Solar News

Smart energy storage system sonnenBatterie is ready for Hawaii

2016-02-05 |

The sonnenBatterie, one of the world's most popular residential storage systems, is officially install-ready in Hawaii after meeting the advanced energy storage requirements from the Hawaii Electric Companies (HECO). The products are now available in Hawaii through local certified installers, including Big Energy Savers, Haleakala Solar, Photon Works Engineering and Renewable Energy Services, sonnen GmbH (Wildpoldsried, Germany) reports. Read more...


Solar Report

Battery energy storage systems: Positive developments regarding battery costs and improved regulatory frameworks will drive a remarkable growth

2015-10-08 |

The number of battery energy storage systems (BESS) used for stationary applications, both utility-scale and distributed, has started to grow significantly, cleantech advisory company Apricum (Berlin) reports. According to recent estimates, today’s annual market volume of about USD 1 billion is expected to reach an impressive USD 20 – 25 billion by 2024. Apricum identified three major drivers of growth for stationary BESS: 1st, positive developments regarding battery costs and 2nd, improved regulatory frameworks that both increase the competitiveness of batteries to participate in 3rd, a growing market for addressable services. Read more...

Solar Energy System of the Month

Wildwoods Convention Center PV project

2013-07-05 |

In late July 2012, workers connected to the grid a 487 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwoods, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore of reality TV fame. This is a large PV plant, but by no means the largest in New Jersey, and the mixture of Suntech and Eoplly multicrystalline silicon PV modules and Power-One inverters is fairly mainstream as well. What makes this PV plant different is its investors. A total of 823 individuals from 42 US states invested more than USD 1 million in the plant, though crowd-funding platform Mosaic. Read more...

Solar Showcase

“Up-and-running solar plants are better than traditional real estate”

2014-06-07 |

Where is the market for operating solar installations heading? Long-term investors, such as pension funds, value above all the security of investing in these installations, which solar expert Paul Grunow has long referred to as being “better than traditional real estate”. Engineering experts, meanwhile, tend to purchase existing solar plants with design errors, before carrying out improvements and reselling them at a profit. Support for this growing market is being provided by MilktheSun.com, the largest open marketplace for photovoltaic installations, PV project rights and unused roofs and ground areas. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar interview with THEnergy CEO Thomas Hillig on the Energy and Mines Summit in London

2016-02-02 |

What are your main impressions from the first European edition of the Energy and Mines Summit? Dr. Thomas Hillig: We saw in London many more mining companies than expected. Mining companies were very interested in renewable energy solutions and wanted to more details. Such an event is a great opportunity to understand the needs of the various players much more. Read more...

Solar point of view

Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström: Ten myths about solar power – and the real facts

2015-09-23 |

Solar energy and the solar industry has exploded in the last decade, and is today an established and competitive renewable energy source. Despite this (or maybe because of this), solar energy has been surrounded by myths, rumours and false facts that has dimmed the sunny (!) picture. Here are the ten most common solar energy myths – and the real facts – as explained by Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström. Read more...