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  • Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create

    Big solar farms helped create a power-grid predicament in California. And now they’re offering to help solve it. Solar panels have proliferated in the Golden State, flooding the grid with power supplies in the middle of the day when the sun’s out — and then quickly vanishing after sunset. 

    Posted at 20 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Notes from the Solar Underground: Highly Competitive Industries and Their Highly Expected Mergers

    In 2012, NSP and Del Solar merged, claiming that at 1.5-GWp the new company would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world. In 2015, Motech Solar merged with Top Cell announcing that at 3-GWp the new entity would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world.

     

    Posted at 20 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Egypt Draws $1.8B To Develop 1.4 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity

    Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp.

    The EBRD is backing 16 photovoltaic projects, and the IFC is financing 13 in the sunny North African nation with a combined capacity of 1.4 gigawatts. They are writing loans for $380 million and $203 million, respectively, and have mobilized the rest from co-investors.

    Posted at 19 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project

    A novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close.

    Posted at 19 October, 2017 | Read more
  • UK Will Be Vulnerable Outside of the EU's Energy Market

    Britain’s divorce from the EU is less than 18 months away yet the arguments become more fractious and uncertainties over trading relationships seem no nearer to resolution. Among the big unknowns is what fate lies in store for the UK’s energy market and its relationship with Europe.

    Posted at 19 October, 2017 | Read more
  • sonnen To Build Innovative Residential Energy Storage Community in the US

    Each home in the new community will have solar PV and a sonnenBatterie installed, enabling every household to produce and consume most of its own electricity, according to sonnen.

    Posted at 18 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Nigeria Asks World Bank, IMF to Scale up Renewable Energy

    Nigeria has asked the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to scale up the provision of and access to renewable energy in order to deliver development results and meet global climate goals. Nigeria's position on renewable energy and regional integration was presented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs.

    Posted at 18 October, 2017 | Read more
  • The Effect of Natural Disasters on Electricity Prices

    Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet.  Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up.

    Posted at 17 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Listen Up: Running a Successful Local Solar Business

    Large companies are predominant in most industries. But when it comes to rooftop solar installations, small is beautiful. Although there have been several large national-scale solar installers, in the aggregate the smaller, local companies dominate. 

    Posted at 17 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Three Technology Trends and Their Effects on Data and Software

    Companies using OSIsoft’s PI system gathered this week in London at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference to talk about the realities of what Martin Otterson calls the velocity, variety and volume of data in the modern business world.

    Posted at 17 October, 2017 | Read more
  • A Helpful Roadmap for California's Certified “Smart Inverters”

    Solar inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility. 

    The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17.

    Posted at 17 October, 2017 | Read more
  • It’s Time to Stop Federal Fiddling with Electricity Markets

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt On Oct. 8 in Kentucky announced the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and stated that the solar, wind and other renewable energy tax credits should be eliminated so the industry can compete on its own against coal and other energy sources.

    Posted at 17 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Swiss Solar Decathlon House Scores a Perfect 100 in Engineering

    The Swiss Team took first place in engineering with a perfect score of 100 possible points. For the Engineering Contest, each competing house was evaluated by a group of prominent engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in innovation, system functionality, energy efficiency, system reliability, and documentation through their project manual and construction drawings.

    Bob Dixon, presenting the award said, “The jury believes the first-place house in the Engineering Contest offers comprehensive performance modeling that sports clear graphs, detailed explanations and a variety of representations. The quality of the thermal envelope is exceptional and carefully calibrated to the target climate with very good resistance to heat flow, a solid focus on airtightness, and high-quality components such as triple-glazed windows and sliding doors.”

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    Posted at 16 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Tesla Fires 400-700 Workers

    Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.

    Posted at 16 October, 2017 | Read more
  • How to Balance the Solar Efficiency Equation

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar cell efficiencies chart depicts confirmed conversion efficiencies for research cells from 1976 to date, for several PV technologies. But as conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules approach peak efficiency, with the leap from lab to life—or from demonstration to mass production—occasionally taking over 30 years, the final question is: what is the additional watt class worth?

    Posted at 16 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Power-to-Gas for Renewables Integration Is on the Rise

    Power-to-gas (P2G)—the conversion of electrical power into gaseous energy carriers—is a quickly improving and potentially disruptive energy conversion technology. 

    Posted at 13 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage

    It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017.

    Posted at 13 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar’s Remarkable Survival in the Most Extreme Weather

    As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?

    Posted at 12 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Do Solar Owners Love Solar the Way Gun Owners Love Guns?

    There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong.

    A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar industry. One such initiative is the recent DOE directive that is looking to re-write the rules around compensation for power plants, a move that would pay solar and wind facilities less than coal or nuclear generation for the energy they produce. 

    Posted at 12 October, 2017 | Read more
  • How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability

    If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system.

    Posted at 12 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge

    The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide.

    Posted at 11 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU?

    Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official.

    Posted at 10 October, 2017 | Read more
  • All PV Predictions Were Wrong

    At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region.

    Posted at 10 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Company investing in two hydro plants in move toward green business

    In hydro business news in Laos, Padaeng Industry Public Company Limited (PDI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with EDL-Generation Public Company to jointly invest in the 69-MW Nam San 3A and 45-MW Nam San 3B hydropower plants.

    Posted at 10 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Who Will Fight the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan?

    As word spread yesterday that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will officially begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, others vowed to fight back.

    Posted at 10 October, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico

    Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands. 

     

    Posted at 09 October, 2017 | Read more
  • World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering

    In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars.

    Posted at 09 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?

    The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week.

    Posted at 09 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Grid Resiliency is a Problem, But Stockpiling Coal isn’t the Answer

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently proposed rulemaking, which directs FERC to “properly value” coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to be “resilient” by having a 90-day pile of fuel onsite, totally misunderstands the problem of grid resiliency. 

    Posted at 06 October, 2017 | Read more
  • How To Shine In The Solar Village

    At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website.

    Posted at 06 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Project of the Year 2017 Finalists Announced

    Fourteen outstanding power projects were selected from industry-nominated projects in five categories: Coal, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Energy Storage, Natural Gas, and Renewables.

