The Solar Industry Wants a Tax Credit Extension. Should It Get One?

The Solar Industry Wants a Tax Credit Extension. Should It Get One?

Today, the solar industry says its 2015 arguments for an extension — that an additional five years of the credit would offer a reprieve from an anticipated contraction, and allow solar to become “cost-competitive in every market,” as SunPower said — are as relevant now as ever.

New windfarms will not cost billpayers after subsidies hit record low

New windfarms will not cost billpayers after subsidies hit record low

The UK’s next wave of offshore windfarms will generate clean electricity at no extra cost to consumers after record low-subsidy deals fell below the market price for the first time.New offshore wind projects will power millions of British homes under “zero-subsidy” support contracts within the next four years, following a record-breaking government subsidy auction.

SSE’s £260m Orkney energy transmission link given go-ahead by Ofgem

SSE’s £260m Orkney energy transmission link given go-ahead by Ofgem

Ofgem announced that it “would approve” a resubmitted proposal for a 450MW transmission link to the Western Isles based on two Lewis wind power projects being successfully awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) in this year’s auction round.

Developers get chance to bid for offshore wind sites to power 6 million homes

Developers get chance to bid for offshore wind sites to power 6 million homes

Developers will be able to bid for new sites to generate enough offshore wind to power more than six million homes as the Crown Estate launches a new round of leases.

Daimler stops developing internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars

Daimler stops developing internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars

According to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Daimler development chief Markus Schaefer said that they currently have no plans to develop a next-generation combustion engine and they are focusing on new electric powertrains.

Croatia’s largest integrated solar power plant for self-consumption unveiled

Croatia’s largest integrated solar power plant for self-consumption unveiled

Genera, the Croatian subsidiary of the UK-based veterinary products manufacturer Dechra Pharmaceuticals, has officially opened the country’s largest integrated solar power plant for self-consumption.

Is this Australia’s first utility to acknowledge death by solar?

Is this Australia’s first utility to acknowledge death by solar?

The electricity generation company owned by the Northern Territory government says it faces an “existential risk” from the rise of solar power, possibly becoming the first energy utility to openly recognise that the growth of cheaper renewables could spell the end of its traditional fossil fuel business.

New technologies, new challenges: An interview with Jenya Meydbray of PVEL

New technologies, new challenges: An interview with Jenya Meydbray of PVEL

Editor’s note: Jenya Meydbray will be speaking on high-efficiency cell and module designs – including heterojunction technology – at pv magazine’s Future PV Roundtable at the Solar Power International Trade show from 10 AM – 12 PM on September 25.

Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia to see 100-fold increase in floating solar PV plants: Rystad Energy, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia to see 100-fold increase in floating solar PV plants: Rystad Energy, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

New Delhi: Development of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants is expected to increase 100-fold in Southeast Asia over the next five to 15 years, according to energy research firm Rystad Energy.

Toyota betting on solar car for future of transportation

Toyota betting on solar car for future of transportation

Sharp, one of Japan’s largest makers of solar panels, is developing the solar-cell technologies with NEDO funding, while Toyota is responsible for making the system to convert energy into driving power.

Los Angeles says “Yes” to the cheapest solar plus storage in the USA

Los Angeles says “Yes” to the cheapest solar plus storage in the USA

Yesterday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a power purchase agreement (PPA) with 8minute Solar Energy for a solar power plus energy storage facility located in Kern County, California.

Michigan PURPA Settlement Set to More Than Triple State’s Solar Capacity

Michigan PURPA Settlement Set to More Than Triple State’s Solar Capacity

Regulators in Michigan approved a settlement Wednesday compelling utility Consumers Energy to buy power from 584 megawatts of solar interconnected by September 1, 2023, multiplying by many times the 153 megawatts currently standing in the state.

Blackout raises questions about resilience of the country’s power system

Blackout raises questions about resilience of the country’s power system

Power was lost from two generators – one at Little Barford gas plant and Hornsea One offshore wind farm.Whatever the explanation, there is good reason for a much wider ranging assessment of how resilient our power network is and, critically, is likely to become.

What Is Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology and How Does It Work

What Is Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology and How Does It Work

Continue reading and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know, from what is hydrogen fuel cell technology to how it actually works.Fuel cell energy is created chemically instead of through combustion.The Power of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology.

Shipping industry waking up to low-carbon fuel opportunity

Shipping industry waking up to low-carbon fuel opportunity

Norway has led the way with early application of dual-fuelling of North Sea supply vessels as far back as 2003 when Viking Energy entered service.All three use a low-carbon hybrid system that combines traditional diesel power with electric battery energy.

Plans for ‘world’s first’ ocean-powered data centre in Scotland

Plans for ‘world’s first’ ocean-powered data centre in Scotland

“This exciting project represents the marriage of a world leading renewable energy project in MeyGen with a data centre operator that seeks to provide its clients with a large amount of computing power, powered from a sustainable and reliable source – the ocean.”.

