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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 68

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array control  Solution For Monitoring And Controlling Large-scale Photovoltaics System From Phoenix Contact

The Phoenix Contact Array Control switchgear and control-gear assembly helps system operators and planners to implement efficient park management for large-scale photovoltaic systems.


Recently Published PV Standard BS EN 62446-1

BS EN 62446-1: 2016 is the core standard for PV system designers and installers of grid connected solar PV systems.


VMUY PVCarlo Gavazzi’s VMUY-PV Provides Flexible Webserver Monitoring For PV Applications

Solar photovoltaics (PVs) continue to be fast-growing markets especially as building owners grasp the opportunities on offer to save energy while making money by selling power back to the grid. 
 


Solar Trade Association Sets Out Industry Storage Priorities

Following a year of analysis and detailed discussions with members, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has published its position paper on the interaction between solar and energy storage, entitled “Solar + Storage Opportunities”


control cabinetReliable Feed-in Control for Photovoltaics Systems from Phoenix Contact

With the new DNO Control control cabinet, Phoenix Contact offers a flexible platform consisting of coordinated hardware and software components for controlling the energy in a photovoltaic system at the network connection point.

 


seaward pv200New PV200 Combines Solar PV Tests With I-V CURVE Analysis

A brand new concept in solar PV test instrumentation combines accurate I-V curve analysis with essential electrical testing for the fast and effective commissioning, O&M and diagnostic testing of all types of solar PV installations.

 


string invertersTwo New Solutions For String Combiners From Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact now offers two new innovative solutions for photovoltaic systems: the string combiner box (SCB) for 1500 V is designed for systems with system voltages up to 1500 V.

 


Suncycle and Cobalt Energy Found Service Provider in UK

The British engineering service provider Cobalt Energy Ltd. and the German service company Suncycle GmbH founded a new service provider in UK: Suncycle Ltd.

 


SOLARWATT Appoints Partners For Its Expanded PV And Energy Storage Business

IWith BHC Distributors and Solar Power NI SOLARWATT has appointed its first partners in UK and Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is expected to see a rising demand due to government incentives.

 


Telergon S6000N switchSwitchtec’s High Voltage, High Current DC Switch Reduces Costs In Photovoltaic Applications

Telergon’s S6000N DC switch disconnector from distributor Switchtec has been introduced to meet the demand for this type of product as a result of the increased usage of 1500VDC generation in photovoltaic (PV) utility scale systems. 

 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 67

Welcome to Issue 67 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


 

Solarcheck RSD  Work Safely On Photovoltaic Systems With The Solarcheck RSD From Phoenix Contact

The new, intelligent photovoltaic module switch-off Solarcheck RSD from Phoenix Contact independently sets photovoltaic roof systems into a safe state


1500vdc The First Comprehensive Portfolio of 1500VDC PV Components from Mersen

Mersen has introduced in the marketplace the first comprehensive portfolio of PV components rated for 1500VDC applications


SMA Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 now Available

SMA launch the Sunny Boy Storage 2.5, a high-voltage battery-compatible inverter for private households
 


M&S Customers Invited To Invest In A New Community Energy Scheme

M&S and Energy4All have launched M&S Energy Society – an exciting new initiative designed to generate renewable electricity from solar panels installed on M&S stores from Cheshire Oaks to Cheshunt


Solarcentury Among Fastest Growing Mid-market Companies in the UK

Solarcentury has been ranked number 22 by specialist bank Investec in its Mid-Market 100 research which ranks the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the UK

 


Solar Industry Launches ‘Stunning Solar’ Campaign

The Solar Trade Association has officially launched a new push to raise awareness of how the latest in rooftop solar technology can produce beautiful and aesthetically pleasing installations

 


London Reservoir To House Largest European Floating Solar Panel Array

Europe’s biggest ever floating solar panel array is being installed on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir as part of Thames Water’s ambitious bid to self-generate a third of its own energy by 2020

 


IKEA UK Launches New “Solar Shops” to Help Homeowners Live More Sustainably

 IKEA UK has announced a new-look home solar offer featuring IKEA branded “Solar Shops” in store

 


Evolution of Solar Photovoltaic Panels by Bob Mills of LG Solar

In the last decade, solar technology has exploded to become the most popular renewable energy source in the UK and its deployment is rising rapidly

 


Canadian Solar Connects Six Solar Power Plants

Canadian Solar has connected an additional six solar power plants, totaling 39.4MWp to the grid

 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 65

Welcome to Issue 65 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


fuse terminal block

  Push-in Fuse Terminal Block for PV Applications from Phoenix Contact

The compact PT 10,3-HESI fuse terminal blocks with 10 mm² push-in connection from Phoenix Contact have a nominal voltage of 1000 V.


