15.06.2018 — With a great pleasure we are delighted to announce the start of the cooperation with SMA Solar Technology AG on 1 July 2018 as official service partner in Portugal.
We are honored to be able to support the global market leader in the development and sale of high-quality PV inverters and energy management solutions in cooperation with SMA Ibérica, S.L.U. in the area of service and maintenance.
FF Solar, Lda. has been installing, servicing and repairing high-quality renewable energy systems in the off- and ongrid sector for 29 years. FF Solar, Lda. has developed into a valued business partner in the Portuguese-speaking countries thanks to our extensive knowledge, many years of experience and practiced customer service for the products sold.
The cooperation with SMA also has a long tradition. Since 2006 we sell and install SMA inverters and since 2011 we have a stock of replacement devices for the Microprodução, so that we can react faster in case of any failure.
As customer service plays an important role in our company philosophy, we are very pleased about this new challenge to offer all SMA customers the technical support and customer service for SMA products in Portuguese language with well trained and certified personnel.
In accordance with the agreement reached with SMA Solar Technology AG, we will introduce the services in two steps:
As a first step, we will start telephone customer service in Portuguese and English on July 1, 2018.
In a second step, the expansion of services to include service, maintenance and commissioning of SMA central inverters(field-service) is planned for the fourth quarter of 2018.
We will do our best to make the well known and appreciated service for many years even better.
20.02.2018 — All official partners will have to participate in an official course at least once in every four years, to keep up with product developments and solutions. The next course will be on the 11-13 of April. New employees of the official partners who have not participated yet, should take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these course. To participate, the company and the participant must be registered as a official partner, making the online registration in www.lorentz.de/Partner Program/partnerACADEMY/register, until the 6th of April. The participants number is limited to 15.
23.01.2018 — On 23th of January 2018 was published the Ordinance 32/2018 that maintaining the same values practiced during the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.
05.01.2018 — On the 2th of January 2018 it was published the Order No. 25/ SERUP/DGEG /2017 regarding the annual schedule of power quota allocation for the year 2018 in each month and category.
22.11.2017 — FF Solar has achieved Studer Premium status this year. For many years we have been selling high quality inverters and charge controllers of the Studer Innotec brand. We also have trained service staff and a repair shop. With us you will find sales and service in one hand. Whether conventional lead-acid batteries or Li-ion batteries, inverters of the Studer XT series are a good choice in both cases. We are happy to advise you on the dimensioning of your island system.
16.10.2017 — Now, we provide our customers with a charging point for your electric car. So you can charge your electric car during consulting, or shopping. A three-phase CEE socket (16A) and a Schuko socket (10A) were installed for this purpose. (not simultaneously) For more information visit: www.electromaps.com.
19.09.2017 — All official partners will have to participate in an official course at least once in every four years, to keep up with product developments and solutions. The next course will be on the 18-20 of October. New employees of the official partners who have not participated yet, should take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these course. To participate, the company and the participant must be registered as a official partner, making the online registration in www.lorentz.de/Partner Program/partnerACADEMY/register, until the 13th of October. The participants number is limited to 15.
01.06.2017 — All official partners will have to participate in an official course at least once in every four years, to keep up with product developments and solutions. The next course will be on the 13th and 14th of July.
New employees of the official partners who have not participated yet, should take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these course.
To participate, the company and the participant must be registered as a official partner, making the online registration in www.lorentz.de/Partner Program/partnerACADEMY/register, until the 10th of July.
The participants number is limited to 15.
18.05.2017 — Due to the development of some products and to the need of standardize the 4000 series batteries part numbers, Rolls made some changes to the part numbers. The same happened in the OPzV GEL series.
We added to our website the FS series, which not only fits Marine applications, but also Motive Power applications.
10.05.2017 — We are proud to announce that an autonomous system donated by FF SOLAR, through ADPM, to a maternity in Mozambique, is up and running.
This was a huge contribution to the project and we are certain that will help many night births and help many mothers and babys to survive. In 18 months of work, this maternity held more than 3,500 births.The sy7stem includes also a fridge to store vaccines and medicines.
05.05.2017 — Hear the radio spot in Rádio Castrense since January, to the Lorentz solar pumps, installed by ENAT.
04.05.2017 — Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually in Munich, Germany. The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, energy storage systems, renewable heating technologies, as well as on products and solutions for smart renewable energy. Since being founded 25 years ago, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.
Several FF SOLAR partners, like SolarWorld, SMA, Studer, OutBack Power, Rolls, will show there the latest developments and future trends.
