Solar Energy Storage and Battery News

Engie buys 25MW/22MWh solar-plus-storage pipeline in Massachusetts
Engie North America has bought a four-project portfolio in Massachusetts that comprises 25MW of solar and 22MWh of energy storage.
Sep 24, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, USA, storage, Massachusetts, SMART, Engie, solar-plus-storage, North America
Austria scraps its sun tax
The nation’s political parties have found agreement on a green electricity package which is expected to create stable conditions for the next three years. From next year, €36 million will be made available annually for the further support of PV systems and energy storage.
Sep 24, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Rooftop PV, Europe, Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, Vera Immitzer, PVA
Siemens and TEIS to open battery research center in China
The facility is set to open this year and will offer battery suppliers digitalization research and manufacturing consulting. Smaller manufacturers will be able to use shared laboratories for research.
Sep 24, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, LG CHEM, Siemens, TEIS, Hong Li, CATL, Pei Huang
Tender for megawatt scale solar-plus-storage launched in Sri Lanka
A planned 10 MW solar project will be coupled with a storage system with a minimum capacity of 8 MWh. The facility will be near Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka.
Sep 24, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, tender, Asia, Sri Lanka
France, Netherlands, UK commit US$350m to emerging solar and storage
A handful of European states have moved to bankroll various World Bank clean energy initiatives, with US$100 million of French and Dutch money set to back PV in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sep 23, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, France, UK, Europe, world bank, Netherlands, BESS, emerging markets, emerging pv, cif
Solar-plus-storage for social housing
U.K. nonprofit organization Together Housing is launching a solar-plus-storage demonstration project in a social housing complex. The $2.4 million pilot is designed to identify alternative commercial models for residential storage, following the abrupt reduction of feed-in tariff rates.
Sep 20, 2019 // Commercial, Residential, Storage, UK, Europe, solar-plus-storage, ESIF, Patrick Berry
Indian renewables leaders split over need for regulation
While some of the industry insiders at REI 2019 have made predictable calls to scrap restrictions imposed by regulators, others have continued to maintain that policy support is crucial, while audience members voiced concerns about India’s lack of recycling rules.
Sep 20, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Tariffs, Policy, India, China, Asia, REI, Somesh Kumar, Santosh Khatesal, Enerparc Energy, Anuvrat Joshi, Cleantech Solar, Arvind Reddy, Enerparc
GE to supply 100 MW/300 MWh battery for South Australia solar farm
GE Renewable Energy has been chosen to supply a massive battery for the 200 MW Solar River Project in South Australia.
Sep 20, 2019 // Storage, storage, Australia, Oceania, GE Renewable Energy, Jason May, Prakash Chandra
Safety is paramount
When Sony first commercially introduced lithium-ion batteries in 1991, the industry recognized their potential to revolutionize portable electronics. Ever since, there have been countless efforts to improve the technology, with many researchers focusing on energy density and longevity, in line with demand from emerging applications such as electric vehicles (EVs) and on-grid energy storage. Julian Jansen and Youmin Rong of IHS Markit discuss the effect of safety concerns on this rapidly growing global market.
Sep 19, 2019 // Storage, Opinions, USA, China, Li-ion batteries, Asia, North America, Sony, Julian Jansen, Youmin Rong
Austria mulls mandatory PV as new rebates for solar and storage launched
With the region of Styria considering making PV mandatory on all new buildings, the nation’s Climate Fund will support PV and storage projects in agriculture and forestry. Applications can be submitted by November 2020 – or until the pot is empty.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Storage, Rooftop PV, storage, Europe, Austria, Styria
Northern Territory hails 10GW solar-plus-storage project in net-zero plan
Australia’s Northern Territory has unveiled a new target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a policy document that touts solar and backs a proposed 10GW/20-30GWh solar-plus-storage plant earmarked to provide energy to the region and Singapore.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, Solar to Fuel, Northern Territory, Australia, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, carbon, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Virginia calls on wind and solar to achieve 100% carbon-free power by 2050
Virginia’s state governor has issued an executive order that reiterates the need to have “at least” 3GW of solar and offshore wind projects in development by 2022 in order to reach a string of ambitious new renewable energy production targets.
Sep 18, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, USA, Virginia, Dominion Energy, North America, Appalachian Power, renewable energy targets, renewables targets, Ralph Northam, David Murray, Sean Gallagher
‘New RWE’ sets sights on world-leading renewables position
German power major RWE has reiterated its commitment to becoming one of the world’s largest developers of solar, wind and energy storage after the European Commission green-lit its proposed asset swap with E.On.
Sep 17, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, pv power plants, Europe, rwe, e.on, innogy, Rolf Martin Schmitz, Markus Krebber
Australia’s AEMO radically curtails output of five large solar farms
The Australian Energy Market Operator constrained the output of several large-scale solar plants by 50% on Friday, in response to voltage fluctuations in a 220 kV network spanning the states of Victoria and New South Wales.
Sep 16, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Australia, AEMO, Oceania, ACES, Andrew Stiel
Germany will need 160 GW of solar by 2030 to prevent power shortages
EuPD Research has calculated what needs to be done to replace the nuclear and coal generation to be phased out in Germany. Accelerated expansion of PV appears the best short-term option. However, storage capacity will need to increase 30-fold by 2040 so solar can become the main pillar of the country’s energy system.
Sep 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Rooftop PV, Solar to Fuel, Germany, Europe, EuPD Research, BSW-Solar, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels