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  • Brazil's Largest Wind Company Has Big Plans to Dominate Solar

    Brazil’s biggest wind company has set its sights on dominating the country’s nascent solar market. CPFL Energias Renovaveis SA has 1 MW of solar power in operation now, a pilot project in Sao Paulo State, but has plans to build another 450 MW. 

    Posted at 13 December, 2017 | Read more
  • California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid

    Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it’s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray into Asian markets. 

    Posted at 13 December, 2017 | Read more
  • CHP No Longer Perceived Negatively by Utilities

    Attitudes to combined heat and power technology have transformed, according to speakers at the world’s largest electric power conference.

    Posted at 11 December, 2017 | Read more
  • The View from Washington On Energy Regulations

    And interview with Emily Fisher, Vice President, Law, and Corporate Secretary at Edison Electric Institute about the view from Washington following a Thursday, December 7 Plenary discussion at POWER-GEN International. Fisher describes the two different avenues that President Trump is pursuing regarding regulations and the energy industry.

     

    Posted at 11 December, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case

    Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more.

     

    Posted at 11 December, 2017 | Read more
  • GE's 12,000 Job Cuts Highlight Uneasy Shift to Renewable Energy

    After spending years building up its gas-power business, General Electric Co. is trying to figure out how to keep pace in a world that’s no longer all that interested in fossil fuels.

     

    Posted at 11 December, 2017 | Read more
  • China Three Gorges Starts World's Biggest Floating Solar Project

    China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a Dec. 10 statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018.

     

    Posted at 11 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal

    The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year.

    Kevin McIntyre, sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked for a 30-day extension to act on a sweeping proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who had called on the commission to come up with a plan by Dec. 11, granted the delay late Friday, saying he “respects the reasons” but “looked forward to swift action.”

    Posted at 11 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Can Utility-Scale Solar PV Help with Grid Reliability?

    As soon as solar started being introduced to the grid, operators and engineers raised concerns about solar resources causing instability. Is it possible, however, for utility-scale solar PV plants to provide grid reliability services? Mahesh Morjaria, vice president of PV systems for First Solar, says yes.

     

    Posted at 08 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Are Utilities Getting Greener? Merger Proceedings Would Indicate Yes

    There has been a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the utility sector over the past several years. These transactions generally require public service commissions (PSC) approval in the states in which one or both of the parties have operations, and the PSCs are typically charged with approving only transactions that are in the public interest. 

    Posted at 08 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Letter from the Editor: Why the Energy Imbalance Market is a Billion Dollar Opportunity

    Electric grids are mighty complicated. Of course, if you’re in the industry, you don’t need me to tell you that. When we created these huge networks of wires to pass electricity from generator to user, we simultaneously needed to track where the energy originated and where it went so we could figure out how to pay people for the energy they provided.

    Posted at 08 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water.

    So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustaining system that purifies water from any source. The system includes 3 kW of solar PV capacity and a 31-kWh deep cycle battery bank and transports as a 7-foot cube.  

    Posted at 07 December, 2017 | Read more
  • POWER-GEN 2017 Keynote – Convergence and Collaboration

    Though the power industry continues to endure rapid change in technology, demand and regulation, the five keynote speakers at POWER-GEN International 2017 focused on making the most of a changing market through convergence and collaboration.

    Posted at 07 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Variety of Opportunities for Next-Gen Energy Workforce Focus of Women in Power Luncheon

    About 50 people gathered on Dec. 5 at the Women in Power luncheon during POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas to hear the Woman of the Year and other finalists discuss their roles in affecting change in the energy industry, and the variety of opportunities in energy for the next generation of leaders.

    Posted at 07 December, 2017 | Read more
  • The Solar Trade Case: It's Gonna Be President Trump's Decision!

    Not much new surfaced at today's public hearing on the Section 201 trade case. Rather it was a reaffirmation by both sides of what they had previously stated in the two public hearings at the International Trade Commission. 

    The hearings started off with Governor McMaster of South Carolina and Senator Heinrich of New Mexico testifying against the imposition of any tariffs. There were no elected officials testifying on behalf of Suniva/Solar World. 

    Posted at 06 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Corporates #RocktheGrid by Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand

    Speakers in a session on utility-scale renewable power during POWERGEN 2017 presented evidence that corporate buyers are driving an unprecedented demand for renewable energy today and will continue to do so into the future.