    Posted at 06 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Decathlon Features Hurricane-proof House

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon officially kicked off today with a ceremony featuring recently appointed DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

    Posted at 05 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Trump's Tax Reform Proposal 'Leaves Door Open' to Repeal ITC/PTC

    A tax reform package released at the end of September by White House and Republican leadership “left the door open” to repeal critical existing renewable energy tax credits prior to their scheduled either expiration or phase down, Greg Jenner, partner at Stoel Rives, told Renewable Energy World.

    Posted at 05 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Trump Has a Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy

    President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving.

    Posted at 05 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar PV Was Fastest Growing Energy Source in the World in 2016

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years.

    Posted at 04 October, 2017 | Read more
  • How Catastrophic is Perry’s NOPR for Renewables?

    Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mark Dyson is an expert who studies grid resilience as part of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab. He offered his thoughts on what the NOPR means for renewable energy.

    Posted at 03 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Saudi Arabia Gets Cheapest Bids for Solar Power in Auction

    Saudi Arabia received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded, marking the start of a $50 billion program to diversify the oil producer’s domestic energy supplies away from fossil fuels.

    Posted at 03 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Sunnova Works to Restore Solar Systems, Build Up Resilient Grid in Puerto Rico

    Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure.

     

    Posted at 03 October, 2017 | Read more
  • 5 Emerging Trends for Corporate Buyers of Renewable Energy

    Today, companies are making big moves to power their operations with clean energy. To date, corporate buyers have purchased a global total of 19 GW of renewable energy, enough to power five million average American homes.

     

    Posted at 03 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Jobs and Gigawatts: How To Position Your Solar Company In Light Of The Suniva Trade Case

    How should you position your solar company in light of the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case? To address that question, I recently participated in a Renewable Energy World webcast with Abby Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Matthew Nicely, a lawyer representing SEIA. For NEXTracker, our position is clear: We fully support SEIA’s efforts to convince the U.S. International Trade Commission to recommend the least harmful remedy, for two simple reasons: jobs and gigawatts.

    Posted at 02 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Section 201 Solar Trade Case Questions Answered

    Matthew Nicely’s answers to the questions that were asked during the webcast, "What Now? How You Should Be Positioning Your Business in Light of the ITC Ruling." Perhaps one of these is your question, too.

    Posted at 02 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Community Solar: California’s Shared Renewables at a Crossroads

    California, once considered a leader in community solar, has struggled to implement Senate Bill 43 (SB-43), which mandated the creation of the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program. As envisioned by SB-43, the GTSR Program includes a Green Tariff (GT) component and an Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) component. It provides an opportunity for the three California investor-owned utilities (IOUs) combined to procure up to 600 MW of new renewable energy.

     

    Posted at 02 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Tesla Charging Stations to Link South Australia Capital with World’s Largest Battery

    A network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit the world’s biggest lithium-ion batterybeing built by Elon Musk in the state’s north.

    Posted at 02 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Eyeing Solar, But It Won’t Come Cheap

    For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap.

    Posted at 02 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Secretary Perry Seeks Market Rules That ‘Properly Value’ Coal, Nuclear Generation

    The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it.

    Posted at 29 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Intelligent Battery Tech Firm Wins 2017 New Energy Challenge

    Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017.

    Posted at 29 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Development in the US and China in the Shadow of Suniva’s Section 201 Trade Case

    As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China.

    Posted at 29 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts

    Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday. 

    Posted at 29 September, 2017 | Read more
  • The Mobile Microgrid: Is It Almost Here?

    Life without our mobile phone seems pretty unimaginable, doesn’t it? We now carry along our phone/camera/computer in our hands, and, if you want to believe a recent movie, some of us even fall in love with the personal assistant. “(You) Siri – why am I here?...(Siri) I can’t answer that for you, can I?”

    But what about microgrids, why not have a personal mobile i-power source? If you bear with me I’ll show you why that isn’t so farfetched. The mobile “i-uGrid” may already be on the way.

    Posted at 28 September, 2017 | Read more
  • China’s Solar PV Market Passes 100 GW Milestone

    According to data recently released by the National Energy Administration of China, as of the end of June, the country had a PV power generation installation capacity of 102 GW.

    Posted at 28 September, 2017 | Read more
  • US Solar Market Can Remain Strong in 2017, Even with the ITC Ruling

    Last Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Suniva and SolarWorld, having found that they suffered injury from the flood of cheap imports. Will this ruling dreadfully affect the U.S. PV market this year?

    Posted at 28 September, 2017 | Read more
  • On the Solar Trade Case: SolarWorld and Suniva are neither Villains nor Victims

    First – SolarWorld and Suniva are not villains, nor would I call them victims.  The current low prices in our industry are, unfortunately, the responsibility of all participants.  We, as an industry, have celebrated the low prices for over a decade and have focused on ever cheaper prices without considering the effect of these prices on quality and manufacturing viability. 

    Posted at 27 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Blockchain Token to Share Renewable Energy Unveiled

    A new blockchain-based energy-sharing token has been launched in The Netherlands. Named the ‘Jouliette’, the new token aims to empower individuals and communities to easily manage and share locally produced renewable energy.

    Posted at 27 September, 2017 | Read more
  • O3 Energy Seeks Solar Projects to Finance; Launches Channel Partners Program

    On Tuesday, September 26, Dallas-based energy solutions provider O3 energy announced the launch of its new O3 Channel Partners, which opens up financing to qualified solar projects in North America. The company has historically acted as a late stage developer offering Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for commercial and industrial clients scattered across the country. The channel partner program provides development and construction partners with the opportunity to obtain the resources and funding necessary to help close more projects in this space. 

    Posted at 26 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Tennessee Utility Participates In Flow Battery Pilot Project

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based electricity and telecom provider EPB recently energized a 100-kW/400-kWh vanadium redox flow battery as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a group of national labs.

     

    Posted at 26 September, 2017 | Read more
  • This Pathway is the Best Opportunity for Corporate Utility-scale Solar PV Procurement

    Corporate procurement of utility-scale solar PV is on the rise, but there’s opportunity for corporations to leverage recent market developments and deploy even more.

