Residential PV

Switching to solar can boost education, prosperity for developing world, study finds

Research from the Overseas Development Institute estimates that children in developing world can gain 15 minutes extra study time a day if their homes switch from fossil fuel to solar, while households can enjoy savings of $10 per month.

Indian government planning ‘rent a roof’ policy for solar rooftop

Under proposed ‘rent a roof’ policy, solar developers will rent rooftop space to install a PV array and offer to lease to each household and then feed the solar power to the grid, said MNRE Secretary Anand Kumar.

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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.

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.

Attijari bank finances Tunisia’s solar rebate program with $73 million

The funds will be used by local state-owned utility STEG to support the deployment of 85 MW of new residential PV capacity across the Northern African country.

Sunrun within striking distance of Tesla’s solar market share

Sunrun installed only 17% less solar than Tesla/SolarCity during Q3, as the only of the big three residential solar companies that is still growing.

UK solar households could face bigger bills under controversial new grid charge plans

Plans by energy regulator Ofgem to increase network charges to households that have residential solar PV installed have been revealed in a move that could affect one million rooftops.

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94,000 new solar jobs in Europe by 2021, says SolarPower Europe President

New Solar PV Jobs & Value Added in Europe report by SolarPower Europe and EY posits encouraging future for the continent’s solar industry. Positive political engagement by leading EU Member States will aid such growth, writes SolarPower Europe President Christian Westermeier exclusively for pv magazine.

India has installed 810 MW rooftop solar to date

The Indian government has achieved only 17% of the set targets for the 2017-18 financial year, which is just 2% of the goal of 40 GW grid-connected solar rooftops by 2022. MNRE will soon propose new schemes to improve the sector.

Tesla solar deployments plummet while energy storage rises

The nation’s largest residential PV installer deployed only 109 MW of solar during Q3, its lowest level in many years, but it did install 110 MWh of battery storage.

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