Commercial & Industrial PV

ARENA grants $1.9 million for distributed energy trials in Western Australia

Western Australia’s electricity provider Horizon Power is set to receive a financial shot in the arm through the installation of various distributed energy technologies in 90 homes and businesses in the coastal town of Carnarvon, which is home to the state’s first utility-scale energy storage, currently under trial.

Israel’s largest Solar plant to be constructed by Belectric Isreal and Solel Boneh

Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy Ltd, the renewable energy arm of Israel conglomerate Shikun and Binui will own the plant, which will be located near the village of Zeélim.

What happens when… modules get dirty

Troubleshooting series: Steadily declining system yield over the years is to be expected due to module degradation in photovoltaic systems. But in the following case, the yield abruptly dropped – and it happened after several years of operation. In this series based on real cases, pv magazine aims to make assessment of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and stimulate a discussion about troubleshooting efficiency today.

Canada’s Nova Scotia launches program for community solar

Canada’s second smallest province, Nova Scotia, has announced the launch of the Community Buildings Pilot Program, an initiative that is expected to spur the development of community solar projects throughout the region.

South Africa exempts IPPs up to 1 MW from licensing

Under the new rules, unlicensed PV installations not exceeding 1 MW may provide with power a final client or be used for self-consumption.

First Solar bags 20 MW order from the Netherlands

The modules will be used by Danish investment firm Obton for two PV projects in Stadskanaal, in the northeast of the Netherlands.

China unveils electricity trading pilot scheme

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and National Energy Administration (NEA) have revealed plans to start operating a wholesale market for distributed-generation (DG) electricity on a pilot basis from early February.  

Toshiba posts $439.5 million H1 loss as solar ops struggle

Toshiba has posted a group net loss of JPY 49.8 billion ($439.5 million) for the first half of the current Japanese fiscal year, but the bleak outlook for its solar operations is the least of its concerns, as it struggles to cover losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear business and avoid being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

Mitsubishi Electric completes 2.6 MW floating plant

Mitsubishi Electric and Tokyo-based Sumitomo Mitsui Construction have finished building a 2.6 MW floating solar plant on a pond in western Japan.

IEA: Solar, wind power rapid cost reduction may enable new options for greening industry

Highlighting the potential for greening the industrial sector amid rapid decline of solar PV and wind power costs, a newly published report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that generation directly serving companies and public is dominated by commercial-scale PV, which made up 10% of all new additions in 2016.