Solar Energy

Brazil's first national solar auctions prove a success

Ftirt published on the Cleantech Investor website, November 2014

The first dedicated solar auction took place in Brazil on 31 October 2014. The auction was – on the face of it – a great success, awarding contracts to 31 projects with combined capacity of 1,048 MW. The average price contracted in the October 2014 auction was R$21512 / MW hour, a 17.9% discount on the auction opening price of R$262.22 / MW hour.

The race is now on for manufacturers to deliver equipment (preferably locally manufactured in order for the project developers to benefit from favourable financing from the local development bank, BNDES) on time to these 31 projects, which must start to deliver energy to the grid by October 2017. There are discussions on bridge financing from private sector banks.


CPV - an oasis in the CSP desert?

First published in Cleantech magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd

CSP desert

With solar photovoltaic prices plummeting, Denis Gross looks at the rise of Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic technology.

2011: A Review of Cleantech Equity Deals - Solar

Published in: 2011 - A Review of Cleantech Equity Deals, January 2012

With the price of polysilicon falling by some 64% during 2011 to US$26.52, the biggest news in the sector involved bankruptcies of US firms, such as Solyndra, which could no longer compete with the Chinese. Some of the US companies which were suffering managed to find industry buyers – notably SunPower, which saw Total acquire a 66% stake.

Despite the travails of the industry, venture capital stage investment in innovative technologies was still in evidence. We feature a selection of deals in this section. There were also significant levels of venture capital investment in the thin film and concentrated solar areas – both covered separately in the following sections.


2011: A Review of Cleantech Equity Deals - Thin Film Solar

Published in: 2011 - A Review of Cleantech Equity Deals, January 2012

The thin film solar sector was rocked by the high profile collapse of Solyndra during 2011. The year also saw consolidation in the thin film space, with deals reported including the acquisition of Würth Solar’s thin film production by Manz in Germany, which involved production capacity being slashed. However, if some of the venture capital investment in thin film technologies is any guide, it would be a mistake to write off this sector just yet. The failings in the Solyndra technology were a particular case, exacerbated by the fact that they coincided with plummeting prices for solar panels. The thin film market is expected to grow rapidly, underpinned by continuing developments in cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technologies.

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