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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.
Renewable energy developer Pattern Development has chosen renewables services firm Global Energy Services (GES) to construct a 122MW solar plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
A mammoth 485MW PV plant project in California has passed the final hurdle to gaining federal approval after several years of back-and-forth changes to its development plans.
Hundreds of pro-solar protestors and representatives from industry and advocacy groups marched on California’s state capital yesterday, intent on defending net metering policies and lobbying for extension of the investment tax credit (ITC).
Inverter manufacturer Ingeteam has been granted a €55 million (US$61 million) loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its research and development of renewable energy.
SolarEdge earnings beat analysts’ estimates and its share prices rose by almost 12% as the company reported record quarterly revenues on Wednesday.
The solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) arm of Sterling & Wilson, an Indian mechanical, electrical and plumbing services company, will install its first Philippines-based PV plant.
Grid parity for solar at household level may already have been reached, an advocacy group for renewable energy in Japan has said. At the same time, the first nuclear reactor to be fired up in Japan since the Fukushima crisis went online on Tuesday.
Honduras has brought another 61.48MWp of large-scale solar generation capacity online.
Production of stationary storage systems has already begun at Tesla’s facilities in Fremont California, while the company’s Gigafactory is “on track” and could even be expanded beyond original plans, company executives said yesterday.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited expressions of interest (EOI) for energy storage demonstration projects to integrate renewables, recognising that the technology “has the potential to become highly attractive for both grid-connected and off-grid renewable energy applications”.
Reports that senior politicians in the Czech Republic want to see ground mounted solar “disappear” are “more proof that the Czech Republic is a complete banana republic when it comes to energy policy“, one critic has said.
Southern California Edison (SCE), one of California’s three investor-owned electric utilities, is making moves to procure nearly 105MW more solar generation capacity, some on a competitive basis.
By 2020, solar PV will be “cost-competitive with retail electricity prices in a significant portion of the world”, clean technology market consulting and research firm Navigant Research has found.
Hawaii, the first US state to have set itself a ‘100% renewable energy’ target, has approved almost 70,000 net-metered rooftop PV systems for households across its three largest islands to date.
Schneider Electric has become the latest international player in the solar industry to highlight the potential for PV in the Philippines, according to remarks made by a senior executive for the company.
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has committed to expanding its research and development activities in a range of technologies considered “complementary” to solar as key foundations of a transformation to distributed, low emissions energy networks.
Renewable energy could actually add more stability to electricity networks rather than hampering it, as the grid evolves toward greater levels of distributed generation, Enphase CEO Paul Nahi has said.
Thai Solar Energy, a power producer which counts the Thai government among its clients, will build its first projects outside Thailand, beginning with three PV plants totalling 25MW in Japan.
Solar inverter manufacturer SMA has inaugurated a test centre for diesel-PV hybrid energy systems at the company’s German headquarters.
A New York-based project proving the ability of solar paired with storage to provide power in the event of natural disasters and other causes of grid outages is now underway at City University of New York (CUNY).