Renewable Energy News


Solar and wind offer the ‘smart economic choice’ over biomass for UK power

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 11:59 

Powering the UK on wind and solar is not only possible, but the “smart economic choice” according to a report which has condemned the future prospects of biomass in the country. Read more

COMPETITION: Win two tickets to the Solar Power Portal Awards 2017

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 11:05 

With just two weeks to go until the Solar Power Portal Awards, Solar Media is giving away two tickets to the gala dinner and ceremony taking place in Birmingham on Wednesday 4 October. Read more

Lib Dems call for faster pace of emissions reduction to meet Paris agreement

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 17:46 

The UK’s legally binding carbon reduction targets should be brought forward if the country is to meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report from the Liberal Democrats. Read more

Bluefield readies value enhancement programme as it ducks asset outages

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 13:30 

Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) is to concentrate on enhancing the value of its existing assets after considering attractive secondary market opportunities to be “few and far between”. Read more

Centrica completes 3MW battery install for Gateshead Council

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 13:26 

Centrica has completed the installation of a 3MW battery for Gateshead Council, which the utility’s Distributed Energy and Power business has dubbed one of the country's largest commercial battery storage schemes. Read more

S&SL Speaker Spotlight: Virginia Graham, chief executive Renewable Energy Assurance

Thursday, 9.14.2017 - 13:34 

With less than three weeks to go until Solar & Storage Live, Solar Power Portal has spoken to Virginia Graham, chief executive Renewable Energy Assurance which administers the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, who will take to the stage alongside Martin Cotterell and Graham Kenyon to discuss their co-authored IET Code of Practice for Electrical Energy Storage Systems. Read more

Solar Power Portal Awards 2017 shortlist spotlight – Commercial Rooftop PV

Thursday, 9.14.2017 - 13:19 

The Solar Power Portal Awards 2017 is now less than two weeks away and the shortlisted entrants have all been publicised. Read more

Dulas boasts ‘significant’ commercial and new build solar pipeline after difficult 2016

Thursday, 9.14.2017 - 12:23 

Machynlleth-based renewables firm Dulas has pointed towards a “significant” commercial and new build PV pipeline as it look to bounce back from a difficult 2016. Read more

London’s climate progress hampered by lack of national policy says deputy mayor

Thursday, 9.14.2017 - 11:47 

The absence of central government leadership and national policy is holding back carbon reduction progress and renewable generation deployment, according to London’s deputy mayor for energy and the environment. Read more

Photon on track with rooftop solar system atop HS2 training college

Thursday, 9.14.2017 - 11:12 

Photon Energy has commissioned a 76.5kWp rooftop solar system for the £21 million HS2 training college in Doncaster. Read more


GE to develop 50MW PV project in Egypt

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 20:15 

GE Power Conversion, a subsidiary of General Electric, has received a full turnkey contract from Fas Energy to develop a 50MW PV project for the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC). Read more

Enphase Energy, Waaree Energies announce partnership to deliver AC modules to India

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 19:59 

Solar microinverter supplier Enphase Energy has partnered with one of the largest Indian manufacturers Waaree Energies to produce an AC solar module for the Indian PV market. Read more

APA Group receives approval for 240MW PV project in Queensland

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 19:45 

The Western Downs Regional Council is set to welcome its ninth PV farm to the region, as the council approved a 240MW renewable energy development 42 km west of Dalby. Read more

Prices surprise in Gujarat’s 500MW solar auction

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 18:20 

A 500MW solar auction in the Indian state of Gujarat, held by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUNVL) has seen a winning low bid of INR2.65/kWh (US$0.041), despite several uncertainties for the wider Indian solar sector. Read more

Azure Power wins 50MW of Indian government building rooftop solar projects

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 17:43 

The rooftop solar arm of Indian PV developer Azure Power has won 50MW of rooftop projects for government buildings in an auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Read more

CleanMax completes 1.5MW rooftop PV system for IIT in Varanasi

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 17:27 

Indian rooftop solar specialist CleanMax Solar and technology engineering institute IIT (BHU), Varanasi, have commissioned a 1.5MW rooftop PV project across multiple building rooftops the IIT campus in Uttar Pradesh. Read more

