Hydrogen Storage to the rescue

The Clean Energy Partnership is a German network of companies pulling together to introduce hydrogen as a fuel. 

Their philosophy:

Hydrogen could play a key role in the transition to renewable energy. The German government´s energy concept provides a clear target for the expansion of renewable energy use – from 20 per-cent in 2011 to 80 percent in 2050. This requires an efficient power grid that can absorb the power fluctuations of renewable energy sources. If more electricity is produced than is needed at certain times, the energy must be temporarily stored so that it is not lost. But Germany has insufficient storage capacity available for this.

Hydrogen could provide a solution, as large amounts of energy can be stored in the form of hydro-gen. Not just for hours or days, but for weeks and months without appreciable loss. This means that hydrogen is able to play a strong supporting role in the transition to renewable energy, becau-se the greatest challenge facing our energy industry right now is to solve the timing issues between energy supply and demand. The hydrogen produced in this way is transformed back into electricity as needed, for example in a power plant. The most efficient way to do this is directly in the fuel cell of a car, bus, boat or plane. Renewably produced hydrogen therefore supports a low-carbon energy supply and clean mobility – independent of fossil fuels.
— Clean Energy Partnership

Their great promo video (which orginally caught our attention):

Solarplaza events 1H2014 - Save the dates

Solarplaza events 1H2014 - Save the dates
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It's been an incredible year again!

In 2013 we've organized 12 conferences and 3 trade missions in 10 countries on 4 continents, connecting and informing over 1200 high-level professionals!

Our newsletter is read by 5,500 PV professionals daily, we´ve started building online communities to keep the network going 365/24/7 and we're fully committed to keep empowering your business!

In this e-mail we'd like to inform you about our plans for 2014 and give you some interesting updates on the developments in the markets we'll visit first.

Essential: Download the complete agenda of Solarplaza events for 2014 (PDF)


Photo's: Next year Solarplaza will celebrate it's 10th year anniversary! Look back in time with us on our Flickr page

Leaves us to say you can always get in contact with us, that we wish you a great holiday season and hope to see you next year at one of our events!

Kind regards,
The Solarplaza Team
South Africa: Overview of commissioned and announced PV projects

>> Top 10 commissioned solar PV projects

>> Commercial project examples

>> Top 10 announced PV projects
Update on the Mexican solar market in 5 headlines
Mexican Sun Lures Cash to Solar as Panel Prices Plunge
Solar energy makes economic sense for about 3.5 million commercial customers and 500,000 high-use residential consumers who pay “extremely high” electricity rates, according to BNEF. Installations of under 500 kilowatts benefit from net metering, a system that credits generators for the power they can’t use. (...)

Largest solar plant in Latin America nearing completion
The 30-megawatt Aura Solar plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico is the country’s first utility-scale solar installation with a power purchase agreement with the federal power company, according to a release from Suntech. (...)

Could Mexico be at the start of a solar boom?
It has ambitious plans to generate 35% of its energy from clean sources by 2026. That would be up from less than 15% now, which is mostly hydro, with wind and solar only providing only ±1.5%. These renewable sources would need to grow a lot, and in such a sunny country, solar power makes a lot of sense. (...)

Read all 5 headlines and the articles behind them here
The most complete event on Solar Operations & Maintenance and Asset Management in North America

Field data has demonstrated that professional Operations & Maintenance can result on average in a 5% increase of the performance ratio of photovoltaic power plants. Even for small plants, this can lead up to thousands of euros of extra revenue every year. In other words: investing in the right O&M services is not just a basic need, it also provides substantial financial benefits.

Following the huge success of Solar O&M Europe, we'll host the conference & exhibition Solar O&M North America on 25 and 26 March in San Francisco.
The Solar O&M Europe conference & exhibition will also be returning to Milan in 2014, so block the 7th & 8th of October in your agenda!

