‘Fair market conditions’ more important than subsidies, says German storage association

Hegner said while the signal was encouraging, incentives are not its focus. Source: Tesla. A trade association representing some of Germany’s energy storage industry has welcomed the renewal of a support scheme for batteries, but says that establishing “fair market conditions” for storage would be more important. At present, Germany’s federal government offers around €600 … Read more

Dubai Government Plans to Install Solar on Every Rooftop by 2030

Khaleej Times: Solar Panels on All Dubai Roofs by 2030 Billions of dirhams will be spent by Dubai on generating clean energy, the government said on Saturday, aiming to have solar panels installed on the roofs of all buildings by 2030. The Dubai government will encourage building owners to place solar panels on their roofs and … Read more

What YieldCo Managers Are Saying About the Market Meltdown

In the last six months, YieldCos have fallen from stock market darlings to pariahs.  YieldCos are companies that buy clean energy projects such as solar and wind farms, and use the majority of free cash flow from these projects to pay dividends to investors. Many are listed subsidiaries or carve-outs of large developers of clean … Read more

Australian Battery Storage Safety Guides Launched

An Australian-first home battery storage safety guide has been made available as part of the nation’s most comprehensive national study of energy storage safety. Battery storage is very safe if good quality components are used, installed correctly, properly operated and sufficiently maintained. However, as with all other electrical appliances in a home or business or … Read more

12 charts that show the state of the US clean energy revolution

Largely seen as fringe technologies just a decade ago, clean energy resources are becoming truly mainstream in the United States.  About 70% of the new generating capacity installed in the U.S. in the first six months of 2015 was renewable energy — largely wind and solar — and major states are confident enough in the resources to … Read more

Duke Energy restyles retired Ohio coal plant into battery storage facility

Dive Brief: Duke Energy has begun selling frequency regulations services to the PJM Interconnection from a new 2-MW battery system at its retired W.C. Beckjord coal-fired plant in New Richmond, Ohio, Bloomberg reports.  The lithium-ion batteries were delivered by LG Chem and are controlled by software designed and provided by Greensmith. The 2-MW battery system … Read more

Flying Robots Are the Future of Solar

Imagine a utility-scale photovoltaic solar farm with tens of thousands of panels covering thousands of acres of land. Now, picture a squadron of tiny flying robots buzzing up and down the endless strings of solar panels like bees in a clover field. They’re hunting not for nectar, but for data. Perhaps they’re looking at how … Read more