    Posted at 26 September, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case Injuries

    Today’s topics include the results of the ITC ruling on the solar trade case; what could happen at the Oct 3 hearing and Paula's advice for how to position your solar business today. Check it out!

     

    Posted at 25 September, 2017 | Read more
  • SolarWorld Plans to Ramp up Solar Module Production in Light of ITC Ruling

    On Monday, September 25, SolarWorld Americas announced that with the prospect of meaningful import relief close at hand, the company will begin ramping up production. It hopes to hire up to 200 workers by May.

    On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of a trade-case determination that a surge of imports has seriously injured the domestic solar cell and panel industry.  The vote means that the case, in which SolarWorld Americas and Suniva Inc. are co-petitioners, moves to a remedy phase.

    Posted at 25 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Lack of IRS Solar Tax Credit Guidance Clouds New Projects

    Solar energy developers hoping to break ground on large-scale projects want the IRS to define new-construction requirements for a renewable energy tax incentive.

    Posted at 25 September, 2017 | Read more
  • 5 Prospects for Renewable Microgrid Technology Innovation

    Current research is providing groundbreaking innovations that could help renewable energy-based microgrids become “the energy supply of the future,” according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

    Posted at 25 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Survey: 3 Out of 4 Australians Expect Home Storage to Become ‘New Normal’

    A new survey conducted by public advocacy organization Climate Council found that about 75 percent of respondents in Australia expect that household battery storage will be “the new normal” within the next decade.

    Posted at 25 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Decathlon Teams Officially Begin Reconstructing Their Houses for Event in Denver

    The 11 teams competing in this year’s Solar Decathlon in October began reconstructing their houses in Denver over the weekend.

    Posted at 25 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Imposing Solar Tariffs May Cost US Taxpayers $1.23 Billion

    Imposing tariffs on solar components imported into the U.S. will drive up prices for solar developers. It could also cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $1.23 billion.

     

    Posted at 22 September, 2017 | Read more
  • 10 US Electricity Service Providers Take Next Step Toward RTO Membership

    A coalition of 10 electricity service providers serving the U.S. Rocky Mountain region said they will begin negotiations for membership in the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization.

    Posted at 22 September, 2017 | Read more
  • India Solar — Unboxing Valuation

    Some really interesting developments are taking place in the Indian solar space. Module prices are hardening and there is talk of Discoms reneging on previous high tariff power purchase agreements (PPA) in light of declining tariffs, while developers are reportedly seeking to exit low tariff commitments in light of rising module prices. It’s all happening there! 

    Posted at 22 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Former US Defense Energy Professionals Urge ITC to Consider Energy Security in Solar Trade Case

    In a letter today to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, a group of veterans and former defense energy professionals urged the ITC to consider carefully U.S. Department of Defense energy security and resiliency efforts before making a decision this week in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case.

    Posted at 21 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy

    Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of corporate support for climate action running counter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s view on the issue.

    Posted at 21 September, 2017 | Read more
  • International Trade Commissioners Find Injury in Section 201 Solar Trade Case in 4-0 Vote

    On September 22, 2017, the International Trade Commission ruled that injury has been caused to Suniva and SolarWorld by solar module imports from oversees in the historic section 201 trade case. Bracewell Policy Resolution Group Energy Expert, Frank Maisano who is also a spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition expains what happens next.

    Posted at 21 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Listen Up: Roof Attachment Products for Solar — Key Considerations

    With much higher volume manufacturing, prices for solar panels have come down tremendously over the past 20 years — from about $1,000 each to less than $200. But solar panels are still very time consuming to install on a roof in a way that will last 25+ years without leaks. The majority of this rooftop work is on the flashings, roof hooks, and special roof mount components.

    Posted at 20 September, 2017 | Read more
  • New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power

    A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems.

    Posted at 20 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $20M to Climate-focused Organizations

    On Tuesday, September 19 at Yale University, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that his foundation was providing $20M in a portfolio of grants to more than 100 organizations working to preserve habitats, defend indigenous rights and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combatting climate change and solving complex environmental issues. 

    Posted at 20 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology

    Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

    Posted at 20 September, 2017 | Read more
  • A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage

    Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone.

    Posted at 19 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Notes from the Solar Underground: From Idea through to the End, the Lifecycle of a Trend

    There are few original ideas for new technologies, products and/or services. Most of what is termed new is a mutation of an idea, which itself is a mutation of an idea all the way back to the original discovery or light bulb moment. Basically, there is not much that is new, or, put another way, that deserves to be called new. 

    Posted at 19 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Why There’s Room for Competition in Home Solar Loans

    When a group of clean energy enthusiasts wanted to find better options for people to install clean energy solutions in their homes, buy electric vehicles and invest in clean energy, they thought about starting a green bank, but Blake Jones of Colorado-based Namaste Solar says they decided to start a credit union instead.

    Posted at 19 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?

    It seems like every time you turn around, another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of "smart" initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado...

    Posted at 18 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW Concentrated Solar Power Expansion

    The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.73/kWh.

    Posted at 18 September, 2017 | Read more
  • UK Electricity Markets Regulator Takes Big Step in Recognizing Value of Energy Storage

    U.K. renewable energy company Anesco this week said that its solar+storage projects are the first sites in the U.K. to qualify for support paid to accredited renewable energy generators for electricity generation supplied to batteries.

    Posted at 15 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Cyclone Forces Evacuation of Husum Wind Attendees — But the Show Goes On

    The cyclone forced the 650+ exhibitors and all attendees in the lightweight exhibition to leave the exhibit hall as wind gusts of up to 140 km/h [87 miles per hour] swept through the north-western part of the country.

    Posted at 15 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Meet the Smart Digital Energy Solution That Could Blow Up Solar Coins

    The winning team of the Smart Energy Hackathon in Bangkok last week developed a new smart digital energy solution for claiming solar coins.

    Posted at 15 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Tracking the Rise of the Off-Grid Energy Storage Market

    The image that "off-grid" solar conjures of small cabins or individual solar home systems is outdated in today's world. es, it’s true, off-grid storage applications do include remote homes and even remote communities in some of world’s developing regions, but off-grid solar makes possible a wide range of applications from residential to commercial, and continues on a path of rapid growth.

