Policy for Solar Energy News

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
Andhra Pradesh regulator approves solar power tariffs
The latest blow in the political battle between clean energy project developers and an anti-renewables state government has seen the electricity regulator order power distribution companies to honor PPAs signed after a public tender.
Oct 17, 2019 // Tariffs, Policy, PPAs, India, Asia, APERC, Andhra Pradesh
Skepticism hangs over Taiwan’s ambitious solar growth roadmap
Taiwan’s government risks failing to make good on solar growth pledges unless it acts to clear structural hurdles such as land shortages, industry operators have warned at Energy Taiwan 2019.
Oct 17, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Policy, Floating PV, Asia, Taiwan, energy taiwan, solar target, auo, tatung, ks terminals, tpvia, Daniel Lee, Alan Lin, Frank Lu
ACORE releases whitepaper on the need for a federal renewable energy standard
In a new white paper released today by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the organizations offer recommendations on how U.S. policymakers can most effectively design a federal high-penetration renewable energy standard (RES) that enhances grid reliability, creates American jobs, and increases American economic competitiveness globally.
Oct 16, 2019 // Policy, Gregory Wetstone, ACORE, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Tim Cronin
UK: Give more power to regulators, says report
A report published recently by the United Kingdom’s National Infrastructure says that the UK’s regulatory system must “adapt to meet the demands of the future” by providing new powers for regulators to ensure utility investments in sustainable infrastructure. The report notes that without such powers, the country will be unlikely to meet its target of zero emissions by 2050.
Oct 16, 2019 // Storage, Policy, UK, Europe, Solar Trade Association, Chair John Armitt, Chris Hewett
Top officials trumpet 20GW-by-2025 solar goal as Energy Taiwan kicks off
Taiwan will try and use its leverage as a global electronic and manufacturing hotspot to engineer a multi-gigawatt clean energy boom, government figures have said as they kickstarted this year’s edition of Energy Taiwan.
Oct 16, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Policy, pv modules, Asia, policy and regulation, Taiwan, energy taiwan, module manufacturing, auo, Shen Jong-Chin, Tsai Ing-wen, TSEC
German report makes recommendations for private PPA adoption in China
The German Energy Agency has drawn up a list of proposed measures which it says could help the world’s biggest solar market accelerate its clean energy plans through the adoption of subsidy-free – private – power purchase agreements.
Oct 15, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, Policy, PPAs, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, tariff, Dena, subsidy-free PPAs