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Budweiser will be brewed 100% renewables, 130 MW solar VPPA signed

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AB InBev beers, including Budweiser, the world’s most valuable beer brand, will soon be brewed with renewable electricity throughout Europe as AB InBev inks a deal with global renewable energy developer, BayWa r.e., to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its European brewing operations.

The 10-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) will see power supplied from two solar farms with a combined power output of almost 200 megawatts of which AB InBev will be supplied with over 130 megawatts. 

This makes it the largest Pan-European corporate solar power deal in history, covering AB InBev’s 14 breweries in Western Europe and over 50 brands brewed and sold across 12 countries*, including global brand Budweiser.

BayWa r.e. will fund and develop two new solar sites in Spain, one of which will be called the Budweiser Solar Farm, which will provide 250 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity per year for AB InBev’s breweries. Over the duration of the PPA, this is enough to power the equivalent of almost 670,000 European homes, or 100,000 stadium football matches.

AB InBev’s European brewing operations produce over 55 million kegs of beer each year and around five million bottles of Budweiser each week. Budweiser is now AB InBev’s biggest brand in Europe, following its launch in France and the Netherlands last year.

The new solar capacity is expected to be added and connected by BayWa r.e. by March 1st 2022. Before these solar sites are up and running, BayWa r.e. will provide AB InBev with 75 gigawatt hours of Guarantees of Origin from its wind farm “La Muela” in Zaragoza, Spain – the equivalent power to produce enough beer for 18 Oktoberfests. 

Once all Budweiser in Western Europe is brewed renewably, the brand will feature a new symbol on pack to encourage consumers to choose a beer brewed with 100% renewable electricity. 

The symbol, which is rolling out across Budweiser in the UK and the US, following solar and wind power deals in those markets, is available for other businesses to use, in a move that the brewer hopes will help to shift consumer choice. 

Jason Warner, Zone President for Europe at AB InBev, said:“As a brewer, we rely on natural ingredients – water, hops, barley and yeast – to make our beers, so we know that sustainability is not just part of our business, it is our business. From recycling CO2 released in the brewing process to eliminating plastic from our packaging, we are constantly looking to not only reduce our environmental impact but to have a net positive effect. 

“This is why we are hugely excited today to announce this partnership with BayWa r.e. to build the Budweiser Solar Farm, add new European solar capacity and brew our beers across Western Europe with renewable electricity. As we welcome the new European Green Deal, we now ask our consumers, customers, colleagues, business partners and fellow companies to join us in shifting towards renewable power – we are making our 100% renewable electricity symbol available for any brands that are produced with renewables. This symbol is about driving positive change in what people buy in their weekly shop, order at the bar or drink with friends.”

Matthias Taft, CEO at BayWa r.e., said:“Consumers increasingly want to make ‘green’ choices with the products they buy. Leading brands, like Budweiser, are showing the way and we are proud to be supporting AB InBev in their own renewable energy transition.  Corporations are the new driving force in this transition and, within the retail sector, it means consumers can help play a part in combatting climate change through the buying decisions they make. In addition, AB InBev is able to source affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.”  

As part of its 2025 Sustainability Goals, AB InBev has committed that all of its purchased electricity will come from renewable sources.  The company is making progress in shifting to renewable electricity in its operations around the world, including in the UK, Russia, Mexico, the United States, Australia, China and India. This global commitment will make AB InBev the largest corporate buyer of renewable electricity in the consumer goods industry. 

ABB India at Elecrama 2020

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ABB is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries, helping customers increase industrial productivity in a sustainable way. With four customer-​focused, globally leading businesses of Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, ABB’s rich history of technology innovation for over a century has left a mark in the industry.

At Elecrama 2020, ABB India is thrilled to showcase innovations developed by two of its businesses – Electrification and Motion.­­­

Electrification Business

ABB’s Electrification business offers a wide-ranging portfolio of products, digital solutions and services, from substation to socket, enabling safe, smart and sustainable electrification.