    Posted at 14 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Is the DOE Really in Love with all of the Above?

    Is it going out on a limb to say this part is saying “renewables should not get special treatment above other sources?” The DOE report went on to point out that variable resources require baseload generation as a frequency smoothing backup while the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining.

     

    Posted at 14 September, 2017 | Read more
  • 2016 Storm Stirs Renewable Energy Investment in South Australia

    A year on from a storm that blacked out the entire state, South Australia has emerged from the electricity crisis to strengthen its position as a global leader in renewable energy.

    Posted at 14 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Insect Eyes Inspire New Solar Cell Design by Stanford Researchers

    Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists.

    Posted at 14 September, 2017 | Read more
  • What the Suniva/SolarWorld Trade Case Could Mean for Downstream Solar Companies

    Why are participants in this $23 billion industry bracing themselves at this very moment for the possibility of an industry contraction? Their concern does not stem from a competing energy source or a promising new technology on the horizon. The threat to solar’s continued growth comes from within the industry itself, as two failed U.S. solar companies push the government to punish the rest of the industry for their own failures.

     

    Posted at 14 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Why Solar SCADA is Taking Center Stage in Grid Modernization

    While solar monitoring is not new, solar supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), with the emphasis on the "supervisory control" function is much less common today.

    Posted at 13 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Haitian Solar PV Weathers Hurricane Irma

    With the complete toll of Hurricane Irma beginning to reveal itself, renewable energy stakeholders take stock of lessons learned.

    Posted at 13 September, 2017 | Read more
  • How to Drive Down Solar Prices in Today’s Market

    With soft costs making up the highest percentage of solar costs, how can the market affect the soft cost segment?

    Posted at 13 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Unirac Addresses Solar PV Mounting Solutions Aesthetics, Ease-of-Installation

    At Solar Power International this week, solar mounting solutions provider Unirac said it has made advancements to its SOLARMOUNT residential PV mounting system that address aesthetics and ease-of-installation.

    Posted at 12 September, 2017 | Read more
  • ABB’s New Inverters Target Full Range of Solar Applications

    At Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week, ABB unveiled a series of new inverters designed for residential, commercial and industrial, and utility-scale applications.

    Posted at 12 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Developers Hoard Panels as US Tariff Threat Looms

    Solar developers are suspending construction as the looming threat of U.S. import tariffs has driven up prices and spurred hoarding, crimping panel supplies.

    Posted at 12 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Huawei Showcases New “95KTL” 1500 VDC Inverter at SPI

    The 95 KTL 1500 VDC smart interactive string inverter has the highest power-to-weight ratio in the industry, said the company. In addition, it uses an 800 VAC output stage to minimize AC losses and includes six MPPTs and twelve directly connected string inputs. 

    Posted at 12 September, 2017 | Read more
  • A Tale of Two Counties — California’s Mojave Desert Offers a Bi-Polar Approach to Solar

    Although stretching across Utah, Nevada and Arizona, most of the Mojave Desert’s land that is eyed for solar and wind power development is in California. It’s notably slated for two counties—Kern and San Bernardino — the latter being the largest geographic county in the U.S.

    Posted at 12 September, 2017 | Read more
  • This Is Why More Companies Aren’t Disclosing Their Environmental Strategies

    HSBC today said that 53 percent of companies now have an environmental strategy in place, but only 43 percent actively disclose it. Why is that number so low?

    Posted at 12 September, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on SolarPV: Disasters, SPI, Tesla

    Today's topics include the historic number of natural disasters and hurricanes impacting the world over the past few weeks and how the solar industry can help; Solar Power International, a solar industry event taking place this week; and an interesting update on a Tesla/PG&E pilot project that is underway in California. 

    Posted at 11 September, 2017 | Read more
  • A Transactive Energy Future: The Inevitable Rise of Economic-based Grid Control

    Every day, the number of new power generators from renewable resources joining the world's collective electricity grid steadily goes up. Growing at an equal pace are the people working to keep the balance between supply and demand on that collective grid. 

    Posted at 11 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Manufacturing Profiles: Companies Under Threat by Solar Trade Case

    If a case currently before the U.S. International Trade Commission results in petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld winning the relief they seek for solar panel pricing, Schletter President and CEO Rusty Schmit says his solar mounting systems manufacturing business could be cut in half. 

    Posted at 11 September, 2017 | Read more
  • APsystems Debuts Rule-21 Compliant Microinverter

    Seattle-based APsystems this week at Solar Power International is debuting its new microinverter with Rule 21 grid support functionality.

     

    Posted at 11 September, 2017 | Read more
  • JinkoSolar Incentivizes Customers Using Commercial PACE Financing

    At Solar Power International in Las Vegas today, JinkoSolar said it will incentivize its customers who use commercial PACE financing — a program that is growing in popularity in the U.S.

    Posted at 11 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Editor's Letter: If We Could Talk to the Batteries...

    One year ago, at Solar Power International 2016, I helped Julia Hamm, CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) with a keynote "skit" in which I was a reporter interviewing a homeowner about her awareness of her energy use. The year was supposed to be 2026.

    Posted at 08 September, 2017 | Read more
  • How India Can Export Sunshine Around the World

    Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water. Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.” 

    Posted at 08 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Why Cities of the Global South Need Solar

    In a report released yesterday, the World Resources Institute recommended solutions that urban centers of the global south can focus on to improve energy access for under-served residents.

    Posted at 08 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Live DC Microgrid Electrified at SPI

    EnSync and DCfusion have designed and will manage the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace on-site microgrid demonstration system during SPI. The design leverages EnSync Energy's Matrix energy management system and DER Flex software – creating a microgrid that will power the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace area at the Las Vegas show.

    DCfusion is engineering the solar-powered microgrid, while EnSync Energy's technologies will serve as its command and control center. The Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace will also provide connections for companies to demonstrate their technologies working in real time – including energy storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and more. 

