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Solar in Middle East: Kuwait Plans Tender for $1.2 Billion Solar Project in 2018

Tender to build Dibdibah will be issued in first quarter Plant will replace need for 5.2 million barrels of oil a year Kuwait will issue a tender to build the estimated $1.2 billion Dibdibah solar-power plant in the first quarter of 2018 as part of the country’s plans to produce 15 percent of power from […]

Solar Trade War: Solar Developers and Panel Makers Clash Over Tariff Request

Dozens of solar industry executives, government officials and foreign diplomats gathered here on Tuesday to urge federal trade commissioners to reject a petition from two troubled domestic solar equipment manufacturers to impose steep tariffs and minimum price guarantees on similar imports. At risk, they argued, is the future of the solar industry itself. “They seek […]

London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth

Tender to build Dibdibah will be issued in first quarter Plant will replace need for 5.2 million barrels of oil a year 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. The reverse auctions […]

Clean Disruption News: Germany to Take on Tesla With Gigafactory Rival

German executives are preparing to announce a new home for a lithium-ion battery plant designed to rival the output at Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory. Terra E Holding GmbH will choose one of five candidate sites in Germany or a neighboring country next month to build its 34 gigawatt-hour battery factory, Frankfurt-based Chief Executive Officer Holger Gritzka […]

Solar in India: With no auctions in sight, solar power price may fall below all-timelowof ₹2.44 a unit

The dearth of new solar auctions could drive the prices of solar power further down, below the all-time low of ₹2.44, with developers backed by private equity funds trying hard to build their assets, even if it means sacrificing returns. Bidding at IRRs “Many developers have built their companies anticipating huge auctions to reach the […]

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology (by ENEL)

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid by also improving grid capability to handle renewable power and will make renewable sources even more diffused and affordable. During the the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, Enel and Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid […]

Clean Disruption: How Electric Vehicles Can Drive Renewable Energy Forward

An electric car, in essence, is just a giant battery on wheels. As mentioned in a previous newsletter (Cleantech Rising), energy storage is vital for renewable energy so that we have power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind isn’t blowing. But what if we could use the batteries in our Teslas, Priuses, Volts, and […]

Solar War News: How Two Bankrupt Companies Are Threatening Tens of Thousands of American Solar Jobs

SEIA’s Abby Hopper: “If we can’t stop this case, we may see a lot of solar workers, including many in manufacturing, in unemployment lines.” Let’s be clear: the Section 201 trade case now under consideration at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is about jobs, plain and simple. If the petitioners get what they want, […]

Solar in LATAM: The Other Winner of Mexico’s Energy Reforms

On a recent summer afternoon, Carlos Gamez, a project manager at solar energy provider Enlight, was overseeing a home installation in the affluent Mexico City neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec. Workers prepared to tilt two dozen or so panels to 19 degree angles toward the equator, and position them far from the shade of a […]

Clean Disruption News: 7 Countries That May Ban Gas & Diesel Cars

“We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040,” Nicolas Hulot, France’s new ecology minister, said last month, adding that the move was a “veritable revolution.” It looks like England may follow suit. Jesse Norman, from England’s Department for Transport has announced, “a manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans on our […]

US Solar Industry Hits Out At “Preposterous” Claims By Suniva & SolarWorld In Section 201 Trade Case

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion “preposterous” and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves. […]

New Energy Vehicles Club launched under Clean Energy Business Council

To support the transition of the automotive industry towards green mobility and the recent initiatives taking places in the UAE, the New Energy Vehicles Club has been created under the umbrella of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) at the initiative of ENGIE, an energy company, charging station manufacturer and board member of the CEBC. […]

ACWA Power awarded three Solar PV projects under Round 2 of Egypt FiT program II

ACWA Power signed the Power Purchase Agreement with the Government of Egypt for three solar photovoltaic power plants in Benban under Round 2 of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) program in the presence of H.E. Prime Minister of Egypt, H.E. Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy ACWA Power will to develop, finance, […]

India Installs 4.8 GW of Solar in the First Half of 2017, Eclipsing All of 2016

The Indian solar market added 1,869 megawatts (MW) in the second quarter of 2017, bringing installations in the first half of the year to 4,765 MW (surpassing the 4,313 MW installed in all of 2016) according to the latest India Solar Market Update released by Mercom India Research. Large-scale solar installations totaled 1,639 MW in […]

World’s largest 19 MW Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) on Grid

The Tsuneishi Zhoushan Shipyard solar station, which was invested in and built by Asia Clean Capital Limited (ACC), has just been connected to the national grid. The system was installed on the rooftop of the Tsuneishi shipyard with a total capacity of 19 megawatts. power station. Electricity generated by the solar station will be comsumed […]

Solar in USA: Warren Buffett Likes Solar, but Not the Price Tag

Warren Buffett has called global warming a “major problem” and put his company’s money where his mouth is, spending billions to develop solar and wind power. Yet he’s no hero to some renewable energy proponents. Their beef: They say the utility arm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., his conglomerate, has been trying to undermine an almost […]