§  ABB i-bus® KNX

Designed to make buildings smarter, the well-established ABB i-bus® KNX system is based on the worldwide KNX standard, the first globally standardized system for the automation of residential and non-residential buildings. In this innovative system, all devices communicate with one another via a single bus cable which is installed alongside the normal power lines. This means that all electrical functions are connected with one another via the bus system. The operational flexibility of an ABB i-bus® KNX electrical installation allows the everyday working or living environment to be easily adapted to the individual’s needs – now and in the future.

§  Terra 54 

Terra 54 is the successor of Terra 53, the best sold 50 kW DC charging station in Europe and North America. Supporting increasing electric vehicle (EV) battery capacities, Terra 54 enables continuous charging at full 50 kW at 200 – 500 V, while 200 – 920 V is supported by Terra 54HV. The charger is designed to deliver flawless and safe operation to all users, allowing installation in residential areas, including petrol stations, retail stores and offices.

§  SACE Emax 2

SACE Emax 2 sets a new circuit breaker benchmark for the needs of today and tomorrow, matching all the new grid requirements. SACE Emax 2 embeds more and more functionalities to become the all-in-one solution, able to manage low-voltage distribution systems. It can manage any conditions of the grid owing to advanced functions such as Load Shedding, Power Controller, ATS, Interface Protection, Synchrocheck logics, Adaptive Protection.

Motion Business

ABB’s Motion business is the largest supplier of drives and motors, globally. It provides customers with the complete range of electrical motors, generators, drives and services, as well as mechanical power transmission products and integrated digital powertrain solutions. ABB’s Motion business serves a wide range of automation applications in transportation, infrastructure and the discrete and process industries.

§  ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring for powertrains

The ABB Ability™ Digital Powertrain is a suite of digital solutions including devices, software and services. It combines connectivity and data analytics ABB’s expertise to make operations efficient, predictable and safe. ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring for powertrains optimizes the performance and efficiency of rotating equipment. It enables full transparency on all parameters for drives, motors, mounted bearings and pumps, and can also be applied to applications such as compressors, conveyors, mixers and extruder main shafts.

§  IE4 process performance motors

ABB process performance induction motors are tough, high quality products designed for durability in the most demanding environments and applications. They are ideally suited to process industries and heavy duty applications – sectors like mining, cement and paper – where motors have to meet high requirements for reliability, availability and efficiency in harsh conditions. These motors provide great flexibility for customer specific solutions and can be individually designed to meet the exact demands of the application. ABB motor will always be fit for purpose to provide the most cost-efficient and sustainable solution based on customer requirements.

§  DCS800 industrial DC drives

Tough industrial applications, from rolling out steel to turning a cement kiln require equally tough products. From wire drawing to running cable cars, ABB’s DC drives provide the day-to-day reliability and performance that is expected, with the flexibility to meet unique customer process requirements. ABB’s Automation Builder provides the engineering productivity to customize drive control. The DCS800 DC drives are also a great solution for non-motor applications like magnets, battery charging and electrolysis.

APICORP Headquarters Gets Green Makeover, Signs Solar Lease and Shared Energy Savings Agreements with Yellow Door Energy

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APICORP selects Yellow Door Energy to install rooftop solar panels and energy efficient retrofitting of its Dammam Headquarters. New fittings expected to generate 718 MWh of clean energy and cut carbon emissions by 2,000 tonnes in the first year.

 In line with its commitment to promote long-term sustainability and green initiatives, the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution, announced today that it signed two agreements with Yellow Door Energy (YDE), a leading sustainable energy solutions provider in the Middle East, to install solar panels at APICORP’s headquarters in Dammam and retrofit the building with energy-efficient technologies.

The agreements mark YDE’s first project in Saudi Arabia, demonstrating the company’s exponential growth in the region. Expected to be completed by end of 2020, the new fittings will cut APICORP’s carbon emissions by 2,000 tonnes and generate up to 718 MWh of clean energy, as well as significantly reduce energy consumption by 35%.

YDE’s energy efficiency solutions at APICORP headquarters include retrofitting and optimising the air conditioning and chiller systems, as well as installing over 3,500 LED light bulbs with smart control. YDE will also install a rooftop solar plant that spans 4,300 square metres, fitted with a customised mounting structure to accommodate the roof’s unique wave design.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga, CEO of APICORP, said: “We are delighted to work with Yellow Door Energy, one of our investee companies, on this important initiative that demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of APICORP’s operations. By investing in green initiatives, we hope to lead by example and contribute in a tangible and impactful way to making this planet a better place to live for future generations.”

