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14 December 2010

THE GSE (ITALIAN ELETRCICITY SERVICES MANAGER) ACTIVATES A NEW DATA TRANSMISSION MECHANISM FOR SIMPLIFYING THE PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING THE FIT

Photovoltaics remains a growing sector in Italy, counting today more than 100.000 plants, and the GSE in order to simplify and abate the cost of managing the great number of requests for the feed-in-tariff has activated since some day a data transmission procedure which allows to accede to the FIT directly with a click, through the website 

(http://www.gse.it/Pagine/default.aspx)

14 December 2010

THE EMILIA-ROMAGNA REGION DRAFTS REGIONAL GUIDELINES FOR THE INSTALLATION OF GROUND PV PLANTS

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In a framework of environmental sustainability, the government of Emilia Romagna wishes to reconcile the production of energy from Renewable Sources with the safeguarding of the territory, of agriculture and of natural environment and landscape, favouring the diffusion of RES plants while limiting the consumption of soil.

 
A regional deliberation has been approved on the 6th of December paving the way for Regional Guidelines which will regulate the localization of biomass, wind, biogas, hydroelectric and PV plants on the regional territory.


Concerning the installation of ground PV plants, the deliberation identifies two typologies of areas, with different levels of protection. From the point of view of farmers, they will be allowed to complete the production of Dop, Igp, biologic, Doc and Igt with the installation of ground PV plants within certain limits foreseen by the deliberation. This will allow them to integrate the income from agriculture with the income from the production of RES energy.

 

26 November 2010

PVS conference in Bratislava “Construction of photovoltaic plants in Slovakia”

You can find all the presentations from the seminar on the PvS in Bloom Blog

The PV conference/course “Construction of PV plants in Slovakia: actual situation and perspectives” provides practical
insights into legal-administrative framework conditions regarding the deployment of PV in Slovakia.
National experts from national PV associations and the PV industry, national Authorities and other specialists will speak about market perspectives and barriers to the development of PV in Slovakia.
Specic recommendations on how to overcome such barriers will be discussed with the audience. With a view to current and future challenges to the deployment of PV the conference will put a focus on the practical experiences of the PV sector and the invited experts.
The conference organized by the Italian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with VUB Banka inside the project PVS in BLOOM offers an ideal platform for acquiring knowledge and exchanging information and networking with high level decision makers and experts from the PV sector. High quality presentations, discussions and face-to-face contacts will allow PV project developers, sales managers, export and marketing specialists, public affairs and public relations professionals as well as decision makers to be best informed about present and future legal-administrative framework conditions and barriers for PV system installations.

02 August 2010

5TH PVS IN BLOOM PROJECT MEETING

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The 5th PVS IN BLOOM Project Meeting will take place in Valencia on the 7th and 8th of September. Representatives of all the eight partner organizations  from six European countries will take part, as well as national experts from different organizations for giving an an outlook on PVs, marginal area requalification and local development at the EU level.

In occasion of the meeting, also Technical Handbook of the project will be presented, a publication focusing on technical aspects of efficient PVPP development, targeting public and private investors.  

28 July 2010

Solar power is cheaper than nuclear?

According to a new study by two researchers at Duke University solar power may have already reached that point, at least when compared to nuclear power.

It’s no secret that the cost of producing photovoltaic cells (PV) has been dropping for years. A PV system today costs just 50 percent of what it did in 1998. Breakthroughs in technology and manufacturing combined with an increase in demand and production have caused the price of solar power to decline steadily. At the same time, estimated costs for building new nuclear power plants have ballooned.

The result of these trends: “In the past year, the lines have crossed in North Carolina,” say study authors John Blackburn and Sam Cunningham. “Electricity from new solar installations is now cheaper than electricity from proposed new nuclear plants.”

If the data analysis is correct, the pricing would represent the “Historic Crossover” claimed in the study’s title.

Two factors not stressed in the study bolster the case for solar even more:

1) North Carolina is not a “sun-rich” state. The savings found in North Carolina are likely to be even greater for states with more sunshine –Arizona, southern California, Colorado, New Mexico, west Texas, Nevada and Utah.

2) The data include only PV-generated electricity, without factoring in what is likely the most encouraging development in solar technology: concentrating solar power (CSP). CSP promises utility scale production and solar thermal storage, making electrical generation practical for at least six hours after sunset.

Power costs are generally measured in cents per kilowatt hour – the cost of the electricity needed to illuminate a 1,000 watt light bulb (for example) for one hour. When the cost of a kilowatt hour (kWh) of solar power fell to 16 cents earlier this year, it “crossed over” the trend-line associated with nuclear power.

The authors point out that some commercial scale solar developers are now offering electricity at 14 cents a kWh in North Carolina, a price which is expected to continue to drop.

While the study includes subsidies for both solar and nuclear power, it estimates that if subsidies were removed from solar power, the crossover point would be delayed by a maximum of nine years.

The report is significant not only because it shows solar to be a cheaper source of energy than nuclear. The results are also important because, despite the Senate’s failure to pass a climate and energy bill this year, taxpayers now bear the burden of putting carbon into the atmosphere through a variety of hidden charges – or externalities, as economists call them. Fossil fuels currently account for 70 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. annually. (Nuclear generates 20 percent.)

Having dropped below nuclear power, solar power is now one of the least expensive energy sources in America. In the study is not considered anyway the cost of disposal of nuclear power.

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