Huawei: Smart solar can defer costly grid investment

Huawei's Matthias Wagner speaks to PV Tech at Intersolar 2017 about the changing trends in PV, the growing role for data management and the impact this has on the wider grid. In particular, the ability of smart solar to defer costly grid expansion investment.

US solar jobs grew 25% year-on-year in 2016

The US solar job force had a year of exponential growth in 2016, increasing 25% year-on-year and constituting one in every 50 new US jobs, according to new analysis by the Solar Job Census.

India’s top solar moments in 2016

Even though monkeys were allegedly wreaking havoc on India’s solar rooftop systems last year, 2016 was remarkable for the Indian PV sector. With solar taking 1% the nation’s electricity share and India set to become the world’s third largest market in 2017 , Bloomberg New Energy Finance has proclaimed that ‘solar is king of Indian renewables’. Add the completion of the world’s largest solar plant to these accolades and you have a good indicator of the South Asian giant’s ambitions. Even India’s biggest oil, steel and mining companies are getting on board the solar rush.

America’s corporate clean energy trailblazers

Through its Corporate Clean Energy Universe, market researcher Clean Edge is tracking the 37 US corporations leading the way on low-carbon and renewable energy adoption. Its managing director, Ron Pernick, tells Ben Willis of his hopes that a second wave of smaller companies will follow their lead as new green energy business models hit the mainstream.

Project briefing

Sandfire Resources, a mid-tier Australian mining company that operates the mine, called on developers to co-locate not only a solar power plant, but also a utilityscale energy storage system alongside its existing diesel power station. Showcasing the latest technological advances, the newly completed project in the Peak Hill Mineral Field has been hailed as one of the largest renewable energy systems installed at a mine anywhere in the world and certainly the largest in Australia.

Back from the brink

After a series of hammer blows, and against the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty, the UK solar industry appears to have found some joy offering long-term contracts and self-consumption systems to commercial clients, a sector it had previously found hardest to crack, writes John Parnell.