The solar sector’s Q2 results season showed that, for the most part, the pandemic’s impact on deployment in the US was restricted to early in the quarter, helping many companies post better-than-expected performance in Q2. But as Liam Stoker suggests, COVID-19’s tail could be longer than anticipated.
Last week saw the publication of both AEMO’s Integrated System Plan and National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios, two documents which project the evolution of Australia and the UK’s national grids. Liam Stoker compares the two and identifies the mutual lessons to be learned.
Governments should focus on mini-grids as a means to enabling access to reliable electricity for hundreds of millions of people that don’t yet have it and mini-grids using solar and batteries have matured as a technology class, but financing such projects remains problematic, a new report has found.
WoodMac analysis says solar costs will continue to fall in the year ahead, with AI, 5G and the IoT-infused manufacturing set to make solar products cheaper and curb the labour cost advantage currently enjoyed by Asian firms.
The US’ two leading states in solar and energy storage, New York and California, have taken steps towards valuing the locational and time-of-use value of distributed energy resources and other states should follow, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has said.
In less than 10 years, distributed solar-plus-storage systems will reach 27.4GW worldwide and be worth more than US$49.1 billion, with Asia and Western Europe leading the way, a new report from Navigant Research has forecast.