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RMI calls for ‘action’ on Africa’s PV minigrid market

Solar-powered minigrids could account for a greater slice of sub-Saharan Africa’s $740 million off-grid market, but progress is still needed throughout the region in terms of policy, financing and commercial services, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) says in a new report.

Bringing all storage solutions together at Messe Düsseldorf

Video interview: On the second day of the Energy Storage Europe conference and trade show Hans Werner Reinhard, representative of organizer Messe Düsseldorf, gave his view on the future of the event and the energy storage market.

Moixa, Hitachi collaborate on GBP 10.8m Smart Islands EV, solar+storage project on Isles of Scilly

The British archipelago of islands to become global testbed for Smart Islands project that aims to provide model for use of electric vehicles and home batteries in a smart energy system.

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Ecobuild London: pro-nuclear, anti-residential PV panel debate causes stir

An Ecobuild panel debate about the U.K.’s future energy mix proved to be heavily in favor of nuclear power and against the use of domestic solar PV with batterie, prompting cries of derision from audience.

PV Expo: Ready, ZEH-dy, go for Japan’s residential solar market

The Zero Energy Home shaped discussions at the PV Expo in Tokyo, as Japan lays out its plans to alter its energy landscape, and solar – as ever – finds a way to fit right in.

PV hybrid system to save 22% on electricity costs for Kenyan salt producer

A 991 kW PV array will supply Kenya’s largest salt producer with 22% of its electricity, in a diesel-hybrid system delivered by SolarAfrica. The system was supported by a grant from the Japanese government’s Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).

EPS, Toshiba to finish 3 MW Tasmania microgrid project in Q1

Paris-based Electro Power Systems (EPS) expects to commission the PV-powered project in the first quarter.

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Developing countries leading the way in sustainable energy policies, finds World Bank report

In scoring the sustainable energy policies of 111 countries, the World Bank finds that nations such as Mexico, China, India and Brazil are emerging as leaders in the field, delivering robust policies that support energy access.

ABB to transfer solar inverter business to new division

The Swiss power electronics company’s 2016 financial report reveals reclassification of its solar inverters as Electrification product – a move intended to aid profitability.

ABB to provide microgrid solution to Alaska community

The Swiss technology company will provide a microgrid combining battery and flywheel storage technologies to improve energy stability for around 300,000 people near Anchorage, Alaska.

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