Check the website and lock this date in your agenda

11-12 February 2014 | Johannesburg
The Solar Future: South Africa '14 (3rd edition)

3-7 March 2014 | Mexico City
Solar PV Trade Mission: Mexico '14 (2nd edition)

25-26 March 2014 | San Francisco
Solar Operations & Maintenance: North America (1st edition)

7-11 April 2014 | São Paulo
Solar PV Trade Mission: Brazil '14 (2nd edition)

8 May 2014 | Copenhagen
The Solar Future: Denmark '14 (2nd edition)

22 May 2014 | Eindhoven
The Solar Future: NL '14 (6th edition)

24-25 June 2014 | London
The Solar Future: UK '14 (5th edition)

14-18 September 2014 | Riyadh
Solar PV Trade Mission: Saudi Arabia '14 (2nd edition)

22-26 September 2014 | Jakarta
Solar PV Trade Mission: Indonesia '14 (2nd edition)

7-8 October 2014 | Milan
Solar Operations & Maintenance: Europe (2nd edition)

30 October 2014 | Amsterdam
International Solar Marketing Conference (1st edition)

25-27 November 2014 | Istanbul
Solar Now: Turkey (2nd edition)
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Shell Is Working on ‘Promising’ Renewable Technology, Voser Says


While scanning the headlines, we came accross this Bloomberg article about Shell's renewable energy strategy, as voiced by CEO Peter Vosser. The interview they conducted with him at the Shell headoffices in The Hague (Netherlands) features great, promising quotes, such as these:

It would be stupid from the oil and gas industry to say that renewables will not play a major role in the energy system of the next few decades.

We are investing heavily in R&D solutions at the moment, where we are looking at what part of wind and solar technology delivers a greener and cleaner energy form for the future.

We will develop a major technology play whatever it’s going to be over the next few decades. As Shell, we want to be part of the energy mix in the future.

We know Shell will definitely do it's best to stay in the "energy mix (= business) of the future", but one becomes quite sceptical when reading these obvious and seemingly empty answers. It sounds a bit like this:

Classic Shell 05.jpg

This is of course solely based on feelings and a slight aversion of the big oil industry (so don't take us too seriously).

Sure, we know Shell is already loosely involved (look at Solar Frontier, for instance) and will probably claim its piece of the pie when the time is right. We're just very curious to see how they will do it. Hopefully, their "R&D" isn't just talk and they can come up with great solutions. They should have the capital for it.

Solar Now Turkey - Policy update, speaker announcements & last chance on Early Bird

Solar Now Turkey - Policy update, speaker announcements & last chance on Early Bird
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Solar Now Turkey - PV in the Commercial Segment | 22-27 November 2013 | Istanbul
Dear Solarplaza follower,

With the recently announced policy update for unlicensed solar projects (>1 MW) and new projects coming online as we speak, the timing is perfect for the upcoming event "Solar Now Turkey: PV in the Commercial Segment", from 25 to 27 November.

We have a lot of updates to share with you, so dig in right away and feel free to get in contact with us:
Or go directly to the website for an updated programme, list of speakers and registration page.

Kind regards,

Paul van der Linden
p.vanderlinden@solarplaza.com | +31 10 280 9198
Receive more information, by visiting the website solarnowturkey.com or getting in touch via e-mail
As of 02.10.2013, everyone will be able to produce his/her own electrical energy in certain amounts. Due to the Regulation on Electrical Energy Production without License which has been entered on 02.10.2013 into force, every residence of business may produce a certain amount of its electricity and sell the surplus. Read more.

With this update the commercial segment finally really takes off. Several projects are already online, realizing payback times of 7 years and based on 100% self-consumption.

+ More News & Updates
New Confirmed Speakers

We're very pleased to announce an amazing line-up of expert speakers to present at Solar Now Turkey. Let us highlight a few and do check out the full list of speakers on the website:

Mustuafa Herdem - General Manager & Owner, Else Enerji
Leading Turkish EPC, recently realized 100% selfconsumption 500kWp rooftop system near Ankara.

Ozan Korkmaz - Founder & Managing Partner, APLUS Energy
Consultant for electricity distributors and traders. Knows all about electricity forecasts and dynamics relevant for the solar PV business case.

Prof.Dr. Şener Oktik - Chairman, GENSED
Over 15 years experience in Turkish solar market. Chairman of GENSED, the national solar association.

Jeremy Leggett - Founder of Solarcentury, writer
Author of "The Energy of Nations", "The Carbon War" and "Half Gone". Founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid. Described by the Observer as "Britain’s most respected green energy boss," he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.

See the full list of speakers here
Partner & Sponsor update

JinkoSolar is a global leader in the solar PV industry with production operations in China and many sales and marketing offices around the world. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.5 GW each for silicon ingots and wafers, solar PV cells, and solar PV modules, as of June 30, 2013. JinkoSolar is Gold Sponsor for Solar Now Turkey and a perfect partner for your projects in Turkey.Solarplaza is working with strong local partners to ensure the success of this event. Therefore we're very proud to introduce these partners to you:

PwC provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. They have a strong energy advisory team in Turkey and are actively involved in renewable energy development discussions at the highest level. During Solar Turkey Now, PwC will give the "Introduction to doing business in Turkey" on 25 November and speak about "Tax incentives and regulation for solar PV energy projects" on 26 November.

