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Sonnenbatterie, considered to be one of the market leaders in Germany’s emerging solar-plus-storage sector, claims the new version of its Sonnenbatterie Eco battery storage system has more than double the potential lifespan of previous models.
Enphase has formed a partnership to supply its microinverters to PetersenDean, a prominent US solar installer and roofing company which recently pledged to only use American-made products in its PV projects.
PV module tracker firm NEXTracker said it had completed the commissioning of its tracker systems for SunEdison’s 69.5MW Javiera project in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
One of Japan’s largest trading companies, Marubeni, which is already involved in both upstream and downstream sectors of PV industry, has entered the domestic market for residential solar.
PV project developer Solar Power Inc (SPI) will enter another new regional market, acquiring an 80% stake in a wholesale distribution business in Australia.
NEXTracker, a US firm specialising in horizontal tracking systems for PV power plants, will supply single axis trackers to a 16MW project in Chihuahua, Mexico.
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.