A SCOTS academic has estimated that using double-sided solar panels could bring an extra £400 million of additional revenue into the Scottish economy every year and create more than 2000 jobs. Now the scientist from Heriot-Watt University is working with industry partners Wood, building a model aiming to highlight the benefits of the switch to double-sided panels (bifacial solar cells) rather than the current single-sided version (monofacial). The Solar Trade Association (STA) has said the installed capacity of solar panels in Scotland will rise to 1.5GW by 2030. Bifacial cells can produce up to a quarter more energy with the same projected area due to their ability to convert irradiation captured on the front and rear sides, but their current market share remains very low at around 5%. The 25% enhanced e nergy yield of bifacial panels could mean generation would increase to almost 2GW.
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The government’s Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), its eagerly awaited replacement for the soon-to-close export tariff, has been dubbed both a “new era” for solar and a “mountain to climb” as the proposals received a mixed response.
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A community of homeowners, small businesses and public entities in the French village of Prémian, in the southern Occitanie province, is sharing the solar power generated by a PV system under a self-consumption regime administered by the local municipality. Under the system, transactions between community members are fraud-resistant and transparent thanks to a dedicated blockchain technology. The project is the first of its kind, claims its developer, Sunchain – a spin-off of French independent PV consultant Tecsol. According to information given to pv magazine by the company, the project has a 28 kW rooftop array on a building in the municipality which is supplying electricity to six consumers: a school building, a post office, another municipal building, a cultural center, a private house and a bakery – all of them behind a public substation for the transformation of electricity from medium to low voltage.
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