Off-grid Solar News

  • Southern California Edison Named No. 1 Solar Utility in U.S. for Second Year in a Row

    Southern California Edison delivered more solar energy to its customers last year than any other utility in the nation, according to rankings compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance. SCE connected 1,648 megawatts of solar energy to the grid last year through new and expanded residential and commercial solar installations as well as through utility power-purchase agreements. This represents ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Difficulty Finding Qualified Applicants Costs Solar Employers Money, Inhibits Growth

    Two-thirds of solar installation firms report that difficulty finding qualified applicants is increasing costs and impacting their ability to grow, according to a new research report released today by The Solar Foundation, National Administrator of the Solar Training Network. The report also shows that increased investment in post-hire training could reduce ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • SgurrEnergy advises on Senergy and Ten Merina solar PV projects

    gurrEnergy, part of Wood Group’s clean energy business, has been appointed by Meridiam, lead developer and investor, to advise on the Senergy and Ten Merina solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects located in Senegal, Africa. As the first large-scale projects of their kind to be developed in Senegal, each 30MWp site will consist of a ground-mounted PV plant and will have the capacity to ...


    By SgurrEnergy Ltd.

  • Turning On N.Ireland’s Largest Solar Project!

    We’re pleased to announce the commissioning of a major solar development in Antrim, delivering over 32 MW of clean, renewable energy into the Northern Irish energy grid. This is Northern Ireland’s largest solar energy development. The Antrim project will create enough energy to power more than 11,000 homes. This latest Lightsource solar development will reduce Northern Ireland’s ...

  • MIT’s solar plant is delivering on its promises

    Original story at MIT News More than 600 acres of solar panels have been successfully installed and connected on land in North Carolina and are delivering their power into the nation’s grid, thanks to a power purchase agreement (PPA) with MIT and two other Boston-based organizations. The installation will ...

  • Solar PV sets a record in 2016 and is top choice for new generating capacity

    The U.S. solar market—led by utility-scale projects—set a record in 2016, doubling its previous high and adding more generating capacity than wind or natural gas for the first time ever, according to a new report. A total of 14,762 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) came online in 2016 or 39 percent of all the new generating capacity for the year. In the next five years, the ...

  • First Nation Solar Highlights

    The students of the Amisk Community School will be learning from devices powered by the sun. The array is being installed in 2 separate phases in congruence with AISP funding. This groundbreaking First Nation solar project is one of the first to receive funding from the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program. It is a true ...


    By Kuby Renewable Energy Ltd

  • Great Response to EU PVSEC 2017 Call For Papers

    Over 1250 abstracts have been received for the Call for Papers of the 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 25 - 29 September 2017. Arno Smets, General Chairman of the upcoming EU PVSEC 2017 commented, “I am very happy with the large number of abstracts submitted. The submissions demonstrate that the ...


    By WIP - Renewable Energies

  • Report: US electricity grid faces “imminent danger” of cyber attacks

    On the heels of revelations that a foreign-directed hacking operation attempted to disrupt the 2016 election, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has warned the country faces “imminent danger” from cyber attacks on its electricity system and needs to adopt new policies to combat cyber threats. Last week, the agency released the second installment of its comprehensive Quadrennial ...

  • Zero Carbon Corporation and NYCEEC Develop Innovative Solar Loan Model for Co-ops and Condos

    Zero Carbon Corporation and the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) recently announced a successful effort to structure and deploy a new solar loan product for housing co-ops and condominiums. This new financing model is designed to allow co-ops and condos to install rooftop solar PV systems with no cash out of pocket, expanding opportunities for these buildings to power ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • NYISO Strategic Plan: Sustaining Reliable Power with Grid Advances

    Serving consumers' changing power needs, addressing public policy goals and maintaining grid reliability are key components of a multi-year strategic plan released by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). The NYISO's 2017-2021 Strategic Plan focuses on technology advances and infrastructure investment as it prepares New York's electric grid for the future. The integration of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • In Its Largest Quarter Ever, U.S. Solar Market Saw Nearly 2 MW of PV Installed Per Hour in Q3 2016

    The United States solar market just shattered all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) Q4 2016 U.S. Solar Market Insight report, 4,143 megawatts (MW) of solar PV were installed in the U.S. in the third quarter of the year, a rate of one MW every 32 minutes. That ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • DNV GL Introduces Power Cybernetics

    New software-driven power electronics, which are quickly becoming the norm in the electricity system, are currently not always adequately tested by the electricity industry. This leads to an increased risk of failures in the power network, according to a new position paper from global technical consultancy DNV GL. ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Study Finds Net Metering Imposes Significant Costs on Non-Solar Customers

    The Electric Markets Research Foundation has released a white paper that says preliminary research reveals the value of solar diminishes as more rooftop solar is added to the grid and the costs of net metering to customers without rooftop solar become so ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Gamesa Finalizes Development Of Off-grid System Prototype

    November 10, 2016 -- Gamesa has achieved a new milestone in the development of its off-grid technology with the installation and start-up of a lithium battery for energy storage at the company's prototype in La Muela (Aragon). Gamesa's ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Conference to Examine Microgrids for Energy Resiliency and Off-Grid / On-Grid Applications

    Global microgrid capacity is expected to grow from 1.4 GW in 2015 to 7.6 GW in 2024 under a base scenario, according to Navigant Research.* The drivers behind this growth range from the need for greater grid reliability and resiliency, to the integration of more renewable ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • New Study Analyzes Motivations of Electric Vehicle and PV Technology Users

    October 20, 2016 -- Today, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has released its latest research,Consumer Driven Technologies. Compiled on behalf of and available to its nationwide energy industry members, the report sheds light on consumer attitudes ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Eltek brings solar power to the Artic

    In the land of eternal winter Eltek has turned a telco site hybrid to lower operator cost and ease the impact of a fragile environment. One would think that the Arctic would not be the most economic place to install a solar hybrid system. However, considering the difficult access for diesel refill, which is by helicopter only, and the long hours of sun in the summer, Eltek has made it pay off. ...


    By Eltek AS

  • Ground Source Heat Pump, Solar PV and Underfloor Heating for a new built property in Hertfordshire

    Better Planet was instructed to design, supply and commission a ground source heat pump, underfloor heating and solar PV for this luxury property in Hertfordshire. As no gas from the grid was available and planning required the use of a low carbon heating system, a heat pump was the natural choice. With plenty of land available for horizontal ground loops, ground source ...


    By Better Planet

  • First Tesla Grid-Scale Powerpacks Installed in Europe

    Camborne Energy Storage, a UK-based developer of large-scale energy storage projects, has announced it is installing the first grid-scale Tesla Powerpacks in Europe. With the recent arrival of the batteries to a site in Somerset, Camborne is co-locating them with a ground mounted solar PV site. The combined solar and battery ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

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