Policy for Solar Energy News

U.S. senators replicate call for ban on Huawei solar inverters
A group of ten bipartisan senators such as Marco Rubio (R-FL), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), calling on it to take action to fight the national security threat introduced by Huawei's entrance to the U.S. solar sector.
Dec 10, 2019 // Inverters, Policy, USA, FERC, Huawei, North America, Marco Rubio, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin
Indonesia develops local e-vehicle sector
A presidential decree has created a number of incentive programs for EV production with local component requirements rising over the years.
Dec 5, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Policy, Transport, Asia, Indonesia, e-vehicle sector
Kenya’s Kisumu County launches tender for solar mini-grids
The local authority is seeking proposals to build mini-grids with generation capacities of more than 5 kW to power hospitals, markets, water pumping and street lighting. The council has expressed a strong preference for the build, operate and transfer project development model.
Nov 1, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Grids, Policy, tender, Kenya, Africa, mini-grids
Netherlands puts forward €5 billion in new clean energy subsidies
The Netherlands has launched the latest round of its renewable energy subsidy programme SDE+ this week, with a budget to the tune of €5 billion (~US$5.6 billion).
Oct 31, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Policy, floating PV, Europe, Netherlands, subsidy, subsidy-free, sde+, holland, dutch
China’s solar installations slump to 4.6GW in Q3
According to official figures released by China’s National Energy Administration, new solar capacity installations in the third quarter of 2019 slumped to only 4.6GW under new support mechanisms that were implemented mid-year.
Oct 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Policy, NEA, China, AECEA, pv power plants, Asia, Frank Haugwitz
Portugal drafts new rules to boost rooftop solar
The regulations will come into effect on January 1 and will improve upon the regime introduced in 2014. The new provisions will for the first time provide a legislative framework for energy communities and storage deployment.
Oct 25, 2019 // Policy, Rooftop PV, Portugal, Europe, rooftop PV, Twitter, João Galamba
Bangladeshi solar mini grids threatened by fossil fuel commitments
In racing to provide access to electricity to all its citizens, the government has commissioned extensive coal, gas and nuclear generation capacity and the solar sector fears an ever-expanding national grid will kill the business case for solar in previously off-grid areas.
Oct 25, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Grids, Policy, Bangladesh, Asia, ACWA Power, Siddique Zobair
Storage ITC could be ‘more impactful’ than any other policy
A standalone Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for energy storage in the US holds the potential to be more immediate and impactful than any other policy, the head of the US national Energy Storage Association has said.
Oct 25, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Policy, USA, storage, ENERGY STORAGE, North America, Kelly Speakes-Backman, investment tax credit
Opposition party pledges to nearly treble UK solar capacity in 10 years
The UK’s opposition Labour Party has pledged to almost treble the country’s solar PV capacity, taking it to 35GW by 2030.
Oct 25, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Policy, UK, solar pv, Europe, solar-plus-storage
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
Uzbekistan announces tender for up to 900 MW of solar
The central Asian nation and the International Finance Corporation have signed a mandate to develop up to 900 MW of solar capacity through public-private partnerships.
Oct 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Policy, tender, Asia, Uzbekistan, Shukhrat Vafaev
ACWA Power plans 3.6 GW of new fossil fuel capacity in Bangladesh
Renewables may be making encouraging advances in the south Asian nation but the natural gas infrastructure deal announced today by the Saudi power company at a stroke eclipses the 375 MW of solar capacity in Bangladesh and its 609 MW development pipeline.
Oct 22, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Policy, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Asia, ACWA Power, Paddy Padmanathan, Rajit Nanda
Hundreds of mayors urge Congress to extend solar ITC
More than 200 mayors across the US have sent a letter urging Congress to pass a five-year extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) with a particular focus on creating jobs and drawing investment.
Oct 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Policy, USA, ITC, woodmac, North America, Abigail Ross Hopper, congress, mayors
France powers up Europe’s self-styled largest floating PV project
Top French state officials have helped cut the red ribbon of a floating solar plant that is being touted as Europe’s largest, a project delivered by Paris headquartered Akuo Energy.
Oct 21, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Policy, Floating PV, France, floating PV, Europe, Elisabeth Borne, akuo, Ciel & Terre, ciel et terre, Brune Poirson
Dept. of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to resign at end of year
Secretary Perry informed President Trump yesterday that he will resign from his position, effective later this year. Perry released a message to DOE employees stating that he had “the coolest job in the world” as Secretary of the department.
Oct 20, 2019 // Policy, USA, Trump, North America, Rick Perry, Dan Brouillette