Panasonic to build PV-powered residential microgrid in western Japan

PanaHome, a unit of Panasonic, has revealed plans to connect 117 homes in western Japan to a solar-powered microgrid system, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

GFG Alliance to buy Australia’s ZEN Energy

SIMEC Energy, a unit of India’s GFG Alliance, has acquired a majority stake in Adelaide-based PV and battery storage installer ZEN Energy, as part of a broader strategic partnership.

Interview: India’s storage market readies the ground for growth

The executive director of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) Rahul Walawalkar, talks to pv magazine about India’s vast energy storage potential ahead of next week’s World Energy Storage Day.

Anesco secures ROC for storage component in UK solar first

Landmark decision by energy regulator Ofgem sees three Anesco solar+storage ground-mount plants retain their Renewable Obligation Certificates in move that could drastically transform country’s storage landscape.

Smart Energy Hackathon kicks off in Bangkok

More than 80 energy experts, coders and product designers from across Southeast Asia gathered in Bangkok today for the Smart Energy Hackathon, a 30-hour competition that aims to foster the development of new digital energy solutions such as public blockchains for the provision of PV generation data.

Efficient PPAs may propel solar-diesel micro-grid deployment , says study

In terms of micro-grids, key to reducing diesel consumption by renewables are efficient PPAs, finds consultancy THEnergy, noting that the complexity of these contracts is much greater than in the case of grid-connected photovoltaic systems.

Technology making micro-grid ‘remoteness’ less remote, investment more attractive, finds new report

Report by TFE Consulting shows how investment in micro-grid businesses and technology is bridging the informational, operational and psychological gap between the end customer and micro-grid developers and investors.

Standards Australia to consult industry on proposed storage rules

Standards Australia wrapped up public consultation last week on a draft standard for battery storage, setting the stage for the development of a comprehensive framework for future deployment.

Hitachi, Itochu, NEDO switch on PV microgrid pilot in India

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has started operating a microgrid powered by a 1 MW solar array in western India.

Lithium-ion batteries below $200/kWh by 2019 will drive rapid storage uptake, finds IHS Markit

The analysts expect cumulative installed base of energy storage to reach 52 GW globally by 2025, up from 4 GW today. Annual revenues for grid-connected storage to reach more than $7bn by that date despite sharp price declines.