A new regulatory framework for the development of large-scale solar projects has been presented in Portugal. It forms part of the country’s new state budget law, to be introduced in 2018.
The high solar irradiation and the high feed-in tariffs make investments in unlicensed photovoltaic plants in Turkey very attractive. The unlicensed market segment has the advantage that photovoltaic projects under 1 MW can be easily developed and connected to the grid compared to licensed solar projects in the country. Now the prevailing majority of cumulative installed photovoltaic system capacity in Turkey is belonging to unlicensed solar installations.
The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced today that it wants to scrap its Renewable Obligations (ROCs) subsidies for sub 5MW solar farms from April 1, 2016, one year earlier from what was originally planned. Other changes include the removal of pre-accreditation from the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme for PV installations larger than 50 kWp.
Building solar power plants in space will be possible in the not-so-far future according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Indeed, JAXA has announced that they have achieved a major technical breakthrough, which would eventually make the construction of space-based solar power plants possible. Concretely, the JAXA team has succeeded in converting and transferring electricity using microwaves for a distance of 55 meters.