Major Investment In Solar Panels Makes Environmental Impact

Northumbria University has taken significant steps to increase its use of solar energy to help reduce its carbon emissions.


Lightsource Begins Work on Europe’s Largest Floating Solar Project

Europe’s biggest ever floating solar panel array is being installed by Lightsource Renewable Energy on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir.
 


STA Template Agreement Aims To Boost Confidence in Solar ‘maintenance and repair’ Market

What do you do if your solar PV or solar thermal system stops working? As with all electrical and heating systems, things can occasionally go wrong and components wear out.


SolarEdge’s StorEdge™ solution IS Now Available

SolarEdge Technologies, a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, announced the immediate international availability of its StorEdge™ solution.

 


Panasonic Enables Homeowners to Discover Benefits of Going Solar

Panasonic Eco Solutions have announced a partnership with cloud platform provider ezzingSolar to deliver a new, digital solar simulation to European homeowners.

 


Oldham Tommyfield Market Hall Goes Solar

Oldham Council has installed a solar array on the roof of Tommyfield Market Hall as it looks to become one of the greenest local authorities in the country – while also saving money.

 


Dulas Aid Welsh Utility Firm In Reducing Carbon Emissions

One of the UK’s most experienced renewable energy firms has completed the first phase of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s largest solar PV project as part of their initiative to reduce carbon emissions by 25%.

 


Solarcentury Expands European Presence With New Solar Farm In Germany

Solarcentury has developed, constructed and sold a 4.7 MWp solar farm in Sachsen-Anhalt state, eastern Germany that will provide enough energy to power 1,150 local homes.

 


Better Regulation Could See House Building And CO2 Reductions Go Hand In Hand

The scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes policy in July 2015 [1] has left a policy vacuum that urgently needs filling, says the Solar Trade Association.

 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 66

Welcome to Issue 66 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


PV connectors

  New PV Connectors with Crimp Connection from Phoenix Contact

The DC connectors from the Sunclix product range are particularly suitable for mechanical assembly and simplify the cabling of photovoltaic systems


Solar Panel Specialists Fined £153,000

A solar panel firm fined after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent


BRE National Solar Centre Launches Good Practice Guide For Solar Car Parks

New guidance shows how car park owners can maximize the economic and environmental performance of their assets by deploying PV technologies
 


Aviva Insurance Goes Solar to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Aviva has invested in solar roof systems for three of its offices in the UK


Solar Farm Will Support Local Community in Stratford-upon-Avon

Anesco has played a key role in a ground-breaking new community solar farm near Stratford-upon-Avon

 


PV Panels Installed On 1,515 Social Homes In Warrington

Warrington Borough Council, working in partnership with Golden Gates Housing Trust, has completed its last round of installation of solar photovoltaic panels

 


Europe's Largest Optimised Ground Array Installed in 3 Weeks

Solar Advanced Systems, have again led the market by completing Europe's most efficient Solar Farm in collaboration with LHW partnership
 


Moves To Keep Low VAT On Solar “very encouraging”

  The Solar Trade Association has greeted reports of a change of direction on VAT on solar as “very encouraging”

 


Sundog Energy Sold To Photon Energy

Photon Energy has confirmed that it is on the acquisition trail, having just acquired the assets of Sundog Energy of Penrith (Cumbria)

 


The Disposal And Recycling Of PV Solar Panels

The WEEE Directive sets out two methods that solar panels can be disposed of and recycled

 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 64

Welcome to Issue 64 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


  Energy Storage System Supports District Isolated from Mains Electricity for a Record 5 Hours

Following a test period over several months on “Concept Grid” - EDF R&D’s1 experimental platform in Seine-et-Marne - teams from French distribution system operator ERDF2 and power conversion specialists, SOCOMEC, have successfully validated the islanding of an entire district for periods up to a record 5 hours


SPDs for DC protection of PV Systems Up to 1500VDC and UL Listed

Mersen Electrical Power is pleased to announce the launch of a surge protection device for 1500VDC, the Surge-Trap® STPT2-40K1500V-YPV(M)


