Each home in the new community will have solar PV and a sonnenBatterie installed, enabling every household to produce and consume most of its own electricity, according to sonnen.
Today the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened Hywind Scotland, which the company is touting as the first floating wind farm in the world. The long awaited Statoil Hywind floating offshore wind farm is a 30-MW project located at Bucham Deep, which is 25 km from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar and uses Siemens 6-MW turbines. Through this pilot project Statoil hopes to drop the cost of offshore wind energy to a range of €40-60 €/MWh by 2030.
Nigeria has asked the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to scale up the provision of and access to renewable energy in order to deliver development results and meet global climate goals. Nigeria's position on renewable energy and regional integration was presented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs.
Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet. Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up.
Large companies are predominant in most industries. But when it comes to rooftop solar installations, small is beautiful. Although there have been several large national-scale solar installers, in the aggregate the smaller, local companies dominate.
Companies using OSIsoft’s PI system gathered this week in London at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference to talk about the realities of what Martin Otterson calls the velocity, variety and volume of data in the modern business world.
Solar inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility.
The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt On Oct. 8 in Kentucky announced the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and stated that the solar, wind and other renewable energy tax credits should be eliminated so the industry can compete on its own against coal and other energy sources.
The Swiss Team took first place in engineering with a perfect score of 100 possible points. For the Engineering Contest, each competing house was evaluated by a group of prominent engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in innovation, system functionality, energy efficiency, system reliability, and documentation through their project manual and construction drawings.
Bob Dixon, presenting the award said, “The jury believes the first-place house in the Engineering Contest offers comprehensive performance modeling that sports clear graphs, detailed explanations and a variety of representations. The quality of the thermal envelope is exceptional and carefully calibrated to the target climate with very good resistance to heat flow, a solid focus on airtightness, and high-quality components such as triple-glazed windows and sliding doors.”
"Bioenergy" is use of any organic material, such as forest thinnings, residues, agricultural waste or urban wood waste, to generate heating, cooling and/or electricity. Many independent power producers across the United States and Canada produce electricity for the grid using bioenergy. Hospitals, college campuses, school districts and government buildings also use bioenergy for heat and electricity.
Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar cell efficiencies chart depicts confirmed conversion efficiencies for research cells from 1976 to date, for several PV technologies. But as conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules approach peak efficiency, with the leap from lab to life—or from demonstration to mass production—occasionally taking over 30 years, the final question is: what is the additional watt class worth?
Power-to-gas (P2G)—the conversion of electrical power into gaseous energy carriers—is a quickly improving and potentially disruptive energy conversion technology.
It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017.
Europe must prevent using trees and crops as a way to meet renewable-energy requirements or it will risk further increases in food prices, deforestation and land grabs, environmental groups said.
As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?
Nevada-based Ormat Technologies this week said that the second unit of the Sarulla geothermal power plant in North Sumatra has begun commercial operation.
There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong.
A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar industry. One such initiative is the recent DOE directive that is looking to re-write the rules around compensation for power plants, a move that would pay solar and wind facilities less than coal or nuclear generation for the energy they produce.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system.
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide.
Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration.
Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be the first European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine.
Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official.
At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region.
In hydro business news in Laos, Padaeng Industry Public Company Limited (PDI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with EDL-Generation Public Company to jointly invest in the 69-MW Nam San 3A and 45-MW Nam San 3B hydropower plants.
As word spread yesterday that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will officially begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, others vowed to fight back.
Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.
In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars.
The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week.
Which way is the wind blowing? If you are a wind energy manufacturer or a developer looking to implement or expand wind energy farm operations, this is a question you must be asking yourself when it comes to the potential effects recent litigation between major manufacturers will have on the wind power industry.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently proposed rulemaking, which directs FERC to “properly value” coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to be “resilient” by having a 90-day pile of fuel onsite, totally misunderstands the problem of grid resiliency.
At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website.
Fourteen outstanding power projects were selected from industry-nominated projects in five categories: Coal, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Energy Storage, Natural Gas, and Renewables.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon officially kicked off today with a ceremony featuring recently appointed DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette.
A collective sigh of relief could be heard over Capital City in late August, after the U.S. Department of Energy released its much anticipated and even more dreaded study on the reliability and resilience of the U.S. electric grid. The report was ordered by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April and took just five months to complete.
