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The Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has criticised a freshly issued set of rules in Japan that will allow utility companies to limit renewable energy output and lower feed-in tariff (FiT) payments in some cases.
South Africa’s government has confirmed that successful bidders under the fourth round of its renewable energy programme will not be announced until the New Year.
The Australian government’s renewable energy division will trial the capabilities of on-grid energy storage to maximise the value of rooftop solar, announcing yesterday that it will provide funding for a trial by energy storage specialist Reposit Power.
The fortunes of distributed solar in New York have received a boost after its Public Service Commission agreed to raise the cap on net metering in the state.
Proposals by US utility Xcel Energy for a premium solar programme for homeowners in Colorado have been rejected by the state’s regulator.
The French government has launched a 400MW request for proposals for PV projects larger than 250kW.
On the second day of Solar Energy Southeast Asia in Bangkok this week, multiple speakers hailed solar’s growing competitiveness with the current dominant fuel source, diesel, paving the way for deployment of hybrid solar systems.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of Thailand is holding a public hearing to discuss the country’s solar energy future.
The Italian market will soon be flooded with cheap PV power plants for sale, according to a developer.
France’s minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy, Ségolène Royal, has announced the award of 40.7MWp worth of feed-in tariffs (FiTs) across 217 PV projects, in the third phase of a national tender process.
The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia) has approved 250MW of solar projects to receive its feed-in tariff (FiT).
Austria is to reduce the feed-in tariffs available for PV installations from January 2015.
Japan’s renewable energy policy could see a drastic overhaul next year, with a possibility the Asian country could choose a scheme similar to the UK’s contracts for difference (CfDs), according to one advocacy group.
There is to be a two stage reduction in solar FiT payments with the single payment offered for systems under 30kW to also be reduced.
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.