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Dubai's desert.

Is the new record-low price for PV reported this week in Abu Dhabi a killer-watt for solar? Prices plunge in India too, while Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity stirs up a lawsuit or four.


UK: STA urges government to move quickly on creation of pro-storage policies

Storage installation in the U.K.

The switch to a smarter power network in the U.K. is contingent on supportive government policies that nurture the nation's storage industries, says the Solar Trade Association.


3 GW solar potential in Ireland's brownfield sites

Ireland solar site. Image copyright Mortensen Construction.

A report from U.K.-based renewable energy advisor Dulas has highlighted the 'hidden potential' of solar in Ireland, by analyzing the country’s brownfield sites, outlining the clear incentives, but also the challenges of setting...


First utility-scale Tesla battery being installed in Europe

Tesla Powerpack. Image by Tesla.

Tesla's utility and business energy storage solution, the Powerpack, is being installed by U.K. developer Camborne Energy Storage alongside a PV plant in Somerset, making it the first large-scale Tesla storage unit to be...


South Korea to give incentives for energy storage as part of renewables spending spree

BESS battery energy storage system Toshiba. Image Toshiba.

The South Korean government announced an initiative that provides incentives for utility-scale solar operators to install energy storage units alongside the PV plants, while also outlining plans to invest USD 27 billion in...


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...


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.


Powin Energy developing a 2 MW energy storage unit in California

Irvine Business Complex. Image by Catatonique.

U.S. manufacturer and developer of energy storage systems Powin Energy has been selected to complete a 2 MW/8 MWh energy storage system that should be operational in Irvine, California, by the end of the year to help alleviate...


U.S. boosts energy storage 126% in Q2

Storage battery. Image by Andreas Schlegel.

According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, a quarterly publication from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the United States deployed 41.2 megawatts of energy storage in the second quarter of 2016,...


Australia: One small gain for battery storage, one big win for fossil fuel industry

Battery storage system. Image by Solarpraxis, Andreas Schlegel.

Australia's principal policy maker for the energy markets has waived through a rule change that could accelerate the use of battery storage to provide grid stability as more renewables enter the market. But the rule maker has...


Enphase begins AC battery shipments to Australia and New Zealand

AC battery from Enphase.

U.S. firm projects demand volume of 70,000 units of its AC battery in first year as demand for residential storage Down Under expected to continue steep growth trajectory.


Interview: How Solar Impulse's round the world flight took batteries on a journey of discovery

Solar, meet solar: The Si2 soars above the Gemasolar thermal solar plant in Abu Dhabi as it nears the final few miles of its historic journey.

July's successful circumnavigation of the globe by Solar Impulse was a triumph for human endurance and ingenuity, and proved solar power's efficacy as a reliable source of electricity. But the project would not have been possible...


RWE to acquire PV and storage specialist Belectric Solar & Battery

RWE AG HQ Essen, Germany. Baikonur wikimedia commons

The German utility's renewable energy arm, innogy SE, has signed the contract to acquire Belectric Solar & Battery, a solar developer who has built more than 1.5 GWp of PV projects worldwide, significantly enhancing the company's...


TrinaBEST to expand into Japan

Trina Solar logo. Courtesy of Trina Solar

The new storage arm of Trina Solar, Trina Energy Storage Solutions, otherwise known as TrinaBEST, has announced the establishment of a Japanese subsidiary, TrinaBEST Japan to help grow its energy storage business in Japan.


Storage shows its worth in UK's first Enhanced Frequency Response auction

Kokam large scale storage.

A total of 1.4 GW of projects were put forward under the 200 MW tender, with energy storage projects taking positive steps forward, says Renewable Energy Agency.


'Second-life' EV batteries could drive low-cost storage sector, says BNEF report

Mercedes-Benz has already begun exploring ways to repurpose its used EV batteries for stationary storage projects.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, used electric vehicle batteries will amount to 29 GWh by 2025, with around one-third of that total viable for second life use as low-cost, stationary storage.


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