Powerful PV Overvoltage Protection From Phoenix Contact

The new VAL-MB product family from Phoenix Contact provides powerful and compact protective devices for photovoltaic applications with generator voltages of up to 1500 V DC
 


Panasonic Upgrades European HIT® Product Guarantee to 15 Years

The product guarantee extension comes after Panasonic continues to record strong reliability across its photovoltaic Module HIT® range in Europe


WElink Energy and BSR Team up with Chinese Building Firm in a £1.1bn Deal

In a major boost for the UK's green housing sector, WElink Energy yesterday announced a new £1.1bn deal with China National Building Materials (CNBM) to develop thousands of zero-carbon homes in the UK

 


Lightsource Connects 23 New Solar Sites in One Month

Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s leading solar energy company, has connected 23 new sites in December totalling more than 100MW of new capacity

 


Canadian Solar Energizes Five UK Solar Power Plants

Canadian Solar Inc. has announced that it has energized an additional five solar power plants, totaling 22.9 MWp, bringing its total fleet of solar power plants in operation in the United Kingdom to 63.1 MWp

 


Trina Solar Restructures Regional Senior Management to Drive Growth in Europe and Africa

Trina Solar Limited recently announced that the Company has restructured its management teams in Europe and Africa

 


Solar industry Puts Forward Emergency £1 Solar Rescue Plan

The Government has published critical decisions on solar power, including the finalised budget for Contracts for Difference (CfDs)

 


Oxford PV Secures Another £4.4m To Fund The Next Stage Of Its Perovskite Solar Technology Scale-up

Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd has announced that it has raised a top-up B round of £4.4m million from a variety of new and existing investors

 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 63 October 2014

Welcome to Issue 63 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


Featured Company:

Doepke UK Ltd ► Doepke UK Ltd

With over 57 years experience in the development and manufacture of residual current circuit breakers, Doepke have established a reputation as a specialist in residual current protection, and their RCCB product range is today the most comprehensive in the world with over 4000 variations manufactured in Germany.

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IET Public Consultation Opens on New Solar Photovoltaic Guidelines

Engineers, technicians and researchers are invited to comment on the new Code of Practice for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, due for publication by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2015.
 


UK’s Leading Solar Energy Generator Announces New Partnerships with Local Installers

Lightsource Renewable Energy, is set to build a nationwide partnership with local solar PV installers as it looks to expand its rooftop portfolio.
 


 ► Compact AC Connection for Photovoltaic Micro Inverters from Phoenix Contact

The new SUNCLIX Micon AC connection system from Phoenix Contact reliably connects photovoltaic modules.


Subsidies for Solar Farms to be Cut to Help Safeguard Farmland

Farmers will lose their right to claim subsidies for fields filled with solar panels under new plans to ensure more agricultural land is dedicated to growing crops and food.
 


Suntech Exhibits New Financial Package at Solar Energy UK

Suntech exhibited its latest financial offering at Solar Energy UK in Birmingham earlier this month.  This follows the latest strategic partnership with youmex Group.
 


EvoEnergy Win the Solar Installer of The Year 2014 Award

EvoEnergy are proud to announce that they have received the ‘Solar Installer of The Year’ award at the recent annual Renewables awards.
 


Function Block Libraries for Photovoltaics

The function block libraries for the PC Worx programming software from Phoenix Contact now offer more opportunities for solar engineering.

 


Coalition Risks Its Own Solar Revolution says the STA

The Government has published critical decisions on solar power, including the finalised budget for Contracts for Difference (CfDs)
 


Monitoring Software for Photovoltaic Systems

Phoenix Contact now offers monitoring software for photovoltaic systems. PV Monitor+ is designed for systems up to 500 KW and to interact with standardised and robust industrial components.
 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 62 September 2014

Welcome to Issue 62 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


Featured Company:

Doepke UK Ltd ► Doepke UK Ltd

With over 57 years experience in the development and manufacture of residual current circuit breakers, Doepke have established a reputation as a specialist in residual current protection, and their RCCB product range is today the most comprehensive in the world with over 4000 variations manufactured in Germany.

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NFU Publish Solar Farm Guidelines

New guidance compiled by the NFU and published by the BRE National Solar Centre shows how solar farms can be combined with continued agricultural land use for small livestock.


