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Australia: Network lobby proposes special tariff to keep households on grid

Australia's national flag. Flickr image by thewamphyri.

Australia's main network lobby is proposing a new tariff for stand-alone power systems that it says will encourage more than one million households with large amounts of solar and battery storage to stay connected to the main...

Tesla breaks into the black in Q3 results

The EV and battery maker maintains that its battery gigafactory will be ready to support Model 3 rollout in H2 2017, three weeks before a shareholder vote on the acquisition of SolarCity.

Sunrun to deploy LG Chem batteries in the US market

The partnership will see Sunrun install LG Chem's RESU battery.

Sunrun will offer LG Chem RESU batteries for the U.S. residential market through its BrightBox offering and subsidiary AEE Solar

Sungrow connects 20 MW solar+storage microgrid plant in China

Sungrow's central inverters will power the 20 MW microgrid, located in the harsh environs of Shuanghu, Tibet province, China.

At a combined 20 MW, the microgrid plant in Shuanghu is the largest of its kind in the world, comprising 13 MW of solar PV and 7 MW of energy storage.

Leclanché ups 2017 revenue guidance to 75% growth

Leclanche battery cells.

Swiss-headquartered energy storage specialist reveals contract backlog of 85 MWh and ongoing negotiations equating to more than 300 MWh of new storage capacity over coming years.

50 MW of solar plus storage planned for Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Cellular Jail on Andaman Island, India. Flickr image: Ankur P.

The picturesque Indian islands will welcome the 50 MW of solar projects to help them become energy sufficient, but also for the "greening" of the islands, which are eventually expected to welcome 100 MW of PV.

IEA ups renewable forecast 13%, hails "impressive progress" of PV manufacturers

Kingston Energy park. Image: Western Wind Energy Corp.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has increased its mid-term renewable forecast by 13%. Largely on the back of key policy developments in the U.S., India, China and Mexico, the agency has pointed to wind and solar PV’s...

Venture capital funding in batteries and smart grids declines sharply in Q3: Mercom report

Battery system.

Latest Mercom Capital report finds that just $102 million in VC funding for smart grid, battery storage and efficiency sectors was raised in Q3, down from $433 million in Q2. Project funds for residential and commercial storage...

Sonnen receives a further USD 85 investment

Sonnenbatterie storage management system. Image by Sonnen.

The German company announced that it has secured USD 85 million in growth capital, some of which came from two new partners, which will help the company consolidate its healthy position further in the booming energy storage...

Tesla strengthens Panasonic solar bond with cell and module collaboration


The two firms have signed a non-binding letter of intent to collaborate on the production of solar modules and cells at Tesla's Buffalo facility. Deal rests on completion of Tesla's SolarCity acquisition.

ECCC report: Energy storage can be revolutionary for the UK

Battery solar storage system. Image by Solarpraxis' Andreas Schlegel.

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (ECCC) will release its final report on 15 October, which will highlight the importance of energy storage and demand-side technologies for the future energy transition, and can offer...

ARENA backs world-leading solar plus wind plus storage project in Queensland

Solar PV and energy storage project in Queensland.

A world-leading project that will combine solar PV, wind energy and battery storage, and which could ultimately be one of the biggest power stations in Queensland, has received financial support from the Australian Renewable...

Utility scale storage project breaks ground in New England

The storage is project in Sterling is expected to be completed in December. Photo: Business Wire

Massachusetts’s first utility scale storage project got underway this week in the town of Sterling. The battery is being supplied to the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) by NEC Energy Solutions.

Enabling policies and better grid integration needed to boost renewables

Solar and wind combined. Image by Tom Baerwald Solarpraxis.

This was the message coming out of the 23rd World Energy Congress being held in Istanbul, as renewable energy industry leaders lauded the achievements of the industry, but were quick to point out the hard work that was needed to...

ABB unveils renewable-ready plug-and-play microgrid

ABB will offer four variants of its new containerized microgrid, ranging from 5 kW to 4,600 kW in size.

Containerized product comprising power converter, battery storage and control system compatible with all sorts of solar applications and suitable for mature and emerging regions, says company.

Boom time: the pv magazine USA week in review

It’s a complicated time in the U.S. solar industry, with a booming market, especially for utility-scale solar and increasing public interest, but also collapsed PV module prices and shifts in production.

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