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SolarEdge, one of only two companies at present to produce Tesla Powerwall-compatible inverters, will launch its expanded range of residential and commercial solutions at Intersolar Europe next month.
The business model behind a hybrid plant which uses solar PV, combined heat and power systems and battery storage at a commercial facility in Germany, could be adapted and scaled up elsewhere, according to General Electric (GE), one of the project’s partners.
Invenergy has brought a 31.5MW energy storage facility online nearby 230MW of renewable energy generation assets.
One analyst has predicted that 12,500 residential PV storage systems could be installed in Germany in 2015, more than the total number of systems installed with support from a government scheme in its first two years.
A large-scale storage system co-located at a German solar farm by the PV plant’s developer Belectric, has been given the green light to operate in the grid-balancing frequency response market.
France’s government has launched a tender for 50MW of projects combining solar power with energy storage systems on Corsica and its overseas islands territories.
More details have emerged on inverters for Tesla’s new home battery system, to be made by Fronius and SolarEdge, while the EV-maker’s energy storage will be installed at demonstration and commercial projects for US utility Edison International.
Energy storage market analysts have begun offering their reactions to Tesla’s launch of Tesla Energy, a range of lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems.
Prices for Tesla’s stationary storage systems for homes, businesses and off-grid communities, to be packaged and sold in partnership with SolarCity, will begin at US$3,000, thought to be as little as a third of the price of comparable products previously available on the market.
Germany’s residential storage system maker Sonnenbatterie will continue its push into the US, partnering with Sungevity, the residential PV installer founded by environmental activist and cleantech entrepreneur Danny Kennedy.
Jerry Brown, the governor of California, has instructed his state to follow the “most aggressive” set of targets to be put in place for emissions reduction by a government anywhere in North America via an executive order issued on Wednesday.
The solar module-producing division of Japanese ceramics and semiconductor maker Kyocera has partly attributed a decline in sales of solar panels to market conditions in Japan, including the recent struggles over grid capacity for solar projects.
Kyushu Electric, the Japanese utility that last year temporarily suspended new grid applications for large-scale solar, sparking a wave of similar suspensions by other utilities, will install a huge battery project aimed at integrating a higher capacity of renewable energy generation.
A US utility is to install zinc iron redox flow batteries onto a micro-grid to test their suitability for integrating solar onto a local circuit.
Energy storage start-up Stem says it sees a “strong opportunity” for expansion of its business in Australia, Japan and the EU and is especially focused on the potential of aggregated ‘virtual power plants’, in the week when the company closed a US$12 million funding round led by Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.