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Is there anything that could boost customer interest for residential solar more than selling PV at IKEA?

IKEA starts selling home PV systems; First Solar reports solid year-to-year growth in Q1; Solar Impulse returns to the skies. Good news is not boring in the solar world.

Second-generation Powervault energy storage systems launched in the UK

Powervault system installed in a home in the U.K.

The new product range, with enhanced features, has been launched at the same time as a Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign offering the opportunity to invest in the company as the storage market is expected to grow exponential.

Tesla prepares for major growth in U.S. behind-the-meter energy storage in 2016

GTM Research analysis of a Tesla filing shows that the company expects to sell a larger volume of batteries to Tesla than was represented by the entire behind-the-meter market last year.

Senate passes energy bill with benefits for solar and renewable energy integration

Solar is not a main feature of the bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but the legislation does contain perks for solar, as well as measures to study grid modernization and energy storage.

Alice Springs: Solar city at centre of a fossil fuel controversy

Alice Springs Solar

Renewables have been erroneously blamed for a number of blackouts in Australia, which were actually the result of failing network equipment and fossil fuel generators.

Solar Impulse 2 ready to resume its round-the-world mission

Solar Impulse 2 during a maintenance flight in Hawaii

The solar-powered aircraft is back in “mission mode” after a 9-month hiatus, with more motivation within the team to “demonstrate that modern clean technologies can achieve the impossible.”

Study: “second-life” EV batteries to offer 1 TWh capacity by 2030

After 7 years, an old electric car battery can be successfully reused as an alternative energy storage for another decade

The reuse of batteries originally built for electric cars can offer up to 1000 GWh storage capacity worldwide by 2030, while driving further cost decline for solar and storage technologies.

E.ON releases its home storage system, to add to a growing German market

The E.ON Aura system.

The German energy supplier released its all-in-one PV panel, storage device, energy app, and green electricity tariff today, to rival other prominent solar energy storage products in Germany’s fast-growing battery market.

SolarPower Europe calls for policy changes to unleash solar+storage potential

Evolution of solar and storage provides new opportunities for consumers and businesses, whilst potentially offering a variety of services to grid operators

SolarPower Europe, EHPA and EUROBAT propose regulatory adjustments needed to unlock huge potential of solar and storage solutions.

Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk just killed the petrol car

The unveiling of the Tesla Model 3

Tesla received orders for more than 276,000 of its Model 3 vehicles by Saturday night, which equates to around USD10bn of electric vehicles.

TU Graz working on new solar cell and battery hybrid

Solar cell meets battery: A “2 in 1” hybrid system brings obvious advantages. © Lunghammer - TU Graz

The SolaBat project, supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), is breaking new scientific ground.

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Solar industry is always aiming for larger, bigger, more ambitious. Will it lead to new achievements or greater disappointments?

“Large” – the word that dominates in the solar news this week. Large projects, storage systems and hopes. What would Sigmund say?

Grid independence in Africa – Day 2 of Solar Show Africa 2016

Power and Electricity World Africa 2016 conference

At today’s Power and Electricity World Africa 2016 conference, the opening panel discussion focused on visions and ambitious programs for Africa’s energy future, with 2030 and 2040 serving as useful goalposts.

Calls for UK renewable energy policy reform before the release of the budget

Solar PV site and wind farm in the UK

After conducting a pre-budget analysis, Green Alliance finds that investing in renewables instead of giving general energy subsidies would save GBP 420 million, while the Solar Trade Association calls for a ‘level playing field’...

Western Australia eyes off-grid solar+storage in wake of bushfires

Off-grid PV systems might be able to provide a more affordable and reliable power supply in rural areas

Biggest energy suppliers in Western Australia now offers customers off-grid power supply to avoid the outages caused by natural disasters, such as bushfires.

Solarcentury to build east Africa’s largest battery storage system for solar

Guy Lawrence (left), Director for Solarcentury in East Africa, signs the icipe project in Kenya.

The battery storage system will make up part of a PV project in Kenya, which, with $2.5 million invested, is the largest solar investment in Kenya to date.

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