UK energy policy: PV capacity growth in the U.K. has slowed significantly in 2017, and solar was entirely overlooked by the government in October’s Clean Growth Strategy announcement. However, a glimpse of hope is currently emerging via co-locating existing and new PV projects along energy storage. Are such hopes justified, and where should the U.K. solar market focus?
Renewable Energy India Expo: The breathtaking scale of India’s solar expansion over the past 24 months has captured headlines around the world. The recent Renewable Energy India Expo laid bare the growth and opportunities apparent in this soaring market, which has matured from quiet evolution to rapid transformation.
HEM in Europe: The home energy management (HEM) market is only just emerging in Europe. Storage system providers and HEM specialists have been the most active so far, but energy suppliers and heating manufacturers are now aligning themselves to enter the space in greater numbers. Energy consultants Delta-ee examine the emerging market for these systems in Europe.
Argentina market update: Argentina has taken a number of steps in recent months to make solar more attractive. While the utility-scale segment is expected to receive further support thanks to the third round of the RenovAr program, distributed generation (DG) and private PPA businesses may benefit from new regulations set to be issued in the coming months. The country is now better positioned to achieve its ambitious target of sourcing 20% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2025.
Utilities in China: As China looks set to install up to 50 GW of PV this year, pv magazine examines the technology’s relationship with the country’s state utilities. Is the joint R&D venture between German equipment supplier Manz AG, Shanghai Electric Group and the Shenhua Group evidence that Chinese utilities are embracing a solar future?
Utilities and solar: An increasing number of U.S. utilities are embracing the low and predictable costs of utility-scale solar. But conflicts remain over distributed generation, and the real question is who will own the solar that is being built.
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