    Posted at 07 September, 2017 | Read more
  • JLM Energy Launching Energy Storage Quoting Tool

    JLM Energy said it plans to debut its Simple Quoting and Design tool (SQUAD) at SPI. The company said that SQUAD is a straightforward way for solar dealers to provide residential quotes on solar plus JLM’s storage product Phazr, which pairs each solar panel with a battery pack. 

    SQUAD 1.0 brings time-of-use (TOU) shifting solutions to California residents, many of whom are affected by new TOU regulations that shift peak electricity pricing to later in the day when solar panels have stopped producing. This means homeowners can save their solar power in batteries for hours later in the day when the utility is charging higher rates and people are generally using more electricity – during the dinner hour and early evening.

    Posted at 07 September, 2017 | Read more
  • SMA Solar Announces Plans for New Unit in Mexico

    SMA Solar Technology will open a new unit in Mexico by the end of 2017. The facility will support sales and service efforts in the country and establish a local SMA presence that will better serve the company’s customers there, providing greater access to SMA expertise and resources.

    Posted at 07 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Alectris, Alencon Partner to Repower Aging Solar PV Plants

    Solar asset care firm Alectris and solar technology firm Alencon Systems have formed a strategic alliance to repower aging solar PV plants. 

    Posted at 07 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Online Legal Marketplace Seeks to Transform How Clean Energy Companies Do Business

    A new partnership between CleanTech Docs and Cleantech Law Partners (CLP) aims to improve the way legal services are provided to the cleantech and renewable energy sectors with what the companies say is the first online legal platform for those companies.

    Posted at 07 September, 2017 | Read more
  • This Is ‘Game Changing’ for Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

    Renewable Energy World recently reported on a potential solar software update that was called “game changing” for energy storage. Now that update is here.

    Posted at 07 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Why Solar and Battery Gigafactories Will Not Drastically Reduce PV and Storage Costs

    Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about gigawatt-scale fabrication shops (fabs) for both PV (NY) and batteries (NV).  And they are promoted as being able to provide great economies of scale that will dramatically and magically accelerate the cost reduction learning curve.  But the fact of the matter is that it’s not quite so simple in reality.

    Posted at 06 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Report: 31 Utilities Added Energy Storage for The First Time in 2016

    A new report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance indicated 31 utilities, or 43 percent of the utilities surveyed for the study, added energy storage to the grid in the last year.

    Posted at 06 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Australian Businesses Rush to Install Solar Systems to Combat High Power Prices

    Commercial-scale solar systems are being installed at an unprecedented rate in South Australia as companies attempt to combat some of the most expensive electricity prices in the world.

    Posted at 06 September, 2017 | Read more
  • The Shifting Role of the Solar EPC and How the Solar Trade Case Could Change Everything

    Just five years ago, solar engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) were willing to be a lot more flexible when signing contracts to build solar projects than they are today.  According to Robert Lydan, CEO and Managing Director at Phoventus, it’s about who takes on the majority of project risk. It used to fall on the shoulders of the EPCS but today they are increasingly risk-averse.

    Posted at 06 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Driven, Collaborative, Curious — Who Is the New Generation of Solar Talent?

    The growing support for the nonprofit Solar Head of State from a selection of high-profile people is a testament to the valuable vision that today’s young business men and women bring to the solar sector.

    Posted at 06 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Notes from The Market Research Underground: Do You Feel It? The Future of DG Solar Is at Hand

    The strongest and most trusted solar brand is actually a group of solar workers — the small to medium independent installers have always been, and are still, the face of the solar industry to people. This has remained true despite the residential solar lease and despite the rise of multi-megawatt (utility-scale) solar deployment. It has remained true as DG (distributed generation) systems have increased in size, and it has remained true despite announcements of the demise of the small/medium independent installer.

    Posted at 05 September, 2017 | Read more
  • World Energy Demand to Plateau from 2030, Says Report

    Energy efficiency will improve faster than global economic growth due to the rapid electrification of the world’s energy system, leading to a plateau in energy demand from 2030.

    Posted at 05 September, 2017 | Read more
  • The 6 Countries Leading on Renewable Energy, But Could Improve on Incentives, Regulatory Support

    Recently released heat maps from Sustainable Energy for All identify countries and regions where improvements would increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent of total final energy consumption by 2030.

    Posted at 01 September, 2017 | Read more
  • Standoff Over Rates for Utah Solar Customers Reaches Settlement; Concessions Were ‘Painful’

    According to Utah Clean Energy, a settlement agreement with Rocky Mountain Power in its rate case avoids a requested $15 fixed monthly charge, a $9.02 per-kW peak demand charge and a reduced energy rate for solar customers. 

    Posted at 31 August, 2017 | Read more
  • NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records

    Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.

    Posted at 30 August, 2017 | Read more
  • New Legislation Could Support Clean Energy Career Pathways for Fossil-Fuel Industry Workers

    Support for workers seeking to transition from jobs in the fossil-fuel industry to the clean energy sector could be coming in the form of new federal legislation.

    Posted at 30 August, 2017 | Read more
  • A Ribbon Cutting and a Sneak Peek — The Latest from Solar Decathlon 2017 Teams

    Here are a couple of updates on teams competing in this year's Solar Decathlon in Denver in October.

    Posted at 30 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Virtual Currency May Boost Australia's Grassroots Solar Trade

    An Australian company is introducing its own version of bitcoin that will let homeowners and businesses sell excess energy generated from their rooftop solar panels to neighbors, without a middleman taking a cut.

    Posted at 29 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Hybrid Office Building Cuts Cord to Electricity Grid

    A four-story office building powered by a combination of thermal and PV solar and wind energy in South Australia has cut its connection to the electricity grid in what its owners claim to be a world first.

    Posted at 29 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Listen Up: Energy Storage is the Home Appliance of the Future

    Twenty years ago, the problem with rooftop solar was that customers needed a large collection of lead acid batteries to store their daytime energy and use this energy at night. But simple net metering rules made it possible for the electric grid to function as a 100 percent efficient storage device. 