Graph ► DECC FIT Solar PV Deployment August 2014

Quarterly  PV Highlights
Overall solar PV capacity at the end of 2014 Q2 stood at 3,823 MW, an increase of 4.6 per cent (168 MW) on that at the end of 2014 Q1.
 


 ► Suntech to Supply UK Solar Projects with its World-class Panels

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Limited and Greenfield Solar International GmbH & Co. KG have entered into a strategic alliance with German-based clean energy financing and investment group youmex.


Yingli to Supply 66 MWp of PV Modules for Four Large-scale Projects

Yingli Solar has announced that it has partnered with renewable energy developer Push Energy Ltd. to supply Yingli Solar's multicyrstalline modules for four large-scale PV power plants.
 


European Council Calls For 30% Renewables Target by 2030

The European Council has called for a more ambitious target for renewables in Europe by 2030, but falls short of introducing binding national targets.


Sita UK Deal To Turn Landfill Sites Into Solar Power Farms

National recycling and waste management firm, SITA UK, and Somerset-based British Solar Renewables (BSR) have agreed a deal that will see a number of SITA UK’s landfill sites turned into solar power farms – generating renewable energy for the National Grid.
 


Toyota Harvest Solar Energy to Power UK Engine Production

 In
August a large-scale embedded solar array was officially switched on at Toyota UK’s engine production centre at Deeside in North Wales, by Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.
 


Summer Surge In Energy Production

Eco Energy World has enjoyed a summer surge in energy production after connecting five solar PV projects with a combined output of 70MW in quick succession.
 


DragonIS Invents the Dragoncam

DragonIS has invented – Dragoncam - a special underground monitoring system which checks the inside of cable ducts for ridges and damage.
 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 61 April 2014

Welcome to Issue 61 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


Featured Company:

Doepke UK Ltd ► Doepke UK Ltd

With over 57 years experience in the development and manufacture of residual current circuit breakers, Doepke have established a reputation as a specialist in residual current protection, and their RCCB product range is today the most comprehensive in the world with over 4000 variations manufactured in Germany.

Doepke




Jaguar Land Rover Installs UK's Largest Rooftop Solar Panel Array

Jaguar Land Rover has completed the installation of the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel array at its new state-of-the art Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54 South Staffordshire.


Graph ► DECC FIT Solar PV Installations Week Ending 30th March 2014

There were 6,035 sub 50 kW PV installations registered during the week ending 30th March 2014
 


 ► IPVEA to Study Global Solar PV Supply Chain

The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) has announced a new initiative – “IPVEA study on optimizing the worldwide solar PV supply chain” – to maximize the potential for PV commerce in all corners of the world.
 


Hosola Appoints Moss Electrical As Sole UK Distributor

Moss Electrical has recently been appointed sole distributor to the UK and Ireland by Suzhou Hosola New Energy Co Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of Solar Inverters.
 


Lightsource Invests in Utility Scale Power Plant

Renewable energy company Lightsource has this month invested in a ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant, which boasts a capacity of 8.4MWp, approximately 40 miles from Bristol.



Trina Solar Announces New High-Efficiency Honey Ultra Module

Trina Solar has announced that its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology has developed a new high-efficiency Honey Ultra solar module.
 


Solar Strategy Welcomed by TGE Group

Commercial and industrial rooftop solar PV received a welcome boost from DECC with the announcement of a new Solar Strategy for the UK, shifting the focus from solar farms to an estimated 250 hectares of commercial rooftops.
 


Flexible Solar Building Elements Open New Doors for Architects

The ambitious EU project SmartFlex is now underway. Its objective is to demonstrate how photovoltaic building elements can be individually designed and then manufactured on an industrial scale, all at the click of a button.
 


Conergy Completes 39 MW of New Solar Plants for Primrose Solar

Conergy has announced the on-time completion of a portfolio of four solar farms in the UK totaling 39MW in installed capacity.
 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 59 February 2014

Welcome to Issue 59 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


Featured Company:

Doepke UK Ltd ► Doepke UK Ltd

With over 57 years experience in the development and manufacture of residual current circuit breakers, Doepke have established a reputation as a specialist in residual current protection, and their RCCB product range is today the most comprehensive in the world with over 4000 variations manufactured in Germany.

