Solar Sector: Corporate funding up 21% in 2021Q1

Financing activities in the PV sector started strong in 2021 with Q1 numbers rising substantially year-over-year, according to the latest update of Mercom Capital Group's report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the global solar sector. Total corporate funding, including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing into the solar sector in Q1/2021, reached a total of $8.1 billion in 36 deals, a 21 percent increase compared to $6.7 billion raised in 43 deals in Q4 2020. Solar assets continue to be in great demand with almost 15 GW of projects acquired in Q1/2021, according to Mercom capital Group.

Spanish PV association urges to limit the capacity of new solar farms

Spain should limit the size of new photovoltaic projects and also better distribute the plants in the country. Instead, smaller projects of one to ten megawatts should be supported, which would then also be located closer to the consumers, demands the Spanish National Association of Solar Power Producers ANPIER (Asociación Nacional de Productores de Energía Fotovoltaica).

Agrivoltaics, new sustainable solutions at the local level

An experimental research program was setup in Europe by the Italian Enel Group for finding the best farming and animal husbandry solutions in order to integrate with large photovoltaic power plants seamlessly. Enel Green Power, Enel’s business line dedicated to renewable energy sources (RES), has launched the experimental agrivoltaics program simultaneously in Spain, Italy and Greece. The company has teamed up with partners from research and industry, startups and also non-profit organizations.

Colorful solar panels by applying the technique of Morpho butterfly

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Fraunhofer ISE), Freiburg, Germany, has developed a process to produce solar panels with a homogeneous and brightly colored surface. The colored components could be integrated almost invisibly into facades or roofs.