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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.
Jerry Brown, the governor of California, has instructed his state to follow the “most aggressive” set of targets to be put in place for emissions reduction by a government anywhere in North America via an executive order issued on Wednesday.
The solar module-producing division of Japanese ceramics and semiconductor maker Kyocera has partly attributed a decline in sales of solar panels to market conditions in Japan, including the recent struggles over grid capacity for solar projects.
Kyushu Electric, the Japanese utility that last year temporarily suspended new grid applications for large-scale solar, sparking a wave of similar suspensions by other utilities, will install a huge battery project aimed at integrating a higher capacity of renewable energy generation.
A US utility is to install zinc iron redox flow batteries onto a micro-grid to test their suitability for integrating solar onto a local circuit.
Energy storage start-up Stem says it sees a “strong opportunity” for expansion of its business in Australia, Japan and the EU and is especially focused on the potential of aggregated ‘virtual power plants’, in the week when the company closed a US$12 million funding round led by Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.
Lark Energy completed the construction and connection of solar farm projects in the UK with a total capacity of 91.6MWp throughout the first three months of 2015.
An energy storage project aimed at enabling the grid integration of 1MW of solar and 4.5MW of wind on the Portugese island of Graciosa will be supplied with batteries by Leclanché.
Japan’s largest solar farm to date will be supplied with around 116MW of modules from vertically integrated Chinese tier-one manufacturer and project developer Trina Solar, it was announced this morning.
Sonnenbatterie, considered to be one of the market leaders in Germany’s emerging solar-plus-storage sector, claims the new version of its Sonnenbatterie Eco battery storage system has more than double the potential lifespan of previous models.
Pairing solar with grid-connected batteries is likely to become the most economically attractive option for residential and commercial customers in key US markets between now and 2040, a new report says.
A new report compiled for Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has advised that the country could triple its proportion of energy generated from renewable sources in the overall mix by 2030.
Arizona’s largest public utility company is seeking the green light to significantly raise fees levied on households with rooftop solar systems to help pay for the local grid network.
Research into energy storage and related technologies has been given a boost in the US in the past few days, with a major utility company committing funding in Indiana for renewables integration and New York’s governor announcing the creation of a research facility.
The UK has experienced its annual surge of activity for developers to complete and connect solar farm projects in time to receive financial support under a scheme that has now partially expired.
The US state of Georgia has approved a bill which supporters hope will greatly improve the economic competitiveness of solar, freeing up the leasing of solar PV system equipment from third parties.
SunPower has made a deal to allow its commercial and industrial users the benefit of access to energy intelligence software made by EnerNOC, a US developer of cloud-based energy management and demand reduction solutions.
India now has around 3.38GW of grid-connected solar installed, according to official figures revealed this week by the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
SKI Corp, Japanese a mobile phone sales agency, has signalled its intent to build a 24MW solar farm in the west of Japan and to borrow ¥8 billion (US$67 million), for the purposes of doing so.
The cost of solar in Japan declined as much as 15% in one year, but a lack of clear policy direction from the government has left a number of businesses with a “pessimistic” outlook of the industry’s future, according to a survey by the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF).
Japan has confirmed it will make big cuts to the feed-in tariff (FiT) payable for solar, which have been expected for some time, dropping the rate by around 16%, from ¥32 (US$0.27) per kWh to ¥27 per kWh by July.
The short-term outlook for residential solar-plus-storage in the UK will be “challenging”, but simple regulatory changes of the kind the renewables industry is already asking for might make a real difference, according to one analyst.
Kyocera is targeting the German market for self-consumed solar electricity, with the Japanese company preparing to launch a home energy storage system in May.
The largest renewable energy development company SunEdison has secured non-recourse financing from Japan-based Shinsei Bank for its 9.6MW PV power plant project on the Japanese island of Kyushu.