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The first grid-connected energy storage facility in Canada, in the country’s leading solar province, Ontario, is now operational.
Rises in consumer electricity prices, caused in part by a backlog of unbuilt PV projects, could put Japan’s solar industry in serious danger of losing support, a Tokyo-based analyst has warned.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and inverter maker SMA have both recently inaugurated megawatt-scale testing facilities that pair PV with batteries.
The head of public policy at SolarCity has expressed concerns that investor-owned utility companies might present similar obstacles to the increased deployment of energy storage in the same way that his company believes has happened to solar in the US.
AU Optronics (AUO) is to launch its residential and commercial energy storage system, Powerlegato, into the European, Japanese and Australian markets on the back of receiving the necessary certification.
Plans to build three solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 225MW in South Africa have been put forward by local developer Mulilo Renewable Energy.
After a strong showing in the energy storage segment at its European counterpart in June, Intersolar North America is following suit with a number of companies and organisations launching new products at the show.
Financial group, Caisse des Dépôts and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), an independent renewable power developer and France’s second largest electricity producer have inaugurated a 12MW solar power plant.
German based renewables operator, Capital Stage has finalised an agreement with developer, Solairedirect to acquire two solar parks in the southwest of France.
According to the latest report from solar market analyst, NPD Solarbuzz the UK has installed 1.47GW so far in 2014.
System provider, Petra Solar, and its partner, the Washington DC-based renewable infrastructure business group, Caspian Renewable Energy, have completed a 5MW installation in Bahrain.
PacifiCorp’s Utah utility, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) has proposed a monthly charge for solar customers.
The Inter-Amerian Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of US$66.4 million for a solar power plant in Chile.
A 430MW PV plant featuring over 1,000,000 multi-crystalline silicon solar modules could be constructed in the south of Japan by a consortium of five companies that includes Japanese ceramics and module maker Kyocera.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has approved 300MW of solar development agreements.
Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry (MEM) has announced Brazil’s third national renewables-only tender auction will be held on 10 October, with a strong focus on solar expected.
Solar analyst Bridge to India’s managing director, Tobias Engelmeier, has warned anti-dumping duties will halt India’s solar industry for up to two years.
The first utility-scale solar power plant in Guatemala, and reportedly the largest in Central America, is now online.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that utilities will no longer be able to charge grid connection fees for storage systems paired with net energy metering devices, including rooftop PV systems, under 10kw.
Renewables EPC company, Abengoa has completed what is said to be the world’s largest PV plant using a single-axis tracker.
The largest municipally owned utility company in the US, CPS Energy, has proposed the addition of connection fees and monthly charges to its rooftop solar programme in its service area of San Antonio, Texas.
Sales of PV monitoring equipment surpassed global PV installations in 2013, according to analysis by GTM Research.
Emerging markets power developer, Globeleq, has completed two solar power projects in South Africa.
The first phase of the Philippines’ first utility-scale solar power plant is now online.
Welspun Renewable Energy has announced the commissioning of the largest solar project in the southern state of Karnataka, India.
In the year that has passed since Germany began offering subsidies for lithium-ion battery systems for residential use, around 4,000 solar-plus-batteries have been installed, the country’s Federal Solar Industry Association (BSW Solar) has announced.
One of the US’ largest energy producers, Dominion, has acquired two solar power projects in the state of Tennessee, with a total output of 32MW.
Utility Hawaiian Electric is seeking proposals for large-scale energy storage systems to ease the integration of renewable energy sources, to be installed on the island of Oahu.
The two plants totalling 29.9MW will both be located in the Chiriquí province, on the western coast of Panama.
Utility solar developer, SunEdison, has reached financial close for two solar power plants in Ontario, Canada.
Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said he may be willing to compromise on the amount of a proposed surcharge on residential self-consumption of solar electricity.
Strain placed on local electricity distribution infrastructure in the US could be most effectively eased through the use of secondary power electronics, a new report from analyst firm GTM Research has concluded.
Bosch claims it has developed an energy management system for optimising electrical and thermal energy consumption from solar power systems, which the company will launch at this year’s Intersolar exhibition and conference.
The International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) will begin a programme of standardisation for redox flow batteries – which can be used for large-scale energy storage applications – following discussions which were initiated in Japan in October 2013.
German PV manufacturer and developer, IBC Solar plans to construct 5.5MW in Rajasthan, India.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has completed and grid connected two large-scale PV power plants totalling 39MW in Jiangsu province, China.
German solar project developer, ib vogt’s UK subsidiary, vogt solar successfully commissioned 80MW of solar projects in the first quarter of 2014.
Global PV equipment manufacturer, Sungrow supplied a US utility solar plant with its 500kW inverters.
Croatia has an installed solar capacity of 23.8MW as of the end of March according to the Mediterranean country’s energy market operator, HROTE.
Module manufacturer, ReneSola said yesterday it has completed the sale of three utility-scale PV projects in Western China.
NEC Corporation has commissioned a 2MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system designed to ease the integration of renewable energy into the grid for Italian distribution system operator (DSO) Enel Distribuzione.
SunEdison has announced financial close on a 50MW solar plant in Chile, which it claims is Latin America’s largest operational PV plant and also one of the biggest PV projects in the world operating without subsidies.
Solar power plant developer and investor, United Photovoltaics, has completed the acquisition of a 195MW solar power plant portfolio in China.
Ukraine’s ministry of energy and coal industry has announced Crimea’s solar power projects are to stop receiving payments under the country’s feed-in tariff.
Concentrator PV (CPV) specialist, Soitec, has said its 44MW Touwsrivier solar power plant in South Africa has reached 50% commissioning.
Former US energy secretary Steven Chu has claimed battery storage technology used in combination with solar could be “as disruptive to electricity distribution and generation as the internet”.
Fees being charged to interconnect residential storage systems to the grid in California are “arbitrary” and “punitive”, while some may even be illegal, according to US installer SolarCity.
Energy storage technologies are not the “silver bullet” they have sometimes been hyped as, but nonetheless have a crucial role to play in a decarbonised electricity system, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Italy’s electricity transmission system operator has awarded a tender to Younicos, Samsung SDI and Italian renewable energy producer Green Utility to provide 1MW/1MWh of battery storage aimed at stabilising Sardinia’s electrical grid.
Legislation that campaigners said would have harmed solar net metering and “monopolised” solar system leasing has been rejected in Washington State.