IMEC Reports Record Conversion Efficiency of 23.9 % on a 4 cm2 Perovskite/Silicon Solar Module

Belgian Imec announced an improvement of its 4 cm2perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9 percent. Reaching this level, imec is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone silicon solar cell. Perovskite solar cells have many desirable properties, as they can achieve a high power conversion efficiency, […]

“Formula E” for beginners by Julius Baer

Julius Baer presents an educational video, which explains to Formula E newbies what they always wanted to know about this sport – and never dared to ask. Find out more about Julius Baer and Formula E: https://www.juliusbaer.com/global/en/…

Enerray confirms its leadership in Italy in O&M and aims to grow abroad by exceeding 700 MWp.

Enerray confirms its leadership in Italy in O&M (Operation and Maintenance) of photovoltaic systems, closing the year 2016 with a growth of over 50% compared to 2015, greatly exceeding the established target of 400 MWp. Currently, Enerray has reached 530 MWp in Italy and aims to reach 600 MWp for 2017, thanks to continuous investments in […]

Clean Disruption News: Ikea begins selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

Ikea is getting into the domestic solar power generation and storage market in the UK, with new solar panel and home storage battery system products. The products include panels that integrated with existing roofing solutions provided by Solarcentury, a UK solar power company, which includes a 25 year guarantee on the panels themselves, as well […]

Tesla loses director of battery technology Kurt Kelty

Just after the official rollout of the production Tesla Model 3 electric sedan, the company lost a key figure in its growth and technological innovation. According to Bloomberg, Tesla’s director of battery technology, Kurt Kelty, has left the electric automaker after over a decade with the company. Kelty joined Tesla in 2006 after more than […]

Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt

Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.  The research lab, which hatched Google’s driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located almost anywhere, has the potential […]

The results are in, and Tesla’s solar roof is cheaper than a normal roof

Anyone who has had to replace a roof can attest that it is no small expense. Well, homeowners may have a better solution on the horizon that not only costs less upfront but also saves them money over time, according to Bloomberg. In 2016, Tesla acquired SolarCity, with about 85 percent of shareholders voting to […]

Intersolar North America: Mounting to the Top – Matthias Altieri, CSO at Mounting Systems & Holger Giebel, CEO at Mounting Systems inc.

During Intersolar North America 2017, held recently in San Francisco, California, we spoke to Matthias Altieri, CSO at Mounting Systems & Holger Giebel, CEO at Mounting Systems inc. Matthias updated us on the global strategy of the company and their new tracking systems, while Holger focused on the company activities in the United States & the current […]

Clean Disruption News: For the 1st time since 1984, renewables surpass nuclear as a percentage of US energy generation

This year, for the first time in the modern nuclear era, renewable energy has surpassed nuclear power as a percentage of U.S. energy generation. Nuclear power generation has been facing hurdles for a while: it’s expensive to expand, often politically unsavory, and not as competitive as the cheap natural gas that has flooded the market in recent […]

Solar in Europe: Solar dominates Spain’s 5GW renewables auction – winners announced

Spain’s energy ministry has released the full list of winners from its latest renewables auction, with several small-scale projects in amongst the large-scale winners. A total of 3,909MW of solar PV capacity and 1,128MW of wind capacity was awarded to 40 companies, in yesterday’s auction. The list of solar winners was as follows: Solar Developer capacity […]

Solar in USA: Oklahoma City Earns National Recognition For Solar Energy Growth

The City of Oklahoma City has earned national recognition for its efforts to promote solar energy. SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative, awarded Oklahoma City a bronze designation for helping residents access more solar energy options. To be eligible for the bronze designation, a local government must take steps […]

Solar in MENA: Bahrain inks deal to develop solar power policies

Bahrain hires technical consulting and engineering company CESI as it eyes renewable energy drive. Bahrain has appointed technical consulting and engineering company CESI as it embarks on developing its solar power policies. Dr. Abdul-Hussain Ali Mirza, the country’s Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, said CESI has been hired to support Bahrain’s sustainable energy unit […]

Tackling solar PV recycling in the United States & worldwide – Jan Clyncke at PV CYCLE & Alex Levran at SUMEC

During Intersolar North America 2017, held recently in San Francisco, California, we spoke to Jan Clyncke, Managing Director at PV CYCLE & Alex Levran, CEO & President of SUMEC North America about anticipating tackling of solar PV recycling in the United States & worldwide.  PV CYCLE is a non-profit, member-based organization that offers collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance services […]

Tesla stays on the sidelines while BMW, Audi, and now Mercedes-Benz are joining the Formula E

The first few seasons of the all-electric Formula E championship have been more successful than most motorsport fans would have ever predicted. Over the past few months, it managed to convince Audi and BMW to take spots for future seasons and this week, Mercedes-Benz has now announced that it will have its own team. While all those […]