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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.
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.