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The US Department of Energy’s Sunshot initiative has announced US$15 million in funding to aid the integration of solar into the electrical grid infrastructure using energy storage systems.
Egypt has invited “pre-qualification submissions” from independent power producers (IPPs) for solar projects of up to 50MW capacity, following the September announcement of the country’s first feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme.
Singapore is set to introduce measures aimed at meeting “significant shifts” in the energy sector, including investment in research for integration of solar, cutting times for grid connection and the creation of a US$25 million fund for energy storage projects.
The bid results for the 500MW solar tender in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India reveals that US thin film manufacturer, First Solar has submitted the lowest bid.
The newly appointed chief of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is expected to continue efforts to restart the country’s nuclear power generation, according to reports.
The working group established by the Japanese government to deal with grid connection issues for solar and other new energy generation capacity met for the first time last week.
The UK government will launch a consultation over the transfer of feed-in tariff (FiT) payments from one building to another before the end of the year, according to Amber Rudd, the minister for energy and climate change.
SolarWorld has developed a new roof-integrated PV system that allows France’s customers to capitalise on the country’s capped €27.37 cents/kWh tariff.
The Waltons, owners of one of the USA’s biggest retailers and the country’s richest family, have been accused of threatening America’s “clean energy future” in a new report published by the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR).
The sudden withholding of grid access from renewable energy projects including solar is “unreasonable” and could bring “great confusion” to the renewable energy industry, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has claimed.
The Canadian province of Ontario is expected to maintain its position as a leading North American solar market despite a recent reduction in its feed-in-tariff (FiT) and the scrapping of its solar local content requirement (LCR).
UK climate change minister, Amber Rudd, has said that subsidy-free solar PV should be “the goal” by 2020.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it will scrap support for solar over 5MW from April 2015.
The Japanese government has confirmed that it will review the current feed-in tariff programme for solar and wind, due in part to fears over lack of available grid connection and a bottleneck of large-scale projects.
A formal review of Value of Solar Tariffs (VOSTs) is due to be conducted by the IRS in the US, which will include an assessment of the impact of the scheme for compensating residential PV owners for their excess electricity.