Switzerland’s Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) has revealed this week that the country deployed around 683 MW of PV in 2021 – representing growth of 43% growth over the previous year and demand increasing across all segments. This confirms figures that were recently provided by network operators.

This year the Alpine country should see the deployment of up to 900 MW of new PV capacity. At the end of December, cumulative solar installations reached 3.65 GW.

According to trade body Swissolar this positive trend will continue in 2022, with predictions that between 850 and 900 MW will be deployed.

Last year, the residential solar segment grew by around 60% while the commercial and industrial segment saw an around 53% increase. The average size of newly installed PV systems was 25.3 kW, which also shows some growth in the utility-scale segment.

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    We are happy to invite you to one of the most important events of the American Solar industry, Solar Power International 2022.

    On 20, 21 and 22 September, you will find us at Booth Number 262, Halls A-D where we will be happy to show you the latest innovations our team of experts have developed.

    Do you want to arrange an appointment with our Sales and Technical Team? It won’t take more than five minutes!

    TAILOR-MADE TURNKEY LINES AND INDIVIDUAL MACHINES FOR YOUR PV MODULE MANUFACTURING.

    With over 20 years of experience, we are the best partner to advise you in finding the best solution for your PV module manufacturing. Making it an exclusive and profitable solution for you.

    WE ARE THE SPECIALIST YOU NEED FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SOLUTION

    PV sector is getting more ambitious, always looking for the most innovative solution that generate the highest efficiency and robustness in the market. At Mondragon Assembly we are ready for it; thanks to our experience, in-house technology, adaptability, flexibility and support for innovation, we are able to offer solutions with high technological value that can be adapted to any special application.

    VISIT US AND LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LATEST INDIVIDUAL MACHINES AND TURNKEY LINES.

    At our stand, you will find information on the most advanced and automated high-tech turnkey lines along with individual machines, all of them developed by the Mondragon Assembly Team.

    INNOVATION AND IP. CONTINUOUS STRING PATENT OWNED BY MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY.

    Since our foundation in 1977, we have been committed to innovation as a means of achieving growth, dedicating a large part of our resources to promoting new product research and development, and extending our comprehensive service offering.

    We own several patents, Continous String being the most noteworthy one due to the fantastic results it offers to our customers. It is a revolutionary concept that increases the throughput by more than 10%.

    WE ENSURE YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION.

    We live in constant change and the PV industry is no exception. We are aware that the technological evolution in the solar industry is a concern for module manufacturers. That’s why we work alongside the most well-known technological centres to bring you the best solutions available in the PV industry. We are the best partner to guide you in the technological evolution of your solution. This approach helps us to ensure that none of our partners are left behind.

    So, what you are waiting for?

    Come and visit us at booth 262 or if you prefer you can easily arrange an appointment with our experts through our website. SPI is the perfect place to get to know our PV experts and get the best advice for a tailored solution that meets your needs.

    We are happy to invite you to one of the most important events of the Indian Solar industry, Renewable Energy India Expo 2022.

    On 28, 29 and 30 September, you will find us at Booth Number 5.223 where we will be happy to show you the latest innovations our team of experts have developed.

    Do you want to arrange an appointment with our Sales and Technical Team? It won’t take more than five minutes!

    TAILOR-MADE TURNKEY LINES AND INDIVIDUAL MACHINES FOR YOUR PV MODULE MANUFACTURING.

    With over 20 years of experience, we are the best partner to advise you in finding the best solution for your PV module manufacturing. Making it an exclusive and profitable solution for you.

    WE ARE THE SPECIALIST YOU NEED FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SOLUTION

    PV sector is getting more ambitious, always looking for the most innovative solution that generate the highest efficiency and robustness in the market. At Mondragon Assembly we are ready for it; thanks to our experience, in-house technology, adaptability, flexibility and support for innovation, we are able to offer solutions with high technological value that can be adapted to any special application.

    VISIT US AND LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LATEST INDIVIDUAL MACHINES AND TURNKEY LINES.

    At our stand, you will find information on the most advanced and automated high-tech turnkey lines along with individual machines, all of them developed by the Mondragon Assembly Team.

    WE ENSURE YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION.

    We live in constant change and the PV industry is no exception. We are aware that the technological evolution in the solar industry is a concern for module manufacturers. That’s why we work alongside the most well-known technological centres to bring you the best solutions available in the PV industry. We are the best partner to guide you in the technological evolution of your solution. This approach helps us to ensure that none of our partners are left behind.

    So, what you are waiting for?

    Come and visit us at booth 5.223 or if you prefer you can easily arrange an appointment with our experts through our website. REI is the perfect place to get to know our PV experts and get best advice for a tailored solution that meets your needs.