27.04.2017 — The TS4-R module technology is a cost-effective system that fits into any PV module design, making it the right solution for every application. TS4-R ensures maximum energy yields and configuration flexibility. Now with more power to deal with the more powerful new solar modules.
26.04.2017 — The International Energy Agency published the Report IEA PVPS T1-31:2017 A Snapshot of Global PV (1992-2016).
"The year 2016 was a year of records, and the global installed capacity is only one of them. 24 countries have passed the GW mark and the 300 GW mark has been crossed in 2016, with at least 302 GW producing electricity at the end of the year. Six countries had more than 10 GW of total capacity, four more than 40 GW and China alone represented 78 GW. Germany, which used to lead the rankings for years, lost its place in 2015 and now ranks third (41,2 GW), with Japan second (42,8 GW) and the USA fourth (40,3 GW). With more than 103 GW of total capacity, Europe is now significantly behind the Asian leader that has at least 144 GW and much more to come."
20.04.2017 — The Sunny Home Manager 2.0 monitors all energy flows in the home, automatically identifies potential savings and facilitates efficient use of solar energy. It makes intelligent energy management even easier and more cost-effective by combining the functions of the Sunny Home Manager Bluetooth and the SMA Energy Meter in a single device starting in April 2017.
19.04.2017 — F F S O L A R supports sailors who are conquering the sea.
SolarWorld sun modules withstand the salty environment of the sea.
13.04.2017 — As it is well known, all official partners will have to participate in an official course at least one time every four years, to keep up with product developments and solutions. The next course will be on the 26th, 27th and 28th of April. Having new employees in the company who have not participated, it would be great to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these courses. To participate, the company and the participant must be registered as a official partner, making the online registration in www.lorentz.de/Partner Program/partnerACADEMY/register.
16.03.2017 — According to the newspaper O Observador, the Casa Eficiente program, a line of financing with "very favorable conditions", should be operational by the end of the semester in order to improve environmental performance.
15.03.2017 — The FF SOLAR installed autonomous systems in billboards of the Aljezur City Hall. These systems use the solar energy to charge the batteries during the hours of sun, allowing to illuminate them all night, without resorting to the power of the public electricity network.
01.03.2017 — Lisbon Green Hackathon is held for the second time in Portugal, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Sciences ULisboa), on March 11 and 12, 2017.
FF SOLAR has the honor of collaborating again as a partner.
08.02.2017 — World Bank endorsement: "Solar photovoltaic pumping systems offer a financially and environmentally sustainable source of power and can significantly reduce the cost of water extraction for rural communities."
Watch the video.
25.01.2017 — Solar charge controllers Steca Solarix 2525 and 4040 are newly developed products based on the internationally renowned controller family Steca PR. With increased module and load current, the controllers are now also suitable for even larger systems. The devices also feature an integrated USB charging port for charging smartphones and tablets. Also new Steca Solsum 2525 and 4040 are available.
25.01.2017 — Aviso 22 – Eficiência Energética na Indústria, Agricultura, Floresta e Pesca
Through the Fundo de Eficiência Energética (FEE), was launched the «AVISO 22 – Eficiência Energética na Indústria, Agricultura, Floresta e Pesca» targeting the decrease of energy consumption, through modernization and competitive increase of these sectors.
For 4 months, from 27th of December 2016 to 27th of April 2017, applications can be sent.
Although this measure does not cover the electricity production, it may cover the substitution of pumping systems with solar pumping systems more efficient.
13.01.2017 — German manufacturer SolarWorld has just released a new warranty and tolerance for its new Mono solar panels with PERC technology. It is the first in the world to offer 20 year product warranty and a positive tolerance of 0 / + 10 W. This warranty will be given to the 290 W and 300 W modules and will be extended to the rest of the modules range.
SolarWorld was the first manufacturer to introduce a yield linear warranty of 25 years.
12.01.2017 — In order to renew the corporate identity of FF Solar, underlining its connection to the Sun in particular and to nature in general, the FF Solar brand was changed. We want the new logo to be synonymous with the quality, to which we have accustomed our customers.
We added the slogan "Connected to nature" with the double meaning of the connection to renewable energies and the importance that nature has for us.
14.12.2016 — The Ministério da Agricultura, Florestas e Desenvolvimento Rural announced two funds through PDR2020, with a total value of 80 million euros, for investments in agricultural products transformation and commercialization. Those investments may include resources efficient management and renewable energy use.
30.11.2016 — The autonomous system provided by FF Solar for Helpo (NGO) install in a school, in Santa Catarina - São Tomé & Príncipe has arrived to its destination and awaits installation.
27.10.2016 — FF Solar supplied an autonomous system for Helpo (NGO) installing in a school, in Santa Catarina - São Tomé & Príncipe (installation scheduled for this year).
