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Palau re-opens dispatchable solar RfP despite ENGIE signing PPA for world’s largest microgrid
20 Feb 2019 at 3:00pm
The Government of the Republic of Palau has re-opened a request for proposal (RfP) for a dispatchable solar PV project despite originally awarding the capacity and signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a subsidiary of French firm ENGIE in what had been dubbed as the world's largest microgrid.



Storage singled out as top target for institutional money
20 Feb 2019 at 1:49pm
Battery technologies hold most potential for nearly two-thirds of asset owners and managers polled by Aquila Capital.



Europe ‘fully embracing’ solar with 11GW deployed in 2018
20 Feb 2019 at 1:15pm
The European Union solar market grew by 36% in 2018 and very strong demand for PV in Europe is expected in the next two years, said trade group SolarPower Europe.



50MW Bangladesh project risks default as financing flounders
20 Feb 2019 at 12:57pm
Builder SHS Holdings warns country’s authorities could tear up PPA as plant may not be delivered in time despite deadline extension.



SA Water picks Enerven for solar-plus-storage roll-out in South Australia
20 Feb 2019 at 12:39pm
SA Water, which delivers water to more than one-and-a-half million people in South Australia, has picked out local contractor Enerven to execute the roll-out of PV and battery storage across 70 of its facilities in the next 18 months.



Gujarat auctions 500MW of PV and tenders 175MW in solar parks
20 Feb 2019 at 12:31pm
Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has auctioned 500MW of grid-connected solar capacity with winning tariffs in the range of INR2.55-2.66/kWh (US$3.6-3.8 cents).



India green-lights 26GW solar for farmers scheme
20 Feb 2019 at 11:28am
India's Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved its solar for farmers scheme that aims to support 25,750MW of solar by 2022 with INR344 billion (~US$4.84 billion) of central government backing.



Philadelphia Solar completes solar-plus-storage plant in Jordan
19 Feb 2019 at 6:42pm
PV manufacturer and EPC Philadelphia Solar says it has achieved commercial operation of an expansion phase to one of the first solar projects built in the MENA region where energy storage has been added.



India approves US$1.6bn of rooftop solar support
19 Feb 2019 at 6:04pm
The second phase of the programme targeting 40GW of rooftop solar by 2022 backs residential solar systems and incentivises Discoms.



UAE to help build 100MW solar project in Bangladesh
19 Feb 2019 at 1:39pm
Memorandum of understanding signed in Abu Dhabi by both countries also foresees the installation of 800-1,000MW LNG power plant.



Investor appetite for Indian solar needs ‘rebuilding’
19 Feb 2019 at 1:17pm
Pretty much everything that could go wrong for Indian solar in 2018, did go wrong, but 2019 will be brighter, according to the 'India Solar Compass Q4 2018' report from Bridge to India.



PV body warns against South African plans to reopen old PPAs
19 Feb 2019 at 1:00pm
Renegotiating renewable tariffs agreed in the early 2010s to help technically insolvent state utility Eskom could “dent investor confidence”, says SAPVIA.




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EPRI releases open-source communication software for DERs
20 Feb 2019 at 5:11pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released an open-source communication software based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2030.5 standard for intelligent distributed energy resources (DER). This free software will: help bring DER to the market more quickly and at a lower cost; enable communications between DER and grid operators as per… The post EPRI releases open-source communication software for DERs appeared first on Solar Power World.

NOVEC purchases 300 MW of Eastern U.S. solar projects
20 Feb 2019 at 4:53pm
by Billy Ludt
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) recently reached an agreement for NOVEC to purchase approximately 300 MW of energy output from solar facilities owned by DESRI. NOVEC selected DESRI from among multiple bidders to provide the cooperative with additional renewable resources. “This agreement with DESRI is another step toward… The post NOVEC purchases 300 MW of Eastern U.S. solar projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

LG solar panels used in net-zero home trade show installation
20 Feb 2019 at 3:39pm
by Billy Ludt
Solar panels from LG Electronics are delivering high-performance energy savings to The New American Remodel (TNAR), the official show home of the 2019 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named LG Electronics USA official partner for the net-zero TNAR home in the Nevada desert. “We hope this… The post LG solar panels used in net-zero home trade show installation appeared first on Solar Power World.

7X Energy enters 250-MW PPA with Fortune 500 company
20 Feb 2019 at 3:10pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
7X Energy has entered into a PPA for 250 MWac with a large investment grade company from Phase 1 of its Taygete Energy Project located in Pecos County, Texas. The solar energy will be purchased by the company under a multi-year fixed price PPA. The Taygete Energy Project represents an investment in West Texas of… The post 7X Energy enters 250-MW PPA with Fortune 500 company appeared first on Solar Power World.

