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The new solar goal is a 10 fold increase and an expansion of the initial target President Obama set in his Climate Action Plan

Obama administration announces initiative to bring 1 GW of solar to low- and moderate-income U.S. families by 2020

2016-07-20

On July 19th, 2016 U.S. president Obama announced a new cross government partnership to increase access to solar energy and promote energy efficiency across the United States and, in particular in low- and moderate-income communities. The administration, in collaboration with state agencies, signalized a new catalytic goal to bring 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar to these families by 2020. Read more...

Annual solar PV additions in Latin America (MW). Source: IHS Markit “Emerging PV Markets Tracker”

IHS Markit: Latin America on track to install 2.7 GW of solar-PV capacity in 2016

2016-07-19

According to IHS Markit (Englewood, Colorado, U.S.) a recent spike in new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Latin America is putting the region on track to reach 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity this year. Across Latin America, public tenders for PV projects are raising the pulse of the market, but challenges remain, IHS notes. Read more...

California’s Solar resources make up nearly 8,600 megawatts. Image: E.ON Solar reference PV plant Alamo Solar, 20 MW

California ISO: Solar power production soars to new record; 8,030 MW on July 12th, 2016

2016-07-19

According to the California Independent System Operator (ISO, Folsom, California, U.S.) solar power production in the U.S. state hit a new record of 8,030 megawatts (MW) at 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, July 12th, 2016. This is nearly twice the amount of solar power produced in mid-2014 and nearly 2,000 megawatts higher than in May 2015. Read more...

Global investment in clean energy by quarter, 2007 to Q2, 2016, USD billon

BNEF: Clean energy investment in H1, 2016 some 23% lower than in the first half of 2015

2016-07-15

Clean energy investment in Q2, 2016 totaled USD 61.5 billion, some 12% above the first-quarter 2016 figure but 32% below a very strong outturn of USD 90 billion in the equivalent period of 2015, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF; London and New York). Looking at the 2016 trend so far, and taking the Q1 and Q2, 2016 figures together, global investment in the first half of this year was USD 116.4 billon, some 23% lower than in the opening six months of 2015. Read more...

The 156,694 m2 solar thermal collector field (under construction) will produce 80,000 MWh per year when completed

Arcon-Sunmark develops 110 MW solar heating solution

2016-07-14

Large-scale solar heating specialist Arcon-Sunmark (Skørping, Denmark) has begun the development of an 80,000 MWh solution with a 156,694 m2 solar thermal collector field. The installation will be erected on behalf of the Danish city of Silkeborg and its district heating plant. Arcon-Sunmark is the turnkey supplier for what will be the largest solar heating solution in the world, the company notes. Read more...

Combined use of solar and energy storage technologies could lead to 27,000 new jobs by 2021, finds the paper

Solar Foundation paper finds energy storage a promising source of solar job growth

2016-07-13

On July 12th, 2016 The Solar Foundation (Washington, DC, U.S.) released a discussion paper at Intersolar North America which represents a first look at how the expansion of energy storage could impact the solar workforce. While the conclusions reached in this paper are preliminary, the evidence suggests the emerging energy storage market will have a significant impact on solar jobs. Read more...

Schematic of electricity flow combining a solar PV system and residential energy storage system

Navigant Research: Global annual deployments of residential energy storage systems are expected to increase to 3,773.3 MW in 2025

2016-07-13

According to a new report from Navigant Research (Boulder, Colorado, U.S.), global annual deployments of residential energy storage systems (RESSs) are expected to increase from 94.9 MW in 2016 to 3,773.3 MW in 2025. Momentum in the residential energy storage industry is growing rapidly as utilities begin to recognize the value residential energy storage systems (RESSs) can provide. Read more...

The project will be constructed by Swinerton Renewable Energy

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments acquires the 100 MW North Star solar PV project, starts construction

2016-07-13

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI, New York) on July 12th, 2016 announced that it has acquired the 100 MW North Star solar PV project from Community Energy, Inc. and begun construction on the project, which is located in Chisago County, Minnesota. Upon completion in late 2016, North Star will be the single largest solar photovoltaic project in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the U.S. Read more...

ACC will provide construction and financing for the solar PV systems, and Trina Solar will provide technical support, engineering design, business consultation, and other services for associated rooftops

Asia Clean Capital, Trina Solar announce rooftop PV projects totaling 300 MW in China

2016-07-12

Asia Clean Capital (ACC, Beijing, China) on July 12th, 2016 announced a cooperation agreement with Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China), to co-develop an identified solar photovoltaic (PV) pipeline of over 300 megawatts in mainland China in the following three years. Read more...

Global energy storage projects by technology. Source: IHS Energy Storage Company and Project Database – Q2, 2016

IHS: Global grid-connected energy storage projects pipeline to hit 2 GW

2016-07-11

According to IHS Technology, energy storage pipeline advances are led by the United States, China and South Korea. The “IHS Energy Storage Company and Project Database – Q2, 2016” tracks a total of 2 gigawatts (GW) of grid-connected energy storage projects – a 20 percent increase, since the end of 2015. Read more...

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