New Delhi: India's wind power tariff fell to a record low of Rs2.64 per unit in an auction conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) for 1 gigawatt (GW) of wind power contracts that ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning. While ReNew Power Ventures Pvt.
A tax reform package released at the end of September by White House and Republican leadership “left the door open” to repeal critical existing renewable energy tax credits prior to their scheduled either expiration or phase down, Greg Jenner, partner at Stoel Rives, told Renewable Energy World.
President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its partners Eneco Holdings NV and Mitsubishi Corp. are seeking to sell a stake in two Dutch offshore wind farm projects that may cost $1.4 billion to develop, two people familiar with the plan said.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years.
Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mark Dyson is an expert who studies grid resilience as part of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab. He offered his thoughts on what the NOPR means for renewable energy.
Saudi Arabia received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded, marking the start of a $50 billion program to diversify the oil producer’s domestic energy supplies away from fossil fuels.
New York State officials yesterday said that that the state has asked the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to consider identifying and leasing at least four new wind energy areas (WEA) off New York’s Atlantic Coast, with a total of 3,200 MW of offshore wind generation.
Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure.
Today, companies are making big moves to power their operations with clean energy. To date, corporate buyers have purchased a global total of 19 GW of renewable energy, enough to power five million average American homes.
DONG Energy on October 2, announced to shareholders that it was changing its name to Ãrsted to better reflect the profound strategic transformation from black to green energy and the company’s recent divestment of the upstream oil and gas production.
How should you position your solar company in light of the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case? To address that question, I recently participated in a Renewable Energy World webcast with Abby Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Matthew Nicely, a lawyer representing SEIA. For NEXTracker, our position is clear: We fully support SEIA’s efforts to convince the U.S. International Trade Commission to recommend the least harmful remedy, for two simple reasons: jobs and gigawatts.
Matthew Nicely’s answers to the questions that were asked during the webcast, "What Now? How You Should Be Positioning Your Business in Light of the ITC Ruling." Perhaps one of these is your question, too.
California, once considered a leader in community solar, has struggled to implement Senate Bill 43 (SB-43), which mandated the creation of the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program. As envisioned by SB-43, the GTSR Program includes a Green Tariff (GT) component and an Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) component. It provides an opportunity for the three California investor-owned utilities (IOUs) combined to procure up to 600 MW of new renewable energy.
A network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit the world’s biggest lithium-ion batterybeing built by Elon Musk in the state’s north.
For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap.
When it comes to garbage, geography is destiny. Look at Texas and Florida, recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Homeowners and businesses not incapacitated by the storm have begun the arduous and emotional work of separating destroyed possessions and materials by type and placing them curbside. Cities have begun the intimidating logistics of picking it up and transporting it to its final destination.
The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it.
Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017.
As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China.
U.S. Geothermal this week said that its U.S. Geothermal Guatemala subsidiary has received a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development (USTDA) for a feasibility study on the El Ceibillo Geothermal power plant project.
Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday.
Life without our mobile phone seems pretty unimaginable, doesn’t it? We now carry along our phone/camera/computer in our hands, and, if you want to believe a recent movie, some of us even fall in love with the personal assistant. “(You) Siri – why am I here?...(Siri) I can’t answer that for you, can I?”
But what about microgrids, why not have a personal mobile i-power source? If you bear with me I’ll show you why that isn’t so farfetched. The mobile “i-uGrid” may already be on the way.
According to data recently released by the National Energy Administration of China, as of the end of June, the country had a PV power generation installation capacity of 102 GW.
Last Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Suniva and SolarWorld, having found that they suffered injury from the flood of cheap imports. Will this ruling dreadfully affect the U.S. PV market this year?
First – SolarWorld and Suniva are not villains, nor would I call them victims. The current low prices in our industry are, unfortunately, the responsibility of all participants. We, as an industry, have celebrated the low prices for over a decade and have focused on ever cheaper prices without considering the effect of these prices on quality and manufacturing viability.
A new blockchain-based energy-sharing token has been launched in The Netherlands. Named the ‘Jouliette’, the new token aims to empower individuals and communities to easily manage and share locally produced renewable energy.
Wind energy observers worldwide took notice when Bloomberg News reported the contract price (September 11) for a U.K. energy auction: Â£57.50 ($77.76) per MWh — a 50 percent decline in recent offshore energy costs.
ABB yesterday said that it signed an agreement with energy storage firm Northvolt on a supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt’s planned lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden.