    In #RocktheGrid - New Market Demand for Renewables, Lily Donge of the Rocky Mountain Institute and head of the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization that helps corporations understand how to buy renewable energy, said that this year 16 corporations have signed deals to purchase renewable energy and of those 16, 13 are new, indicating the growing interest. 

    Posted at 06 December, 2017 | Read more
  • The Mindshift Needed for Utility-integrated Energy Storage

    According to one expert, utilities need a paradigm shift in planning when it comes to recouping the full value and receiving all of the benefits of the next wave energy storage. 

    Posted at 06 December, 2017 | Read more
  • What Is the Best Way to Empower a Cleaner Grid?

    Energy market participants in some regions of the world are facing the challenge of renewables integration head-on, creating a slow, but steady, campaign to redesign their markets and form more regionalized power grids. Europe has a goal of breaking down the regional barriers that keep energy from moving freely around its power grid. And there are few better examples of energy market regionalization than the work of stakeholders on the U.S. West Coast, and in the Pacific North- and Southwest.

    Posted at 05 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Azeb Asnake Is the 2017 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year

    In recognition of her great work advancing power generation in Ethiopia, on Tuesday, December 5 at POWER-GEN International, Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power, was named the 2017 Power Generation Woman of the Year. 

    Posted at 05 December, 2017 | Read more
  • China Resources Power and SCE Snag Project of the Year Wins at POWER-GEN International

    On Tuesday, December 5th during the keynote session of POWER-GEN International, Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazine named the energy storage and renewable energy projects of the year as well as an overall project of the year for 2017.

    In the energy storage category, Southern California Edison’s Hybrid EGT project pulled out a win over Imperial Irrigation District’s Battery Storage Project and Gensa Energy’s Columbia Microgrid.

     

    Posted at 05 December, 2017 | Read more
  • PoweReliability-as-a-Service Enables DER Integration for Microgrid Applications

    Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, today at POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas said that it has released its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform powered by the newly launched Trident OP engine featuring a fuel-efficient opposed piston architecture.

    Posted at 05 December, 2017 | Read more
  • How the Digital Grid Is Powering the Renewable Energy Era

    To serve twenty-first century needs, legacy grids need the ability to accommodate new demands such as intermittent generation sources and increasingly ubiquitous distributed energy resources (DERs) located throughout the transmission network.

    Posted at 04 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Demand Response for Renewables Integration: Making a Smart Grid for Tomorrow

    In September 2017, Arizona Public Service proposed a new product, reverse demand response (DR), that aims to balance system load with excess renewable generation. This is the latest example of using DR for renewables integration (DRRI).

    Posted at 04 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Clean Energy Leaders Fear Brutal Impact on Renewable Growth As US Tax Reform Takes Shape

    In the early morning hours of Dec 2, lawmakers in the U.S. Senate passed their version of a tax reform bill. Unlike the version of the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate bill makes no changes to the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC), on which wind and solar energy developers rely to help finance projects. However, the bill makes changes to the way corporations can use tax equity, in a provision called BEAT (base erosion and anti-abuse tax), which stakeholders fear will result in a significant loss of tax equity finance available on the market. 

    Posted at 03 December, 2017 | Read more
  • 850 MW Solar Thermal Plant Will Support Oil Extraction in California

    A new 850-MW solar thermal project will help oil and gas producer Aera Energy power its operations at the Belridge oilfield in Southern California. The project will use solar steam and solar electricity for the oilfield, reducing natural gas currently used at the site. Steam is injected into a reservoir in the heavy oil production process called thermal enhanced oil recovery.

    Posted at 01 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Funding Boosts Australian Renewable Energy Storage Projects

    A system to capture biogas from a wastewater treatment plant, store it as thermal energy and sell it to the electricity grid is among the next wave of projects to receive money from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund.

    Posted at 01 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Panel Maker Pushing for US Tariffs Mulls Sale Offers

    Suniva Inc., the bankrupt U.S. solar manufacturer asking President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on imported panels, is evaluating a potential sale. The Norcross, Georgia-based company has been in contact with several potential buyers interested in purchasing either its equipment or the business as a whole, according to interviews and documents filed as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

    Posted at 01 December, 2017 | Read more
  • Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done

    By the time the last gavel came down early in the morning of November 18, international climate negotiators in Bonn paved the way to the next climate summit in Katowice, Poland in 2018. There, the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement will be finalized and countries can signal their commitments to enhance national climate plans by 2020.