Apricum is a global management consulting and transaction advisory firm specialized in clean technology. They help organizations improve their results and create business opportunities, with a strong expertise on market-entry strategies in emerging markets like Turkey. As the main content-partner, Apricum is involved in the development of the programme for Solar Turkey Now, and Matthias Kittler, Principal at Apricum, will chair the conference on 26 November.

Solarbaba is Turkey's largest non-governmental solar energy platform, broadcasting on Linkedin, Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter. So far, they are reaching >150,000 individuals and companies per week interested in solar energy. Solarbaba is the main media partner for this event, and it's founder Ates Ugurel is a solar authority in Turkey in itself. Mr. Ugurel will speak about the "Business case for commercial PV application" on 26 November.

GENSED is Turkey's solar energy (photovoltaic) association and was founded in 2009.

Register here and benefit from special
Early Bird rates (discounts up to €140,-) until 30 October

What to expect?

Sponsorship opportunities

The 'Solar Now: Turkey' conference provides your company with extensive opportunities to gain visibility and promote your brand. You will reach both international border-crossing professionals and local industry players involved in the event. Furthermore, you will benefit from a global promotional campaign leading up to the event, with visibility in e-mailings to a database of 50,000+ international solar industry professionals and presence on the event website. For more information on the opportunities, please contact us through sponsors@solarplaza.com or leave your contact details behind, so we can get in contact and discuss the possibilities.
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Turkey: Business development opportunities beyond the gold rush (just some stats)

Finally a tender was announced, creating the long awaited start of the Turkish market. With the opening of the tender for 600MW there were projects submitted for 9GW(!), a real gold rush.

For those that want to get involved in this market for the long run though, there are many more interesting opportunities. If it was me, I’d provide large commercial companies with systems up to 500kW, optimized for self-consumption: there’s no difficult licensing process, they can hedge their electricity bill (as prices rise steeply), they will save directly on their energy bill and there’s a tariff for all excess electricity.



Just some stats:

  • $0,14 - Electricity costs per kWh for industrial sector
  • $0,16 - Electricity costs per kWh for private households.
  • 11% - average yearly price increase since 2006
  • 6% - annual growth of electricity demand
  • 29GW - new power plant capacity needed by 2021 to keep up with demand
  • 20GW - capacity that is outdated and needs to be replaced by 2021
  • Politics - desire for greater independence from Russian and Iranian gas imports
  • 1311 kWh/m2 - average yearly solar radiation (source / source 2)
  • 1530 KWh / kWp - irradiation as according to ib Vogt calculation (presentation)
  • $0,133 / kWh - price for which all excess renewable electricity will be bought for a period of 10 years under law #5346 (source / source with graph)
  • $0,067 / kWh - Bonus on FiT for systems with high proportion of local content, bonus is giving for 5 years of the 10 years FiT period (source / source 2)
  • 75 Million - population in 2013
  • 6,7% - Expected yearly economic growth 2011 - 2017 (source)
  • 30% - Turkey aims to generate 30% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2023, a $40 billion investment opportunity
  • 600 MW - First tender set out by the government. More than 9 GW of projects were submitted by 409 companies.
  • 4,5% Interest rate (historically low);  lending rate has been increased from 6.5 percent to 7.25 percent
  • 8.88 percent Inflation rate in July of 2013 (highest in 1 year)
  • In November Solarplaza is organizing a trade mission specifically focused on developing solar projects for the commercial segments. Feel free to get in contact if this is of interest to you or your business.

What we’re working on at Solarplaza




Summer is upon us and all around people are re-energizing for the second half of the year. For us it’s always a good time to reflect on the great projects we’ve done and prepare for all the new plans we’ve developed these past months.

From September until December we’ll have a full schedule with 7 events in 6 countries. All focused on brand new topics and markets.

We’re determined to specialize further in the specific needs of our customers, as the industry is growing up and is in need of high-level knowledge exchange on in-depth topics. The regular ‘renewable energy conference’ doesn’t cut it anymore. A good example are the upcoming events in Italy completely focused on solar self-consumption and solar operations & maintenance. We’re moving past subsidies, past centralization of the market and further into consolidation. I believe the smartest companies will thrive, and hope you’ll follow us forward to new markets, segments, and the new stage in the solar industry’s development.