GameChange Solar’s training and research facility opening Spring 2019
19 Feb 2019 at 9:18pm
by Billy Ludt
GameChange Solar announced the impending completion of the GameChange Solar Innovation, Research and Training Center in Brimfield, Massachusetts. This facility is located on 280 acres of land owned by GameChange’s parent company and is dedicated to the advancement of technology and real-world testing for solar structures and trackers and training Gamechange Solar’s customers and staff. The… The post GameChange Solar’s training and research facility opening Spring 2019 appeared first on Solar Power World.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy acquires 6.3-MW Indianapolis solar portfolio
19 Feb 2019 at 8:49pm
by Billy Ludt
Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it signed an agreement to purchase the managing member interest to a 6.3-MW Rockville Portfolio of two utility-scale solar projects from the Melink Corporation. The Rockville Portfolio projects have been operating since 2014. The projects consist of a 3.1 MW site ground-mounted project and a… The post Greenbacker Renewable Energy acquires 6.3-MW Indianapolis solar portfolio appeared first on Solar Power World.

Modernize study shows contractors should increase transparency of solar financing options
19 Feb 2019 at 4:31pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Modernize, provider of home improvement contractor lead generation services, has released its latest Modernize Homeowner Index, a quarterly research study that measures sentiment among thousands of U.S. homeowners currently considering windows, roofing, solar or heating and air conditioning projects. Modernize issues quarterly summaries of the ongoing study, helping contractors better serve the home improvement market… The post Modernize study shows contractors should increase transparency of solar financing options appeared first on Solar Power World.

EcoMen Solar develops 75.6-kW solar project at New Jersey shopping plaza
19 Feb 2019 at 4:20pm
by Billy Ludt
EcoMen Solar completed a 75.6-kW photovoltaic system for Poet’s Square Plaza in Freehold, New Jersey. The installed solar systems for this property take care of the common load as well as the tenant load for multiple buildings. In this case, there are four distinct systems installed on three of the square’s buildings. Poet’s Square Plaza… The post EcoMen Solar develops 75.6-kW solar project at New Jersey shopping plaza appeared first on Solar Power World.

New 29% efficient solar panel combines space-grade PV cells with concentrated glass cover
19 Feb 2019 at 4:00pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Swiss company Insolight has reached 29% efficiency for its unique solar panel, as verified by the Solar Energy Institute of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (IES-UPM). Its patented optical system concentrates light onto an array of tiny space-grade multi-junction PV cells. Compared to traditional non-concentrated PV modules with efficiencies around 19%, Insolight’s pre-production module has been validated… The post New 29% efficient solar panel combines space-grade PV cells with concentrated glass cover appeared first on Solar Power World.

Pioneer California solar company Sun Light & Power installs 905-kW system for San Francisco International Airport
19 Feb 2019 at 2:30pm
by Kelly Pickerel
California’s pioneer solar company Sun Light & Power has successfully completed the installation of a 905-kWp solar array atop the new long-term parking garage at San Francisco International Airport. Sun Light & Power worked with SFO, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors and solar panel manufacturer REC for the system. The solar array is one of several… The post Pioneer California solar company Sun Light & Power installs 905-kW system for San Francisco International Airport appeared first on Solar Power World.

All Enphase microinverters now comply with Rule 21 requirements
19 Feb 2019 at 2:16pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Enphase Energy announced its microinverters’ compliance with California Rule 21 requirements by the February 22, 2019, regulatory deadline. Leading California installers continue to choose Enphase Energy microinverters for their timely compliance with California regulatory requirements, enabled through over-the-air software updates of always connected Enphase systems. In September 2017, California’s Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) updated Electric Rule… The post All Enphase microinverters now comply with Rule 21 requirements appeared first on Solar Power World.

Latest Solar Installer Survey finds majority of solar community wants a permanent ITC
19 Feb 2019 at 2:00pm
by Kelly Pickerel
EnergySage and NABCEP released today the results of the fourth annual Solar Installer Survey, the largest and most comprehensive business climate survey of solar companies nationwide. The 2018 report captures key observations about the U.S. solar industry from local, regional and national solar installers. Over 870 residential and commercial installers across the country participated in… The post Latest Solar Installer Survey finds majority of solar community wants a permanent ITC appeared first on Solar Power World.


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