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US Clean Power Plan blocked by Supreme Court

The Clean Power PLan, which would boost the solar industry, is in jeopardy

The U.S. Supreme Court has put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold until it determines the plan’s legal merits, expected this summer. Despite the surprise, many are confident the decision won’t affect coal’s...


SMA: When storage systems pay off for commercial business

The research institute Hakai Beach in Canada meets its electricity demand with a 30 kilowatt PV storage system featuring SMA multicluster technology

While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage system applications, the main...


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Solar's march across the globe is heartening to see, as is its ability to still ruffle feathers in the largest markets.

The solar big guns were out in force this week as changes to the U.S. net metering landscape rolled into Nevada. Elsewhere, China proved its PV prowess, Japan saw a shakeup and Germany confirmed its relative demise.


US: Cumulative solar installs top 28 GW, 16 GW of renewables installed in 2015

Cumulative utility-scale solar installs have topped 17 GW in the US

According to a new study by BNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, cumulative solar capacity in the U.S. has reached 28 GW, of which 7.3 GW was installed in 2015. Overall, last year saw 16 GW of renewables added,...


Toshiba reorganizing to focus on energy, storage amid major losses

Toshiba is currently working on various energy storage projects

Toshiba’s latest earnings results show catastrophic losses for the Japanese electronics conglomerate, which are forecast to hit US$6 billion for the FY 2015. Its recent accounting scandal has forced it into restructuring. More...


Tesla’s Musk confirms Powerwall 2.0 is on the way

Demand for Tesla's Powerwall is still high

Elon Musk has confirmed Tesla will bring out a new version of its Powerwall home energy storage battery system this summer. While "step changes" can be expected, he declined to elaborate on the new product.


Sonnen announces partnerships for a more full energy storage offering

Concurrent with the opening of the company’s new U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, battery storage integrator Sonnen has partnered with PetersenDean, SolarWorld and Spruce Finance.


US DOE: Austin Energy biggest winner under SHINES storage program

Improving energy storage is now on the US DOE agenda

Austin Energy has emerged as the biggest winner under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) latest funding round, which has seen US$18 million awarded to six energy storage+solar projects. It will partner with the likes of...


Leclanché selected for 13 MW energy storage project in Canada

Leclanché plans to start construction on the energy storage project this spring

Leclanché SA has been selected to supply a 13 MW/53 MWh energy storage system for what has been described as one of the largest Grid Ancillary Services projects in North America. The projects are scheduled to be live this Q4.


Mercom: Battery/storage M&A activity tops $2.4 billion in 2015

The Younicos deal represented one of the top VC deals in battery/sotrage in 2015

Mercom Capital Group has released its figures for battery/storage funding in 2015. While investment in the venture capital, and debt and public market financing sectors both fell, merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions saw a...


Energy storage commercially viable, 900 MW expected in 2016

900 MW of energy storage projects are expected to be installed in 2016

The energy storage market is shifting from R&D demonstration projects to a commercially viable market, states IHS, Inc. Q4 2015 saw a 45% increase in the global project pipeline, while 900 MW of projects are expected to be...


SMA launches Tesla-compatible home storage inverter to capitalize on high demand potential

SMA is looking to reatin its leading position in a fast-changing marketplace

SMA Solar Technology AG has launched what it says is the first AC-coupled inverter system for high-voltage batteries. It is hoping to tap into a storage application market worth up to EUR1.2 billion. The Sunny Boy Storage will be...


First Tesla Powerwall operational in Australia under Energex solar battery trial

Annastacia Palaszczuk launched Energex's battery storage trial today in Queensland

Queensland has seen the first Tesla Powerwall home battery switched on in Australia under Energex’s battery storage trial, launched today by State Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.


2015: 57 GW of solar PV installed, clean energy investment hits highest ever levels

BNEF calcuates around 30% more solar PV capacity in 2015 than in the previous year

BNEF calculates that 57 GW of solar PV was installed last year, marking an increase of around 30% on 2014. Latest figures also show that, despite factors which could have impeded growth, clean energy financing reached US$329.3...


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East Anglia, England.

2016 begins with an egalitarian slant as solar markets of all shapes, sizes and regions garner attention, much of it extremely positive.


RES announces £1 million UK energy storage project

The UK is set to see the energy storage market grow

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has announced it will be working on a 640 kWh energy storage system in Somerset, the U.K. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has applauded the news, stating the country is set to see...


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