Jeremy Crane, CEO and Co-Founder of Yellow Door Energy, added: “Yellow Door Energy is honoured to contribute to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy target as part of Vision 2030. Our solar lease and shared energy savings contracts with APICORP are our company’s first of hopefully many projects in the Kingdom. We congratulate APICORP on this forward-thinking initiative and sustainability leadership.”

In 2019, APICORP and a consortium of international and regional banks invested USD65 million in Yellow Door Energy to scale up investments in solar energy and efficiency solutions in emerging markets. YDE currently has over 100 megawatts of solar assets in development in the UAE, Jordan, Pakistan and Egypt.

As per the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, the country is pursuing an ambitious renewable power strategy that includes plans to add 60 gigawatts of clean energy capacity to the national grid by 2030. Of this, 40GW will come from solar photovoltaic plants, 16GW from wind turbines and 2.7GW from concentrated solar power.

Metito Group-led Consortium with Jinko Power and AlJomaih Group awarded 55 MWe ac grid-tied solar power plant in Bangladesh

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The Consortium wins the project with the record-breaking lowest bid to develop a 55-megawatts electric ac plant. The solar power plant will significantly contribute to the Bangladesh government’s agenda towards sustainable use of energy-mix.

The Government of Bangladesh has awarded the Rangunia 55-megawatts electric (MWe) ac grid-tied solar power plant project to the Consortium led by Metito Group together with Jinko Power and AlJomaih Group (the Consortium). The project will be developed on a Build Own Operate (BOO) basis under a 20 years concession agreement, which is in line with the Government’s vision to secure a more balanced energy-mix and a reduction in environmental pollution in Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), pursuant to approval from the Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR), awarded the project to the Consortium. BPDB had earlier announced the Consortium as the lowest bidder with the competitive tariff of $0.0748/kWh — the lowest tariff ever reported in Bangladesh.

The Consortium will build the power plant in Rangunia, Chattogram on a land provided by BPDB and is well-equipped to commission the project by the second half of the year 2021. The power plant will be connected to the 132/33 kilovolts Chandraghona grid substation by a single circuit (ckt) 132 kilo volts line.

Metito is a global leader and provider of choice for total intelligent water management solutions with over 60 years of experience covering three business areas: design and build, specialty chemicals, and utilities. Metito has recently extended its unmatched experience developing Public Private Partnership Projects (PPPs) in the water sector to cover the alternative energy sector with focus on developing solar, wind and waste-to-energy power projects. Rangunia’s 55-MWe ac grid-tied solar power plant is the first alternative energy project for Metito in Bangladesh.

Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director said; “Bangladesh has a very progressive leadership and such projects, which harness the power of alternative or renewable energy, are a true testament to a visionary approach towards sustainability. We are honored to be part of this truly synergistic and formidable Consortium where all partners bring unique expertise to the mix, maximizing shared value to our client and to the community we will be serving. We look forward to working closely with BPDB to move to the next stages of the project and we are confident that it will be a huge success.”

Jinko Power is a leading competitive independent solar power producer that develops, builds, finances, owns and operates solar power plants across the world, aiming to make solar a sustainable and affordable source of energy worldwide. By the end of year 2019, Jinko owns and operates nearly 350 solar photovoltaics (PV) projects globally with about 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV operating assets in China alone. Jinko is also the owner and operator of the world’s largest solar PV plant, the 1.77 GW Sweihan plant. The company contributes handson technical and operational experience to the Consortium which will ensure a smooth and sustainable operation of the plant.

