As the “The Belt and Road Initiative”1 sprouted and blossomed in various industries, the footsteps of the photovoltaic industry have become more and more smooth and farther and farther in the overseas market.
On last Friday, November 30, the headquarter SCEGC Group and SCEGC Group New Energy Co., Ltd. met with Lee Choo Boo, president of the ITRAMAS Group in Malaysia. During the talks, the two sides indicated that they will actively promote the cooperation project of Shaanxi Construction Group's new energy in Malaysia, and at the same time confirm that the two sides will expand their cooperation to other countries in the Belt and Road.
Meng Jian, Chairman of the Group, and Lee Choo Boo, President of ITRAMAS, presented a gift to each other after the meeting
Southeast Asian countries have sufficient sunshine and have a daily sunshine of 1460-1900 kWh/m2, which has the advantage of natural photovoltaic power generation. However, due to the influence of geographical conditions, some countries and regions still have problems of power shortage and long-term power shortage, which restrict economic development. Energy problems need to be solved urgently. Photovoltaic power generation has become a feasible solution for solving energy problems in the region.
Southeast Asia has installed a total of 4,170 MW by the end of 2017. Of these, only Thailand and the Philippines accounted for 86% of installed capacity. The markets in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines in Southeast Asia are the most worthwhile. Take Vietnam and Thailand as examples. Both have set the goal of future PV industry development. Vietnam has set a PV installation of 12GW in 2030, and Thailand is in In 2036, it reached 6GW of PV installation. The two countries also introduced FiT (Feed-in Tariff) and Net Metering policies to stimulate the development of the national photovoltaic industry.
In April 2017, the Malaysian Ministry of Energy said that renewable energy in Malaysia will reach 2,080 MW in 2020, accounting for 7.8% of the total power generation, of which the PV installation target is 500 MW. As of the end of 2017, the cumulative installed capacity of renewable energy for FiT has reached 563MW, of which the cumulative installed capacity of photovoltaics has reached 380MW, accounting for 67% of the total installed capacity. On the other hand, the amount of electricity generated for each of the renewable energy sources is the best for PV performance.
Minister of energy of Malaysia YEO BEE YIN
According to Minister of Energy of Malaysia Yeo Bee Yin, the third round of Malaysian Large Solar (LSS) tenders will increase capacity by 500MW, details will be announced in January 2019.
Yeo said the value of these projects could be as high as RM2 billion (about $477 million).
1. What is "The Belt and Road Initiative"?
The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the proposal to build a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. During his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled the initiatives of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries, and laid out policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds as the five major goals.
To implement the Belt and Road Initiative, China has set up a leading group and developed close contacts with the countries along the land and sea Silk Roads. In March 2015, the leading group published a white paper entitled Vision and Actions on Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
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Solar panel maker ARTsolar has filed a petition with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa , seeking customs tariffs on all imported crystalline silicon PV panels.
In the document, submitted at the end of March, the manufacturer complained there was no protection for module manufacturers in the country, as existed in the U.S. Europe, although in the latter case trade measures were lifted last year.
“A number of photovoltaic module/panel manufacturers had ceased their production operations in the SACU region due to high competition from low-priced imports,” the petitioner wrote, in reference to the Southern African Customs Union area which also includes Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia Eswatini.
Pegg, CEO of the SegenSolar (Pty) Ltd South African subsidiary of U.K. solar distributor Segen Ltd, said the introduction of import tariffs could see the price of PV modules rise by 10% overnight in South Africa. “The 10% tariff will, ultimately, be passed down to the customer or installer in the form of increased product prices – which could see dem plummet profit margins squeezed, particularly for smaller distributors,” he told pv magazine.
Pegg added, the major problem with tariffs in South Africa would be the lack of government support for the sector. For tariffs to be effective, he said, the policy regulatory environment must support the growth supply of the renewables sector. “For example, China has seen explosive growth in solar PV power generation due to continually adjusting its solar energy targets upward in line with dem – which increased from 10% in 2012 to 55% in 2017,” he said.
It’s all about Eskom
Pegg also highlighted the operational financial problems of state-owned utility Eskomas a hicap to the country’s energy sector. Last month, Eskom required an emergency $355 million bailout to prevent a debt default when it was already struggling to fix crippling power shortages. Media reports claimed the utility also failed to receive ZAR7 billion ($485 million) in loan payments from the Chinese Development Bank this month.
“It seems more likely the proposed import tariffs would make it explicitly easier for the state-owned Eskom to keep its monopoly on energy supply in South Africa,” Pegg said.
Chris Ahlfeldt, energy specialist at Blue Horizon Energy Consulting Services, said tariffs would probably have a net negative impact on jobs for the domestic solar industry, adding they would slow down customer adoption through higher prices. “Solar PV installers create many more local jobs than the manufacturing industry globally, so the focus should be on accelerating growth in the industry as a whole to create jobs not slowing it down with tariffs,” he said to pv magazine.
‘Incentives, not penalties’
According to Ahlfeldt, the best way to incentivize localization of industry is by creating stable dem. Rather than introducing tariffs, he said, the government should focus on enabling regulations for the industry more regular procurement for utility scale projects. “South Africa’s REIPPPP [Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program] already has localization requirements but delays in the program contributed to closure of most of the local module assembly capacity over the past few years, from companies like Solairedirect, SunPower Jinko Solar,” he said.
Alfehldt added South Africa is part of the World Trade Organization, so new tariffs could result in trade law violations as they have in other countries.
The South African government was expected to launch a new 1.8 GW REIPPP round last yearbut Eskom’s troubles may have stymied that plan. Early this year, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced a plan to rescue Eskom by splitting it into three units. Consultants Frost & Sullivan said that move could encourage renewables even if it is not enough to fully address the utility’s financial crisis.