On September 26, 2017, in a letter to employees that was released on Twitter, James Dyson, founder of the company that created the famous vacuum and hand-dryers found in many airport bathrooms across the globe, announced that the company has set its sights on the electric vehicle (EV) market and plans to release a new car by 2020.
On Tuesday, September 26, Dallas-based energy solutions provider O3 energy announced the launch of its new O3 Channel Partners, which opens up financing to qualified solar projects in North America. The company has historically acted as a late stage developer offering Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for commercial and industrial clients scattered across the country. The channel partner program provides development and construction partners with the opportunity to obtain the resources and funding necessary to help close more projects in this space.
Chattanooga, Tenn.-based electricity and telecom provider EPB recently energized a 100-kW/400-kWh vanadium redox flow battery as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a group of national labs.
Corporate procurement of utility-scale solar PV is on the rise, but there’s opportunity for corporations to leverage recent market developments and deploy even more.
Today’s topics include the results of the ITC ruling on the solar trade case; what could happen at the Oct 3 hearing and Paula's advice for how to position your solar business today. Check it out!
On Monday, September 25, SolarWorld Americas announced that with the prospect of meaningful import relief close at hand, the company will begin ramping up production. It hopes to hire up to 200 workers by May.
On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of a trade-case determination that a surge of imports has seriously injured the domestic solar cell and panel industry. The vote means that the case, in which SolarWorld Americas and Suniva Inc. are co-petitioners, moves to a remedy phase.
Solar energy developers hoping to break ground on large-scale projects want the IRS to define new-construction requirements for a renewable energy tax incentive.
GE Industrial Solutions will be integrated into ABB’s Electrification Products division.
Current research is providing groundbreaking innovations that could help renewable energy-based microgrids become “the energy supply of the future,” according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
A new survey conducted by public advocacy organization Climate Council found that about 75 percent of respondents in Australia expect that household battery storage will be “the new normal” within the next decade.
The 11 teams competing in this year’s Solar Decathlon in October began reconstructing their houses in Denver over the weekend.
Imposing tariffs on solar components imported into the U.S. will drive up prices for solar developers. It could also cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $1.23 billion.
A coalition of 10 electricity service providers serving the U.S. Rocky Mountain region said they will begin negotiations for membership in the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization.
Some really interesting developments are taking place in the Indian solar space. Module prices are hardening and there is talk of Discoms reneging on previous high tariff power purchase agreements (PPA) in light of declining tariffs, while developers are reportedly seeking to exit low tariff commitments in light of rising module prices. It’s all happening there!
In a letter today to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, a group of veterans and former defense energy professionals urged the ITC to consider carefully U.S. Department of Defense energy security and resiliency efforts before making a decision this week in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case.
Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of corporate support for climate action running counter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s view on the issue.
On September 22, 2017, the International Trade Commission ruled that injury has been caused to Suniva and SolarWorld by solar module imports from oversees in the historic section 201 trade case. Bracewell Policy Resolution Group Energy Expert, Frank Maisano who is also a spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition expains what happens next.
The government of Kyrgyzstan announced yesterday that it will “terminate the agreement unilaterally” for contracts with Liglass Trading to build 12 hydroelectric power plants, citing the company’s failure to make a US$37 million payment as part of the agreement.
Despite its legislation calling for mechanisms to support offshore wind development, New Jersey has yet to realize that promise, but that could change this fall with the election of a new governor.
Technicians who put their lives on the line by working on tall towers in remote locations need more than just top-quality safety gear and information about how to use it. They also need a plan for what happens if the unthinkable occurs.
With much higher volume manufacturing, prices for solar panels have come down tremendously over the past 20 years — from about $1,000 each to less than $200. But solar panels are still very time consuming to install on a roof in a way that will last 25+ years without leaks. The majority of this rooftop work is on the flashings, roof hooks, and special roof mount components.
A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems.
On Tuesday, September 19 at Yale University, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that his foundation was providing $20M in a portfolio of grants to more than 100 organizations working to preserve habitats, defend indigenous rights and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combatting climate change and solving complex environmental issues.
Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone.
There are few original ideas for new technologies, products and/or services. Most of what is termed new is a mutation of an idea, which itself is a mutation of an idea all the way back to the original discovery or light bulb moment. Basically, there is not much that is new, or, put another way, that deserves to be called new.
When a group of clean energy enthusiasts wanted to find better options for people to install clean energy solutions in their homes, buy electric vehicles and invest in clean energy, they thought about starting a green bank, but Blake Jones of Colorado-based Namaste Solar says they decided to start a credit union instead.