AlJomaih Energy and Water (AEW) is the energy and water arm of AlJomaih Holding Company, one of the most prominent businesses in Saudi Arabia with business interests ranging from automotive sales to service, spares and lubricants. AEW is a developer of largescale power and water assets in Asia, Africa and Middle East. Ibrahim M. Aljomaih, Chief Executive Officer of Aljomaih Energy and Water, said; “This milestone renewable project is of the utmost importance to us as it demonstrates our commitment to the Bangladeshi Energy Sector – the primary growth engine for the entire Bangladeshi economy. AlJomaih Energy and Water has operated in this critical sector in Bangladesh for the past 12 years and we are pleased to reaffirm our confidence in the country’s economy by participating in this project and by being a positive force in Bangladesh’s drive towards renewable energy and sustained economic growth.”

Two Georgia Farmers Are First in the U.S. to Receive Shell Oil Company's One-of-a-Kind Solar Storage Technology – and it Cost them Nothing

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Sonnen Batteries – a German-based solar storage company – was recently purchased by Shell Oil Company. As the new parent company looked to expand Sonnen’s reach into the North American market, they asked the business that installed Sonnen’s first battery in North America (Coastal Solar – Hinesville, GA) for their read on the market. Their answer? Farmers are the future of renewable energy.

Coastal Solar carved out a niche in the solar industry by providing farmers with solutions that cut their energy bill (for many, this is their second-highest expense) by more than half. They found success by specializing in systems for the agricultural industry and having an in-house grant writing team that boasts a more than 90% success rate in securing USDA REAP grants for qualifying customers. They even created a new company solely dedicated to the industry – Ag Solar Solutions.

Sonnen acted quickly to develop a unique, industrial-scale solar storage solution tailored to farmers. Ready for beta-testing, they deployed the first two systems on existing Coastal Solar customer farms, now serviced under the Ag Solar Solutions name. 

The first two tests are just the beginning of Shell’s investment in renewable energy for agriculture through Sonnen. The company has carved out more than 1.2 million dollars for the beta testing partnership with Ag Solar Solution’s customers. The systems, expected to retail at more than $65,000, are given to the farmers for free in exchange for real-world data needed to perfect them for the market.

Early estimates indicate that the new system will allow farmers to save an additional 20% or more on electricity costs. For some, their energy bill could be nearly eliminated using the solar + storage technology. This means that farms can essentially make a one-time, depreciable investment into the equipment and then operate free from utility companies and ever-increasing charges. 

Utilities have fought back against solar power, levying nontraditional fees and increased rates for farms that use the technology. Some have even been told they are “not allowed” to utilize solar power if they want to stay connected to the grid, but this new technology may, at some point, allow farmers to bypass the grid altogether. 

Coastal Solar / Ag Solar Solutions CEO, Clay Sikes, said in a statement, “The result of our work with Sonnen will be the most advanced agricultural renewable energy package in the world. It far outpaces the ‘grid only’ methodology used by most farmers today who simply rent their power. When the base population of farmers understands they can own their own electricity-producing systems and farm and store sunshine, a dynamic shift will take place. As the tractor replaced the mule, so too will Solar + Storage replace ‘grid only’ power systems.”

Six Large-Scale Solar Farm Projects With Queue Positions in Texas Offered for Immediate Acquisition by Renewable Energy Developer

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Innovative Solar Systems, LLC, (ISS) is offering for immediate acquisition six highly desirable large-scale solar PV projects in the ERCOT market.  The six solar projects, IS 134, 206, 245, 377, 408, and 416, range in size from 85MW to 300MW for a total of 1,035MW.   All six solar projects are filed and have secured a queue position, with estimated CODs ranging between 2021 and 2023.  With their close proximity to major transmission assets and through ISS’s relationships with offtake entities, these six projects represent a valuable investment opportunity within the Texas renewable energy market.    

Six (6) Texas MEGA Solar Farm Projects Offered for Acquisition by Renewable Energy Developer Innovative Solar Systems, LLC (ISS)

ERCOT is one of the most dynamic, exciting energy markets in the US.  Population growth in Texas and the shuttering of the state’s coal plants have combined to create a level of electricity use unlike that of any other area in the country.  In fact, ERCOT’s projections for 2020 indicate electricity demand for its in excess of 26 million Texas clients will continue the already rapid pace of growth occurring in the Lone Star state.  Those who study this electricity market understand Texas remains an up-and-coming investment opportunity, and shrewd renewable energy investors are eager to include solar projects within the ERCOT region as part of a sound portfolio. 

