Commercial & Industrial PV

Estonian utility Eesti Energia sees solar business increase

The Estonian state-owned power utility announced its plans to enter the solar energy business in September. The company has now commissioned a 200 kW rooftop solar power generator, which will sell power to a local farmer under a 25-year PPA.

Irish wind specialist SSE Airtricity expands into solar

The Irish renewable energy supplier, which is already active in the residential and commercial solar business, has agreed to acquire a 40% stake in rooftop PV installer, Activ8 Solar Energies.

TÜV Rheinland exposes inverter, battery hacking vulnerabilities

Testing from TÜV Rheinland has revealed that PV inverters and battery storage systems are vulnerable to hacking. By changing system parameters, a hacker could potentially cause a battery system to corrode, “making it like a ‘bomb’.”

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Israel issues 1.6 GW scheme for rooftop solar

The scheme, set to be implemented over the next three years, includes net metering, FITs for small-scale solar, and a series of tenders.

Fossil fuel global grip being loosened by holy trinity of affordable PV, wind and storage, finds BNEF

‘Unprecedented challenge’ for fossil fuels as low LCOE for solar and wind power, allied to tumbling storage costs, sees renewables claim larger share of bulk and dispatchable generation while adding vital flexibility to global energy mix.

Vattenfall: “PV will lead the race”

For a long time, the Swedish power utility has primarily focused on hydro and wind power when it comes to renewables. But in recent months, the number of solar PV and storage projects has significantly increased. This was reason enough for pv magazine to talk with Claus Wattendrup, head of Vattenfall’s Solar and Batteries Business Unit, about the utility’s concrete plans.

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The weekend read: Floating on optimism

The past year has been an exciting period for proponents of floating solar. A range of new projects and pilots have been announced across the globe over the past 12 to 14 months, with IHS Markit’s Solar Deal Tracker now listing floating PV installations in 24 countries throughout the world, all in varying stages of development.

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Microsoft signs 315 MW of solar power contracts in Virginia, US

The company is billing the contract with a portion of a 500 MW project as the largest corporate solar power purchase agreement (PPA) to date.

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Helsinki carbon neutral plan targets 1/6 of electricity needs from rooftop solar

Scheme’s goal is to reset the Finnish capital’s carbon neutrality target date to 2035 by ramping up renewable energy use, electric vehicle adoption and energy-efficiency upgrades.

Brookfield, GLP establish JV to develop 300 MW of rooftop solar in China

Canadian asset management firm, Brookfield and Chinese industrial logistics provider, GLP will install C&I rooftop solar arrays across China under a new joint venture, eventually building out a 1 GW portfolio.