European investor announces 600MW Iranian PV project

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 14:52 

Quercus will build a 600MW solar plant in Iran as part of an agreement with the country’s energy ministry. Read more

India brings back RE-INVEST as International Solar Alliance takes shape

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 14:46 

India will hold its second RE-INVEST event on 7-9 December 2017 to take stock of its renewable energy progress in the last three years and show off the progress of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) that it brought to the world stage at COP21. Read more

Hevel completes first heterojunction-based PV power plants in Russia

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 14:11 

Russia-based integrated PV manufacturer Hevel Group said it had completed construction of a 20MW and a 5MW solar project in the Altai Republic, Russia that become the first to deploy heterojunction (HJ) modules in the country. Read more

Mississippi Power, Silicon Ranch commission 50MW PV project in Mississippi

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 1:30 

Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch have officially commissioned a 50MW solar project in Hattiesburg, Mississippi that is operating and providing energy to the Mississippi Power grid. Read more

Renewable Energy World

Listen Up: Roof Attachment Products for Solar — Key Considerations

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 19:29 

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. Read more

New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 18:39 

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. Read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $20M to Climate-focused Organizations

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 18:16 

On Tuesday, September 17 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.  Read more

Staying Safe on the Job: Fall Protection in Renewable Energy Demands Planning and Training

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 16:00 

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. Read more

Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 15:01 

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. Read more

A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 20:10 

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. Read more

Notes from the Solar Underground: From Idea through to the End, the Lifecycle of a Trend

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 18:32 

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.  Read more

Why There’s Room for Competition in Home Solar Loans

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 14:14 

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. Read more

Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 18:00 

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 Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado... Read more

Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW Concentrated Solar Power Expansion

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 15:20 

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. Read more


Clenergy sold more than 200MW of solar mounting systems in the Australian market

Monday, 7.31.2017 - 10:14 

By the end of June 2017, Clenergy recorded a year-on-year growth of 150% in the Australian market, selling more than 200MW of solar mounting systems. Read more

GCL cooperates with IBC Solar

Thursday, 7.27.2017 - 17:36 

GCL System Integration Technology Co. Ltd. is entering a business partnership with IBC SOLAR in Germany, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage. Read more

Phoenix Solar: First project in Australia

Thursday, 7.27.2017 - 14:13 

Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd has received an order for a 39.5 MWp photovoltaic power plant in Australia. The building release is scheduled for the next month (August). Read more

Third Blockchain-Tag in Berlin

Wednesday, 7.26.2017 - 13:12 

The tremendous potential that digitalization holds for the energy industry will take center stage at the Konferenz Digitale Energiewelt organized by Solarpraxis Neue Energiewelt AG. Read more

Senec grows in Italy

Tuesday, 7.25.2017 - 15:56 

Senec, Energy-Storage-Producer from Leipzig (Germany), opened its own site in Bari and established a company with Senec Italia. Read more

BayWa r.e. sold PV Power Plant to Lighthouse

Tuesday, 7.25.2017 - 14:44 

BayWa r.e. sold its 20MW PV power plant Hughenden to the Australian infrastructure and investment specialist Lighthouse Infrastructure. Read more

UK: STA response to Government announcements on energy storage

Monday, 7.24.2017 - 19:39 

The Solar Trade Association STA welcomes the announcement of battery storage and reviews to the rules making it easier for homes and businesses to install the technology alongside PV panels. Read more

OG&E and SunPower Announce 10-Megawatt Solar Plant

Friday, 7.21.2017 - 10:56 

OGE Energy Corp. electric utility subsidiary Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (OG&E) and SunPower Corp. have signed a contract to build a 10-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic power plant in Covington, Oklahoma. Read more

SolarReserve receives Environmental Approval for 390-MW-Power-Station

Thursday, 7.20.2017 - 10:52 

SolarReserve has now received the environmental approval for a 390 MW solar thermal power station including 5,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage in Chile. Read more

Hive Energy granted planning permission to develop 40MW subsidy free Hampshire solar park

Thursday, 7.20.2017 - 9:52 

Hive Energy have confirmed plans to create a subsidy free 40MW solar park on 72 hectares of land at Woodington Farm near Romsey. Read more


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