NextEra Energy Resources has acquired Smart Energy Capital, a commercial solar project developer with more than 75 megawatts of PV deployed across a number of states, according to sources close to the deal. Smart Energy Capital and NextEra have confirmed the transaction. Financial details were not disclosed. via Wind and Gas Giant NextEra Goes Solar, Continue reading →
An alliance has been established to support and facilitate collaboration between solar, electrical energy storage and smart grid technologies companies. Under the leadership of Markus A.W. Hoehner, CEO of EuPD Research and Bryan D. Ekus, managing director of IPVEA (International PV Equipment Association), the first alliance for battery and storage solution providers in the PV Continue reading →
The growth of solar energy has had a much greater impact on the Dutch energy infrastructure than previously expected and taken into account, SolarPlaza (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), reports in a press release. As solar photovoltaic (PV) panels look set to cover a much greater share of domestic electricity needs in the future, gas and coal plants Continue reading →
The UK’s largest smart grid project has completed the first stage of its research, which is comprised of ongoing trials with 12,000 customers. The £54m Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project is testing to ensure Britain’s electricity networks are ready for the mass uptake of technologies including solar PV, heat pumps, and electric vehicles. via Smart Continue reading →
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is launching a pilot to study the impact of high penetration solar photovoltaics (PV) on the grid. Utilizing Stem’s data collection system and analytics capabilities, the first phase of the two-year research project will examine the impact of a high penetration of PV on distribution circuit quality based on Continue reading →
Constellation Energy Group (Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.) has completed a 5.7-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Lake County, Oregon. The solar project comprises more than 20,000 ground-mounted PV panels, the company notes. The PV plant is expected to generate about 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar power per year. via KW05 | Constellation completes 5.7 MW Continue reading →
Moving the photovoltaic (PV) industry forward and enabling it to make a significant contribution to worldwide electricity generation – greater than 25 percent – will require four strategic initiatives… via Solar imperatives – FierceEnergy.
Two Florida utilities pick metering partners, TVA taps a new residential audit tool, PJM Interconnection picks a FERC Order 755 compliant solution to meet surging demand and San Diego Zoo is using locally produced PV panels. via Smart Grid: Smart grid wins: Some industry stalwarts top the charts this week.
Emerging markets are forecast to help bring stability to ailing solar industry, with up to 12 GW of new photovoltaic capacity added in 2017 up from just 1.6 GW in 2012, according to a new IHS solar report. The recently released study, which evaluated the potential for PV additions in 40 countries around the world, found Continue reading →
From a technical standpoint, snatching energy from the sun has never been easier. Technologies for accessing, converting, and distributing solar energy — chiefly via photovoltaic (PV) panels — are proven and established. Meanwhile, progress on the next game-changing technical front to refine methods of capturing and storing it in batteries is picking up steam. via Continue reading →
Hudson Energy Solar, Smart Energy Capital and RGS Energy are pleased to announce the completed installation of a 500kW solar PV system at the Eastman Companies’ Eisenhower Corporate Campus in Livingston, NJ. To showcase Eastman Companies‘ commitment to the environment, a 68kW of the total system was installed on a prominent hillside near the Eisenhower Continue reading →
PV inverter manufacturer Solectria Renewables LLC has released a new line of commercial PV inverters for the solar market. The new commercial inverter line has five inverter power levels: 50 kW, 60 kW, 75 kW, 85 kW and 100 kW. The inverters include a user-interactive LCD, as well as fused subcombiners, forward-facing disconnects, a stainless-steel Continue reading →
Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today it has expanded its capabilities with a dedicated meter for the solar market. The revenue-grade solar meter, which utilizes an Itron cellular communication module, is ideal for monitoring the energy production of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. via LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.: Itron Enters into Solar Market with Extended Continue reading →
Pacific Power Renewables has completed a solar PV project that will meet all of Aerospace Museum of California’s energy needs. via Solar installation producing at 111% of expected kWh – FierceEnergy.
The Americas photovoltaics (PV) market more than doubled in the first half of 2012 to reach 1.7 Gigawatts (GW) and is set to reach almost 4.3 GW for the full year according to the Q3 PV Demand Report from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS)). Installations grew by more than 120 percent Continue reading →
The City of Cape Town is considering using devices such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines as alternative sources of electricity. These devices and others, all known as embedded generators, are being considered by the city amid rising electricity costs. Embedded generation is the production of electricity outside authorised facilities, such as those of Continue reading →
GridSense has announced that an un-named California utility will use its LineIQ solution to measure the impact of electricity generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the grid. The utility will use LineIQ monitoring on distribution lines surrounding PV systems, focusing on fluctuations due to time of day and weather conditions. via KW27 | California utility to Continue reading →
GridSense, an Acorn Energy (NASDAQ: ACFN) company that develops and markets advanced monitoring solutions for the electric power industry, has announced that a California utility will use its LineIQTM solution to measure the impact of photovoltaic (PV) generated power as it enters the utility grid. Many states are mandating increases in the percentage of power Continue reading →
GridSense, an Acorn Energy (NASDAQ: ACFN) company that develops and markets advanced monitoring solutions for the electric power industry, has announced that a California utility will use its LineIQ™ solution to measure the impact of photovoltaic (PV) generated power as it enters the utility grid. via REVE – Regulación Eólica con Vehículos Eléctricos -.
Should solar photovoltaic (PV) become South Africa’s cheapest form of electricity, intermittency could limit the technology’s penetration of the energy market, Thupela Energy CEO Philip Calcott said. Smart grid technologies, storage, as well as geographical and source diversity could assist in evening out changes in supply, he stated at the second yearly Solar South Africa Continue reading →