Don’t hesitate to let us know what the topics are on YOUR agenda.

Ours is the following:

The rapid growth of Very Large Scale Solar PV Power plants




In December 2010 I wrote a blog in which I trumpeted the achievement of LCOE of €0,15/kWh for a large (French) PV power plant. Today, in India the $0,10/kWh mark is already reached.

In 1995, a revolutionary 3.3 megawatt ground-based solar PV power plant was connected to the grid in Serre, Italy. Only in 2004 a 5 MW plant, at that moment the world’s largest, was built in Germany. In 2007 the Spanish solar gold rush lead to projects in size over 10 MW. In 2008, 4 power plants above 40 MW were built and one 60 MW in Olmedilla, Spain.

The number of large power plants (>1 MW) grew fast to hundreds in Spain and Germany. The 80 MW mark was reached in 2010 and today the largest project in the world is the Agua Caliente project of 250 MW, planned to be built out to 397 MW soon. It won’t even be the largest PV plant in the country where everything is bigger... The new Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is a 550 MW solar power plant under construction in Riverside County, California.

Several countries have +100 MW plants nowadays, from Ukraine to China, India to the USA. Soon more countries will follow, from Chile to South Africa. Apparently, building these larger power plants makes sense, is not that difficult and provides an added value rather for the grid, rather than posing a problem.

From the 550 Megawatt in the USA, I am curious to see the first 1.000 MW power plant initiative. The LCOE will drop further towards the incomparable costs of electricity from polluting gas or coal. Very Large Scale Solar PV power plants will become competitive with any fossil fueled power plant. And these plants can be realized more than 5 times as fast as a coal powered plant, providing 100% cleaner energy.

If you want to learn more about developing large scale power plants, join us on our tour to the worlds largest PV power plants in the USA in October.

See the top 10 of the worlds' currently largest PV Power Plants here: http://solarpowerplantstour.com/news/2013/7/23/top-10-worlds-largest-solar-pv-power-plants 

More information on the Very Large Solar Power Plants Tour can be found here: http://solarpowerplantstour.com/



Reality check: Why do people really go solar?!



From a survey among UK home-owners: 80% goes solar to reduce their energy bills. More than ⅓ stated they found current energy bills to become unaffordable. With major energy retailers increasing bills twice in the last year it is obviously an issue close to many people’s mind. Over 70% of those that had installed solar believed that solar panels were an effective way to reduce current bills and protect themselves for the future. Only 35% of people that had not installed solar did not believe this to be the case. Over two thirds of the population surveyed that had installed solar panels had seen their energy bills and cost of living reduced significantly. A huge 85% of those that installed would recommend the technology to their friends and family, showing that the growth of solar panels must truly be one of the fastest markets in the UK.

And here are 9 other surprising facts about people who go solar.

The added value of solar energy storage



Is energy storage a hype or not? At our Energy Storage UK 2013 conference in London even some speakers said it is. What did we learn? Energy storage is a (too) broad area in terms of technologies (from batteries to fly-wheels, to smart (energy) devices to Power-to-gas). And even if you focus on the storage of electricity, there are solutions to store/transform the electricity into gas (methane) and hot water, making the range of options even broader. In between all these technology discussions, self-consumption and self-sufficiency, smart energy management and all kinds of ICT-solutions pop up as strongly related issues.

It is still very difficult to make up a uniform business case, even per market segment. The industry is very focused on payback times and costs per kWh.

From other industries, we learn that marketing and branding can be far more important. The discussion about added values of electricity storage still has to take off. The telephone revolution learned us that we are now willing to pay >$60/month for cell phone services, while we paid less than $30 in the past for landline services. Why are youngsters willing to pay 5 times much more for a ‘fixie bike’, with no speeds, brakes and front suspension than for a bike that does have these items? Apparently, the added values of cell phones justify this without any protest and the ‘fixie bikes are much ‘cooler’.. We need to find the added values of solar energy with a storage solution, position it as a luxury item that improves your social status, rather than focusing only on payback times!

What benefits would you stress are most important for solar + storage? Where should our focus be on?

Is the UK the new Germany?



The UK currently is one of the few significantly growing markets in Europe. The UK FIT scheme registered 34 MW of newly installed PV capacity during the month of May. According to the statistics until May, the average per month is around 35 MW. This would lead to around 420 MW new capacity for whole of 2013. This figure is not including the larger PV power plants built under the Renewable Energy Obligation scheme. The number of larger power plants is growing fast as well, scattered over the Southern parts of the country.

