Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sungrow Supplies String Inverters to China Solar's 2.4MW PV Plants in Germany

Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd, recently announced that they supplied their string inverters to the 2.4MW PV plants developed, designed and built by China Solar in Germany.

China Solar chooses Sungrow, a leading provider of renewable energy and the largest Asian producer of inverters, as their preferred supplier due to its high quality products and excellent cost performance ratio. The string inverters can be used very flexibly because of their low weight and wide electrical parameters, fitting to various plant layouts on the electrical and geometric design. This 2.4MW project chose Sungrow’s 20kW inverter which is flexibly set with dual-MPPT, and its max efficiency could reach 98.0%. This low power product is widely applied in ground-based or rooftop PV plants all around the world without considering the external environment on account of its reliable quality and excellent performance, and makes great contribution to the stable operation and high yield of those plants.

“Sungrow supplied a full system solution from the DC-side of the solar inverter toward the medium-voltage grid feed-in side. This strongly helped China Solar to streamline their planning and supply process.” Mr. Li Wang, the project manager from China Solar, introduced.

Mr. Raymond Wong, VP of Sungrow, commented:”This PV plant was built on a rugged ground which brought multiple angles to the modules layout, while this was no need to worry about because Sungrow’s 20kW PV inverters could help the plant make the highest yield owing to their moderate power and dual-MPPT. We are very pleased to collaborate with China Solar, and we believe that they are utterly satisfied due to the guaranteed high yield and reliability of Sungrow’s products. Sungrow is looking forward to deliver more and better PV power generating equipments and system solutions into the developed renewable energy markets and other emerging ones.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seda Pays Out RM38 Million To Feed-In Approval Holders

PETALING JAYA: Some RM38mil has been disbursed to feed-in approval holders (FiAH) by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda).
“As at June 30, Seda had disbursed approximately RM38mil for the recovery of monies for the payout to the FiAH and administrative fees,” a spokesperson told StarBiz.

The agency said the amount had been distributed to four distribution licensees, namely, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd, NUR Distribution and Malakoff Utilities.

Under the Renewable Energy Act 2011, individuals or non-individuals can sell electricity generated from renewable energy (RE) resources back to power utility firms at a fixed premium price for a specific time.

The four RE resources that are eligible for feed-in-tariff are biogas, biomass, small hydropower and solar photovoltaic (PV).

The payment is financed by an RE Fund contributed by electricity consumers who consume more than 300kWh of electricity per month. The current 1% extra charge translates to about RM300mil per annum.

Asked on the quota to be released in the next two years, Seda said: “The amount of quota to be released depends on the amount of RE Fund which comes from the 1% extra charge currently imposed on the electricity tariff. The release of new quotas would depend on the next extra 1% supposed to be imposed in the next electricity tariff review, which is yet to be announced by the Government.”

StarBiz had reported that Seda would not hesitate to revoke the licences given to FiAH who did not comply with the required project milestones.

Sources said it was a tedious process to revoke FiAH and the revocation was legal, and thus, the authority would need some time to check if all milestones had been met.

“Yes, a few FiAHs have been revoked (solar PV for non-individuals, biogas and biomass). The basis for revocation is always because FiAHs are unable to meet their milestones on project progress despite repeated reminders,” Seda said, without naming the companies whose FiAH had been revoked.

As of June 30, Seda had approved a total of 1,614 applications, with a total capacity of 480.45MW.

Out of that, a total of 189.78MW was from solar PV, and from this number, the total approved for the individual category was 16.64MW.

Thailand Adding 1,000 MW of Solar with New Feed-in Tariffs

The government of Thailand has announced plans to spur another 1,000 megawatts (MW) — or 1 gigawatt (GW) — of solar photovoltaic projects in the country. Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates will be offered for 200 MW of rooftop solar and 800 MW of community-owned ground mounts. Systems will be guaranteed the new FiT payments for a 25-year period, instead of the previous 10 years.
The approval for the new plans were announced by Thailand’s National Energy Policy Commission (NEPC) on Tuesday, raising the country’s goal for solar energy to 3 GW. The FiT rates will be awarded to 100 MW worth of rooftop solar photovoltaic installations of up to 10 kW in size, and to a further 100 MW worth of PV systems in the 10-250 kW and 250 kW-1 MW ranges. FiT rates will also be awarded to 800 MW worth of “ground-mounted, community owned solar, to be allocated as 1 MW per tambon, or local government sub district.”
PV Magazine has more details: “The smaller systems will be paid THB6.69/kW (US$0.22/kW) over 25 years with mid size rooftops earning THB6.55/kW and the largest domestic systems guaranteed THB6.16/kW. To qualify, rooftop systems have to be installed by December. The community FIT rate is also for 25 years but will have a built-in regression with systems earning BHT9.75/kW for years one to three, BHT6.5/kW in years four to ten and BHT4.5/kW for years eleven to 25. To qualify, the community systems must be installed by December 2014.”

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Muamalat Launch Smart Green Mortgage For Solar Photovoltaic Feed-in Tariff Plan

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd Thursday launched the "Smart Green Mortgage for Solar Photovoltaic Feed-in Tariff Plan", offering financing services to its customers to purchase and install solar systems in their house. Its Deputy Chief Executive Officer Musa Abdul Malek said the plan will be the first Islamic financing package which is fully Shariah compliant, offered to the market. "Bank Muamalat is assisting the government to develop green technology via introducing this innovative service as it will help boost investment and awareness on green technology in Malaysia," he told reporters at the launch of the Smart Green Mortgage for Solar Photovoltaic Feed-in Tariff Plan by Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Mahdzir Khalid. Also present was Seda Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn. Musa said the plan was in line with the implementation of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) mechanism administered by Seda Malaysia which enables Malaysia to generate electricity from renewable resources while earning a fixed income for up to 21 years by selling electricity to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and to be channeled to the grid.

"This plan offers a special deal via refinancing of customer's existing home financing facilities with Bank Muamalat and by the easy moving cost feature with the legal and valuation fees absorbed by Bank Muamalat. "It also offers a limited period of special financing package to reduce financing cost, resulting in affordable monthly installments for customers," he said. Musa said the product was expected to give Bank Muamalat's customers a good return on investment up to 16 percent annually via estimated average RM580 revenue or income on the solar photovoltaic system, depending on installation type and location. The income will be generated monthly for the next 21 years and it will be credited directly by TNB into the customers savings or current accounts maintained by Bank Muamalat, he said. -- BERNAMA

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