Doepke




SolarMax Presents the New HT Series String Inverters for Commercial and Industrial Solar Plant

In the face of continuing reductions in subsidies, PV plant planners have the challenge of delivering cost-optimized systems which will provide high levels of availability and efficiency, in turn delivering good returns.


FIT Graph ► DECC FIT Solar PV Installations Week Ending 15th December 2013

There were 2,806 sub 50 kW PV installations registered during the week ending 15th December 2013, compared to 2,807 in the week ending 8th December 2013.
 


 ► National WEEE Regulations Come Into Force – Major Changes Ahead for Photovoltaic Industry

Official 18-month transposition period for the revised Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) ended on the 14th February 2014.
 


New Research Reveals Energy Performance of In-roof Solar PV

It’s common knowledge that solar PV module performance reduces as temperatures rise.  It follows that rack-mounted above roof systems should out-perform in-roof systems, but by how much?
 


Trina Solar Announces WEEE Directive Compliance

Trina Solar Limited has announced that its product range is fully compliant with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, as compliance becomes mandatory for the PV industry across the EU-27..
 


Moss Electrical Appointed Sole UK Distributor of Solar Inverter

Moss Electrical, one of the UK’s largest Independent Electrical Wholesalers with a turnover of £35million has recently been appointed sole distributor to the UK and Ireland by Suzhou Hosola New Energy Co Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of Solar Inverters..
 


Naked Energy Secures €1.3 Million of Grant Funding for Hybrid Solar Panel

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has awarded the company €1 million through it’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund to assist in the development of its innovative solar technology. 
 


Proinso and OXIS Energy to Collaborate on a Revolutionary New Solar Energy Storage System

Energy resourcing is probably the biggest challenge facing the world in the 21st Century. The problem is acute in underdeveloped countries where the energy infrastructure is poor but it also exists in the developed nations particularly in the heavy manufacturing and defence industries..
 


Kingspan Energy Launches 100% Funded Solution

Kingspan Insulated Panels has launched Kingspan Energy, a fully-funded solar energy solution provider making low-carbon energy generation effortless for UK businesses.
 


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Solar Digest Newsletter Issue 60 April 2014

Welcome to Issue 60 of the solar digest e-newsletter.


Featured Company:

Doepke UK Ltd ► Doepke UK Ltd

With over 57 years experience in the development and manufacture of residual current circuit breakers, Doepke have established a reputation as a specialist in residual current protection, and their RCCB product range is today the most comprehensive in the world with over 4000 variations manufactured in Germany.

Doepke




The UK’s Rooftops to Become Power Stations

Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Greg Barker


Graph ► DECC FIT Solar PV Installations Week Ending 30th March 2014

There were 6,035 sub 50 kW PV installations registered during the week ending 30th March 2014
 


 ► IET Lecture on the Trends in Photovoltaic Technology and Applications

Photovoltaic technology is increasingly being recognised as a likely major contributor to the world's future energy needs. Lasers are playing an increasingly important role in the design and fabrication of high efficiency solar cells.
 


BRE National Solar Centre Measures Job Growth in the Solar Sector

The BRE National Solar Centre (NSC) has carried out a comprehensive survey of jobs in the solar sector in 2013, detailing both staffing numbers and site installation activities.
 


PassivSystems Signs Exclusive Contract for Monitoring Services for Solar PV Roll-out

PassivSystems Limited a provider of intelligent connected energy services for residential homes and for optimising Solar PV assets, has announced that it has been awarded an exclusive contract with a wholly owned subsidiary of Macquarie.
 


Nottingham to Develop UK's Largest Urban Solar Canopy

Nottingham City Council is set to develop the UK's largest urban solar power canopies at two of its Park & Ride sites, generating enough energy to power 479 homes a year.
 


SolarMax and Zenex Forge UK Partnership Following Ecobuild

We are happy to announce that we have partnered with the Yorkshire based renewables equipment distributor, Zenex Solar.
 


£10 Million Solar Loan for Sunderland Social Housing

Empower Community announced this morning that a large UK institutional pension investor has loaned £10.1m to a project providing free daytime solar energy to over 2300 of Gentoo Group's customers' homes in Sunderland.
 


Wolseley Sets Shining Example on Green Energy with Solar Installation

Eight thousand solar panels have been installed on the roof of Wolseley UK’s National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leamington Spa, capable of generating enough electricity to power around 450 homes a year.
 


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