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Kyocera Corporation is to develop a 13.4MW floating solar power plant in Japan.
Both sides in a dispute over a plan by utilities in Arizona to increase their share of the rooftop solar market have claimed victory, as the proposals were approved, but in significantly amended form.
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World leaders negotiating global climate change policies are “10 to 15 years out of date” when discussing renewable energy technology.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.
Hanwha SolarOne, which recently said it expected to see “more momentum” on its activities in China, has signed a five-year partnership agreement to develop 100MW of distributed generation PV projects in Yantai, northern China.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has given utility company AGL Energy (AGL) the task of examining the business case for grid-connected energy storage in South Australia, with AGL to receive AUS$445,000 (US$390,000) of funding.
Axion Power International, a maker of lead carbon battery systems, has been selected to supply energy storage and frequency regulation to a 9.1MW solar farm in Pennsylvania, the company has announced.
The US Department of Energy’s Sunshot initiative has announced US$15 million in funding to aid the integration of solar into the electrical grid infrastructure using energy storage systems.
Zinc redox flow batteries could be a “viable substitute” for simple cycle peaking power plants in the US, especially as the increase of solar penetration adds concerns over grid stability, according to a new whitepaper.
Solar has been tipped as playing a significant role in easing Brazil’s electricity crisis and economic problems that have emerged in the wake of its recent presidential election.
Nine companies conducting research and development into energy storage, including for integration of renewable energy, have partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and are set to receive funding from the body.
Singapore is set to introduce measures aimed at meeting “significant shifts” in the energy sector, including investment in research for integration of solar, cutting times for grid connection and the creation of a US$25 million fund for energy storage projects.
US wholesale energy provider, Southern Power announced it has acquired a 150MW solar plant in California.
UK renewables investor, TRIG, has said it will give more attention to rooftop solar due to cuts in funding for solar farms.
The newly appointed chief of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is expected to continue efforts to restart the country’s nuclear power generation, according to reports.
Japan’s Kyocera and energy service start-up Stem have become the latest partnership to offer integrated solar-plus-storage to commercial customers in the US, beginning with sales in three states including California.
Ideal Power, which supplies its battery converters to Sharp’s Smartstorage product in the US, has launched a range of power converters that the company claims are capable of adding grid-tied storage to megawatt-scale solar power projects.
Global solar energy provider, SunEdison, has reaffirmed its support for the UK market, despite uncertainties over how future support arrangements for large-scale PV will play out.
The first two projects in Etrion and Hitachi Hi-Tech’s 300MW Japanese utility-scale pipeline have begun construction, with a combined generation capacity of 34MW.
De Aar 3, an 85MW solar project said to be the largest solar farm in South Africa using thin-film modules, has been completed.
The government of the Northern Territory of Australia has teamed up with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to fund AU$55 million in off-grid solar installations.
The sudden withholding of grid access from renewable energy projects including solar is “unreasonable” and could bring “great confusion” to the renewable energy industry, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has claimed.
According to inverter manufacturer, Ingeteam, the largest solar power plant in Oceania, the 20MW Royalla Solar Farm has been commissioned.
The Japanese government has confirmed that it will review the current feed-in tariff programme for solar and wind, due in part to fears over lack of available grid connection and a bottleneck of large-scale projects.
An “enormous” request for proposal (RFPs) put out by the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) for up to 200MW of energy storage was responded to by more than 60 would-be developers.
India’s Tata Power Solar has announced the completion of five solar power projects for the Chennai Silks group.
Mission Solar Energy has announced the opening of its N-Type solar manufacturing facility in Texas.