This Guide introduces some basic PV concepts, identifies the PV module size and shape, the manufacturing technology, examines the environmental issues and the energy production, analyzes the installation of PVs in buildings and the inter-related issues of costs and sizing and provides a case study of a preliminary design of a building-integrated PV system.
Panelists in this webinar provide an overview of the solar market in Africa. On the grid side, they focus on electricity production and the share of solar generation, grid PV installed capacities, main operational plants, grid PV forecasts and market challenges and opportunities. On the off-grid side, they analyze population and electrification issues, installed capacities by region, the Macro-economic Off-Grid (MOG) model, and Africa’s country rating and forecast to 2020 of cumulative installed capacities by country.
This webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center and the African Association for Rural Electrification. covers best practices in isolated mini-grid tariff-setting and provide resources for use in adopting international best practices. It addresses differences between mini-grid and national grid tariff-setting, approaches to determining optimal tariff levels, approaches for setting tariff structures, options for implementing social tariffs and considering cross-subsidies and examples in mini-grid regulation in international contexts.
This webinar is hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center in partnership with the USAID distributed PV Program. The webinar— the second in a two-part series- explores the finance and business models issues of distributed PV. The purpose of the webinar series was to provide policymakers, utilities, and other energy practitioners in the developing world a foundational, concise guide and best practices for establishing a distributed PV program in their countries.
This webinar is hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center in partnership with the USAID distributed PV Program. The webinar— the first in a two-part series—explores the building blocks of establishing a distributed PV program, which include (1) setting a distributed PV vision, goals, and roles and responsibilities, (2) defining distributed generation and (3) establishing a compensation mechanism. The webinar series is intended to provide policymakers, utilities, and other energy practitioners in the developing world a foundational, concise guide and best practices for establishing a distributed PV program in their countries.
This webinar is hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center in partnership with USAID and NREL. This webinar introduces the considerations associated with advancing the use of wind and solar forecasts to more efficiently integrate variable renewable energy into the grid. Discussion topics included how wind and solar forecasting enhance power system operations; how wind and solar forecasts are produced; approaches to structuring forecasting programs and the collection of necessary data; and policy and other actions to support forecasting.
This webinar is hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center in partnership with the Uunited Nations Foundation Energy Access Practitioner Network and focuses on the grid interconnection of mini-grids. The webinar highlights the challenges and possible options for mini-grids after the main grid arrives. Various country-specific case studies from Asia and Africa are presetned, and the potential requirements—policy, technical, and commercial—needed to achieve a relatively seamless interconnection of mini-grids with the main grid are discussed.
This webinar provides the prospective role of Distributed, grid-connected photovoltaic (DGPV) systems in developing countries and thereafter discussed the key economic and technical challenges/opportunities associated with DGPV programs, including challenges of DGPV to the traditional utility business model and potential solutions, various costs and benefits, challenges and opportunities for distribution system planning under increasing penetrations of DGPV.
This report aims at producing all the necessary elements to capture the full picture of the European markets for the industry, decision makers, investors and all professionals interested in solar heat markets.
This technical study provides an overview on the status on ways of measuring, monitoring and controlling solar thermal in smaller systems, with a clear focus on current methods. It looks into the state-of-the-art for solar thermal, including some components such as sensors, controllers and connectivity. Also, provides possible service offerings based on the remote monitoring, controlling of solar heating systems.
This report provides an overall RE use from 2000 to 2017, examines Ireland’s progress towards 2020 RE targets with a comparison with the other EU member states, presents data on overall RE use split by electricity, heat, and transport and also by energy source. Also, shows how the use of RE displaces the use of fossil fuels.
This report examines in detail the global solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain, Ireland’s strengths within it and opportunities for Irish research and industry to capture value and new business from a growing international solar PV market out to 2030.
This roadmap pathway is focusing on the standardized and cost optimal solutions to integrate solar thermal technology in all industrial processes, by developing collector structures adapted to industrial buildings, improved large-scale solar collector arrays, and new planning and design tools.
This publication tries to provide guidelines for policy and framework conditions related to solar heating and cooling, in particular solar water heating. It aims at providing a quick overview of the main issues to be considered for setting the right framework for the promotion of the solar thermal technology. Therefore, it outlines key recommendations and guidelines for the implementation of a programme for the promotion of solar water heating.
This guide aims at explaining the relevance of quality assurance for a sustainable market development, besides providing an overview of quality assurance measures applied to solar thermal products and installations around the world. It also indicates some possible steps in order to set up a quality assurance system in a country.
This report contains a set of planning policy and development guidance recommendations for utility scale solar photovoltaic schemes in Ireland. These recommendations will inform any future planning and development for utility scale ground mounted solar PV installations.
This guide aims at promoting solar water heating (SWH) systems to architects and builders from developing countries and help them consider integrating SWH applications in their designs. Intending to be a useful handbook, this “Quick Guide” provides a compact overview of the technology and its main characteristics; as well as the main requirements to be considered for its application in different types of projects and in different geographical locations.