Data presented at the Global Demand Conference, show that the UK installed around 2.5 GigaWatt of PV so far. By the end of Q1 in 2013, large scale projects account for 50% of the market. It will make the UK the third largest market in Europe behind Germany and Italy. Minister Gregory Barker gave a reason for the current and future success: “The UK has a reformed, robust and fully-financed support framework for renewables, set all the way to 2020 and beyond.” The minister was a speaker at The Solar Future UK in London, this week. He explained: “my ambition is to have 20 GW of solar deployed in the UK by 2020”. The 34 MW installed PV power under the Feed-in Tariff is still ten times less than the 344 MW installed in Germany in May, although the larger PV power plants are not yet included. Nevertheless, the UK market is probably the only market in Europe significantly growing, while installations in Germany and Italy are falling rapidly. Looking at the UK target, the UK surpassing Germany is no longer a mission impossible...

Brit & Dutchie to row the Amazon river, powered by Solar Energy!



One of the coolest headlines of the day in the Reuters stream: "Briton, Dutchman seek to be first to row the Amazon", continuing with the advanturous lead:
"A Briton and his Dutch rowing partner will brave piranhas, bandits and disease in an attempt to be the first crew to row the length of the Amazon river in September."

"People have kayaked it, walked it, swum it, but never rowed it, so I thought that's me, then," Daredevil Wright told Reuters in an interview.
Well sure, that's just solid reasoning! Of course, they will support a charity with their trip.

Anyway, the two thrill-seeking academics are planning to stay on board throughout the entire trip (only making a few stops for supplies at riverside villages). So they'll eat, sleep and carry all their supplies on board. And, here's where 'we' (as in: solar) come in, they'll rely on SOLAR POWER to make sure they can continue to communicate ('cause what's an adventure, without a blog/twitterfeed/instagramstream/facebookpage?) and, - perhaps more importantly - navigate. The two panels on the roof of their boat will look out for them.

If this intruiges you as much as me, keep an eye on their website for updates: http://www.rowtheamazon.com/

I'll conclude with a last quote from Anton Wright (the Briton):
"We have no realistic idea of what we're going to encounter. What could possibly go wrong?"
Sure Anton. Just keep an eye out for the piranhas. Godspeed!


10 Great Solar Energy Commercials



We’ve come a long way in marketing solar.


From the nostalgic Dale Robertson commercial in the 80s:

To Solon impressing everyone with a Hollywood disaster-movie scene.

But speaking to peoples hearts and minds isn’t necessarily the most effective way to market solar, when it appears that most people go solar for the money, according to this survey and this one.

So Sunrun deliberately takes down the stereotypes in these great and funny commercials:

And focus one of their commercials completely on the most practical effect of going solar for consumers; stopping the meter from spinning.

And while my colleague Tom was ‘calling for a Mr. S.’ to match Epuron’s obnoxious Wind personification in a recent blog, SunRun was one step ahead and already created a new series of ads, revolving around ‘the new bright guy’ in the office, who “outshines” all the others.

OK, so it seems like SunRun is way ahead of the competition when it comes to creative solar marketing and advertising. Kudo’s to them! But there must be more (coming)? If you know of similar creative, funny or inspirational solar advertising, please give us a shout! 

PS: If you didn’t enough for now, look at this spot for the Nissan Leaf. It could just as well been a solar commercial showing the world if everything ran on gas:


Solar Inverters: Revenues decline despite market growth



Citing SMA in their Press Release of July 3rd: “We are expecting an extended period of consolidation in the solar sector. For the first time in many years, measured in Euros, the global photovoltaic market will decline in 2013.”

On the other hand, PV market analysts expect the global solar market to grow in MegaWatts in 2013. According to SolarBuzz in their new NPD Quarterly report: “...This increase, driven largely by aggressive PV development in China and Japan, will drive full year 2013 PV demand to a record high of 35.1 GW...”. If revenues drop while the market goes up in volume, it means profits and prices are in decline, or ‘under accelerated pressure”.. Comparable to what we saw with the rise of Chinese solar module manufacturers since 2006, we now see happening in the inverter market. More and more Chinese inverter manufacturers are challenging the (European) market leaders. Partly related to the strong market solar growth in Asia and particularly China. SMA talks about “...decrease in sales of nearly 50% since 2010”.

