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USD 1 billion energy storage market in Germany by 2021

Battery storage system. Image by Solarpraxis' Andreas Schlegel.

A new report from GTM Research forecasts that the energy storage market in Germany will have an annual value exceeding USD1 billion by 2021, as a collection of factors feed the market’s growth within the country.


Panasonic simulator enables Dutch homeowners to see solar benefits

The “Simulate your Solar System” online platform will show the benefits of residential solar. Image by Panasonic.

Panasonic has launched its "Simulate your Solar System" online platform in Holland, which will enable homeowners to see just how much they can save from installing rooftop solar on their homes, at a time when residential solar is...


Mercom: Battery storage, smart grid VC investments double in Q2 2016

While there has been a downturn in solar funding, battery and smart grid investments had a very strong quarter.


World's biggest solar + storage projects planned for Australia

Solar plus storage system. Image courtesy of reneweconomy.com

Australian infrastructure investor Lyon Group says it plans to build the world's biggest solar plus storage project in South Australia in the next two years, and sees a huge future for combined solar and battery storage plants.


Harvard adds organic electrolyte to redox-flow batteries

Widener Library, Harvard University. Flickr image by Joseph Williams.

The research team from Harvard has taken a leaf out of nature’s book and has added an organic electrolyte, which was inspired by vitamin B2, to redox-flow batteries in an attempt to increase its energy storage capacity, as...


Solar plus storage system installed at wildlife conservancy in Kenya

A view from Loisaba Tented Camp. Image by Aquion Energy.

The off-grid microgrid has been installed at the Loisaba Conservancy by Aquion Energy and SolarAfrica and will be able to offset the conservancy’s diesel use by 95%, at a time when off-grid solar is making a charge in Africa.


Australia receives proposals for energy storage auction

Energy battery storage. Image pv magazine Mirco Sieg

The government of the Australian Capital Territory has received 17 proposals for its Next Generation energy storage auction, under which as much as AUD$2 million ($1.5 million) will be allocated and shared between five companies...


Toshiba to supply battery control systems for Japan's "virtual power plant"

BESS battery energy storage system Toshiba. Image Toshiba

Toshiba has agreed to supply Integrated control systems for 10kWh storage batteries that will be used in a “virtual power plant” pilot project in Japan.


Sonnen introduces new residential battery at up to 40% cost reduction

The new 4kWh sonnenBatterie eco compact retails at US$5,950 plus inverter but before installation.


South Korea planning heavy investments in renewable energies

Daegu, South Korea.

The South Korean government has made a pledge to invest 42 trillion won (USD36.6 billion) into renewable energies by 2020, while relaxing regulations over the sale of solar energy generated by distributed systems.


SunPower wins large majority of France's solar+storage island tender

The Bay of Calvi, Corsica. Image by Wolffy & Greudin.

The U.S. solar solutions company was awarded 76% of France’s ZNI solar tender, amounting to a total of 39.1 MW of PV and energy storage technology that will be provided to the French West Indies and Corsica.


Energy storage moves front and center under California’s SGIP

The incentive program has been restructured to supply 75% of the budget to energy storage and to move to a block grant incentive system, among other changes.


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Ontario grid operator report shows impact of solar PV

The IESO’s latest report finds that behind-the-meter solar is driving down summer peaks, and driving the peaks of net demand later in the day.


Intersolar Europe: day two sees the crowds converge as Europe embraces maturation

The floors of all the halls heaved with heavy traffic throughout the morning on day two of the Intersolar Europe Exhibition.

Europe's post-boom solar markets delivering next-level services and technologies that look set to drive solar 2.0.


Risky business: Mercom Capital CEO Raj Prabhu on Tesla's proposal to buy SolarCity

In an interview with pv magazine, Mercom Capital CEO Raj Prabhu lays out his concerns about Tesla's proposed acquisition of SolarCity, pointing out that at the end of the day shareholders have to be convinced.


Inverters go big and go smart at Intersolar Europe

The Solar Superheroes caused a stir on day one of Intersolar Europe, which opened to bustling crowds and a raft of innovative product launches.

ABB, GPTech, Ingeteam, TMEIC and SolarEdge all unveil new inverter solutions for large-scale, commercial and the home on day one of the Intersolar show.


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