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC (ISS), established in 2011, is an experienced utility-scale solar PV developer.  With a significant portfolio of solar projects across the US, ISS is a developer investors can rely on to offer profitable, attractive solar farm sites in a wide variety of energy markets.

Pash Global Has Invested In Major Solar Photovoltaic Farm Project In Mali

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PASH Global, an impact investor and developer of clean power projects that is majority owned by commodity trading firm Trafigura, has acquired a 49.9 percent share in the solar photovoltaic (pv) farm project in Mali being developed by independent renewable energy power producer Akuo Energy.

Located in the town of Kita, 180km west of Bamako, the solar pv farm project will have a total production capacity of 50 megawatts. When construction is completed in 2020, the project will become the largest solar farm in West Africa and one of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) concession for the project was signed in 2015 on a 30-year basis with a 28-year power purchase agreement with national power company Energie du Mali (EdM). It is the first utility scale renewable project in Mali and was the brainchild of R20-Regions of Climate Action’ NGO founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The solar pv farm project is intended to generate social benefits including creating local and sustainable jobs for Malian people. At full capacity it is expected to provide over 91,700 households in Mali with green electricity and save more than 51,700 metric tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

“This is the first of a number of clean energy projects that PASH Global is looking to invest in across the globe. We are committed to building additional capacity in renewables and clean fuels across the African continent with strong and capable partners such as Akuo Energy,” said PASH founders Kofi Owusu Bempah and Vine Mwense.

“The Mali solar pv farm project provided an opportunity to invest in a well-developed project with experienced partners. It feels appropriate that our first solar investment will be in Africa,” said Robert Gillon, Senior Manager from Trafigura’s newly created Power and Renewables Trading Division.

Delta Electronics India launches technology and solutions catering to the Electrical Industry and Power Sector Ecosystem

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Delta Electronics India, exhibited its diversified cutting-edge technology with a portfolio of energy-efficient solutions at Elecrama 2020, one of the premier shows catering to the latest technology, trends, and innovation for future energy transition. The show will be held from 18-22 January 2020 in Greater Noida. Under its brand campaign of “IoT-based Smart Green
Solutions to Nurture Energy Efficiency in Cities,” Delta’s showcase focused on energy infrastructure, display & monitoring, communication & information, industrial automation, rail transport, building automation, and energy storage solutions to enable digitalized, energy-efficient operations and management for smart cities.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. R. Om Prakash, Managing Director, Delta Electronics India,
said, “It’s an era of smart technology and solutions where India with its emphasis on Industry 4.0, IoT based solutions, EV adoption, Smart City development, electricity generation from Renewable Energy etc. is focusing to integrate the new age technology for a better and cleaner tomorrow. At Delta, we believe the future belongs to those who have the vision to deliver it. Being a progressive company, we use our hardware and software capabilities to collaborate with industry stakeholders and leverage our core competence in power electronics to bring out energy-efficient solutions and technology with our integrated and diversified portfolio, which we are showcasing at Elecrama 2020. We frequently use our global expertise and engineering prowess to introduce solutions that are sustainable in nature to support the industry ecosystem. With our consistent investments in India, we have been partnering with
the GOI initiatives like “Make in India,” “Smart City Mission,” “E-Mobility Mission” that propel
India’s growth story. Our new manufacturing plant in Krishnagiri and new R&D Lab in Bengaluru are a testimony to our commitment in Powering Green India.”

Mr. Niranjan S Nayak, Business Head, Delta Electronics India, remarked, “This year at Elecrama, the focus is to showcase our support in strengthening the energy infrastructure ecosystem. Our latest offering in E-Mobility Solutions includes AC MAX that will cater to the need of efficient public charging infrastructure, the 4K Laser DLP® Video wall that will enhance security and surveillance for Public Display Solutions, and with the 125kW String Inverter we shall continue our legacy in Renewable Energy Solutions. In addition, to meet the growing challenges of cooling technology in Data Centers, we present iCool Edge Solutions, and will be introducing Smart Meter Connectivity Solutions that makes the electricity grid more energy-efficient and reliable and at the same time benefits consumers. We are expecting a high footfall of visitors at Delta’s stall, and our expert team will be assisting them to understand their requirements and offer them the best in technology and solutions.

