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Two regions have dominated the energy storage market in the US for more than two years, but falling costs and better market design could see deployments spread across the country in future, an analyst with GTM Research has said.
Hanwha Q CELLS has refinanced two solar farms in the UK totalling just over 45MW of capacity, signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Energy for the electricity produced.
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).
All the balance of system (BoS) components for a 100MW PV plant in the Philippines will be provided by Schneider Electric, the energy management and automation company has announced.
Power engineering company Bechtel has dismissed concerns that its 358MW Soda Mountain solar project proposed for the Mojave Desert will be setback without the city of Los Angeles purchasing electricity from it.
Clenergy, best known for its mounting systems for utility-scale and commercial rooftop solar power systems, has financed and constructed a 30MW grid-connected PV plant in Zhongwei, China.
Japan’s domestic solar industry faces a “wait-and-see” period, but recent rule changes imposed by the government are “very understandable”, according to the CEO of Solar Frontier.
Elon Musk’s Tesla has done the rest of the storage industry a big favour by putting a price point on lithium-ion batteries, according to the CEO of Sonnenbatterie’s North American operations.
Shares in embattled German inverter manufacturer SMA jumped 20% after it announced a tie-up with industrial giant Siemens.
The Indian government is setting up green energy “corridors” to transmit clean energy from the country’s leading renewable power states to those with high electricity demands.
Japan is set to conduct another review of the solar feed-in tariff (FiT) policy following the drafting of a policy which could see renewables and nuclear almost at equal levels in the national energy mix.
While debates over renewable energy targets continue to rage at the political level in Australia, Panasonic has signed a deal with three utility companies to pair its energy storage systems with rooftop solar.
Clean energy entrepreneur and activist Jeremy Leggett has said “out of date thinking” is behind a push to make clean energy competitive with fossil fuels within 10 years that has been launched by prominent UK academics.
A small number of regional markets are leading the way for energy storage deployment in the US, but this is likely to change in the near future, an analyst from GTM Research has said.
Construction of a 2.3MW solar PV system which floats on water has been finished in Japan, the third such plant to be built by a Kyocera-backed joint venture (JV) and the biggest completed to date.
PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply is to provide a suite of products to PV power plant projects being developed by PV module manufacturer Risen New Energy.
SolarEdge, one of only two companies at present to produce Tesla Powerwall-compatible inverters, will launch its expanded range of residential and commercial solutions at Intersolar Europe next month.
The business model behind a hybrid plant which uses solar PV, combined heat and power systems and battery storage at a commercial facility in Germany, could be adapted and scaled up elsewhere, according to General Electric (GE), one of the project’s partners.
Invenergy has brought a 31.5MW energy storage facility online nearby 230MW of renewable energy generation assets.
One analyst has predicted that 12,500 residential PV storage systems could be installed in Germany in 2015, more than the total number of systems installed with support from a government scheme in its first two years.
A large-scale storage system co-located at a German solar farm by the PV plant’s developer Belectric, has been given the green light to operate in the grid-balancing frequency response market.
France’s government has launched a tender for 50MW of projects combining solar power with energy storage systems on Corsica and its overseas islands territories.
More details have emerged on inverters for Tesla’s new home battery system, to be made by Fronius and SolarEdge, while the EV-maker’s energy storage will be installed at demonstration and commercial projects for US utility Edison International.
Energy storage market analysts have begun offering their reactions to Tesla’s launch of Tesla Energy, a range of lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems.
Prices for Tesla’s stationary storage systems for homes, businesses and off-grid communities, to be packaged and sold in partnership with SolarCity, will begin at US$3,000, thought to be as little as a third of the price of comparable products previously available on the market.
Germany’s residential storage system maker Sonnenbatterie will continue its push into the US, partnering with Sungevity, the residential PV installer founded by environmental activist and cleantech entrepreneur Danny Kennedy.