    The new measures are expected to accelerate solar deployment across the country.

    The French government has published in its Official Journal new provisions to simplify the procedure for the environmental approval of PV projects with a capacity of up to 1 MW.

    The new decree establishes that PV installations deployed on rooftops or parking areas will no longer be subject to environmental assessment. Furthermore, it states that all PV systems with a capacity of up to 300 kW will be exempted from requiring a preliminary environmental assessment and that installations ranging in size from 300 kW to 1 MW will be subject to environmental assessment on a case-by-case basis criterion.

    Prior to these new rules, ground-mounted installations of 250 kW were subject to environmental assessments on a systematic basis, while installations on greenhouses and parking shades with a power equal to or greater than 250 kW were subject to these proceedings on a case-by-case basis.

    According to French solar association Enerplan, these new measures will accelerate solar deployment across the country.

    These provisions will also help simplify the authorization processes for agrivoltaic projects. For example, for an agrivoltaic project replacing agricultural tunnels or on an anthropized area, an environmental impact study had to be systematically carried out for any project of more than 250 kWp, even when there was no biodiversity.

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    The line, which started manufacturing its first modules at the beginning of April, already has all the ingredients to be able to manufacture at full capacity.

    It has been almost 2 months since the news came out that Zergoun Green Energy had started producing its first modules on the 200MW line manufactured and provided by Mondragon Assembly.

    After overcoming this important milestone, it was time to obtain superior results in terms of efficiency and quality. For this reason, several members of Mondragon Assembly’s Solar team spent two weeks at Zergoun Green Energy’s facilities accompanying and training their team on topics such as module quality, certification assistance, line efficiency and product range expansion, among others.

    “It has been once again a very satisfactory experience. Our main goal at Mondragon Assembly is to stay by the customer’s side, accompanying and listening closely to their needs so that we can give them the right answer when they need it most,” Sofiane Kallel, Project Manager, points out.

    “During this time, we have been able to share and get to know their needs closely in order to adapt the training to their specific requirements with the aim of guaranteeing the best possible quality and optimum photovoltaic module mass production,” Adds Izaro Aretxaga, Process Technician and responsible for the training given at Zergoun.

    Mondragon Assembly, more than a Partner

    As mentioned on many occasions, Mondragon Assembly is not only a supplier of automatic solar panel manufacturing lines, but also a partner who accompanies the customer throughout the life of the project, accompanying them and providing the knowledge and appropriate technology to ensure the competitiveness of its photovoltaic modules, providing support in all parts of the world thanks to its international presence.

    Today, July 2nd, is the International Cooperatives Day and at Mondragon Assembly would like to contribute our bit to increase awareness about cooperatives.

    Orbea, which manufactures and sells bicycles, is one of nearly 100 worker-owned cooperatives in the Mondragon Corporation network.
    Photographer: Markel Redondo for Bloomberg

    As a cooperative of the Mondragon Corporation we would like to share this news extracted from Bloomberg L.P.  about the largest network of cooperatives in the world.

    Below you will find the full article published by Bloomberg L.P.

    How a Worker-Owned Business Model in Spain Is Keeping Inequality in Check

    An increasing number of workers and business owners in the US are looking to a small town in northern Spain as a model to tackle wealth and income inequality.

    The 22,000-person town of Mondragon in Spain’s Basque region is home to the world’s largest worker cooperative network, called Mondragon Corporation. Founded half a century ago by a priest and some of his acolytes, the co-ops have found a way, crisis after crisis, to keep unemployment and income inequality in check.

    “We are seeing growing interest, especially from very developed countries like the US or the UK or in Western Europe,” says Ibon Zugasti, an international project manager at Mondragon headquarters. Those who are interested in starting their own worker cooperatives “really think that they need something singular and disruptive to get a new solution to old problems.”

    The 22,000-person town of Mondragon in Spain’s Basque region is home to the world’s largest worker cooperative network, called Mondragon Corporation. Photographer: Markel Redondo for Bloomberg

    In this week’s episode of The Pay Check podcast, we visit Mondragon and hear from its executives, workers and other researchers about what sets the cooperative model apart from places that also have strong track records on equality, and how the system works during times of crisis.

    At the nearly 100 cooperatives that form part of the Mondragon network, many of the workers are also owners. They set their own salaries in an annual vote and receive a share of their company’s yearly profits. As a rule, managers can only earn six times more than the lowest paid worker. At some companies, the gap is even smaller.

    “The objective of the cooperative is not to produce rich people, it’s to produce rich societies,” said Igor Herrarte, an engineer at Mondragon Assembly, which makes solar panels and machinery to help firms automate their production. “We don’t have a lot of rich people — or not very rich — but on the other hand, we also don’t have poor people.”