Highlights of Delta Electronics India at Elecrama 2020 will include:

Key Highlights:

Energy Infrastructure Solutions
Delta’s Energy Infrastructure Solutions include EV Charging Solutions, Renewable Energy Solutions and Smart Meter Connectivity Solutions.

EV Charging Solutions

A key launch from our global products will be AC Chargers that are suitable for both residential and commercial area applications. AC MAX is an innovative lightweight, wall-mount EV charger with a high power output of 22kW AC MAX that reduces charging time by up to 70% when compared to common 7kW AC chargers. Delta provides high efficiency, reliable, user-friendly EV Charging Solutions along with a Site Management System featuring three major advantages: fast and convenient charging process, real-time monitoring and control, and the smart grid capabilities for energy management and cost optimization.

Renewable Energy Solutions

Delta has a range of solar PV inverters that boast not only industry-leading energy conversion efficiency but are also the market leaders in Residential, Commercial and Utility-scale (Indoor and Outdoor) PV inverters. Delta is leading in the rooftop segment and this year at Elecrama they will be extending the portfolio with our new 125kW String Inverter which is a cloud-connected three-phase string solution for cost-efficient decentralized photovoltaic systems for both ground-mounted and large commercial applications.

Smart Meter Connectivity Solutions:

DeltaGrid® Metering is a highly advanced, flexible, and comprehensive solution that includes meters, field area networking (FAN) modules, data concentrator units (DCU) and head-end systems (HES). Compatible with major ANSI and IEC-type meters, this solution is for real-time collection, transmission, monitoring, and control of smart metering data via advanced NB-IoT, 3G/GPRS, LTE, and RF Mesh technologies.

Displays & Monitoring Solutions:

The 4K Laser DLP® Video Wall fully supports 4K resolution, 4K control system, and Semi-Outdoor LED Displays for Public Information Displays. Delta has significant expertise in developing professional displays for control rooms in surveillance, security, traffic, command & control, utilities, process control, telecom, and broadcast applications.

Communication & Information Solutions:

Delta’s iCool Edge Solutions supports the new generation of data centers with flexible power and cooling designs, quick deployment, and scalable capacity for implementation anywhere. Delta’s efficient and highly reliable products and services range from uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to InfraSuite Data Center Infrastructure Solutions.

Other Highlights:

Industrial Automation solutions:

Delta showcased its diversified portfolio of Industrial Automation that includes AC Motors Drives, Servo & Motion Systems, CNC Solution with IIoT, Machine Vision Solutions, Sensors & Measurement Devices, Articulated Robot, PLC, HMI and Industrial Network Products.

Rail Transport Solutions:

Delta’s Rail Transport Solutions has successfully installed the first 25kV direct connected Power
Quality Restorer on the Indian Railway network, to address the issues of Power Factor & Harmonics. Being a transformer-less fully variable active solution, it boasts of high energy efficiency and meets the latest IEEE & CEA norms for reactive and harmonic compensation.

Building Automation Solutions:

Delta’s Building Automation Solutions will be presenting IoT leverage in connected buildings to auto monitor and control subsystems such as electromechanical, HVAC, lighting, security, elevator, fire, IAQ, field sensors & controllers, and remote management. Delta will showcase IoT-based building management and control platform via the open communication protocols BACnet and Modbus.

Energy Storage Solutions:

Delta’s Energy Storage System (ESS) offers high-efficiency power conditioning capabilities for
demand management, power dispatch, renewable energy smoothing, and more. The ESS integrates bidirectional power conditioning and battery devices, site controllers, and a cloud management system to provide comprehensive energy storage for residential, commercial and utility applications. The Li-ion battery portfolio covers cells, modules, cabinets (indoor/outdoor) and containers.

