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UK could be home to 24 million clean energy prosumers by 2050, says report

Solar rooftop installation, U.K.

Data by the European Renewable Energies Federation forecasts the British energy 'prosumer' to grow from one million in 2015 to 24 million as more and more citizens begin to make valuable energy contributions.


Solar Power International 2016: Five key takeaways

Photo: Nicole Hubbs

This year's SPI trade show comes at a time of dynamic growth for the solar industry and an increasing integration of solar into energy management. But not all the news is good.


Kostal signs 15 MW inverter supply deal in Turkey

Istanbul.

Turkish branch of the German firm signs supply deal with Turkish EPC CW Enerji for the delivery of its Piko inverters for 15 MW of solar projects.


Cubico adds 50 MW UK solar park to its portfolio

The 50 MW Owls Hatch solar farm is among the largest in the U.K.

The investment firm has acquired 11 solar PV projects from developer British Solar Renewables totaling 120 MW over the last eight months, the most recent being the purchase this week of a 50 MW solar farm.


NREL takes lead on $30m consortium to improve PV technology performance

The DOE SunShot Initiative will fund the consortium to the tune of $30m over the next five years.

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead a consortium comprising Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the development of new solar module materials.


Enphase surveys U.S. distributors for Q1 2017 AC battery deliveries

“The demand from both installers and homeowners for the Enphase AC Battery in the lead up to its debut in Australia and New Zealand has exceeded our expectations,” said Nathan Dunn, managing director of Enphase Asia-Pacific.

Enphase Energy announced at SPI 2016 that it has begun canvassing its U.S. distributor network to gauge interest for mass orders of its AC Battery system, which was test marketed in Australia over the past year, culminating in...


Japan's JRE to invest in 100MW of PV

Japan Renewable Energy (JRE), a Tokyo-based renewables investor backed by Goldman Sachs, has announced plans to invest an undisclosed sum in the development of two solar projects in the southern part of Fukushima prefecture.


IKEA installs Tennessee's largest rooftop solar system on Memphis store

PV array on IKEA's Mephis store in Tennessee. Image by IKEA.

The Swedish furniture retailer has now installed 44 solar systems across the U.S., with this standout project set to become the largest rooftop system in Tennessee once the new Memphis store opens in Autumn.


SMA and Sungrow showcase new inverters at Solar Power International

Sungrow's new SG125HV string inverter is the world's first at 1,500 volts.

Two market leaders unveil groundbreaking new products at the Las Vegas show, including new range of 1,500 VDC inverters from Sungrow.


Largest solar plant in the Caribbean connected to the Puerto Rican grid

Sonnedix PV plant in Puerto Rico. Image by Sonnedix.

The energization of the 45 MW plant was done by Oriana Energy, a subsidiary of international solar power producer Sonnedix Group, in partnership with Yarotek, who have now completed two PV projects in Puerto Rico in quick...


JinkoSolar enters module supply agreement with Con Edison

JinkoSolar PV park in Ontario. Image by Sentinel Solar.

The Chinese PV heavyweight has signed the Master Module Supply Agreement with Consolidated Edison Development for around 560 MW of modules in the U.S., as it continues to make headway in the region.


ARENA is down – but not out

Commercial rooftop PV installation in Australia. Image by Jonathan Gifford.

Both the Labor and the Liberal-National Coalition publicly profess the importance of combating climate change and developing Australia’s innovation capabilities. Yet last election they inexplicably chose to abandon both by...


UK government gives go ahead to Hinkley Point nuclear plant

A protest at Hinkley Point C.

Theresa May's new government has finally made up its mind about the controversial new nuclear plant being financed by the French and the Chinese, which has faced sharp criticism for its escalating costs and for the implications...


Construction begins at Enel's 103 MW PV plant in Brazil

Bahia state, Brazil. Image by TR2HG.

The Italian solar developer has broken ground at the 103 MW Horizonte solar plant in the state of Bahia, as Enel Green Power becomes central to the solar boom that is currently taking place in Brazil.


MiaSolé Launches Flex Series Modules At SPI

New generation of FLEX Series solar panels for BIPV applications, with a 17% efficiency and a weight of 0.5 lb./sq. foot, four times less than glass panels.

MiaSolé announced a new generation of FLEX Series solar panels for BIPV applications, with a 17% efficiency and a weight of 0.5 lb./sq. foot, four times less than glass panels.


Advanced Microgrid Solutions to embark on 40 MW SoCal storage project

Storage technology.

The San Francisco-based clean tech firm has been selected by Southern California Edison to deliver a 40 MW fast-response energy storage system in the state to help manage circuit load and integrate higher levels of solar energy.


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