    Posted at 30 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Will Solar Panels Clean Themselves in the Future?

    The accumulation of dirt on solar panels has been proven to reduce their efficiency significantly, placing a heavy burden on owners to keep the panels clean in order to ensure project viability. U.K.-based Opus Materials Technologies says it has received funding that will help it validate a new coating that will allow solar panels to clean themselves.

    Posted at 30 November, 2017 | Read more
  • 5 Solar Innovations That Will Make Engineers Giddy

    There’s no question that the solar industry has gained the solid standing it now enjoys by employing certain winning technologies, but there also is always room for improvement. We’ve seen a few intriguing innovations in solar crop up that aren’t on the commercial starting line, but that you may want to watch in 2018.

    Posted at 30 November, 2017 | Read more
  • EU Sets New Binding Renewables Target of 35 Percent by 2030

    On Tuesday, Industry and Energy Committee MEPs agreed that by 2030, a minimum of 35 percent of all energy consumed in the EU would need to come from renewable, cleaner sources. For the transport sector, at least 12 percent of the energy consumed in each member state would have to be produced from renewables, such as the sun or wind.

    Posted at 29 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Trump Seeks Details on Solar Imports Before Setting Tariffs

    President Donald Trump’s trade representative requested more details about how low-cost imported solar panels have harmed U.S. manufacturers as the White House considers imposing tariffs.

    Posted at 29 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Rooftop Solar in India Is a $23 Billion Opportunity

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance in a new report said that India’s 40-GW target for rooftop solar PV by 2022 represents a $23 billion investment opportunity.

    Posted at 29 November, 2017 | Read more
  • New Study Will Connect the Dots on Smart Homes and the Grid

    Energy storage provider Sunverge yesterday said that Arizona Public Service (APS) will launch a new study before the end of the year to examine the effectiveness of networked distributed energy resources.

    Posted at 29 November, 2017 | Read more
  • As Mexican Solar Auction Prices Scrape Bottom, Will Quality be Threatened?

    The latest round of solar auctions in Mexico yielded an unheard-of average price of US $20.57 per MW, including a $17.70 per MW bid by Enel, a coup for the government. However, as developers and EPCs scramble to under-bid one another in the current market, the price eventually will erode the quality that is deliverable. Indeed, this auction round may have hit the crossing point suggests Enrique Roig, the director of the Solar Steel business of Gonvarri Steel Services, based in Madrid.

    Posted at 27 November, 2017 | Read more
  • London Firm Puts Hybrid Energy Park to Work for Waste Management

    U.K. resource management firm Cory Riverside Energy today said that it will build a hybrid energy park in London to support waste management for the city.

    Posted at 27 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Is This Funding the Boost Solar Needs in Afghanistan?

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $44.76 million grant to develop Afghanistan's first 20 megawatts (MW) on-grid solar photovoltaic plant and boost the country's renewable energy generation and supply. 

    Posted at 27 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Giant Battery Set for Testing in the Australian Outback

    Billionaire Elon Musk’s giant battery being built in the Australian outback will be energized in coming days and begin testing, indicating Tesla Inc. is on track to meet a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the system.

    Posted at 27 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Why the Bifurcation of an Industry’s Supply and Demand is Bad for Everyone

    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.  In the solar industry, strong markets are alike in that they have incentives, subsidies and/or mandates to drive growth and adoption but also a fair amount of political and economic risk and every weak or collapsing market is alike in that it no longer has incentives, subsidies and/or mandates to drive it and its political and/or economic risk has become a reality.

    A weak market is the mirror image of a strong one that is, everything is seen in reverse. In solar, a leading market share receives more notice than the low-to-negative margins that go along with it. For example, solar lease etc., company Sunrun is being touted for passing SolarCity in terms of its market share even as it racks — pardon the pun — up losses. The company reported losses from operations of $130.7 million and net losses of $180.9 million for nine months of 2017.  True, the company lost less money than it did in 2016, however this should not be spun as a positive. 

    Posted at 27 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Spread Solar for the Holidays: Four Gift Giving Ideas for 2017

    It’s that time of year again: holidays! Until 2018 begins, we try to set aside some extra time for family, eat delicious meals together, exchange gifts and generally close out the year with good wishes and good intentions for the next year.

