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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.
US utility Public Service & Enterprise Group (PSEG) has completed and connected to the grid 21.32MW of PV projects on landfill sites in New Jersey.
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.
An application has been put forward to Hawaii’s regulator to approve NextEra Energy’s proposed merger with the state’s main electric utility, Hawaii Electric Co (HECO), a move the two bodies have claimed will boost Hawaii’s clean energy ambitions.
Investment bank Citigroup is predicting a 240GW global battery storage market worth US$400 billion by 2030 as increased deployment creates a “virtuous circle” of falling costs.
Japan’s electric utility companies that had stopped considering applications for utility-scale solar look set to resume doing so, although projects will be subjected to stricter new rules.
Chilean authorities have received plans for an ambitious 600MW PV plant project which could be connected to a 300MW pumped hydro energy storage plant, from developer Valhalla Energy.
Swiss independent power producer Etrion Corp looks set to build a 25.9MW PV plant project in Chile, the latest to be planned for the Antofagasta region, after authorities gave the project their approval.
A Chilean developer is planning to construct a 205MW capacity PV plant which will require an investment of US$410 million, in a mountainous area near the capital, Santiago.
Vertically integrated solar power provider SunEdison and its ‘yield co’ subsidiary will build 85.2MW of UK PV across five plants, having secured financing from Santander and Bayerische Landesbank.
Japan is thought to have installed over 8GW of new photovoltaic (PV) generation capacity during 2014, according to analysis and research firm RTS PV.