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Despite a vast increase in generation, difficulties in integrating renewable energy to Japan’s electricity networks shows that the country’s utilities are still “at the very first stage” of learning to do so, the director of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has told PV Tech.
Two regions have dominated the energy storage market in the US for more than two years, but falling costs and better market design could see deployments spread across the country in future, an analyst with GTM Research has said.
Hanwha Q CELLS has refinanced two solar farms in the UK totalling just over 45MW of capacity, signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Energy for the electricity produced.
Sharp Electronics will add software modelling the performance of energy storage systems made by Energy Toolbase to its Smartstorage systems, following an earlier announcement that the California Solar Energy Industries’ Association (CALSEIA) will also use the software platform.
Until clean energy is properly valued in the US, legislation-based storage procurement mandates and solar incentives such as the ITC will remain necessary to support low-carbon technologies like solar and solar-plus-storage, a prominent energy storage industry figure has said.
Lobbyists protecting fossil fuel industry interests including the Koch brothers have been criticised openly by Barack Obama this week for “standing in the way of the future” by attempting to hamper the progress of renewables.
Enphase claims it has continued its “aggressive growth” into the Oceania region with the formation of a distribution agreement with a wholesaler, distributor and training and support company in New Zealand.
Rajasthan has approved an order to reduce transmission charges by 50% for open access solar projects in the state.
Renewable energy developer Pattern Development has chosen renewables services firm Global Energy Services (GES) to construct a 122MW solar plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
A mammoth 485MW PV plant project in California has passed the final hurdle to gaining federal approval after several years of back-and-forth changes to its development plans.
Hundreds of pro-solar protestors and representatives from industry and advocacy groups marched on California’s state capital yesterday, intent on defending net metering policies and lobbying for extension of the investment tax credit (ITC).
Inverter manufacturer Ingeteam has been granted a €55 million (US$61 million) loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its research and development of renewable energy.
SolarEdge earnings beat analysts’ estimates and its share prices rose by almost 12% as the company reported record quarterly revenues on Wednesday.
The solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) arm of Sterling & Wilson, an Indian mechanical, electrical and plumbing services company, will install its first Philippines-based PV plant.
Grid parity for solar at household level may already have been reached, an advocacy group for renewable energy in Japan has said. At the same time, the first nuclear reactor to be fired up in Japan since the Fukushima crisis went online on Tuesday.