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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.
India now has around 3.38GW of grid-connected solar installed, according to official figures revealed this week by the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
SKI Corp, Japanese a mobile phone sales agency, has signalled its intent to build a 24MW solar farm in the west of Japan and to borrow ¥8 billion (US$67 million), for the purposes of doing so.
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).
Japan has confirmed it will make big cuts to the feed-in tariff (FiT) payable for solar, which have been expected for some time, dropping the rate by around 16%, from ¥32 (US$0.27) per kWh to ¥27 per kWh by July.
The short-term outlook for residential solar-plus-storage in the UK will be “challenging”, but simple regulatory changes of the kind the renewables industry is already asking for might make a real difference, according to one analyst.
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.
The largest renewable energy development company SunEdison has secured non-recourse financing from Japan-based Shinsei Bank for its 9.6MW PV power plant project on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
The use of energy storage to increase renewables integration and provide stability to the grid requires the removal of regulatory barriers, rather than increased direct funding, according to one expert on the German market.
SunEdison has made a significant first step into the grid-scale energy storage market, with the acquisition of US start-up Solar Grid Storage.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), one of Japan’s major electric utility and transmission providers, will conduct a microgrid demonstration project on a remote Japanese island, incorporating solar, storage, wind and diesel.
The market for decentralised renewable energy in India could grow 70% annually to be worth more than US$150 million by 2018, while around five million residential solar systems are predicted to be sold in the country between last year and 2018, according to a new report.
An inauguration ceremony has been held in Tokushima, Japan, to mark the start of operation of a 21MW solar farm constructed by Mitsubishi Corporation and its joint venture (JV) partner Nippon Paper Industries.
Recent challenges to large-scale solar in Japan, including disputes over grid connection, appear to be having a tangible effect, with negative impacts reported this week by two major PV companies in their latest financial results.
Another large-scale project to test the grid-stabilising capabilities of battery-based energy storage systems will be launched at a solar farm in England, led by the National Grid, which is responsible for the UK’s electrical transmission network infrastructure.