We can expect consolidation in this industry sector in the coming years. Frankly, I see (private) customers who really have no idea about quality, guarantees, and brands of inverters. They will purely select on the (system) price or what their installer says is good.... How to pick the good one? Solarquotes made an interesting video and comparison. What to expect next? Measures on a European level to protect this vital and high-tech industry?



Shocking News: American solar company to start manufacturing in China



Colorado (USA) based thin-film module manufacturer Ascent solar has formed a venture to build a manufacturing plant in Eastern China.
Big deal?
Two years ago this would have surprised absolutely no one. Today, however, this seems like a remarkable move.

Import tariffs in both the U.S. and Europe have made many non-Chinese manufacturers reconsider their strategies and focus on their local production facilities. Even Chinese manufacturers themselves have started looking at moving production (or at least assembly) processes abroad.

So... is Ascent solar crazy? Or do they know something we don’t yet?

No! They are acting from a long-term vision, which shows guts and confidence. This trade war is nasty and might drag along for a while longer (then again, maybe not that long), but in the end the economies of scale in China will still make sense for a long, long time.

More importantly: they are not even doing it with their eyes set on the ‘old’ markets in Northern America and Europe, but are setting their sights on Asia itself. The Japanese market has exploded and China is becoming a multi-GW-market VERY fast. What better way to service these markets, then from Asia itself?


The Emerging Indonesian solar PV market: plenty of opportunities... and challenges



Completely emerged in all the developments in Indonesia we're learning that, as with most emerging economies, there's a big difference between what is announced and what will be realized.

So here´s a short update on what you should know:

Electricity rates
According to the latest regulation, the electricity tariffs that customers are paying will be increased every 3 months for the year of 2013 with the last increase in October of this year. It will end up being Rp 1352/kWh or about 13.5 dollar cents/kWh. Adding up to a15% price increase in one year. At such price increases it will soon be possible to offer grid-parity propositions in the residential and commercial segment.

Tender for 172.5 MW
The grid-connected market for larger projects will be kick-started with a competitive bidding process, auctioning 172.5 MW of capacity at 72 locations. The max. tariff is set at $0,25 and can be $0,05 higher when the developer sources over 40% local content. When the tender starts is still unsure. Expectations are that this will be somewhere mid-august, though it's well possible that it's postponed until September or even October. 

Solar-hybrid solutions
A very interesting market in Indonesia, and probably one of the fastest growing, will be in diesel replacement through solar hybrid solutions. There are already projects built in this segment through the 1000 islands scheme which aims to install 700MW of solar for distant communities.
In these communities with micro-grids, prices of electricity can become as high as $0,35 to $0,50 so if you have the right proposition (and connections), solar could be a no-brainer in these area's. 
More regulation on enabling IPP's is announced already, which should make it even more interesting to develop such projects.

When you follow the news around the developments in Indonesia you'd expect that already 500MW could be installed within a year. With First Solar signing a MOU with PJB on Bali for 100 MW, LDK announcing a 100 MW order and  SGI-Mitabu aiming to develop 250MW of which 50MW on Sumatra. According to our local partners these projects are mostly talk, and they will start much smaller. 
The keys to success will be in strong local partnerships, overcoming the challenges of financing, bureaucracy and logistics, educating the government and utility and actively developing projects for PPA's.

So those will be the focus of the meetings and workshops during the trade mission first and foremost.

Let me know your feedback, insights and questions and I'll be sure to follow up!

Are you already looking at Indonesia as a potentially interesting new market for your company to enter? Consider joining our Solar PV Trade Mission to Indonesia in September!  More info can be found here: http://www.pvtrademissionindonesia.com/



Developing solar in India: It is not just about costs per Wattpeak



The Indian PV market is among the fastest growing markets in the world. No wonder, it is a natural market with an abundant amount of sunshine. Various States have started programs to stimulate PV applications. Most popular are the tenders for bigger power plants. Now the State of Andhra Pradesh received solar bids totalling 418 MW. Developers will sign a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Andhra Pradesh utilities for 6.49 INR, currently around $0,10/kWh.

The striking thing is that recently (early June) it was published that - under Phase II, Batch I of the JNNSM - the Indian government launched the Viability Gap Fund (VGF) mechanism that pays developers a fixed tariff of 5.45 INR per kWh for 25 years, which was said at that time to be around $0,10/kWh...In other words, in one month the INR dropped 16% against the Dollar. The VGF is questioned for other reasons as well. Interest rates in India are substantially high too.

KEY TAKEAWAY: The financial risks of PV project development are a bigger challenge than technology.

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