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The pipeline of approved PV projects in the Philippines reached over 1GW in January, according to the country’s Department of Energy (DoE).
The company showcased a selection of its products at the Ecobuild show in London this week, including a battery-based energy storage system for use in combination with PV.
A modest decline of around 10% in the feed-in tariff rate is expected in Japan, while near term demand for solar remains “very strong” in the country, according to Deutsche Bank.
The Rocky Mountain Institute has published a report which claims it could be possible, using PV coupled with storage, for portions of the USA to “defect” away from using grid networks entirely by 2030.
The utility-scale energy storage market will exceed US$2.5 billion in revenue by the year 2023, according to forecasting by Navigant Research, the research arm of consultancy Navigant.
The largest electric holding power company in the US, Duke Energy has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for 300MW of solar.
Sunedison and United Renewable Energy (URE) have successfully collaborated on 1.3MW of solar projects in the US state of Georgia.
A breakthrough in concentrating solar power (CSP), the US’s 392MW Ivanpah Solar Electric system has now reached full commercial operation.
Nuclear and renewable energy technology engineer, Areva has teamed up with renewables energy generator and distributor, Schneider Electric.
Industry advocacy body, the Australian Solar Council, has launched a ‘save solar’ campaign.
Grid-scale electrical energy storage (EES) company Primus Power announced that a Series C funding round has secured US$20 million worth of investment, including a “major contribution” from Anglo American Platinum.
Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental SEIA) has approved the environmental impact statement for a 50MW solar project.
A new category for Electrical Energy Storage systems has been added to the Intersolar Awards, with the prize given at Intersolar Europe in Munich on 4 June.
The Iowa Environmental Council has released a report to highlight the state’s solar energy potential in comparison to its current low installation rate.
Gujarat, India’s leading solar state, is to introduce a net metering policy in the coming weeks, according to local press reports.
The joint European PV GRID project has published a set of technical proposals aimed at enhancing the integration of PV systems onto the grid.
Lithium-ion battery maker and developer A123 Energy Solutions has been awarded a contract to install a 1MW, 2.8MWh grid storage solution (GSS) to help integrate a PV array at a Japanese factory.
Power control and monitoring equipment specialist, skytron energy has received cETLus approval to the UL/CSA 60950-1 equipment safety standard rounds of UL certification for its skycontrol power plant controller.
Wildly varying reports of Kenya’s plans for deploying solar energy have been dismissed by power industry and policy figures in the East African country.
Chile’s pipeline of approved but unbuilt PV projects reached over 5.33GW at the end of December, according to the country’s renewable energy research centre CER.
Leading economics and science experts in the UK have called for an international push akin to the Apollo space mission to kick-start the deployment of renewable energy storage technology.
Grid-connected energy storage installed globally will exceed 40GW by 2022, according to a research report by IHS published in late December.
French battery company Saft will lead a consortium building a photovoltaic (PV) power plant combined with a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery energy storage system on the island of La Réunion, Indian Ocean.
Microgrid sales revenue will be at least US$19.9 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Navigant Research.
PV producer Jinko Solar has announced the grid connection of four PV projects totalling 80MW in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
No solar projects were successful in the second national energy tender auction in Brazil.
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.