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The Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has criticised a freshly issued set of rules in Japan that will allow utility companies to limit renewable energy output and lower feed-in tariff (FiT) payments in some cases.
The Australian government’s renewable energy division will trial the capabilities of on-grid energy storage to maximise the value of rooftop solar, announcing yesterday that it will provide funding for a trial by energy storage specialist Reposit Power.
Construction has begun on a 61MW solar power plant in Honduras.
The completion of South Africa’s latest utility PV power plant has coincided with new figures showing an “exponential” rise in the contribution solar is now making to the country’s grid.
The Indian government has today announced the approval of 21GW in new solar development costing over US$800 million.
World leaders negotiating global climate change policies are “10 to 15 years out of date” when discussing renewable energy technology.
Almost 100MW worth of plans to install new PV generation capacity have been unveiled this week, with two new projects totalling 80MW added to the large-scale project on a former golf course which was reported yesterday by PV Tech.
A week after German utility giant E.ON announced its withdrawal from fossil fuels and an exclusive focus on renewables, further evidence has emerged that utilities face growing disruption from distributed energy technologies.
Neo Solar Power (NSP), the largest merchant solar cell producer, has struck a major supply deal with leading PV energy provider, Canadian Solar for 2015.
Germany’s Belectric has connected energy storage at a large-scale solar power plant in Germany, which will be the first in Europe to operate on the primary operating reserve market.
On the second day of Solar Energy Southeast Asia in Bangkok this week, multiple speakers hailed solar’s growing competitiveness with the current dominant fuel source, diesel, paving the way for deployment of hybrid solar systems.
Domestic suppliers continue to dominate Japan’s shipments of solar modules, with 2.39GW of a total 2.57GW coming from Japanese companies in the second quarter of the Japanese fiscal year 2014, according to the latest figures from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
A member of Thailand’s National Reform Council is to propose to parliament a new energy law, national energy council and energy policy committee to promote solar energy in Thailand and to avoid social unrest.
Singapore is looking to aggregate solar energy generation to defeat the issue of intermittent power from cloud cover.
LG Chem and Siemens have announced the signing of a deal to “collaborate more closely” on grid-stabilising energy storage systems, which will include work on Siemens’ Siestorage solution for grid integration of renewable energy.
The German solar industry association, BSW Solar, has created an extensive report on safety for lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems for home use, and plans to publish an English language version next week.
Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE) announced this week 179 solar power projects, totalling 4.872GW are to bid for tenders in the upcoming national A-5 energy auction.
Yingli Green will supply panels to the world’s largest floating PV plant, a 7.5MW power station in Japan, according to the Japanese company behind the project.
The Wold Bank has commissioned the first of many data stations measuring renewable energy potential around the globe in an effort to open up new markets.
India’s Reliance Power has successfully connected the world’s largest concentrated solar project (CSP) with compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology to the grid in India’s Jaisalmer District of Rajasthan, according to the company.
Labor refused to scrap Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET), and has now left negotiations to have the policy slashed.
Bolivia’s first megawatt-scale PV plant has been supplied with Yingli Green solar panels, the Chinese manufacturer has announced.
Japan’s renewable energy policy could see a drastic overhaul next year, with a possibility the Asian country could choose a scheme similar to the UK’s contracts for difference (CfDs), according to one advocacy group.
In December, PV module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS will join other big names in solar by launching an integrated energy storage product to the German residential market, in partnership with Samsung SDI.
Fuji Electric, the Japanese holding company which manufactures power electronics and related technologies, has reported a rise in sales from its solar power business segments, in the company’s results for the first half of the Japanese financial year.