The system consists in 15 modules Solarworld Sunmodule plus 290 Wp mono, with a total installed power 4.35 kW, plug and play solution OutBack FLEXpower ONE of 3 kVA, 24 gel batteries BAE 8 PVV 1200.
26.10.2016 — Held on 12, 13 and 14 October another official training Lorentz "Open Training".
The focus of the training was on solar water pumping. Solar tracking was also covered within the context of water pumping.
The new Lorentz PS2 and PSk2 were presented.
20.10.2016 — Article in Agronegócios magazine:
Agricultores portugueses apostam cada vez mais nas renováveis
28.09.2016 — The complete, efficient solar water pumping solution
We would like to present PS2 and PSk2, brand new families of solar water pumping systems that replace the current PS and PSk range. PS2 and PSk2 takes all of LORENTZ solar water pumping expertise plus the knowledge and feedback from their partners to produce two systems that keeps LORENTZ products far ahead of the competition.
07.07.2016 — As it is well known, all official partners will have to participate in an official course at least one time every four years, to keep up with product developments and solutions. Having new employees in the company who have not participated, it would be great to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in these courses. To participate, the company and the participant must be registered as a official partner, making the online registration in www.lorentz.de/Partner Program/partnerACADEMY/register.
08.03.2016 — On the 8 of April, we will have a "Lorentz Open Day" and we will invite all of the approved and registered installers to participate. On this event the focus will be particularly on the new PumpScaner tool and on the functionality of the direct registration of the SITES!!
03.03.2015 — O Sistema Eletrónico de Registo de Unidades de Produção (SERUP) abre no dia 9 de março.
Foi hoje publicado o Despacho Nº 3/SERUP/DGEG/2015 relativamente as instruções sobre a entrada em operação do Portal da DGEG relativo à produção para autoconsumo e da pequena produção distribuída e transição da Microprodução e Miniprodução. Os promotores interessados em execer a atividade de produção em regime de autoconsumo ou em regime de pequena produção, devem formular os pedidos de registo ou apresentar as meras comunicações prévias no sítio da Internet da DGEG, em www.dgeg.pt, preenchendo os formulários disponibilizados.
Também foram alocadas as quotas mensais destinada às UPP distribuídas pelas categorias I a III.
23.01.2015 — Foi publicado em Diário da República as portarias n.º 14/2015 e n.º 15/2015 de 23 de janeiro, que determinam o procedimento de controlo prévio para entrada em exploração das UPP e das UPAC, o procedimento de mera comunicação prévia em termos do DL n.º 153/2014, fixar os montantes devidos pela apreciação dos pedidos de registo e de averbamento de unidades de produção e pela realização de reinspeções e inspeções periódicas destas unidades e fixar a tarifa de referência para as UPP.
20.10.2014 — The new law DL 153/2014 of 20th October concerning the decentralized production of electricity by small grid-feeding units and self-consumption units was published in the Official Journal.. This law comes into force 90 days after the date of its publication.
23.09.2014 — FF Solar is proud to announce the start of its cooperation with the German company Fosera (www.fosera.com) in manufacturing solar home systems for rural electrification. The systems will be produced in Portugal through the newly created Enerfosera Lda. Globally speaking, the main markets for these products are rural areas in developing countries with little or no access to the electric power grid. But, being versatile, robust and well designed, the Fosera systems are also ideal for consumers in camping, caravaning and outdoor activities, like hunting and fishing, trekking and hiking, etc. Fosera products have passed all necessary quality tests and are recommended on the Lighting Global website, a joint project of the World Bank and IFC. Selected Fosera products are now also available on our website under “Home>Products>Solar Home Systems-Fosera”
10.05.2014 — We have just launched the new FF Solar website. New design and new information to always keep you up to date to our products and services. Look around and give us your feedback about the new website.
Here you can find a list with all the innovations we have made on our new site. We hope you will enjoy the new experience.
06.05.2014 — In cooperation with abakus solar AG, FF Solar has built a 2 MW solar park near Seixal on an area of approximately 5ha.
The German site management was supported by FF Solar during the implementation of the project, which was done by local Portuguese companies.
From the beginning, renewable energy was used for the realisation of the project. FF Solar has delivered a three-phase stand-alone battery system with a total power of 9kVA. The PV panels installed on the first sample structure supplied the entire site electricity and will supply the power for the camera system, until the project will get the commissioning license. Thus, the solar park Seixal I is the first solar farm in Portugal which was built with green electricity.
