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US: Solar to account for 24% of cumulative microgrid capacity by 2020

Microgrids increasingly emerging as a PV integration strategy

A new GTM Research report estimates that the U.S. microgrid market will reach a cumulative capacity of around 2.8 GW in 2020. Of this, renewables is set to account for 26%, led by solar.


Expert analysis: The solar storage story

"Sonnenbatterie seems to be pushing longer life times and aggregated depths of discharge, which are both interesting"

Led by the charge of Tesla’s headline-hogging Powerwall announcement, the selection of storage technologies unveiled at this year's Intersolar Europe was refreshingly innovative, says IHS’s Sam Wilkinson.


Younicos to add 150 jobs in Germany, US

Younicos has announced it will double its workforce by 2017, adding new jobs in both Germany and the U.S., in response to the expected "exponential" growth in the energy storage market. Overall, the battery specialist has a 4 GW...


NRG, Ice Energy to roll out 25 MW of energy storage in California

The Ice Bear freezes 450 gallons of water in its insulated tank during the night

NRG Energy Inc. and Ice Energy will roll out 25 MW of energy storage solutions in California. Up to 1,800 of Ice Energy’s thermal storage units are expected to be installed early next year.


Germany: Energy storage opportunity for struggling PV installers

Of the over 750 companies surveyed, 85% are either already offering energy storage solutions, or are planning to do so.

Germany's solar PV installers are "struggling" to deal with a changing manufacturer landscape, says EuPD Research. Energy storage, however, may offer them new opportunities. The company also finds that homeowners without solar...


Trina Solar refutes reports of Malaysian fab rejection

Trina Solar production.

Reports in the Malaysian and U.K. press that Trina Solar has had an application for a Malaysian solar facility in the country rejected have been refuted today by the company, which claims it has made no such application.


JinkoSolar launches O2O e-commerce platform

JinkoSolar wants to help the distributed PV market

JinkoSolar has launched its O2O e-commerce platform, Jinkoyun, to help solar customers build small-sized PV systems in China. The plan is to roll the concept out to other main solar markets by 2020, thus serving the global...


India: Adani Group signs 648 MW solar MoU in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu landscape.

The India-headquartered conglomerate signs memorandum of understanding to create five solar PV power plants in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram district for around $715 million.


Hareon Solar signs 72 MW PV project deal in India

Andhra Pradesh.

The Chinese solar company embarks on first solar project in India, entering into agreement with ReNew Power to develop a 72 MW solar farm in Andhra Pradesh.


France storage project highlights cost journey facing batteries in Europe

The energy storage installation at the Nice Grid pilot project comprises two Saft Intensium Max lithium-ion batteries.

Nice Grid pilot storage project by EDF's power grid unit ERDF reveals that the economic model of storage technology is not yet viable across most of Europe's main grids.


Canada issues ruling on anti-dumping case, final duties set

Solar PV plant in Canada.

Following an investigation into Chinese companies importing solar PV products into Canada, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has ruled that dumping and subsidizing has taken place and, while this has not caused...


From the Mag: A selection of stories from the July issue

Younicos' 1 MW NAS battery system.

pv magazine's July edition includes a thorough examination of the utility-scale solar sector in the U.S., tracks the globalization of the tracker industry and explores the storage markets and policies that are driving the battery...


Znshine removed from EU minimum price

Znshine presentation.

Chinese PV module producer Znshine is set to be removed from the EU minimum price (MIP) agreement. European Commission documents, issued today, reveal that modules were incorrectly labeled as having come from a third country,...


pv magazine weekly news digest

Shipping containers.

In a 100% renewable US we'll all be running our houses with solar power and relaxing in front of the box to watch Formula E. But we won't be using AE inverters...


3D-Micromac picks up 2.5 GW PERC tooling order

3D micromac's tool.

Germany’s 3D-Micromac has won an order to provide 27 of its microSTRUCT OTF tools for PERC PV cell production. The order is for an unnamed Asian cell producer.


Spain's solar tax 'almost complete'

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Minister says twin tax on self-consumption is almost ready. With elections looming, the Spanish government is in a race against time to enact the legislation.


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