Total installed solar PV capacity exceeded 500 GW globally in 2018, IEA PVPS report finds

The International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA PVPS) announced the publication of  the 7th edition of its  report “Snapshot of Global Photovoltaic Markets” on Monday, 15 April 2019.

This report provides estimated data about photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the countries reporting to the IEA PVPS Programme and additional key markets and it serves as a preliminary assessment prior to the 24th edition of the PVPS flagship report “Trends in PV Applications” that will be published at the end of the year.

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Solar power more than doubled in most major U.S. cities over past six years, report finds

Over the past six years, solar energy capacity more than doubled in 45 of America’s 57 largest cities, according to a new study released yesterday by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report, Shining Cities 2019: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, is the sixth annual edition of the most comprehensive survey of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in major U.S. cities.

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Levelized unsubsidized cost of utility-scale solar is now as low as $36/MWh, Lazard report finds

Financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard Ltd announced on November 8 the release of its annual in-depth studies comparing the costs of energy from various generation technologies and of energy storage technologies for different applications. Lazard’s latest annual Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 12.0) shows a continued decline in the cost of generating electricity from alternative energy technologies, especially utility-scale solar and wind.

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Study finds solar and wind can competitively serve 70% of Minnesota’s electrical load by 2050

A new study commissioned by and submitted to the Minnesota Commerce Department finds that Minnesota could achieve 10 percent solar energy by 2025 at costs comparable to natural gas generation. The study’s findings also suggest that expected cost reductions for solar, wind and storage could enable Minnesota to achieve 70 percent solar and wind by 2050.

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New report estimates the global potential of floating solar to be 400 GW

The World Bank Group and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)  released the “Where Sun Meets Water: Floating Solar Market Report” with funding provided by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Government of Denmark, which is the first in a series of reports on floating solar.

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