    Income inequality in the area is on par with countries such as those in the Nordic region. The province that’s home to most of Mondragon’s cooperatives, called Gipuzkoa, had a lower Gini coefficient — a measure of inequality — than Finland and Norway. The lower the figure, the smaller the differences in income distribution.

    One of the ways those Nordic countries tackle inequality is by redistributing the proceeds of high taxes to lower-income residents. But taxes in the Basque region are lower, on average, than in those places. Instead, the Mondragon cooperatives create wealth for their workers.

    Interest in worker co-ops tends to increase in times of crisis. The number of such companies in the U.S. doubled to more than 600 from 250 in the decade or so after the 2008 recession, according to Mike Palmieri, an associate researcher with the Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent State University.

    “Worker co-ops, and really co-ops of all kinds, they tend to emerge when there’s a market failure,” he said. There was an increase during the economic downturns of the 1870s, 1930s and 1970s, too.

    Igor Herrarte. Photographer: Markel Redondo for Bloomberg

    “What’s the service that a worker cooperative provides? A very simple answer is good, stable employment with some wealth building opportunities,” Palmieri said. As the US emerges from the pandemic, “conditions are pretty ripe for further worker cooperative development.”

    Co-ops also have the potential to allay some concerns that underpinned the Great Resignation, such as frustrations about not having a say in workplace decision-making. The model can also help workers address concerns about precariousness that came to the fore during Covid-19. Drivers in New York City, for example, launched a cooperative in 2021 to compete against Uber and Lyft. It now has 6,700 drivers.

    At the nearly 100 cooperatives that form part of the Mondragon network, workers are also owners. Photographer: Markel Redondo for Bloomberg

    The ability to set pay, benefits and other parameters is what led Beth Heeg and several other teachers in January to purchase Shine Nurture Center, a child-care center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they had been working.

    “I would never have chosen to become an owner of a child-care center without the option of the cooperative,” said Heeg, who now works as the office manager there.

    “There’s just a lot of pressure put on child care. And there’s not a lot of voice given to the folks who are in charge of it,” she said. Post-pandemic, a transition to such a model, she adds, “might be a really good solution for teachers at centers who feel like they want to have a voice.”

    Shine is one of fourteen cooperatives in the Co-op Cincy network in Greater Cincinnati, which was founded in 2011. The organization received requests and applications from one dozen small businesses at the end of 2020 that were interested in turning themselves into co-ops, an increase from the previous year.

    Some of the inquiries were from Baby Boomer-generation business owners who were exploring options to sell their companies before they retire. Much of the interest is from executives and employees who are “unhappy with how their current jobs, the current economy has been working for them,” said Ellen Vera, director of co-op organizing at the network.

    As Vera and her colleagues work to transition existing businesses into worker-owned cooperatives, or create new ones, they say they are looking to Mondragon as an example of the kind of impact they seek to have in Greater Cincinnati.

    As a rule, managers part of the Mondragon network can only earn six times more than the lowest paid worker. At some companies, the gap is even smaller. Photographer: Markel Redondo for Bloomberg

     

    “On issues like inequality and on issues like poverty, I think there’s just a true tendency to throw up our hands and feel like we can’t really do anything,” said Kristen Barker, Co-op Cincy’s executive director. The impact of Mondragon’s vast cooperative network, which employs 80,000 people globally, shows progress is possible, Barker says. “Mondragon is our North Star and many other people’s North Star.”

    That impact is evident in and around the town of Mondragon.

    “When I go to other areas, I notice much greater social differences. Here, the manager can be my neighbor. Elsewhere, I guess they live in gated communities,” said Baltasar Garcia Leon, who has worked for more than three decades assembling washing machines at the cooperatives. That’s brought him professional stability and relative affluence.

    “My experience has been very positive,” Garcia Leon said. “I’m 59 years old and I’m still working and I’ve held on to everything I’ve fought for.”

    The profit-sharing at his cooperative has allowed Garcia Leon to build up enough savings to retire early, he says, an example of how shared ownership can help members build wealth.

    “What employee ownership allows you to do is not just provide a higher wage via income, but it gives individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have wealth and assets, wealth and assets,” said Kent State’s Palmieri. That, he said, attacks “economic inequality at its root.”

    Baltasar Garcia Leon. Photographer: Markel Redondo for Bloomberg

    The Federal Council in Bern started the new incentive mechanism that should come into force at the beginning of 2023 and apply until the end of 2030 to reform of the incentive scheme for renewable energy

    According to these new provisions, homeowners and businesses may be entitled to receive rebates covering up to 60% of the initial investment for buying and installing a rooftop PV system.

