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Feb 2016

Scotland Received 48% Of Its Electricity Through Wind Energy In January

13 February 2016 | Posted by HLindon

Scotland Received 48% Of Its Electricity Through Wind Energy In January

Scotland received around 48% of its electricity via wind energy projects during month of January 2016, according to a new analysis from WWF Scotland.

Altogether, wind turbines provided right around 1,125,544 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity to the country's grid during the month, going by the WeatherEnergy data used by WWF Scotland for the analysis.

That means that wind energy projects generated enough electricity to provide for the needs of every home in the country for roughly 22 days of the month. It's worth noting here, though, that overall generation rates for January 2016 were around 14% lower than January 2015.

The director of WWF Scotland, Lang Banks, commented that, despite this drop in output, the year was off to a "flying start," and that 2016 would be a record year. Beyond this year, though, much will depend on the country's government, according to Banks.

"That is why, as we approach the Holyrood elections, we'd like to see each of the political parties commit to ensuring Scotland becomes the EU's first fully renewable electricity nation by 2030," he stated. "This is an ambition with real vision that would mean Scotland captures the full benefits of its renewable potential."

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Furthermore, improving communication between relevant bodies (which is one of the big barriers to genuine distributed PV in China) is also being addressed a bit. "The NEA is trying to establish a communication platform between government, banks and companies. It encourages the establishment of a one-stop financial solution for DPV companies, that would include support from a PV industry investment fund."

Snart moves by China to stay at the front of the solar PV revolution.

Image by International Rivers (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license)

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China Improves Distributed Solar PV Outlook by Classifying Utility-Scale PV as Distributed Solar

24 Aug 2014 | Posted by Zachary

China has been installing a lot of solar power in recent years, but most of it has been utility-scale solar. This year, it set a target of getting a lot more distributed solar PV on the ground. That hasn't been happening (for a variety of reasons), so China has just improved the outlook, and its chance of hitting its earlier targets, by lowering the bar, so to speak.

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Another aspect of the policy concerns the voltage of the grid that a project connects to. That has been increased from 10 kV to 35 kV, quite a significant change.

In both cases above, in order to hit its distributed solar PV targets, China has simply changed the definition of distributed solar PV, which will likely increase market interest thanks to the more widely available subsidies.

I'm happy with the decision. Faced with challenges to genuinely distributed solar power, China had the option to lower its 2014 target drastically (it did lower it a little bit anyway, from 14 GW to 13 GW) or to find a way to get a lot more "distributed solar power" installed in the second half of 2014. It chose the latter option, which I think is better for China and certainly better for the world.

Aside from the definition changes, the country is also raising the subsidies.

"DPV subsidies may more than double to be close to FiT rates, up from CNY 0.42 ($0.07) per watt to between CNY 0.90 and CNY 1 per watt, depending on areas of installation," pv magazine writes.

Furthermore, improving communication between relevant bodies (which is one of the big barriers to genuine distributed PV in China) is also being addressed a bit. "The NEA is trying to establish a communication platform between government, banks and companies. It encourages the establishment of a one-stop financial solution for DPV companies, that would include support from a PV industry investment fund."

Snart moves by China to stay at the front of the solar PV revolution.

Image by International Rivers (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license)

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