    While Renewable Energy World is a business-to-business publication for the global renewable energy industry, we occasionally get press releases and notifications about interesting inventions that are designed for the general public. And as the holidays approach, we like to bring them to you.  

    Posted at 23 November, 2017 | Read more
  • China on Pace for Record Solar Capacity as Forecasts Jump

    China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent.

    About 54 gigawatts will be put in place this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday, raising a  forecast of more than 30 gigawatts made in July. That amount of additional capacity would likely surpass all the solar energy generated in Japan in 2017.

    Posted at 21 November, 2017 | Read more
  • The Big Embrace: Electric Utilities Accept Wind and Solar as Reliable Sources, Plan for the Long Haul

    Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay.

    Posted at 20 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Proposed Tax Reform Bill Has ‘Disastrous Implications’ for Renewable Energy

    Last week, both houses of the U.S. congress passed versions of a tax reform bill. As readers might recall, tax reform was one of the platforms on which Trump ran for president and getting a major tax reform bill passed would be a big win for him. Each version of the bill has implications for the renewable energy industry but the wind industry is particularly worried about the House bill.

    Posted at 20 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Putting Solar+Storage to Work for Africa’s Farmers

    BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October.

    Posted at 17 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Massachusetts Opens RFP for the First 100 MW of “Smart” Solar

    On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity.

    The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region. 

    Posted at 17 November, 2017 | Read more
  • DERs and Grid Optimization — The Next Phase of the Grid Modernization Journey

    The call for grid modernization is occurring across the world and utilities are positioned at the forefront of this industry transformation. While some states and countries are moving at a more rapid pace than others, grid modernization is a necessary outcome for utilities to ensure long-term sustainability.

    Posted at 17 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Orsted Green Bond Bets on the Future of the Planet

    Orsted A/S, the Danish company built on oil and gas extraction, will issue its first green bonds as it moves toward completing a transition to renewable energy.

    Posted at 16 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Pennsylvania Moves to Protect REC Prices

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed into law a provision that will support strong renewable energy credit prices in the state. According to the governor’s office, the legislation requires that renewable energy facilities only generate RECs if the power from the facility is delivered to an electricity distributor operating within the commonwealth.

    Posted at 15 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid

    Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.

    Posted at 15 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Companies Scramble to Find a Critical Raw Material

    Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories.

    Posted at 15 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Enel to Bid in Mexico Power Auction After Raising $1.35 Billion

    Enel Green Power SpA, the renewable-energy unit of Europe’s largest utility, plans to bid in Mexico’s power auction this month after raising $1.35 billion with a deal to sell stakes in eight wind and solar projects in the country in October.

    Posted at 14 November, 2017 | Read more
  • West Africa's Off-Grid Market Drives Pay-As-You-Go Firm

    West Africa’s booming off-grid solar industry is drawing international investors eyeing expansion. Lumos Global, a Dutch off-grid developer that raised $90 million last year to start business in Nigeria, said it’s expanding in Ivory Coast this month.

    Posted at 14 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Clean Energy Is Overtaking Coal in This Competitive Electricity Market

    Look around the U.S. and you’ll find plenty of examples of smart policy that is driving the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy resources. In particular, California, New York, and Illinois are all leveraging policy to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a 21st century electric grid.

    Posted at 14 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

    In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.

    Posted at 14 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?

    Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands.

    Posted at 14 November, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief

    Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.”

     

    Posted at 13 November, 2017 | Read more
  • The Microgrid Imperative

    The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them: 

    Posted at 13 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer

    This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years. 

    Posted at 10 November, 2017 | Read more
  • SEPA Requests Industry Players’ Input for DERMS Development

    The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

    Posted at 10 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Solar Installers Are Getting Closer to Profitability

    There’s long been a Catch-22 about residential solar: despite staggering market demand, it’s been hard to make money doing it—until now. Sunrun Inc. said Wednesday that it’s cash-flow positive. And Blackstone Group LP-backed Vivint Solar Inc. expects to hit that mark next year.

    Posted at 10 November, 2017 | Read more
  • How Modern is Your State's Grid?

    A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system.

    Posted at 09 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Modernization Efforts Are Poised to Dramatically Reconfigure the Electric Grid

    It’s been nearly two years since the release of the GridWise Alliance’s last Grid Modernization Index (GMI-3). The results of the just-released GMI-4, GridWise’s latest tracking of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, demonstrates increased participation in and acceleration of grid modernization efforts across the nation – as clean energy, distributed resources, smart meters, and other technology adoption expands.