    Posted at 29 August, 2017 | Read more
  • This Is the Next Step for Energy Storage in South Australia

    Details were released yesterday for the South Australia government’s call for more projects that can contribute to making renewable energy generation on demand and that will provide energy storage in the state.

    Posted at 29 August, 2017 | Read more
  • China Is Creating the World's Largest Power Company

    China’s creating the world’s largest power company. The government of President Xi Jinping approved the merger of Shenhua Group Corp., the country’s top coal miner, with China Guodian Corp., among its largest power generators, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said Monday. 

    Posted at 28 August, 2017 | Read more
  • The Big Drumroll Ends with a Thud: DOE’s Study on the US Power Grid

    The Department of Energy last week released its long-awaited grid-reliability study, after months of work at the agency to respond to Secretary Perry’s directive calling for the report. The tone and content of Perry’s April 14th memo suggested to many that the study would inevitably produce a set of findings that coal-fired power plants could take to the bank as proof that they need help from the federal government to stay in operation.

    Posted at 28 August, 2017 | Read more
  • New Source of Energy-critical Lithium Found in Supervolcanoes, Stanford Researchers Find

    Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. But Stanford scientists say there are large deposits in sources right here in America: supervolcanoes.

     

    Posted at 28 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Putting Innovation to Work for Renewable Energy – What’s Your Story?

    We want to hear your innovation story. We will recognize the most innovative power projects with the Power-Gen International Projects of the Year Awards in Las Vegas in December.

    Posted at 28 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Why Energy Traders Got the Eclipse So Wrong

    Grid operators and traders thought they were totally prepped for the historic U.S. solar eclipse. There was just this one thing they didn’t completely factor in: “irregular human-behavior patterns.”

     

    Posted at 25 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Five Million Commercial Customers Could Cut Costs with Energy Storage

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States.

    Posted at 25 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Comcast Taps Solar for Smart Home Services

    Sunrun yesterday said it has reached an agreement with Comcast for the solar and storage company to be the exclusive solar provider for Comcast Cable.

    Posted at 25 August, 2017 | Read more
  • DOE Grid Reliability Report 'Treats Wind Power Fairly,' Grassley Says

    Now that the US Department of Energy staff has released its report to Secretary Perry on Electricity Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy World has received many comments from industry that seem to generally favor the results

    Posted at 25 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters and EVs To Make Up “Customer Grid” of the Future

    Forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment.

    Posted at 25 August, 2017 | Read more
  • RGGI States Propose Additional 30 Percent Emissions Cap Decline by 2030

    The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) yesterday said that they have proposed a regional emissions cap trajectory that will provide an additional 30 percent cap reduction by the year 2030, relative to 2020 levels.

    Posted at 24 August, 2017 | Read more
  • It’s Out: A Quick Review of the Just Released US Department of Energy Grid Reliability Study

    In April, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called for a study of the U.S. electricity grid. He wanted the study to reveal why so many coal plants were retiring and whether or not energy policies (renewable folks, think the ITC, PTC, RPS) were distorting the market and making the grid unstable.

    As most in the energy industry knew, the answer is incredibly nuanced. The 187-page report, released today, details the many reasons impacting the retirement of coal plants – the fact that they are old, in need of upgrades, costlier to run than natural gas plants, and not running at full capacity – are just some of them. 

    Posted at 24 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Achieving Sustainability with Solar at the National Museum of Bermuda

    As locations for large-scale solar deployment go, Bermuda is a pretty good one. The climate guarantees plenty of sun and the potential for significant generation of clean energy. The National Museum of Bermuda has capitalized on the advantageous conditions with the recent launch of the largest ground-mounted solar project in the country. 

    Posted at 23 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Thinking Beyond Trump: Why Power Companies Should Be Investing Now in Carbon-free Electricity

    When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time.

    Posted at 23 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Sungevity Brand Returns Via Solar Spectrum-Horizon Merger

    Solar Spectrum, a clean-energy company backed by private equity firm Northern Pacific Group, bought residential system provider Horizon Solar Power.

    Posted at 23 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Plus Storage Trial Set for Remote Australian Community

    The remote Australian Northern Territory community of Daly River is set to be powered by solar and energy storage under the $55 million (US$43.5 million) Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

    Posted at 22 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Reliance Said to Mull India Energy Storage With BP

    Reliance Industries Ltd., owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is considering entering the energy storage business with its partner BP Plc. to expand into the country’s growing renewable energy sector, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.

    Posted at 22 August, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Global Solar Market Growth, Energy Storage, Eclipse

    Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case.

    Posted at 21 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Argentina Eyes Slower Renewable Growth as Infrastructure Lags

    Argentina’s next renewable power auction will be half the size of last year’s because of an infrastructure bottleneck slowing down the ability to add capacity.

    Posted at 21 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Rising Chinese Solar Panel Prices May Put Indian Projects At Risk

    Solar power projects bid at low tariffs may be at risk as the prices of photovoltaic panels have risen amid a push in the U.S. to impose anti-dumping duty on cheaper imports from China.

    Posted at 21 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Home Depot to Lease 50 Store Rooftops for Solar Power

    The Home Depot last week said that it will use power purchase agreements to lease rooftop space for 50 of its stores. The company is working with GE subsidiary Current and Tesla on the project.

     

    Posted at 21 August, 2017 | Read more
  • 100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for 24 Hours

    On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois. 

    Posted at 18 August, 2017 | Read more
  • An Eclipse Is Just What the US Power Sector’s Been Waiting For

    Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments.

    Posted at 17 August, 2017 | Read more
  • SolarReserve to Build 150-MW Solar Thermal Plant in South Australia

    A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve. The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1,100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station.

    Posted at 17 August, 2017 | Read more
  • NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for $4 Billion Battery Plan

    NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros ($118 million).

    Posted at 17 August, 2017 | Read more
  • How an Arkansas Co-op Used Solar Power to Help Retain a Major Employer

    An electric cooperative in rural Arkansas is finding that solar power is not only benefiting its members, it’s helped to keep a major employer in the community.

    Posted at 17 August, 2017 | Read more
  • London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.

    Posted at 16 August, 2017 | Read more
  • First Solar to Profit If Trump Slaps Tariffs on Panel Imports

    First Solar Inc. is standing on the sidelines of a trade dispute that could give its products a significant leg up.

