Storage advocates use net-metering models to calculate a potential tariff for solar-plus-storage.
A fly-wheel based energy storage system designed by ABB in Darwin, and successfully used to smooth solar supply in remote WA, will be used to smooth wind generation on a Kenya hybrid microgrid.
Chile’s is going big on solar and wind, and could reap huge benefits from 100% renewables – particularly their mining industry. Meanwhile, in Australia…
Australia’s largest solar PV farm with sun tracking technology, the 4.1MW Uterne project, is complete, giving Alice Springs one of highest solar penetration levels in country.
Phenomenal sunshine and favourable policies take SunPower to Chile, where the US company plans to develop 1GW of PV farms in 5 years.
Ergon Energy teams with SunPower and Sunverge Energy to offer solar plus battery storage for households. It will cut households bills and allow retailers and networks to use “virtual power plants” of pooled household storage, to hedge against rising fuel costs and grid upgrades.
New figures from GTM Research have revealed that, of the 1.2 gigawatts of residential solar installed in the US in 2014, 72% was third-party owned.
US solar giant Sungevity has dumped plans to become dominant player in the Australian market and has exited the country, an apparent victim of Abbott’s war on renewables. RoofJuice, the new owner, says it will focus on ‘smart solar’ to deal with rule changes, and battery storage.
Large scale solar is nearing parity in US, China, and India. Even in the US, utilities are giving up the fight against solar, says leading manufacturer.
SunPower has added a further 1.5 GW to its growing solar PV pipeline across the U.S.
Renewable energy finance vehicles, YieldCos, likely to rapidly outpace their fossil fuel rivals, and represent more than $1 trillion of investment in coming years. Another sign of the global investment shift to wind and solar, a trend that could bypass Abbott’s Australia.