    Posted at 09 November, 2017 | Read more
  • The Smartest Money for C&I Solar Is Coming from Inside the House

    Investment banks aren’t interested, and neighborhood banks just don’t understand. So where is someone who has a great commercial solar project supposed to get funding?

    Posted at 09 November, 2017 | Read more
  • China's Tongwei to Spend $1.8 Billion on Solar-Cell Factories

    Tongwei Co. plans to spend 12 billion yuan (US$1.8 billion) to build two solar-cell factories that would make the Chinese firm the world’s biggest manufacturer of products that generate electricity from the sun.

    Posted at 08 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Telsa, Green Charge Help PG&E Learn How to Control Aggregated DERs

    Over the summer about 33 customers in Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) territory started a new journey with their utility. PG&E is hoping that through this and other pilot projects, it will learn how responsive batteries, solar PV and smart inverters are when they receive a signal from the utility. 

    Posted at 08 November, 2017 | Read more
  • What Happens if My Utility Breaks My Solar Inverter or Battery?

    As distributed energy resources (DERs) including solar PV and batteries begin to proliferate throughout the world, the services they could provide if coupled with the right technology go beyond simple energy generation and storage. Utilities are waking up to how they might use these technologies to bring about a cleaner, stronger, resilient and “smarter” grid.

    Posted at 08 November, 2017 | Read more
  • What Is the Business Case for Energy Storage in Africa?

    A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome?

    Posted at 07 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Import Dispute Is Putting India Solar in a Bind

    Several solar projects in India are facing delays and inflated costs as customs officials have blocked more than 900 containers of panel shipments for more than a month by demanding higher import duties.

    Posted at 03 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Unparalleled Leadership: The 2017 Power-Gen Woman of the Year Finalists

    In early 2013, a group of industry women, dubbed the Women in Power committee, assembled in Orlando, Fla., to figure out how to honor women who have dedicated their careers to the power industry. The industry is dominated with men making up more than 75 percent of the workforce, according to estimates.

    Posted at 03 November, 2017 | Read more
  • South Australia Eyes Big Wave of New Solar, Storage

    Meeting in the state capital of Adelaide yesterday, the Board of ZEN Energy approved a strategic plan to establish 1 GW of additional dispatchable renewable generation assets. The assets will support long-term electricity supply contracts with South Australia’s large industrial users to provide access to lower cost, reliable and low emission energy.

    Posted at 02 November, 2017 | Read more
  • This Is How One Firm Is Promising a Solar Performance Boost

    Solar entrepreneur Bill Gross, the CEO of Edisun Microgrids, has successfully penetrated the commercial and industrial solar market segment with dual-axis trackers, promising a 30 percent performance boost for a cost increase of only 10 percent compared with a standard fixed-tilt PV installation, at optimal U.S. locations, he says.

    Posted at 02 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Musk Says Solar Roof Tiles Market Is Going to Be a 'Behemoth'

    Since unveiling its solar roof tile designs a year ago, Tesla has been testing the product, which CEO Elon Musk says is going to be a significant part of the company’s business down the road.

    Posted at 02 November, 2017 | Read more
  • 4 Signs to Watch at COP23

    Two years after the world joined together to forge the Paris Agreement on climate change, representatives from around the globe will convene in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 6 for the next round of United Nations talks. The summit marks a critical stepping stone for global climate action.

    Posted at 01 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Listen Up: Designing a Reliable Electric Grid

    Over the past few months we’ve experienced a solar eclipse, several devastating hurricanes, another under-construction nuclear plant shutdown, and a backwards-looking Department of Energy Grid Reliability study.

     

    Posted at 01 November, 2017 | Read more
  • NY Power Authority, National Lab Scale Up Solar Forecasting Research

    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) last week said that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office has allocated $500,000 in matching funds to step up joint research into solar power forecasting.

    Posted at 01 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Tesla Asks, 'Where’s Storage in Perry’s NOPR?'

    Many people with their finger on the pulse of the U.S. energy industry read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on grid resiliency from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and wondered why energy storage didn’t merit more attention. Tesla, in its comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the NOPR, made its surprise about the omission very clear.