At the solar farm Seixal I, 8688 solar panels with a total power of 2,193 MWp were installed to feed the energy in the 15kV medium voltage line using the new SMA compact station MV Power Station 1800SC.
06.01.2014 — According to the order of DGEG of dezember 26th, 2013 and the directive nº 284 and 285/2011, of october 28 and 430, 431/2012, december 31, we inform about the amendments on the grid connection:
Microprodução” in subsidized regime: the reference tariff applicable to “microprodução” from solar power, in the first period of 8 years, is 66€/MWh, wich coresponds to 0,066€/kWh; in the second period of 7 years, the tariff is 145€/MWh, that are 0,145€/kWh. The power connection limite is 11,45MW.
"Microprodução" in general regime: until the entry into force of the new legislation of micro and miniprodução the tariff in 2014 is 0.142 € / kWh.
“Miniprodução” in subsidized regime: the reference tariff for units with “Miniprodução” using photovoltaic power, is 106€/MWh, wich corresponds to 0,106€/kWh and the anual quota of connected power is 30,35MW.
02.07.2013 — A FF Solar, Lda. instalou a primeira Miniprodução de 250 KW num Centro Comercial. É a maior instalação em telhados inclinados em Portugal instalada na cobertura do Centro Comercial - Forum Algarve em Faro.
Neste momento a instalação está em fase de conclusão. Em quatro telhados diferentes estão instalados 1067 painéis fotovoltaicos da marca Bosch com uma potência total de 282,7 KWp e 15 inversores Tripower da marca SMA com uma potência nominal de 250 kW, que injectam a energia na rede de média tensão.
A miniprodução de 250 kW tem o objetivo de injetar cerca de 430.000 KWh/ano na rede pública e produzir uma parte de consumo comuns do Forum Algarve a partir da fonte solar.
14.05.2013 — It is with pleasure that we announce again an distinction. This time we received the Energy Globe Award – The World Award for Sustainability, with the project “Solar Home Kit Solutions for African Countries”.
This Project consists in taking a small, versatile and portable solar kit to the PALOPs, particularly to Africa, wich is facing the greatest difficulties of getting electricity in their homes. This solar kit adapts to various conditions and allows multiple uses, in addition it grows with the power consumption needs.
This certification was justified by the jury for the contribution to reducing the fossile fuels consumption, being simple and sustainable. Which brings benefits to the local economy, allows easear access to energy and helps reducing Co2 emissions, being benefitial to humans and the environment.
10.04.2013 — Prezados Clientes,
Vimos por este meio comunicar que todos os microprodutores em nome individual estão obrigados a dar início de actividade como produtores de electricidade (CAE 35113) nas Finanças.
Os rendimentos provenientes da microprodução inferiores a 5 mil euros estão isentos de IRS, mas em 2012 passou a ser obrigatório mencionar na declaração do imposto o valor ganho com esta actividade. O anexo B inclui um campo dedicado a este rendimento específico (campo 423, Quadro 4), sendo que a ultrapassagem daquele limite de 5 mil euros implica o pagamento de imposto sobre a totalidade do rendimento e não apenas da parte que excede aquele montante.
Os microprodutores sem actividade aberta nas Finanças estão a ser confrontados com esta falha, quanto tentam preencher o anexo B da declaração do IRS, correndo o risco de serem chamados a pagar uma coima por atraso na apresentação da declaração de início de actividade.
13.02.2013 — Hereby we announce that we joined the cause “Let us breathe”, which aims to bring together companies from across all the country in order to require the reduction of bureaucracy.
This manifest, whose promoter is Karl Heinz Stock, reflects the suffocation of companies by excessive bureaucratic regulations, resulting in loss of time and productivity.
This cause joins allready more than twohundred companies, with a turnover of almost 275 million annualy.
This manifest awaits the contribution of all companies and businessmen who no longer support this inordinate paperwork. This will not change the situation from one day to another, much less it will solve the global economic crisis, but we believe that unity is strength and it can be put in motion a simplification of the bureaucracy, which only serves as an obstacle to the healthy development of enterprises.
We invite you to visit the campaign website: www.deixemnosrespirar.com where you can see the interview of Karl Heinz Stock in RTP1 and transmitted on January 26 and the one given to SIC last Saturday. You can also check all the documents and published articles about this matter. Help us grow and make our voices heard. Recommend the site to your contacts and also share on Facebook.
18.01.2013 — In October 2012 we announced the distinction of FF Solar – Renewable Energy, Lda. as “PME Líder 2012”. Today it is with pride that we announce the distinction of our Company as “PME Excelência 2012”. Na initiative of IAPMEI and in partnership with the Bank, intends to signal the reputation of the SME’s that mark the country’s competitive capacity in various regions.
