Solar Residential News

Tata and Rockefeller launch India-focused clean energy microgrid unit
Two giants in financing and Indian power are collaborating on a clean energy microgrid operation they claim will deliver power to five million Indian households with 10,000 grids over the next decade.
Nov 5, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Grids, India, Asia, maharashtra, Ashish Khanna, Microgrids, rockefeller foundation, tprel, tata power, Praveer Sinha, Rajiv J. Shah
Off-grid solar sector witnesses sales of 4.1 million products in six months
Industry body Gogla and the World Bank’s Lighting Global program said the last six months set a record for off-grid solar deployment. Solar home systems and other small off-grid appliances are being used in ever larger numbers.
Nov 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Grids, Asia, Africa, Gogla, Lighting Global
When are solar panels acceptable on historic buildings?
A study from Sweden seeks to consider how PV could be sympathetically installed on historic buildings. The researchers propose a target-based approach for assessing panel visibility.
Oct 30, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Sweden, Solar Panels, Europe
China installed 920 MW of household solar last month
Hopes are high up to 5 GW of residential solar capacity will have been added by the time this month’s figures are added, as the household solar feed-in tariff still applies – but only until Thursday. However, the AECEA consultancy has again revised down its overall new capacity expectation for the year.
Oct 30, 2019 // Residential, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, Rooftop PV, China, AECEA, Asia, rooftop PV
Elon Musk: Unfortunately, it's hard to google Tesla solar links due to tons of ads & SEO
Elon Musk, the co-founder of SpaceX, PayPal, Tesla, SolarCity and the list goes on and on, said on Twitter that it is hard to go to Google and find Tesla's solar roof panels. He said "Unfortunately, it’s hard to google Tesla solar links due to tons of ads & SEO."
Oct 29, 2019 // Residential, Opinions, Rooftop PV, TESLA, Elon Musk, SolarCity, Twitter
Sungrow bolsters Australia position with 100MW residential partnership
Sungrow locked in a 100MW residential inverter distribution deal at last week’s All-Energy Australia, the company revealed, bolstering its position in the lucrative market.
Oct 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Residential, Inverters, Sungrow, Australia, residential solar, inverter, Oceania, Joe Zhou
Elon Musk offers discounted solar panels and batteries after California blackouts
Tesla is offering a discount on solar panels and batteries to people who are affected by wildfire power outages, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today. More than 2 million people across California have been affected by power outages since October 25th as utility companies try to prevent their power lines from sparking new blazes. A fire just north of San Francisco has already consumed more than 66,000 acres and is only 5 percent under control.
Oct 29, 2019 // Residential, Storage, Rooftop PV, California, USA, BATTERIES, TESLA, Elon Musk, Solar Panels, North America, Tim Hamor, Alternative Energy Systems
CleanChoice brings community solar to municipal level
CleanChoice Energy is introducing town partnerships for its CleanChoice Community Solar offerings. The company’s first Community Solar Partnership is with the Village of Wappingers Falls, where CleanChoice Energy will serve as the town’s preferred provider of community solar, allowing local residents to realize savings while working toward the town’s sustainability goals. Wappingers Falls’ residents can subscribe to CleanChoice Energy’s new portfolio of local community solar farms and save up to 10% on their utility bills.
Oct 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Grids, Tariffs, Rooftop PV, USA, cleanchoice energy, North America, Matt Alexander, Tom Matzzie
Battery costs for commercial market expected to drop 35% by 2024
According to new research from Wood Mackenzie, non-residential storage system costs will fall by 27% in the United States over the next five years. The fall in system costs will help drive a more-than-tenfold growth in the U.S. non-residential storage market by 2024. Commercial and industrial customers with predictable, peaky loads are increasingly turning to storage to help manage demand charges.
Oct 26, 2019 // Commercial, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Software, USA, storage, Wood Mackenzie, North America, Mitalee Gupta
Tesla’s solar installs bounce back in Q3 with no sales force
Tesla reported a bounce back in solar installations in the third quarter of 2019, while energy storage installs reached a new record high. The company is also launching a third-generation residential roof system ahead of a volume production ramp.
Oct 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Rooftop PV, USA, TESLA, Elon Musk, solar-plus-storage, North America, Zachary Kirkhorn
'The NIMBY thing is alive and well': Neighbours attack $50M solar farm expansion near Brooks
Western Canada's largest and first utility-scale solar project could soon get a whole lot bigger.
Oct 24, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Canada, North America, Jay De Jong, Jamie Houssain, Molly Douglass
Where have all the solar rebates gone? The outer suburbs
Solar panels are in hot demand in Melbourne’s outer suburbs and the state’s regions, with new government figures showing they are taking the lion’s share of the latest solar rebates.
Oct 24, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Policy, Solar, Rooftop PV, Solar Panels, Lily D’Ambrosio, John Grimes, Melbourne
Solar energy without panels on your house: Fayetteville launches community solar
Residents who get their electricity from Fayetteville Public Works will be able to benefit from solar energy without having to put panels on their homes.
Oct 24, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Residential, Rooftop PV, USA, North Carolina, Duke Energy, North America, Fayetteville Public Works, Matt Deal, Carolyn Justice-Hinson, Lindsey Listrom, Kimberly Conley
Energy access for Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria
In this op-ed for pv magazine, Roy Torbert and José Juan Terrasa-Soler, of the Rocky Mountain Institute and Resilient Power Puerto Rico, respectively, analyze the cost of Puerto Rico’s energy recovery and the role that microgrids play in reconstruction and resiliency.
Oct 22, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Grids, USA, North America, Puerto Rico, Roy Torbert, José Juan Terrasa-Soler, Wanda Vázquez, Microgrids, Joan Asencio
Only domestically manufactured solar cells will be eligible for use under mandatory local sourcing category: MNRE
Solar photo-voltaic cells that are predominantly domestically manufactured will be the only ones eligible to be used under the mandatory local sourcing category according to a statement from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Oct 21, 2019 // Plants, Residential, India, Asia, mnre, KUSUM, Solar PV cells