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SunPower has made a deal to allow its commercial and industrial users the benefit of access to energy intelligence software made by EnerNOC, a US developer of cloud-based energy management and demand reduction solutions.
Market research firm IHS expects continued adoption of single-axis PV module trackers for large-scale ground mounted PV power plants globally, while it expects the systems to become the preferred technology in North America through the next five years.
The cost of solar in Japan declined as much as 15% in one year, but a lack of clear policy direction from the government has left a number of businesses with a “pessimistic” outlook of the industry’s future, according to a survey by the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF).
Kyocera is targeting the German market for self-consumed solar electricity, with the Japanese company preparing to launch a home energy storage system in May.
PV tracking and plant engineering services firm Exosun has completed its first project in the US.
PV engineering services firm Unirac has been awarded a contract to supply two ground mount projects in Georgia totalling approximately 80MW dc to PowerSecure Solar, a division of PowerSecure International.
PV OEM power distribution products producer Bentek has increased its manufacturing capacity by 40% with the opening of a new facility in San Jose, California.
Specialist PV tracking systems supplier NEXTracker has been awarded a contract to supply California-based PV EPC firm, CalCom Solar with 100MW of tracker systems that will be used in projects primarily for the EPC firm’s agricultural and water systems businesses.
Japan’s residential and small commercial solar industry could represent a “huge, huge opportunity” for suppliers of inverters and module-level power electronics, according to an analyst with market research firm IHS.
The worldwide market for balance of systems (BOS) for solar power could be worth US$21 billion by 2019, with the greatest activity expected to be seen in the commercial sector, according to a new report from analysis firm IHS.
Another phase of a 400MW Texas photovoltaic plant, constructed by a partnership between developer OCI Solar and local utility CPS Energy, has been completed, bringing 5.5MW onto the grid in San Antonio.
The director of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) solar cost cutting programme has hailed the “phenomenal jobs growth rate” that the US solar industry has enjoyed in recent times.
PV tracking systems firm NEXTracker has raised US$25 million from existing venture capital (VC) backers as it doubles production capacity to over 200MW/month to meet demand.
Solar microinverter manufacturer Enphase has stepped up its involvement in a collaborative effort with Hawaii’s main electric utility to stabilise the US state’s grid networks.
PV tracking systems specialist, Exosun has established a subsidiary in Cape Town, South Africa with plans to partner with local firms on tracker system construction to meet local content rules.