This distinction, announced on January 17 2013, aims to highlight, from the “PME Líder 2012”, the enterprises that demonstrate the best performance and risk profiles in the context of national business structure.
Proud of one more reputation symbol, we thank the whole team, collaborators and customers.
04.01.2013 — According to the order of DGEG of January 2nd, 2013 and the directive nº 285/2012, of oktober 28 and 430, 431/2012, december 31, we inform about the amendments on the grid connection:
Microprodução” in subsidized regime: the reference tariff applicable to “microprodução” from solar power, in the first period of 8 years, is 196€/MWh, wich coresponds to 0.196€/kWh; in the second period of 7 years, the tariff is 165€/MWh, that are 0.165€/kWh. The power connection limite is 11MW.
“Miniprodução” in subsidized regime: the reference tariff for units with “Miniprodução” using photovoltaic power, is 151€/MWh, wich corresponds to 0.151€/ kWh and the anual quota of connected power is 30 MW.
25.10.2012 — The International Fair of Public Works, Architecture, and Construction Equipment and Material is currently the largest in this sector in Angola. It has its 10th edition and takes place between the 25th and 28th October at the premisses of Filda (Luanda International Fair).
This company increasingly bet more on the welfare of the people and well being of the environment and despite crisis we are always looking for new ideas and possibilities to develop the company, always keeping in mind sustainable development and ease access to renewable energy.
This way, Projekta is undoubtedly a platform for creating new business between professionals and entrepreneurs internationally, where the FF Solar is happy to participate.
12.10.2012 — It is with pride that we announce the distinction of FF Solar – Renewable Energy, Lda. as “PME Líder 2012”, for quality performance and risk profile.
This distinction, announced on October 12 of this year, aims to enhance the visibility os SMEs in the national competitive economy, stimulating the progress in dynamic enterprise that help sustainably generating wealth and welfare.
Proud of this reputation symbol, we thank the whole team, collaborators and customers.
24.07.2012 — This tool was created by Lorentz to give the costumer the possibility to calculate the lifetime costs of their diesel pumping solution and compare it against a solar pumping system, were it is possible to save much. Compare it now in "Services" -> "Pumping Systems"
13.06.2012 — Last March 16th was presented the Project VATe (Vamos Apanhar o Teatro – Let’s Catch the Theater), of ACTA – Algarve Theater Company.
This two floor Bus was transformed in a rolling Theater, with stage, audience, regie, dressing rooms and backstage. The idea of this Project is to take the theater to the youngest and to the eldest population far from the big urban centers, with the purpose to create new public"s.
FF Solar had the pleasure to support part of the renovation and our name is visible at the lateral of the VATe Theater-Bus.
05.05.2012 — The FF Solar will be represented on the first stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership in Cape Town, dated on 9 and 10 of May.
The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) Forum presents the unique opportunity to bring together important members and representatives of the private sector, civil society and academia as well as financial institutions to jointly explore the potential of implementing “actions on the ground” and to discuss key issues as well as recommendations to political decision-makers. The aim of the Forum is to achieve progress on the AEEP 2020 targets in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy access and energy security, with the main focus on renewable energy.
08.04.2012 — Any entity with contracts to purchase electricity with an electricity provider can be a miniproducer. Further, the new "miniprodução" enables third parties (e.g. energy service companies) to install a "miniprodução" unit in its place if the plant owner entitles them.
With experience in the sector since 1989, we offer our clientes budgeting, studies on investment/return and site visits. You can count on our professional team for the best advisement in renewable energies and our experience to develop a project from beginning to end, always with the assurance and security to be working with the company with the most experience and knowledge in the sector.
02.04.2012 — FF Solar will be present at the Tektónica, the International Fair of Construction and Public Works, which takes place between the 8th and 12th of March at FIL, Lisbon.
This year we will be at the Tektónica in partnership with Solvis, #1 brand in sustainable heating systems.
The biggest Portuguese fair of this sector has been a great opportunity to promote and develop business contacts at a national and international level and this year’s theme is the exportation.
26.03.2012 — Another excelent project of the leading company in autonomous solar systems. As we all know, the electrical energy is an essential asset, but it still doesn’t get to all of us. In 2007 we installed the initial system, composed of three Sunny Island inverters, 4 kW in solar panels in a solar tracker system and a group of support generators.
In this moment we started the increase of this system by the “Deserta” Island from 15 kW to 30 kW, doubling the number of inverters and increasing the fotovoltaic energy from 4 to 13 kW. This decreases circumstantially the CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, resulting in a more ecological and environmentally friendly system.