It seems like every time you turn around, another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of "smart" initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for PeÃ±a Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado...
The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.73/kWh.
Another big hurricane, another temporary waiver of the Jones Act -- the 1920 law mandating that goods and passengers shipped between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flagged ships, constructed primarily in the U.S., owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by them or by U.S. legal permanent residents.
Green Investment Group, formerly the Green Investment Bank, arranged a Â£38 million (US$51.6 million) debt facility for a waste-to-energy project, the first investment made by GIG since Macquarie Group purchased it in August from the U.K. government.
U.K. renewable energy company Anesco this week said that its solar+storage projects are the first sites in the U.K. to qualify for support paid to accredited renewable energy generators for electricity generation supplied to batteries.
The cyclone forced the 650+ exhibitors and all attendees in the lightweight exhibition to leave the exhibit hall as wind gusts of up to 140 km/h [87 miles per hour] swept through the north-western part of the country.
The winning team of the Smart Energy Hackathon in Bangkok last week developed a new smart digital energy solution for claiming solar coins.
The image that "off-grid" solar conjures of small cabins or individual solar home systems is outdated in today's world. es, it’s true, off-grid storage applications do include remote homes and even remote communities in some of world’s developing regions, but off-grid solar makes possible a wide range of applications from residential to commercial, and continues on a path of rapid growth.
Is it going out on a limb to say this part is saying “renewables should not get special treatment above other sources?” The DOE report went on to point out that variable resources require baseload generation as a frequency smoothing backup while the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining.
Wind turbine makers are staring at a slowdown even as India's government looks to boost renewable energy.
A year on from a storm that blacked out the entire state, South Australia has emerged from the electricity crisis to strengthen its position as a global leader in renewable energy.
Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists.
Why are participants in this $23 billion industry bracing themselves at this very moment for the possibility of an industry contraction? Their concern does not stem from a competing energy source or a promising new technology on the horizon. The threat to solar’s continued growth comes from within the industry itself, as two failed U.S. solar companies push the government to punish the rest of the industry for their own failures.
While solar monitoring is not new, solar supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), with the emphasis on the "supervisory control" function is much less common today.
Italian utility Enel and Chilean energy company ENAP yesterday inaugurated the Cerro Pabellon geothermal project, which the companies say is the first large-scale facility of its kind at 4,500 meters above sea level.
With the complete toll of Hurricane Irma beginning to reveal itself, renewable energy stakeholders take stock of lessons learned.
With soft costs making up the highest percentage of solar costs, how can the market affect the soft cost segment?
Canada's controversial Site C project will undoubtedly fall under even further scrutiny, following the release of two new reports by the B.C. Utilities Commission last week.
At Solar Power International this week, solar mounting solutions provider Unirac said it has made advancements to its SOLARMOUNT residential PV mounting system that address aesthetics and ease-of-installation.
At Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week, ABB unveiled a series of new inverters designed for residential, commercial and industrial, and utility-scale applications.
Solar developers are suspending construction as the looming threat of U.S. import tariffs has driven up prices and spurred hoarding, crimping panel supplies.
The 95 KTL 1500 VDC smart interactive string inverter has the highest power-to-weight ratio in the industry, said the company. In addition, it uses an 800 VAC output stage to minimize AC losses and includes six MPPTs and twelve directly connected string inputs.
According to GE the turbine’s 77-meter high-tech carbon blades, improved loads and controls, and taller, more cost-effective towers were developed thanks to close partnerships with LM Wind Power, Blade Dynamics and GE’s Global Research Center. The blades also feature one of the industry’s smallest Bolt Circle Diameters, keeping manufacturing and logistical costs to a minimum, said GE.
Although stretching across Utah, Nevada and Arizona, most of the Mojave Desert’s land that is eyed for solar and wind power development is in California. It’s notably slated for two counties—Kern and San Bernardino — the latter being the largest geographic county in the U.S.
HSBC today said that 53 percent of companies now have an environmental strategy in place, but only 43 percent actively disclose it. Why is that number so low?
Today's topics include the historic number of natural disasters and hurricanes impacting the world over the past few weeks and how the solar industry can help; Solar Power International, a solar industry event taking place this week; and an interesting update on a Tesla/PG&E pilot project that is underway in California.
Every day, the number of new power generators from renewable resources joining the world's collective electricity grid steadily goes up. Growing at an equal pace are the people working to keep the balance between supply and demand on that collective grid.
