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Kenya’s energy regulator and renewable energy department have both said they are unaware of reported plans by the East African country’s government to suspend the licensing of new solar farms.
The southern Japanese island of Okinawa will host a 2MW storage battery and study into grid management, due to the local grid almost reaching the limit of capacity available for renewable energy projects.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has commended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for updating its interconnection rules.
The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finalised its policy on solar net metering, introducing a cap on the amount of solar-generated electricity rooftop PV users can inject into the grid.
ASD Sonnenspeicher, a solar energy storage system made by Automatic Storage Device (ASD) has won a German Renewables Award 2013 in the ‘Innovative Product of the Year’ category.
Hundreds of pro-solar advocates have reportedly turned out at a rally outside the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) as two days of public hearings began today on the issue of net metering in Arizona.
Skytron Energy is to install a power control system in a 50MW Romanian photovoltaic plant, allowing the plant to provide frequency stabilisation without energy storage equipment.
The latest ranking of US states for the solar friendliness of their utilities and grids has been released, with California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Utah picked out for special praise.
Sunlabob Renewable Energy has completed work on a mini-grid that will supply electricity to a remote village in rural Laos.
Italy-based Santerno has developed an in-house PV Power Plant Controller (PPC) for utility-scale power plants intended to provide a single point of integrated control and monitoring that is said to reduce costs. The company is showcasing the technology at Solar Power International 2013, booth #746.
The European Commission has announced a list of 140 electricity projects that will be fast tracked and have access to a funding pot of €5.85 billion (US$7.9 billion).
TUV Rheinland has awarded six energy storage certificates to Phono Solar, for the Phonocube all-in-one PV inverter and storage system.
Canadian Solar Solutions, subsidiary of module manufacturer Canadian Solar has completed and sold two solar plants to TransCanada.
The cost of grid connections should not be an obstacle to large-scale expansion of solar energy in Europe, according to a new report developed by Imperial College London.
Self-consumption and other new business models for PV “can reduce and ultimately suppress the reliance on dedicated financial support”, according to Marie Latour, senior national policy advisor at the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.
Japan’s Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI), has requested an increase in the nation’s clean energy budget of 62%, partly to help relieve bottlenecks of solar power projects.
A 6MW test facility for renewable energy storage technologies has been approved in the UK.
NRG Solar, a subsidiary of US independent electricity generator NRG Energy, has purchased a utility-scale 25.65MW solar project in Guam from Quantum Utility Generation.
Chinese solar player Goldpoly has completed a 10.8MW PV project in the province of Fujian.
Qatari energy distributor Kahramaa has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding granting approval for Qatar Foundation’s Solar Smart Grid Project Connectivity to be connected to Kahramaa’s main grid.
The global market for energy storage in PV is forecast to grow to US$19 billion by 2017 from just $200 million last year, according to research by IHS.
Renewable energy feed-in tariffs in Africa could boost its economy whilst combating climate change, finds a new study developed for the World Future Council.
The government of Kerala, India, has released a draft solar policy, effective 1 April 2013, having set itself a target of 500MW to be achieved by 2017 and 1,500MW by 2030.
Terna responsible for developing the national electricity transmission grid has received authorization to shut off distributed generation systems in case of emergency.
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has released data stating that the new feed-in tariffs to be implemented in July will increase household electricity bills by 1.2%. METI estimates that consumers will pay an additional ¥87 (USD$1.10) per month.