Off-grid Solar News

  • 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

  • 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

  • AWS Truepower Delivers Solutions to CAISO for Integration of Solar into Grid Operations

    AWS Truepower, LLC, an international leader in wind and solar energy consulting and engineering services, has delivered on a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot funded project awarded in 2013 worth $799,970 to help California Independent System Operator (CAISO) more reliably incorporate solar energy into its system. AWS Truepower, along with project team members Pacific Northwest National ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • With the new PV*SOL 2017 electric cars can now be included in the design of a PV plant

    Berlin-based Valentin Software GmbH has updated its software for designing photovoltaic plants to include new features. The new version of the PV*SOL premium and PV*SOL software now makes it possible to take electric cars into consideration when calculating your own consumption. In the new version, Valentin Software has integrated additional, flexible electricity tariff models. The new ...


    By Krampitz Communications

  • California ISO Seeks to Increase Renewables While Maintaining Grid Reliability

    The California Independent System Operator Board of Governors earlier this week (8/31) accepted proposed tariff revisions that will ensure solar, wind and battery storage resources can provide needed grid services. In doing so, renewable resources will adjust their system controls so that power voltages and currents remain in sync with grid operations. "California has a history of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • SunGift on the BBC showcasing the new Tesla battery.

    Did anyone catch SunGift’s Ollie Gibbs on BBC Spotlight recently, telling the story of Mr & Mrs Lister and how little electricity they buy from the National Grid? If not, you can check out the piece here: http://www.sungiftsolar.co.uk/sungift-solar-spotlight-battery-storage/ We didn’t have quite ...


    By SunGift Solar Ltd

  • Florida Voters Pass Solar Tax Exemption in Statewide Primary—Now Bigger Battles Loom

    Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment in the statewide primary yesterday that clears the way for solar and other renewable energy systems to receive a property-tax exemption, creating the opportunity for distributed solar to expand in the Sunshine State. Amendment 4 specifically authorizes the Florida legislature to exempt solar projects on commercial and industrial properties from ...


    By Greentech Media

  • The Eastern US Grid Can Handle More Renewables Than You Think

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found that the Eastern Interconnection, one of the largest power systems in the world, could accommodate a yearly average of 30 percent renewables, an additional 400 gigawatts, with the grid operating essentially as it does today. Using a more detailed model than ever before, NREL ...


    By Greentech Media

  • German Utility RWE Will Acquire Grid-Scale Solar and Storage Provider Belectric

    The German utility RWE will expand its solar and storage capacity by purchasing Belectric Solar and Battery Holding GmbH. RWE's renewable energy subsidiary, Innogy SE, agreed to pay in the "high double-digit million euro range" for Belectric. The deal is expected to close early next year. Faced with ...


    By Greentech Media

  • Sun Brilliance plans upsized 100 MW solar farm in Western Australia

    Western Australia (WA) is set to welcome a new, 100 MW solar PV plant near Cunderdin, east of Perth, after local solar power systems integrator Sun Brilliance was able to secure 165 hectares of land for the project. The developer had announced earlier this year that it was to begin work on a 25 MW solar plant in WA having acquired land sufficiently large enough to handle such a project. ...


    By pv magazine

  • France ushers in 3 GW solar tender across six rounds

    France sits at an enviable location in Europe that makes it one of the world’s most visited countries. Not too hot, not too cold, dotted with mountains and verdant fields, and ringed by some of the finest beaches on the continent. Perfect for vacations, perfect for solar. But solar has been slow to gain a foothold relative to potential in the country, and with 6.7 GW of cumulative ...


    By pv magazine

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