade-offs between extending PV module lifetimes or ramping up closed-loop recycling for solar panels with shorter lifetimes. It presented its findings in “Circular Economy Priorities for Photovoltaics in the Energy Transition,” which was recently published in PLOS One. Using the United States as a case study, a group of researchers analyzed 336 scenarios using the …

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Global installed PV capacity could hit 260 GW in 2022

The IEA PVPS recently published its latest report on “Trends in Photovoltaic Applications 2022.” It estimates, “with a reasonable firm level of certainty,” that the world installed a minimum of 173.5 GW of new solar capacity in 2021, representing a 22% year-on-year growth. That makes 2021 another record-breaking year, despite the pandemic-related perturbations. “The markets reached incredible …

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