If a case currently before the U.S. International Trade Commission results in petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld winning the relief they seek for solar panel pricing, Schletter President and CEO Rusty Schmit says his solar mounting systems manufacturing business could be cut in half.
Seattle-based APsystems this week at Solar Power International is debuting its new microinverter with Rule 21 grid support functionality.
The cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms fell sharply in the U.K. to below the price the next nuclear reactors will charge, making the form of clean energy one of the cheapest ways to supply the grid.
At Solar Power International in Las Vegas today, JinkoSolar said it will incentivize its customers who use commercial PACE financing — a program that is growing in popularity in the U.S.
DONG Energy announced its Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the world, has been dismantled.
One year ago, at Solar Power International 2016, I helped Julia Hamm, CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) with a keynote "skit" in which I was a reporter interviewing a homeowner about her awareness of her energy use. The year was supposed to be 2026.
Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water. Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.”
In a report released yesterday, the World Resources Institute recommended solutions that urban centers of the global south can focus on to improve energy access for under-served residents.
EnSync and DCfusion have designed and will manage the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace on-site microgrid demonstration system during SPI. The design leverages EnSync Energy's Matrix energy management system and DER Flex software – creating a microgrid that will power the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace area at the Las Vegas show.
DCfusion is engineering the solar-powered microgrid, while EnSync Energy's technologies will serve as its command and control center. The Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace will also provide connections for companies to demonstrate their technologies working in real time – including energy storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and more.
JLM Energy said it plans to debut its Simple Quoting and Design tool (SQUAD) at SPI. The company said that SQUAD is a straightforward way for solar dealers to provide residential quotes on solar plus JLM’s storage product Phazr, which pairs each solar panel with a battery pack.
SQUAD 1.0 brings time-of-use (TOU) shifting solutions to California residents, many of whom are affected by new TOU regulations that shift peak electricity pricing to later in the day when solar panels have stopped producing. This means homeowners can save their solar power in batteries for hours later in the day when the utility is charging higher rates and people are generally using more electricity – during the dinner hour and early evening.
SMA Solar Technology will open a new unit in Mexico by the end of 2017. The facility will support sales and service efforts in the country and establish a local SMA presence that will better serve the company’s customers there, providing greater access to SMA expertise and resources.
Solar asset care firm Alectris and solar technology firm Alencon Systems have formed a strategic alliance to repower aging solar PV plants.
A new partnership between CleanTech Docs and Cleantech Law Partners (CLP) aims to improve the way legal services are provided to the cleantech and renewable energy sectors with what the companies say is the first online legal platform for those companies.
Renewable Energy World recently reported on a potential solar software update that was called “game changing” for energy storage. Now that update is here.
Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about gigawatt-scale fabrication shops (fabs) for both PV (NY) and batteries (NV). And they are promoted as being able to provide great economies of scale that will dramatically and magically accelerate the cost reduction learning curve. But the fact of the matter is that it’s not quite so simple in reality.
A new report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance indicated 31 utilities, or 43 percent of the utilities surveyed for the study, added energy storage to the grid in the last year.
Commercial-scale solar systems are being installed at an unprecedented rate in South Australia as companies attempt to combat some of the most expensive electricity prices in the world.
Just five years ago, solar engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) were willing to be a lot more flexible when signing contracts to build solar projects than they are today. According to Robert Lydan, CEO and Managing Director at Phoventus, it’s about who takes on the majority of project risk. It used to fall on the shoulders of the EPCS but today they are increasingly risk-averse.
With Hurricane Sandy a recent memory, Texas in the midst of recovery, and powerful storms bearing down in the tropics, architects, engineers and professionals of all kinds are taking notice that geothermal systems are the most resilient and stormproof air-conditioning and heating systems available.
The growing support for the nonprofit Solar Head of State from a selection of high-profile people is a testament to the valuable vision that today’s young business men and women bring to the solar sector.
The strongest and most trusted solar brand is actually a group of solar workers — the small to medium independent installers have always been, and are still, the face of the solar industry to people. This has remained true despite the residential solar lease and despite the rise of multi-megawatt (utility-scale) solar deployment. It has remained true as DG (distributed generation) systems have increased in size, and it has remained true despite announcements of the demise of the small/medium independent installer.
Energy efficiency will improve faster than global economic growth due to the rapid electrification of the world’s energy system, leading to a plateau in energy demand from 2030.
