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Energy storage may not be cost effective in Germany in helping the transition to a higher grid penetration of renewable energy until that penetration level reaches as high as 90%, according to a leading think tank.
French battery manufacturer and designer Saft has been contracted to supply a 1MW/3MWh lithium-ion storage system at an educational facility in California, aimed at mitigating the impact of variable solar generation.
Solar prices in the US in 2013 fell by a further 15% year on year, a study from the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found.
The need for resilient electricity supplies is driving demand for micro-grids in the Asia-Pacific region to the “threshold of exponential growth”, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.
Chile’s government has released CLP780 million (US$1.3 million) to fund the early-stage development of 51 renewable energy projects totalling 740MW.
Module manufacturer, Canadian Solar, has been awarded a module supply agreement for a 1.5MW project in Jordan.
A support scheme has been launched for the grid-purchase of electricity under a net metering programme in Chile, to come into effect next month.
Global PV manufacturer, SunEdison and its yield co spin-off, TerraForm, have completed the connection of two solar power plants in the UK, totalling 50MW.
Brazil has released its plans for energy developments for the next ten years, with 3.5GW of solar planned.
A subsidiary of Xcel Energy, one of the largest electric utilities in the USA, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 200MW of PV capacity in the state of Texas.
The government of India has published a draft plan proposing the development of 20GW in ‘ultra mega’ solar power plants over the next five years.
The Australian Energy Storage Council, a new industry representative body, has been launched for energy storage in Australia, backed and co-founded by the Australian Solar Council.
Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental, SEIA) has approved a 698MW solar power development.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has called for renewables to be a key focus of the forthcoming climate change talks in Paris later this year.
A survey into Japan’s approved but unbuilt solar PV projects from the 2012 fiscal year has produced another set of definitive results, with 1.82GW of cancellations announced by the government this week.
State of Telangana has announced a 500MW solar tender adding to a 4GW solar pipeline.
Philippines’ Department of Energy (DoE)’s secretary of energy, Carlos Jericho Petilla has said that rooftop solar is now cheaper than coal in the island state.
Investment firm Rijn Capital Chile has submitted an application for a 35.8MW solar power plant in the Latin American country.
The response to a call for almost 300 would-be developers of large-scale PV projects in Japan to get necessary paperwork to start construction in order or risk losing feed-in tariffs appears to have been encouraging, according to a Japanese government spokesman.
Utah’s Public Services Commission has rejected for now proposals for a net metering charge on solar users in the state.
Clean energy consultant, Mercom Capital, has readjusted its forecast for 2014 solar installations in India from 1GW to 900MW in its quarterly update of the Indian Solar market.
Solar energy in India now has the potential to become a viable alternative to fossil fuels, according to a report by manufacturer and developer, Tata Power Solar, and solar analyst, Bridge to India.
A research project aimed at validating technologies for the “industrial scale” storage and dispatch of solar generated electricity in Switzerland has received CHF2 million (US$2.17 million) in funding from a local government agency.
Fluor Corporation, has announced the completion of a 170MW solar plant.
Utilities must rise to the “challenge” of increasing renewable energy deployment, while disruptive threats posed to utility companies by distributed generation and renewables should be kept to a minimum, according to top names at the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Hawaii’s electric companies declared on Tuesday that they would triple rooftop solar by 2030.
Japan’s Environment Ministry is looking to boost the deployment of ground-mounted solar farms by offering extra support to projects being built on landfill sites that have reached full capacity, according to reports in the Japanese press.
A city in Bolivia which is currently powered entirely by diesel generators will be the home of a 5MW solar-diesel hybrid power plant fitted with battery storage, which inverter supplier SMA claims is the largest of its kind in the world.
Inverter manufacturer, Solectria Renewables is to supply inverters to 45MW of solar projects in North Carolina.
SunPower chief executive officer Tom Werner says that the idea of solar power users combining their systems with battery storage to become fully independent of the grid is “naïve”, echoing the views of one of SolarCity’s founders.
The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has opened applications to bid for 500MW of solar capacity.
Dubai Electricity and Water has shortlisted developers for the tender for the 100MW second phase of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Manufacturer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, Tata Power has completed a 3MW solar power plant in just 45 days.
Work has begun on a micro-grid project in the US state of Vermont which is powered by a combination of solar and a battery backup and aims to reduce the impact of power outages and other supply disruptions on the local community.
The US state of North Carolina is to continue blooming with new solar projects, as 64MW of new solar sites reach construction.
Module manufacturer, Hanwha Solar One has signed a 50MW module supply deal for a project in Inner Mongolia.
Manufacturer Yingli Solar’s subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain, has agreed to supply 31.6MW of modules to Spanish developer, Gestamp Solar
Rumours that the Indian government is considering a fixed feed-in tariff to boost solar deployment have been dismissed as “not serious”.
India’s railway minister, Shri Manoj Sinha, has revealed that 8.8MW of solar is to be installed at railway sites across the country.
US thin-film manufacturer, First Solar is to build a 45MW solar power plant in the state of Telangana, India.
Singyes Solar and GCL New Energy have signed a cooperation agreement that will see at least 500MW projects in 2015 alone.
Global renewables developer, CBD Energy, is to build a 64MW solar power project in Thailand.
The Canadian province of Ontario is preparing to install a variety of new energy storage technologies after finalising details of a 34MW grid storage trial.
The northern province of India, Uttar Pradesh, is calling for bids to develop 300MW of solar capacity.
One of the largest investor-owned utilities in the USA is looking to use a series of measures that are likely to include customer-side energy storage in order to stave off the need for US$1 billion worth of infrastructure investment.
Solar manufacturer and developer, SunPower has begun construction of a 135MW solar power plant.
Solar farm developer, SPCG and PV module manufacturer, Kyocera have completed and commissioned the last of 35 solar power plants in Thailand.
Potential developers will soon be invited to submit proposals for energy storage demonstration projects in India, with the Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) and the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) actively seeking demonstration projects.
Large-scale solar developer, SolarReserve, has signed a supply contract to sell power from a 20MW plant it is building in El Salvador.
French battery manufacturer, Saft, has been awarded a contract to supply a lithium-ion battery system for use in a 12MW solar plant being built in Hawaii.