Solar Energy News

  • Dominion Energy Adds 81 Megawatts of Clean Energy to South Carolina`s Electric Grid

    Dominion Energy recently (12/29) announced that two South Carolina solar energy projects – including the largest such project in the Palmetto State – have entered service. The company's 71.4-megawatt Solvay Solar Energy-Jasper County, S.C., facility, located near Ridgeland, S.C., came online on Dec. 21, ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Long Beach Water Department Team Up

    Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and the Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) recently (12/22) announced a partnership to build the first advanced energy storage system for the department's Groundwater Treatment Plant. AMS will utilize its battery system and industry-leading ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Canada's Non-Hydro Renewable Power Capacity Continues To Increase

    Canada’s non-hydro renewable power capacity grew by more than eight per cent in ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • EVAPCO-BLCT project wins Best Gas Fired Project of the Year

    Congratulations to EVAPCO-BLCT as their project, Exelon's Wolf Hollow, was awarded Gas Project of the Year by the editors of Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World magazines. Built in Granbury, Texas, Exelon’s 1,000-MW Wolf Hollow gas-fired combined cycle plant began producing power in December 2016. The Wolf Hollow plant is one of two twin facilities designed and built in Texas ...


    By Evapco Inc.

  • New IREC Report Guides States to Optimize Modern Electric Grid

    A new in-depth guide released today by IREC will help states manage the grid redesign with new analytical tools and the benefit of lessons learned from states leading the way. More Americans are choosing increasingly economical and available distributed energy resources (DERs) — such as rooftop or community solar, energy storage and electric vehicles – and these DERs create new ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research

    Recently (12/19), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability.  "These projects ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Gifu University and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems Form Joint Research Program Partnership

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems Co., Ltd. (MHI Thermal Systems) has become the first partner in a new scheme by Gifu University to initiate joint research in partnership with the industrial sector. The university concluded an agreement with MHI which will focus on joint-research into smart grid power control engineering.  The latest program was ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Sun will continue to shine on solar energy despite UK subsidy cuts

    The cost and energy saving potential of solar panels in a post-subsidy era still shines bright for UK businesses, says Inprova Energy. The UK government has recently announced the April 2019 closure of the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme for solar photovoltaic (PV) and other qualifying renewables projects.  This is part of the government's plan to ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Spectrum Solar Plus Storage Project with EnSync Energy Commissioned and Operational in Hawaii

    EnSync, Inc., dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), recently (12/15) announced the full commissioning and live operation of an advanced energy generation, storage and management system at a Spectrum headend facility in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, as ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Successful Completion of the SoloGrid Flagship Project in Riedholz

    The completion of SoloGrid, the joint flagship project of Alpiq, AEK, Adaptricity and Landis+Gyr in the municipality of Riedholz in the Swiss canton of Solothurn shows promising results with a view towards a decentralised, networked and digital energy future. The goal of the project, which was supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and received funding from the canton of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • SEIA Gives Pres. Trump Plan to Make America First in Manufacturing, National Security and Solar Job Growth

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a blueprint to put America First on economic growth, jobs, manufacturing and national security. SEIA's America First Plan for Solar Energy recommends six steps President Trump can take to maintain the solar industry's booming growth. The plan starts with the president's rejection of tariffs, ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Arizona Public Service Selects Sunverge for Innovative Residential Energy Storage Program

    Sunverge Energy has signed deals with three major electric utilities serving millions of customers in Arizona, Florida and Vermont, expanding the utility customer base for its advanced, intelligent storage systems and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform. The utilities, which serve areas with significant diversity of climate, solar availability and demand patterns, all have recently purchased ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Kingspan put their energy into change

    With a number of significant advancements in the climate change agenda over the past 12 months it has never been more important for businesses to recognise and take responsibility for their impact on the environment. For over a decade, Kingspan Insulated Panels has been leading the way with its dedication to sustainable business practise. Whether it is through its products, processes or people, ...


    By Kingspan Environmental Ltd

  • NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

    Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Relying on such advanced materials as perovskites and single-walled carbon nanotubes, the new technology responds to heat by transforming from transparent to tinted. As the window ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • NY Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Energy Efficiency Project at Stony Brook University

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a comprehensive energy efficiency project at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County that will save the campus more than $832,000 in annual energy costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,800 tons a year - the equivalent of taking more than 730 cars off the road. The project support's Governor Cuomo's goal to ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • California ISO Garners National Award For Innovative Solar Plant Test

    The California ISO received a national regulatory award for its groundbreaking work in demonstrating that solar energy plants can offer power grid resiliency, opening new horizons for integrating large amounts of renewable resources into electric systems. National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) recognized the ISO, along with its partners in the project, ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Soltec to Serve Australian Solar Tracker Market

    Soltec is expanding to serve Australia with an office in Sydney. The new office will execute on Soltec’s activities in the southern country, including project equipment supply that leverage Soltec’s 14 years’ history as PV tracking specialist. Following on its customers’ successes in the Americas and about 2 GW supplied or underway, Soltec is leading in regional ...


    By Soltec Renewable Energies

  • A World First: Inauguration of the Organic Photovoltaic Roof in France

    It was in response to a call for tenders, launched by the Charente-Maritime Department, that the teams of ENGIE proposed to cover the 530 sq. m roof of the Pierre Mendès-France secondary school, in La Rochelle, with HeliaSol® technology. Thanks to this innovation, which is a photovoltaic film installed with no need to strengthen the structure or pierce the roof, the Pierre ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • A new way to store thermal energy

    Original story at MIT News In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel — such as wood, brush or dung — that is collected with significant time and effort. Now, a new chemical ...

  • Battery Costs in Stationary Energy Could Fall by up to 66%, Grow 17-Fold by 2030, Says IRENA

    The cost of battery storage for stationary applications could fall by up to 66 per cent by 2030, according to a new report published recently by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The falling price of batteries could stimulate 17-fold growth of installed battery storage, opening up a number of new commercial and economic opportunities, the report ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

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