A new baseline study for the development of renewable resources in the Irish and North Seas has identified the most environmentally friendly grid structure for offshore resource growth.
Tesla Inc. has partnered with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to figure out how to combine wind turbines and batteries, socking away power during breezy times to use when the air is still.
The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with data through June 30, reveals that renewable energy sources remain in a statistical dead heat with nuclear power vis-Ã -vis their respective shares of US electrical generation, with each providing roughly 20 percent of the total.
Recently released heat maps from Sustainable Energy for All identify countries and regions where improvements would increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent of total final energy consumption by 2030.
There is a growing need for grid-scale storage technology to mitigate the intermittency of renewables and enable the transition towards a decarbonized energy system. Hydrogen as an energy carrier could offer a climate-friendly solution to this.
New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.
DONG Energy is planning to install an offshore wind battery energy storage system (BESS) in the U.K. ABB said that it won a contract to install a 2-MW BESS to support integration and transmission of power from the 90-MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm.
According to Utah Clean Energy, a settlement agreement with Rocky Mountain Power in its rate case avoids a requested $15 fixed monthly charge, a $9.02 per-kW peak demand charge and a reduced energy rate for solar customers.
Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the Ãcole Polytechnique FÃ©dÃ©rale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.
Support for workers seeking to transition from jobs in the fossil-fuel industry to the clean energy sector could be coming in the form of new federal legislation.
Here are a couple of updates on teams competing in this year's Solar Decathlon in Denver in October.
It’s turning out to be a great year for minor metals. Rechargeable-battery ingredient cobalt has gained 83 percent, while ruthenium, used in the chemical industry and electronics, is up 63 percent. The latest star is vanadium, an obscure silvery-grey metal thought to have been used to harden steel as far back as the Crusades.
Supporters of geothermal electricity generation development around the world are pushing for more sharing of knowledge and lessons learned as the key to building out the significant untapped geothermal resources in regions like Central America.
An Australian company is introducing its own version of bitcoin that will let homeowners and businesses sell excess energy generated from their rooftop solar panels to neighbors, without a middleman taking a cut.
A four-story office building powered by a combination of thermal and PV solar and wind energy in South Australia has cut its connection to the electricity grid in what its owners claim to be a world first.
Twenty years ago, the problem with rooftop solar was that customers needed a large collection of lead acid batteries to store their daytime energy and use this energy at night. But simple net metering rules made it possible for the electric grid to function as a 100 percent efficient storage device.
Details were released yesterday for the South Australia government’s call for more projects that can contribute to making renewable energy generation on demand and that will provide energy storage in the state.
Canadian utility TransAlta is retrofitting wind turbines at its Melancthon wind farm in Ontario with integrated condition monitoring systems (CMS).
China’s creating the world’s largest power company. The government of President Xi Jinping approved the merger of Shenhua Group Corp., the country’s top coal miner, with China Guodian Corp., among its largest power generators, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said Monday.
Delaware Gov. John Carney today authorized the creation of an Offshore Wind Working Group (OWWG) to advance offshore wind for the state.
The Department of Energy last week released its long-awaited grid-reliability study, after months of work at the agency to respond to Secretary Perry’s directive calling for the report. The tone and content of Perry’s April 14th memo suggested to many that the study would inevitably produce a set of findings that coal-fired power plants could take to the bank as proof that they need help from the federal government to stay in operation.
Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. But Stanford scientists say there are large deposits in sources right here in America: supervolcanoes.
Vancouver, B.C.-based Dajin Resources Corp. last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Reno, Nev.-based Geothermal Development Associates to share geothermal data to support their separate operational goals in Nevada.
London-based investment firm Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) last week purchased 20 biomass and waste-to-energy facilities from the U.K. Green Investment Bank.
We want to hear your innovation story. We will recognize the most innovative power projects with the Power-Gen International Projects of the Year Awards in Las Vegas in December.
Grid operators and traders thought they were totally prepped for the historic U.S. solar eclipse. There was just this one thing they didn’t completely factor in: “irregular human-behavior patterns.”
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States.
Sunrun yesterday said it has reached an agreement with Comcast for the solar and storage company to be the exclusive solar provider for Comcast Cable.
Now that the US Department of Energy staff has released its report to Secretary Perry on Electricity Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy World has received many comments from industry that seem to generally favor the results
Forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment.