Eskom’s debt pile stood at around ZAR419.2 billion at the end of September, according to its financial results. The utility is the only buyer of the power generated under the REIPPP its lack of funds pushed it to delay the signing of several PPAs awarded in rounds 3.5 four of the program.
With 1,354 exhibitors, 100,000m² of exhibition space and around 50,000 visitors from 162 countries, Intersolar Europe – the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry – has celebrated another successful year, along with its three accompanying energy exhibitions.
From PV production technologies to hybrid inverters to subsidy-free business models, the topics explored at the 2019 event were highly diverse and well received by crowds of visitors. Attendees also had the chance to learn more about trends, innovative business models and international markets at the Intersolar Europe Conference. Intersolar Europe is part of The smarter E Europe show, the continent's largest platform for the energy industry, which covered ten exhibition halls in 2019 – two more than at the event's debut last year.
Sunny days are on the horizon for Europe as the solar market booms. Last year saw the deployment of 11.2 more GW of photovoltaic power on the continent, representing impressive growth of 21% over the previous year. That information came from the latest edition of the Global Market Outlook, presented by SolarPower Europe at this year's Intersolar Europe Conference. The outlook is just as promising for 2019. The industry association expects to see 20.4 GW of newly installed capacity this year, an increase of more than 80%. The most influential European solar markets in 2019 are expected to be Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France and – for the first time – Ukraine.
Looking forward to 2020, SolarPower Europe expects the Europe-wide solar market to grow 18% with new PV installations adding 24.1 GW of capacity. That would surpass the record deployment seen in 2011, when newly installed PV capacity in Europe totaled 22.5 GW. And solar power isn't just on the rise in Europe, but worldwide too. On a global scale, the association forecasts new PV capacity of around 128 GW in 2019, which would represent growth of 25%.
Against the backdrop of a globally booming solar market, Intersolar Europe once again established itself as the industry's most important event. “Great things are happening on the market, and that dynamism is reflected at the exhibition,” said Carsten Körnig, CEO of the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar). “Our members are reporting solid new deals, a great deal of confidence and full order books. The message from Munich is unmistakable – the solar and storage industry are prepared for much more rapid expansion and ever-smarter solutions in the electricity, mobility and heating sectors for power plants of all sizes around the world.”
Multiple factors driving the PV boom
The driving forces behind the boom are many: the continuously falling cost of generating solar power, cheaper energy storage, the growing competitiveness of PV in comparison to conventional energy sources and the importance of new subsidy free business models for financing solar farms based on power purchase agreements.
Spain is a hotspot for PPAs in Europe, at the start of 2019 the world’s largest PPA for a solar project portfolio – 708 MW – was signed in Spain and Portugal. BayWa r.e. sent another clear signal of growth by signing a PPA for a 175 MW solar park in Andalusia.
“Our goal is to play an active role in creating a carbon free future based on renewable energies. From small plants to large scale solar power stations, our solar energy division offers high quality, affordable solutions to contribute to the global energy transition,” said Matthias Taft, board member responsible for Energy at BayWa AG. “We attended Intersolar Europe once again this year because it’s where the major players in the solar industry come together and because only when our efforts are combined can we achieve a clean energy future.”
Intersolar Europe and the Intersolar Award
The Intersolar Europe Conference focused on global markets, technologies and financing for PV projects once again in 2019. In addition to the market trends in Europe, experts shone a light on markets in sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions. Other sessions explored the interaction of PV and storage systems – the latest hot topic in the industry. Attendees gained valuable information about new applications, including solar installations in façades, on agricultural land and floating PV. The participants also learned more about the opportunities afforded by digitalization for the operational control of PV installations – knowledge which is sure to give them an edge.
Each year, the first day of the exhibition is rounded off in style with the presentation of a coveted Intersolar Award, a long-standing highlight of the event. This year’s panel of judges chose to honor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd; Raycatch Ltd; and Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co Ltd; for their trailblazing solutions, products and projects. The ees Award and The smarter E Award were also presented. The winners and finalists of all three awards serve as the beacons of a new energy world. The international media response was no less than they deserved.
Facts and figures
With 1,354 exhibitors, 15% on last year, and around 50,000 visitors (up 8%) across an exhibition space of 100,000m² (16% more floorspace than last year), The smarter E Europe and individual exhibitions were met with an overwhelmingly positive response from visitors and exhibitors alike.
This success rests on the powerful dynamic of progress and vision created by recent developments in renewable energies, energy storage and in the digital interconnection of previously independent sectors.
“In an ideal world, I’d like to see 100% renewable energy in Germany, across Europe and around the world,” said Oliver Beckel, director of public affairs at Hanwha Q CELLS. “ We believe that by 2050 – in a mere 30 years – we can make this a global reality. Germany in particular has done a lot over the last 20 years to help make this happen. Intersolar Europe shares the same goal, and for us it’s one of the most important exhibitions worldwide. It’s where we meet our clients, competitors, partners and suppliers.”
Intersolar Europe was accompanied by ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power as part of The smarter E Europe, the innovation hub for new energy solutions.
Luneng·Yijun 49.5MWp PV Power Generation Project was invested by Shaanxi Luneng Yijun New Energy Co.,Ltd and contracted to build by SCEGC Group New Energy Co.,Ltd.
This project is located in Bazhangyuan Village, Yaosheng Town, Yijun County, Tongchuan City, Shaanxi Province.
The total installed capacity of the project is 49.5MW. As of November 30, 2018, the project has basically completed construction and grid-connected work, and is currently undergoing final commissioning. The detailed completion progress is as follows:
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