Why Solar Execs Say the Game Is Already Over for Non-Renewable Energy

Why Solar Execs Say the Game Is Already Over for Non-Renewable Energy

It’s game over,” said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower, the California-based solar company, speaking at the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum on Thursday in Yunnan, China.

Tesla slashes price of Powerwall 2 battery by $2,000 for VPP customers

Tesla slashes price of Powerwall 2 battery by $2,000 for VPP customers

Tesla then offers these households “a brand-new type of energy plan” that promises no daily supply charge, $300-plus of savings a year, and the lowest energy usage rate in the market, on top of the usual solar feed-in tariff of 10c/kWh. All this is run through Tesla’s retail and VPP partner, Energy Locals , who also connect the households to Tesla’s expanding Virtual Power Plant, which uses excess some solar generation to support the broader grid.

Behind New Billionaire Trevor Milton’s $3 Billion Push To Make America Run On Hydrogen

Behind New Billionaire Trevor Milton’s $3 Billion Push To Make America Run On Hydrogen

From a Phoenix headquarters that will also build prototype semis, Milton has raised more than $500 million from such investors as European heavy-duty vehicle maker CNH Industrial, manufacturing and tech giant Bosch, hedge fund ValueAct, South Korea’s solar powerhouse Hanwha, Norwegian energy company Nel Hydrogen and Worthington Industries, a metals manufacturer.

How the cash flows when we electrify buses, agriculture and more

How the cash flows when we electrify buses, agriculture and more

The Brattle Group has published The Total Value Test: A Framework for Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Efficiency Electrification for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with an express purpose of providing a tool – the Total Value Test (TVT) – to place an explicit economic value on shifting end user energy use from fuel burning toward electricity use.

Solar tops coal as world’s biggest source of new capacity over past decade

Solar tops coal as world’s biggest source of new capacity over past decade

The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019 report, published on Friday (Australian time) shows solar accounted for the largest single share of the net 2,366GW of new power capacity installed over the past decade, at 638GW.And that’s counting fossil fuels, too.

A beginner’s guide to the debate over nuclear power and climate change

A beginner’s guide to the debate over nuclear power and climate change

A final note: The question of whether the currently existing nuclear industry can or should be revived and new plants should be built is complicated, but again, it is separate from the two other policy questions at issue.

What can President Trump learn from Danes? Ida Auken answers

What can President Trump learn from Danes? Ida Auken answers

Blackouts: In Denmark, 50.1% of our 2017 domestic electricity production came from wind — at times 100% – but the country averages only 15 minutes of power outages a year, compared with two hours in the United States.Wind and solar energy together account for twice as many jobs in the United States as the entire coal industry.

Strength in diversity for Wood

Strength in diversity for Wood

He added: “There has been a lot of conversation around it – wind power generation has been a topic for a number of years, but I think the whole energy transition has perhaps become more prevalent now with the drive against climate change and the press that has been around it.

Vestas sells majority stake in three wind power plants in Romania

Vestas sells majority stake in three wind power plants in Romania

Vestas has entered into an agreement to sell 80% of its shares in the subsidiaries owning the Romanian wind power plants Pantelimon, Pegasus, and Apollo to a non-disclosed buyer for a selling price of EUR 136 m, the Danish manufacturer of wind turbines has said in a press release.Vestas designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe.

Liquid-air storage offers cheapest route to 24-hour wind and solar

Liquid-air storage offers cheapest route to 24-hour wind and solar

With a new gas-peaker plant having a levelized cost of energy of $156-210/MWh, and wind power at $30-60/MWh (according to Lazard), it may already cheaper to balance the grid using wind-powered liquid-air storage than fossil-fuel technology.

Aberdeen to benefit from multi-million pound electricity network boost

Aberdeen to benefit from multi-million pound electricity network boost

The works follow a £1.1billion boost to the city which included the installation of a new automated switchboard at Woodhill substation, near Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, giving SSEN engineers remote control from its Perth control room to re-route power around the network ensuring quicker restoration times for customers.

Department of Energy shows wind and solar power will dominate fossils

Department of Energy shows wind and solar power will dominate fossils

Research by pv magazine USA (that is six months fresher and slightly different in its reporting methodology), that will appear in depth our Special Edition Solar Power International hard copy, shows that (below image) the majority of this queue volume is schedule to come online before the end of 2023, is widely spread across the country, and has a lot of more energy storage coming.

Approval received for $500M, 400-MW southern Alberta solar power project

Approval received for $500M, 400-MW southern Alberta solar power project

of Calgary says approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can proceed with construction next year of its Travers Solar project, with full commercial operations targeted for 2021.

Cutbacks and slow progress undermining net zero goals, MPs say

Cutbacks and slow progress undermining net zero goals, MPs say

Meeting the target requires efforts to cut carbon emissions from heating systems, improve home energy efficiency, tackle vehicle pollution, support onshore wind and solar power and sustain nuclear power without growing the industry, the report said.