    Posted at 01 November, 2017 | Read more
  • Commissioners Recommend Solar Tariffs and Quotas in Trade Case

    In a hearing held today, October 31, the U.S. International Trade Commissioners announced their recommended tariffs, quotas and other recommendations for solar modules imported into the United States from anywhere else in the world. 

    Posted at 31 October, 2017 | Read more
  • What Happens When Solar Installers Get Frustrated with Loan Options?

    Listen to Blake Jones and Aaron James discuss solar loans and the decisions consumers are making about financing today, new financing options and services, and the question of transparency in the solar loans market.

    Posted at 31 October, 2017 | Read more
  • What Will Influence Trump the Most on the Trade Case Remedy?

    The International Trade Commission (ITC) is set to issue its decision tomorrow for a remedy in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case, and send its report to President Donald Trump by mid-November.

    Posted at 30 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Hawaiian Utilities Enact Smart Inverter Requirements

    Late last week the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs that it hopes will lead to a more stable grid while also giving customers options to go solar. In addition, the HPUC clarified terms of existing programs.

    Posted at 27 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Getting Serious about Solar for Disaster Response and Recovery

    The prospect of using solar power on a temporary basis, including for disaster response and recovery, is not new, of course. Indeed, Hurricane Hugo in 1988 is believed to be the first time that solar power was used for relief in the aftermath of a natural disaster. 

    Posted at 27 October, 2017 | Read more
  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Attacks on Clean Energy, Hawaii, Consumer Protection

    Today's topics include federal-level attacks on clean energy in both the U.S. and Australia. Plus, a new PUC ruling in Hawaii about PV + Storage and self-consumption. Finally, how do we make sure that consumers are protected in light of the interest from utilities to communicate with the inverter and the battery?

    Posted at 27 October, 2017 | Read more
  • New Connection Technology Is Cutting Cost of Solar Installation

    Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.

    Posted at 26 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Tesla Is Planning $340 Million Securitization With Solar Contracts

    Tesla Inc. is preparing to bundle about $340 million of solar power purchase agreements and leases into a bond offering.

    Posted at 26 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Supply Update: Yes, Depending on the Country, There Is a Module Shortage

    The solar PV industry is at a high degree of capacity utilization in 2017 driven by strong demand in China for PV deployment. Globally from 86 GWp to 92 GWp is on track to be installed in 2017. Currently the industry has 92 GWp of manufacturing capacity and at the beginning of the year there was 3 GWp of inventory on the supply and demand sides. 

    Posted at 26 October, 2017 | Read more
  • How to Address Over-Generation of Solar Energy

    In 2013, the California Independent System Operator published a chart that is now commonplace in conversations about large-scale deployment of solar PV power. The duck curve—named after its resemblance to a duck—shows the difference in electricity demand and the amount of available solar energy throughout the day. 

    Posted at 25 October, 2017 | Read more
  • Largest US Grid Operator Opposes Perry’s Plan to Save Coal

    The biggest U.S. grid operator is asking regulators to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants. "I don’t know how this proposal could be implemented without a detrimental impact on the market," Andrew Ott, who heads up PJM Interconnection LLC, told reporters by phone Monday. 

    Posted at 25 October, 2017 | Read more
  • The Flawed Analysis Behind the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

    The Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is based on flawed analysis that understates its benefits. This action is part of this administration’s unfortunate pattern of dismantling sensible policies and rejecting the underlying science of climate change. Repealing the CPP would remove another federal protection meant to help Americans avoid damages from a changing climate.

    Posted at 23 October, 2017 | Read more
  • FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR

    On Friday at the Pierce Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium, keynote speaker and FERC commissioner Cheryl LaFleur offered insight into how she would be considering the recently proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the secretary of Energy issued last month.

    Posted at 23 October, 2017 | Read more
  • First Look at Sono Motors' Solar and Battery-Powered Electric Car

    Considering the reputation of crowdfunding and also the state of the EV startup scene, which hasn't delivered in a while, it's pleasantly surprising to see some actual progress with a new electric car concept. After a successful crowdfunding effort, German startup Sono Motors has unveiled the Sion, a battery-electric car partly powered by solar power with onboard solar cells, earlier this year.

    Posted at 23 October, 2017 | Read more
  • SunPower Obtains $53 Million Financing for Residential Solar

    SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. panel manufacturer, arranged more than $53 million in financing for residential-solar installations.

    Posted at 23 October, 2017 | Read more
  • 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