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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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


Iconic London double-deckers go electric

London routemaster buses.

Chinese manufacturer BYD will supply battery-powered buses to Transport for London from October. The number 16 route will be the first to go emission-free.


Chinese wind company looks at solar

Wind turbines.

Xinjiang Goldwind examines co-location opportunities in Australia. Move comes after revised RET removes uncertainty for clean power developers.


Leclanché secures $8.2 million in financial backing

Swiss battery maker, Leclanché has secured CHF7.7 million (around US$8.2 million) in additional funding to support its growth plans. Major shareholder, Recharge Aps has also agreed to convert up to CHF 17 million of its loan into...


US: 100% conversion to wind, water and solar power by 2050 feasible, PV to account for 38%

Solar PV a could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S. in 2050

In a new study by Stanford University, a solid financial, technical and economical case for the U.S to convert its all-purpose energy systems to ones powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS) has been made. Based on their...


Global installed PV capacity to reach 200 GW soon, says German solar association

A cumulative solar PV capacity of 200 GW will soon be reached, says BSW-Solar, indicating up to 22 GW have been added in 1H 2015. Like other recent estimates, the German solar association predicts 50 GW of new capacity additions...


Younicos and Duke Energy combine on 36 MW Texas storage project

Duke Energy.

German battery specialist Younicos, together with Samsung SDI, to collaborate with U.S. utility Duke Energy on creation of 36 MW storage plant in Texas.


Enphase expands Grid Alternatives partnership by 3 MW

A Grid Alternatives installation.

Microinverter supplier Enphase has expanded its partnership with Grid Alternatives. The extended cooperation should see another 3 MW of solar added to low-income households and communities.


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