    The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday regarding the request by Suniva for the U.S. to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The petition alleges China, which accounts for more than 80 percent of global solar panel production, gives manufacturers unfair government support.  

    The commission is expected to make a decision next month, and a finding of harm could lead President Trump to impose duties as early as November.

     

    Posted at 15 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe's Power Grids

    Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.

    Posted at 14 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Combined Solar and Methane Power Plant Set to Open in South Australia

    A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating within days. In what’s believed to be an Australian first, the plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed garbage through a shared turbine inter-connector. 

    Posted at 14 August, 2017 | Read more
  • 4 Unusual Uses of Solar PV Technology

    It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work—providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity.

     

    Posted at 14 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Eclipse Will Affect PV Generators Across US

    On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar PV power plants in the U.S. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does not anticipate the eclipse will create reliability issues for the bulk power system.

    Posted at 14 August, 2017 | Read more
  • There Are No Glass Ceilings In This Solar Village

    Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams.

    Posted at 11 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Myth Busting Indian Solar

    Solar capacity has been growing at a jaw dropping pace in India. What is especially remarkable is the range of stakeholders that play a part in this story. The central government; national level policy makers; national and multilateral agencies; state level governments; central off-takers; state level Discoms; private developers taking equity risk; EPC folks; hardware suppliers; sources of debt finance; corporate customers; individual customers — the list is literally endless. 

    Posted at 11 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Do You have a Favorite Insurance? For Pharma, it May be Microgrids

    A large pharma company recently came to me to discuss energy supply and its need for guaranteed electricity.  The company had to take out expensive insurance to cover a power failure event that could interrupt their production line. Why is this a big deal? We’ve all lost refrigeration for a few hours.

    After talking with the company, it became clear that a power loss lasting only 1 minute can result in a major economic hit because much of the pharmaceuticals are made in large batches to amortize the costs, and increase production.  With a power loss, it’s not just a temporary interruption, it’s a lost batch.  And the market value of a lost batch can easily reach millions of dollars. 

    Posted at 11 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Green Power Still Tied Up with Red Tape in Macron’s France

    Some 80 days into Emmanuel Macron’s new job, Europe’s biggest renewable energy companies are still waiting for the French president to make good on campaign pledges to boost green power.

    Posted at 10 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Atomic Movies May Help Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient

    In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon. 

    Posted at 10 August, 2017 | Read more
  • 4.5-GW Solar Project in the Sahara Desert Could Supply Power to Europe

    TuNur Ltd. recently said that it has filed for authorization to build a solar power export project in the Sahara Desert that would supply the European market with electricity.

    Posted at 10 August, 2017 | Read more
  • To Solve ‘Duck Curve,’ Missouri Utility to Pay Bonus for West-Facing Solar Panels

    In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri, has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south.

    Posted at 09 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Alphabet's Green Energy Ambitions Hit Turbulence

    On May 16, Makani released a YouTube video. A camera pans on a T-shaped airplane, with wings stretching 85 feet holding eight small turbines and a tether connecting it to a tall ground station. The plane swoops into the air. It dips and soars, looping elegantly in circles that mimic a windmill, something it was built to replace.

     

    Posted at 09 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Notes from the Solar Underground: The Danger of Conjecture

    As with advice, conjecture is easy to give as typically the conjecturers, as with advice givers, have little at stake and sometimes much to gain. First and foremost, conjecturers gain attention, second but not necessarily second-most, if the eventual outcome falls anywhere in the vicinity of the initial conjecture, the giver gains credibility. 

    Posted at 08 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Utilities Shifting Away from Wind, Solar PPAs

    There’s a new model emerging for growth-starved utilities looking to profit from America’s solar and wind power boom. American Electric Power Co. is using it for a $4.5 billion deal that’ll land the U.S. utility owner a massive wind farm in Oklahoma and a high-voltage transmission line to deliver the power.

    Posted at 08 August, 2017 | Read more
  • The Section 201 Trade Case, Part III: Will Any Americans Benefit?

    I’m fairly certain that there is some American ownership of SQN Ventures and Red Lion Capital, and they would likely benefit from a decision in favor of Suniva. One person who stands to benefit is Jim Modak.

     

    Posted at 08 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Senate Restores Quorum at FERC, Confirms DOE Deputy Secretary

    Quorum has been restored to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the unanimous confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson by the U.S. Senate.

    Posted at 07 August, 2017 | Read more
  • The Energy Sector Needs to Adapt to Millennials—Not Vice Versa

    As interns at Environmental Defense Fund, we’ve been tapped as resident experts on surviving on college budgets, social media, and all things Millennial. Research tells us Millennials are the largest living generation. So, as clean energy interns this summer, we’ve learned that gives us much power to change the game for the energy sector. But in unexpected ways.

     

    Posted at 07 August, 2017 | Read more
  • The Section 201 Trade Case, Part II: In the Hands of DIPs

    The 201 trade case is being financed and organized by Suniva’s “Debtors in Possession” or DIPs. These firms want their money back. The 201 trade case is a desperate attempt to do just that.

    Posted at 07 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Germany to Take on Tesla With Gigafactory Rival

    German executives are preparing to announce a new home for a lithium-ion battery plant designed to rival the output at Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory. Terra E Holding GmbH will choose one of five candidate sites in Germany or a neighboring country next month to build its 34 GWh battery factory, Frankfurt-based CEO Holger Gritzka said in an interview.

    Posted at 07 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Cell Phones to Bring Solar Power to 1 Million Africans Living Off the Grid

    Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent’s largest wireless carrier.

    Posted at 07 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Researchers Develop Transparent, Flexible Solar Cells

    Imagine a future in which solar cells are all around us - on windows and walls, cell phones, laptops, and more. A new flexible, transparent solar cell developed at MIT is bringing that future one step closer. The device combines low-cost organic (carbon-containing) materials with electrodes of graphene, a flexible, transparent material made from inexpensive and abundant carbon sources.

