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Solar Energy, Storage, Electricity Distribution & Projections

19 June 2019
Solar Energy, Storage, Electricity Distribution & Projections

Past: It has been an incredible journey for Solar PV industry during the last decade.

Tender Tracker: Insights Into 1200 MW SECI Auction Results ISTS IV

14 June 2019
Tender Tracker: Insights Into 1200 MW SECI Auction Results ISTS IV

The recent tender auctions of 1200 MW by SECI saw an active participation from 6 developers. Ayana Renewable (CDC), Renew, Azure & Mahindra Susten won the entire bidded capacity. Avaada Energy won 50MW of the 350MW bidded capacity. Company Name Status Bid Capacity Awarded Capacity Quoted Tariff...

India Solar Policy Update - May 2019

12 June 2019
India Solar Policy Update - May 2019

Below is SolarQuarter's brief analysis of the latest updates on solar regulations & policies from various states in India.

Pooled Structures And InvITs To Boost Market Access For Developers

12 June 2019
Pooled Structures And InvITs To Boost Market Access For Developers

Nuanced structures in pooling of assets such as obligor/co-obligor or Infrastructure Investment Trust would propel refinancing of the infrastructure assets, says India Ratings and Research.

India Solar Policy Update - April 2019

13 May 2019

Below is SolarQuarter's brief analysis of the latest updates on solar regulations & policies from various states in India.

Solar Energy: The Perfect Match For EVs

06 May 2019
Solar Energy: The Perfect Match For EVs

EVs and Solar as a supporting source of power. Recently there has been much hype around EVs what with the Indian government pledging to replace petrol and diesel cars with EVs by 2030.

Innovative Solar Applications & Latest Technology Breakthroughs

06 May 2019
Innovative Solar Applications & Latest Technology Breakthroughs

Solar skin design Sistine Solar, a Boston-based design firm, is making major strides with the concept of aesthetic enhancement that allow solar panels to have a customized look. The MIT startup has created a “solar skin” product that makes it possible for solar panels to match the appearance of a ro...

Why Is Mono Silicon Wafer Getting Bigger And Bigger?

06 May 2019
Why Is Mono Silicon Wafer Getting Bigger And Bigger?

In recent years, PV technologies have been developing rapidly. With respect to cell, the high-efficiency PERC, bifacial cell and black silicon technologies have started mass production gradually, while N-type and heterojunction technologies have obtained footholds in the market; with respect to modu...

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Dulas launches remote renewable energy survey service

The Welsh consultancy’s service remotely assesses the suitability of sites for renewable energy projects to help U.K. and Irish local authorities reduce expense and their carbon footprints.

Dulas, a leading renewable energy consultancy, has launched its Remote Renewable Energy Survey Service for public bodies throughout the U.K. The service, which utilises light detection and ranging and geographic information system mapping, remotely assesses site suitability for integrated renewable energy projects and provides public sector bodies with a pre-feasibility report analysing the potential of surveyed sites to reduce carbon emissions.

A recent report by the U.K. Solar Trade Association outlined the opportunities available to local authorities – in particular, for the development of solar projects – including excellent borrowing terms, long project timescales and secure off-takers for the power generated. With local authorities benefiting from easy access to council-owned land and roof space, maximizing the profitability of prospective schemes remains essential in the absence of national subsidy support.

The new service provided by Dulas complements the advantages set out by the STA by analysing the potential for councils to offset local energy demand and reduce carbon emissions through the selection and appraisal of suitable locations for ground mounted and rooftop solar projects and other clean energy sources in a given area. The service then draws on LiDAR satellite data to gather information on the height of objects, including buildings and vegetation, to generate highly detailed terrain models.

Significantly, the technology enables Dulas consultants to carry out the analysis remotely, saving time and the costs associated with multiple site visits and assessing large areas with multiple buildings.

“In the absence of national support for the sector, STA research suggests that local authorities have an excellent opportunity to take the lead in rolling out affordable solar schemes that bring the economic benefits of this technology to their communities,” said Ruth Chapman, Head of Consultancy at Dulas.

“By employing cutting-edge technologies such as LiDAR and GIS, and working in partnership with local authorities to understand their ambitions and objectives, we offer a sophisticated, reliable and cost-efficient means of assessing the potential for all forms of renewable energy – including solar – locked up in local authority land and infrastructure.”

In addition to local authorities, Dulas recently demonstrated and delivered the service on behalf of the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, assessing a 66-acre site to deliver an understanding of its potential for integrated solar electricity generation and reduction of its carbon footprint. Following the incorporation of LiDAR data within its GIS modelling, Dulas was able to select suitable roof spaces and carport sites for solar arrays, accounting for orientation, slope and likely irradiance levels.

The study found that solar arrays installed on roofs and car ports could supply 20% of the electricity requirements for the entire site, while the rates of return and payback periods for the PV potential were also found to be commercially attractive.

“The team at Dulas provided a robust and professional service in helping us to determine the best approach to meet our targets,” said Paul Vernon, Executive Director of Commercial Operations & CEO at Thornton Science Park, at the University of Chester.

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