Residential PV

LongiTech posts $7 million profit in H1

LongiTech Smart Energy Holding has recorded a profit attributable to the owners of the company of CNY 45.76 million ($7 million) for the first half of 2017, up 8.5% year on year, as it rapidly expanded its core PV development and smart-energy management businesses.

Estonia’s utility Eesti Energia enters solar business

The company will offer solar leasing solutions as well as turn-key projects for self-consumption.

India: 2.2 MW of rooftop PV comes online on three public buildings in northern India

Rooftop PV solutions are becoming more popular among Indian public entities, as the National Solar Mission moves forward.

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.

Sonnen, E3 / DC, Senec and LG Chem dominate German residential PV storage market

Nearly two-thirds of all solar storage systems sold in Germany come from these four suppliers. According to EuPD Research, about 16,800 photovoltaic storage systems were sold in the country in the first half of the year. Falling prices and an attractive rooftop market are driving demand upwards.

European Commission releases dataset of solar generation time series

In order to help policymakers come up with an energy framework that would better reflect the solar power generation potential across Europe, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service Joint Research Center (JRC) has produced a dataset of solar energy production at national, regional and local level, by the hour for the last 30 years, based on the existing PV fleet at the end of 2015.

UK solar energy market expands further after investment by Dutch firm

Dutch company Maas Capital to invest £160 Million into U.K. social solar scheme that aims to to help low income areas.

UK added 900 MW of solar in H1 2017, government data shows

The U.K. solar PV market has grown by 900 MW in the first half of the year to reach 12.7 GW, according to preliminary statistics published by the government.

Ireland needs rooftop PV incentive scheme, report shows

As Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is considering a new renewable electricity support scheme to replace the existing REFIT regime, Friends of the Earth voices concerns that the new scheme may fail to consider rooftop installations. The environmental NGO argues that introduction of a subsidy for rooftop solar PV is vital for putting the country on a decarbonization course.

Ontario launches green fund with initial $298 million investment

The authorities in the Canadian province of Ontario have announced the launch of the Green Ontario Fund, with the nation’s leading PV industry body hailing the new scheme as a potential boon for future solar deployment.