    Posted at 07 August, 2017 | Read more
  • AES, AimCo Complete $853 Million Deal for Solar Company SPower

    AES Corp. and Alberta Investment Management Co. completed the $853 million joint acquisition of sPower from Fir Tree Partners Inc., in one of the largest clean-energy deals to date.

    Posted at 04 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Tesla Finishes First Solar Roofs—Including Elon’s House

    First the Model 3 electric car. Now the solar roof. In just one week, Tesla has challenged two distinct industries with radically new products. 

    Posted at 04 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Just Add Solar: Building Africa’s Largest Thermal-Solar PV Hybrid Power Plant

    Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is set to deliver a 15-MW solar PV plant in Burkina Faso — creating Africa’s largest thermal-solar PV hybrid power plant. The solar PV development will be integrated with an existing 55-MW Wärtsilä thermal plant (running on heavy fuel oil), to power IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine, 330km northeast of the Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

    Posted at 04 August, 2017 | Read more
  • The Section 201 Trade Case: Suniva’s Tangled Web

    Late this fall President Trump is going to decide how to implement any recommendation made by the International Trade Commission in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case.

    Posted at 03 August, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters

    Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners. Check it out!

    Posted at 03 August, 2017 | Read more
  • IKEA to Offer Home Energy Storage in UK

    IKEA is expanding its solar homes partnership with London-based Solarcentury by making energy storage available to its customers in the U.K.

     

    Posted at 02 August, 2017 | Read more
  • Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt

    Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze. 

    Posted at 31 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Blockchain Investment Fund Begins Initial Coin Offering for New PV Plants

    Energy-focused blockchain investment fund Solar DAO yesterday started the preliminary initial coin offering (ICO) for its two-stage crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the construction of new solar PV plants.

     

    Posted at 28 July, 2017 | Read more
  • I Squared Joins Bidding for $4 Billion Equis Renewable Portfolio

    I Squared Capital, the infrastructure investment firm, is among suitors preparing bids for Equis Energy’s renewable power business, people with knowledge of the matter said.

    Posted at 28 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Michigan Program Finances First Megawatt of Solar, With Ambitious Goals Ahead

    A clean energy financing program in Michigan reached a milestone last month when it helped homeowners and businesses install 1 MW of solar energy across the state.

    Posted at 27 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if We Want a Renewable Energy Economy

    A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada.

    Posted at 27 July, 2017 | Read more
  • SunEdison Sets Bankruptcy Exit With Nothing for Shareholders

    SunEdison Inc. won final approval for a bankruptcy plan that will leave what was once the world’s largest renewable-energy firm as a shell of its former self, with nothing for shareholders whose investment at one point had been worth about $10 billion.

    Posted at 27 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Energy Bill Could See North Carolina Join National Fight Over Net Metering

    Highlighting a set of rules that promote rooftop solar, last week the activist group NC WARN became one of the few in North Carolina to urge a veto of a controversial energy bill that cleared the state legislature minutes before a month-long adjournment.

    Posted at 26 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Rooftop Concentrating Photovoltaics Win Big Over Silicon In Outdoor Testing

    A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.

    Posted at 26 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Environmental Groups Reach Conservation Agreement for 247-MW Solar Project in California

    Last week, Sierra Club said it joined Defenders of Wildlife, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Panoche Valley Solar in signing a settlement agreement concerning the size and location of the planned 247-MW Panoche Valley solar power project in California.

    Posted at 25 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Peeling Back the Red Tape to Go Solar

    Going solar isn’t as simple as having panels installed on your roof. After you select an installer, the project needs to be permitted, installed, inspected, and interconnected to the grid. Most of these steps depend on local governments and utility companies, which means the process varies based on where you live. 

    Posted at 25 July, 2017 | Read more
  • India Initiates Dumping Probe Into Chinese Solar Imports

    India opened a probe into whether Chinese solar-equipment makers are hurting its domestic industry by dumping inventories and driving down prices to unfair levels.

    Posted at 25 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Illinois Explores Smart Inverters’ Potential to Strengthen Grid Reliability

    A federal judge recently protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 — enough to power approximately half a million homes.

    Posted at 25 July, 2017 | Read more
  • UK to Invest $320M in Energy Storage R&D

    In a move aimed at powering its transition to a low-carbon economy with energy storage, the UK is set to fund battery technology research to the tune of £246m ($320m).

    Posted at 25 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Analysis: Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Utilities’ Push Against Rooftop Solar

    A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar.

    Posted at 24 July, 2017 | Read more
  • UVA, Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy Announce Solar Energy Project

    The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy.

    Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 15-MW solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will meet approximately 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.

     

    Posted at 24 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Tabuchi Electric Backs Ground-mount Racking System Provider Nuance Energy

    Tabuchi Electric, a solar inverter manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan, recently made a $3 million investment in ground mount racking system provider Nuance Energy.

    Posted at 24 July, 2017 | Read more
  • India's Blue Sky Pledge Gives Power to Country's Green Bonds

    Green bonds issued by Indian companies are gathering pace as the country’s ambitious target for renewable energy fuels interest from investors.

    Posted at 24 July, 2017 | Read more
  • 5 Reasons Why Drones Are Going to Work for Solar Asset Managers

    With the potential to reduce inspection times from weeks to hours, it’s no wonder drones are becoming an integral part of the solar asset manager’s toolkit.

    Posted at 21 July, 2017 | Read more
  • US Interior Department Scientist Speaks Out Against Reassignment

    I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science.

    Posted at 20 July, 2017 | Read more
  • Likana Solar Thermal Project in Chile Receives Environmental Approval

    SolarReserve yesterday said its 390-MW Likana concentrating solar power plant received environmental approval from the Chilean government.

    Posted at 20 July, 2017 | Read more
  • China Achieves 7.2-GW New Solar Capacity Milestone in 1Q17

    China has installed 7.21 GW of new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2017, achieving another renewable energy milestone with growth maintaining the same pace as during 1Q16. Of that total, 4.78 GW came from utility-scale solar, with the remaining 2.43 GW originating from distributed solar PV, bringing the country’s cumulative solar PV capacity up to almost 85 GW. 

    Posted at 20 July, 2017 | Read more