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Indian government plans to waive transmission charges for electricity coming from renewable energy sources will benefit some PV developers in the “short term”, according to an Indian market consultant.
Microinverter specialist Enphase has revealed details of plans for two residential solar-plus-storage trials in Australia and New Zealand.
L&T Construction, the power transmission and distribution arm of Indian multinational Larsen & Toubro, has won contracts for the EPC of 115MW of solar power projects in southern India.
Further evidence has been delivered of the rapid fall in the cost of utility-scale solar in the US, which dropped to an average of US$0.05 per kilowatt-hour, according to a new report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
India’s current grid is inadequate for carrying its targeted 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 and therefore the grid needs a similar level of attention as renewable technologies are currently receiving in the country, according to participants of a roundtable chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Plans by Italy’s grid operator to allow for the interconnection of energy storage to the network have resulted in the country’s first grid-connected solar-smoothing storage facility being inaugurated.
A small municipal utility will be the recipient of what is thought to be one of the first US projects to try out a combination of revenue streams from a storage battery linked to a solar farm.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit organisation funded by electric utilities to conduct research on issues related to the electric power industry in USA, is leading a project that will see renewable energy development company SunEdison supply battery systems for nine net-zero energy homes in California.
One of Japan’s leading solar inverter makers, Tabuchi Electric, has formed technology partnerships with US companies to target markets for large-scale PV plants and residential energy storage.
Africa’s largest carport PV system to date has been completed and connected in Nairobi, Kenya, at a newly opened half-billion-dollar flagship business park complex.
Portuguese solar developer Martifer Solar and Canadian roofing specialist Triumph have completed and connected 32 PV plants in Toronto through Martifer Solar Triumph, a subsidiary formed by the two companies.
Chile’s utility-scale energy sector appears to be racing ahead in its deployment of vast solar PV plants, with the announcement of a 246.6MWp project by Spanish company Acciona Energia.
Leading US residential solar installer SolarCity has launched a smart home pilot project in California in partnership with the SunSpec Alliance and Southern California Edison.
A solar farm connected to a huge battery will be built on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to use solar in the evenings to meet peak demand, under a 20-year contract between SolarCity and an electric utility co-operative.
A study has urged further research to quantify the impact of integrating increasing levels of PV into the European electricity grid and the possible benefits it could bring.
After dropping a series of strong hints – including those given in interviews with PV Tech Storage – Enphase has confirmed that its AC battery will be launched in Australia first.
Pakistan’s energy regulator, NEPRA (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority), has approved and put into effect net metering schemes for solar and wind generation of up to 1MW.
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.