The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) yesterday said that they have proposed a regional emissions cap trajectory that will provide an additional 30 percent cap reduction by the year 2030, relative to 2020 levels.
In April, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called for a study of the U.S. electricity grid. He wanted the study to reveal why so many coal plants were retiring and whether or not energy policies (renewable folks, think the ITC, PTC, RPS) were distorting the market and making the grid unstable.
As most in the energy industry knew, the answer is incredibly nuanced. The 187-page report, released today, details the many reasons impacting the retirement of coal plants – the fact that they are old, in need of upgrades, costlier to run than natural gas plants, and not running at full capacity – are just some of them.
As locations for large-scale solar deployment go, Bermuda is a pretty good one. The climate guarantees plenty of sun and the potential for significant generation of clean energy. The National Museum of Bermuda has capitalized on the advantageous conditions with the recent launch of the largest ground-mounted solar project in the country.
When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time.
Solar Spectrum, a clean-energy company backed by private equity firm Northern Pacific Group, bought residential system provider Horizon Solar Power.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A startup company is giving up plans to build boxcar-sized batteries that help power companies save energy or shift to wind and solar power. Alevo Manufacturing Inc. informed state officials Friday that it was immediately shutting down its factory inside a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant and filing for bankruptcy protection.
The remote Australian Northern Territory community of Daly River is set to be powered by solar and energy storage under the $55 million (US$43.5 million) Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Reliance Industries Ltd., owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is considering entering the energy storage business with its partner BP Plc. to expand into the country’s growing renewable energy sector, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.
Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case.
Argentina’s next renewable power auction will be half the size of last year’s because of an infrastructure bottleneck slowing down the ability to add capacity.
Solar power projects bid at low tariffs may be at risk as the prices of photovoltaic panels have risen amid a push in the U.S. to impose anti-dumping duty on cheaper imports from China.
The Home Depot last week said that it will use power purchase agreements to lease rooftop space for 50 of its stores. The company is working with GE subsidiary Current and Tesla on the project.
Calpine Corp. on Friday said that a consortium of investors will buy the geothermal and natural gas electricity supplier for $5.6 billion. Energy Capital Partners along with a consortium of investors led by Access Industries and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have agreed to pay $15.25 per share in cash for the company.
To say the engineering that goes into the platform design for an offshore wind farm is “complicated” would be laughable at best. “Complicated’ barely scratches the surface of the hundreds of hours of work that goes into designing a structure to support a tower that will stand some 100-200 meters high in the ocean for 20+ years, be subjected to enormous wave and wind loads over those two and half decades and oh, not to mention, generate electricity all the while.
All Coast LLC recently said it will build a Jones Act-compliant liftboat for U.S. offshore wind farm installation and support activities (WTIV).
On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.
A startup called Energy and Environmental Sustainability is taking cactus waste from the Milpa Alta neighborhood of the capital and turning it into biogas.
The first phase has been completed in the selection process for partners in PPC Renewable’s geothermal development work in Greece.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced it will provide $2.49 million in funding to attract future investment via a 3-year project that will explore the tidal energy potential in Australia.
Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments.
A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve. The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1,100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station.
NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros ($118 million).
An electric cooperative in rural Arkansas is finding that solar power is not only benefiting its members, it’s helped to keep a major employer in the community.
While last week’s Offshore Wind Executive Summit was formulated in order to illuminate the offshore wind business opportunities that offshore oil and gas supply chain companies could take advantage of, it was clear during the conference that the US offshore oil and gas companies have a lot to teach offshore wind.
First, according to Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), on the public relations front, offshore oil and gas has a lot of experience dealing with opposition and educating the public about the importance of the service it is providing.
ScottishPower Renewables plans to use larger, “next generation” wind turbines for its East Anglia 3 offshore wind farm than on previous phases of the project.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.
First Solar Inc. is standing on the sidelines of a trade dispute that could give its products a significant leg up.
The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday regarding the request by Suniva for the U.S. to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The petition alleges China, which accounts for more than 80 percent of global solar panel production, gives manufacturers unfair government support.
The commission is expected to make a decision next month, and a finding of harm could lead President Trump to impose duties as early as November.
GE Renewable Energy announced it has received a turnkey contract from Star Pumped Storage Ltd. for the 344-MW Kokhav Hayarden pumped storage station in Israel.
Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.
Elon Musk isn’t the only visionary betting that the world will soon be reliant on batteries. Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, also envisions such dependence. He just thinks alkaline is a smarter way to go than lithium-ion.