    For arrays exceeding 150kW, there will still be fixed feed-in tariffs which will be assigned through a tender scheme in a pay-as-bid process.

    Furthermore, the Swiss government is considering introducing an additional incentive for PV systems with a tilt angle of at least 75 degrees. These systems, according to the Federal Office, produce a relatively large amount of electricity in the winter months and thus make a significant contribution to the country’s security of supply. A bonus of CHF100 per kilowatt installed should be provided.

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      According to Ember, an independent think tank, if wind and solar keep up a 20% compounding growth rate over the next 10 years, the global power sector has a chance of meeting the decarbonization goals that are needed to keep the world’s temperature increase at or below 1.5 C.

      If solar electricity generation keeps up the year over year growth rates of the last ten years – 33% – for another 10 years, then solar will without a doubt be pulling its weight in mitigating CO2 emissions. The report suggests that solar “only” needs to grow at 24% over the next decade to meet its goals.

      The analysis found that solar electricity generation rose by greater than 23% last year, and that wind grew by 14%. The two sources officially surpassed 10% of global electricity generation last year, and when combined with other clean electricity sources (nuclear and hydro being the other two largest), they hit 38%. Combined, this means they passed the world’s largest electricity generation source – coal – at 36%.

      The IPCC report explains that by 2030, solar and wind are each expected to mitigate roughly four gigatons per year of CO2 emissions, with an upper limit as high as six gigatons each, per year. The carbon savings from either one of these clean energy sources is expected to be on par with the emissions that would be saved by ceasing the destruction of forestland. The blue on the bar graph suggests that at least four gigatons of these global CO2 reductions (wind and solar combined) will cost less than we’re paying for energy today.

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      According to Ember, an independent think tank, if wind and solar keep up a 20% compounding growth rate over the next 10 years, the global power sector has a chance of meeting the decarbonization goals that are needed to keep the world’s temperature increase at or below 1.5 C.

      If solar electricity generation keeps up the year over year growth rates of the last ten years – 33% – for another 10 years, then solar will without a doubt be pulling its weight in mitigating CO2 emissions. The report suggests that solar “only” needs to grow at 24% over the next decade to meet its goals.

      The analysis found that solar electricity generation rose by greater than 23% last year, and that wind grew by 14%. The two sources officially surpassed 10% of global electricity generation last year, and when combined with other clean electricity sources (nuclear and hydro being the other two largest), they hit 38%. Combined, this means they passed the world’s largest electricity generation source – coal – at 36%.

      The IPCC report (above) explains that by 2030, solar and wind are each expected to mitigate roughly four gigatons per year of CO2 emissions, with an upper limit as high as six gigatons each, per year. The carbon savings from either one of these clean energy sources is expected to be on par with the emissions that would be saved by ceasing the destruction of forestland. The blue on the bar graph suggests that at least four gigatons of these global CO2 reductions (wind and solar combined) will cost less than we’re paying for energy today.

      We are specialist in high added value applications for the solar business sector:

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      The order consists of a special 100MW line that is able to manufacture lightweight solar panels, and will be operative by the end of 2022.

      New special line that manufactures lightweight modules

      Mondragon Assembly, a specialist turnkey line with high technological value and adaptable to any existing need in the solar industry, has recently received an order from the Dutch photovoltaic module manufacturer, Solarge. This is an automatic line designed ad-hoc and manufactured specifically to produce lightweight solar modules that have been developed by the Dutch company. The line will be installed in the third quarter of the year in Solarge’s manufacturing plant in Weert (NL) and will start production by the end of this year.

      This new project is the result of the collaborative work between Solarge and Mondragon Assembly teams, where all the key machines have been adapted to the customer’s needs.  The new order represents another step forward for Mondragon Assembly to consolidate its position as a supplier of high technological value solutions adapted to any application.

      Lightweight, 100% recyclable module without PFAS material that releases up to 75% less carbon during the manufacturing process

      As Solarge has already announced in the press, the module developed by the Dutch company weighs less than half of conventional solar modules, which makes it easier to handle the panels and which enables the application of solar panels on roofs with limited weight bearing capacity.

      Solarge’s use of fibre-reinforced polymers has enabled them to create the basis of a new proprietary technique for manufacturing lightweight photovoltaic modules.  This technique allows Solarge to choose and use the best solar cells available now and in the future. The technology developed by the Dutch company also offers flexibility in terms of applications; agrivoltaics, floating, and rooftop.

      Solarge intends to extend the capacity of the production line to 380 MWp by 2024.
      Mondragon Assembly and Solarge look forward to successfully launching this innovative technology as a new standard in the solar sector.

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