Spain to Achieve Total Installed Solar PV Capacity of 25.6 GW at a CAGR of 34% by 2023

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According to Solar Power Europe’s “European Market Outlook 2019-2023” published in December 2019, Spain is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 34% by 2023 in the medium scenario. A total installed solar PV capacity of 25.6 GW will then be reached. What role corporate sourcing of renewables and PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) will play in this process and what obstacles still have to be overcome will be discussed on May 19, 2020 at Intersolar Summit Spain in Barcelona.  

In the first decade of this century, Spain was already one of the leaders in solar energy. In 2008, Spain installed 3.1 GW due to attractive FiTs (Feed-in tariffs). As a result, solar energy grew strongly, but not sustainably. In the course of the 2008 financial crisis, the Spanish government drastically reduced subsidies for solar power in Spain and cut future additional capacity to 500 MW per year. These decisions led to a stagnation of new installations in the following years. Only with the new government in 2018, solar energy was given more importance again and, among other things, the controversial solar tax was abolished.

At the beginning of 2019, the Spanish government approved the submission of the draft Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 (NECP/ PNIEC). It defines caps on national greenhouse gas emissions, taking into account renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The main goals are, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21% with respect to 1990, to achieve 42% renewable energy in the country’s final energy use, and to achieve 74% renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030. To realize the target in the electricity sector, the PNIEC foresees a total installed capacity of 37 GW of solar PV by 2030. In comparison, SolarPower Europe forecasts in their European Market Outlook a total installed capacity of 25.6 GW as early as 2023 in their medium scenario.

According to the PNIEC, auctions and PPAs will play a major role in achieving the 2030 targets. Nevertheless, it is important to keep the possible barriers in mind. According to SolarPower Europe these are mainly the issues financing, network injection capacity and administrative procedures.

Intersolar Summit Spain, taking place on May 19, 2020, will have a deep look into the development of the Spanish solar market, chances and risks, the role of Corporate Sourcing/ PPAs, and the topic of self-consumption. With the recently approved bills (Royal Decree-Law 15/2018 and Royal Decree 244/2019), the latter has become more attractive again as the current regulatory framework includes the right to self-consumption without charges, the simplification of administration, and remuneration of excess power. The European Market Outlook forecasts 300-400 MW of PV self-consumption per year in Spain due to this regulation. SolarPower Europe and the Spanish solar energy association UNEF are strategic partners of Intersolar Summit Spain.

GoodWe Winner Starts 2020 on a Positive High, Wins “Best Inverter Award”

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GoodWe has started this year with a right footing. The company has been selected as a winner in the category of best inverter by the PV Magazine for the innovation and design of its newly developed A-ES storage inverter.

The A-ES storage inverter series is GoodWe’s innovative adaptation of the internationally successful ES energy storage solution inverter. This inverter is a solution for situations of grid failure and its comprehensive functionality was conceived for boosting self-consumption. It is available on a power range of 5 and 10kW with as many as 4 MPPTs, and with its UPS function has the capacity to provide all the power that home-owners may need in situations of emergency. It features 50% of oversizing capability and also boasts a Zero Export function.

The Best Inverter Award given to GoodWe by the PV Magazine is a recognition for the collective efforts of the company. However, in all fairness, this award is mostly a recognition to the R & D capabilities of GoodWe, which are behind its ability to keep launching new products and the flexibility to learn and adapt quickly to the diversified conditions of different markets in the world. GoodWe boasts one of the most comprehensive portfolios of PV solar inverters in the world and at present their products cover practically all the market segments.

It is precisely because GoodWe is advantaged with an R & D team of approximately 200 solar researchers, that the company has reached a position of leadership in the complex and expanding energy storage market segment. This team is GoodWe’s secret weapon not only for securing patents and awards but for expanding a large network of customers all over the world, that are loyal to their energy storage inverters for their great quality, design and superb functionality. 

The year is starting in an upbeat way for the global solar industry. In its latest forecast, IHS anticipates that in 2020 more than 140GW of new solar energy will be installed across the world. Sadly, the year has also started with a myriad of evidence that the climate crisis is reaching dangerous proportions.

Expressing a note of thanks to PV Magazine for conferring the recognition, the press note from GoodWe emphasised, “At this very moment in which the forests of Australia burn, we remind ourselves and our peers of the purpose of our original mission to develop better solar technologies to make our world more sustainable.”