Industry Veterans Join Solaria Advisory Council to Turn Building Facades into Solar Generating Assets

Solaria launches Advisory Council to accelerate adoption of its globally trusted technology for building facades

Utility Scale Solar Farm Developer Offers Corporate Partnerships

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC is offering corporate partners special project rates with long term contracts and incentives in regards to ISS's Nationwide Portfolio of Renewable Energy Projects.

23rd EUBCE marks the record of participating countries and confirms its global leading role for the bioenergy community

In total, 1,394 participants attended the EUBCE and, as the hosting country, Austria ranked first by number of participants, followed by Germany, Italy and The Netherlands.

Phoenix Contact's EMpro listed in Go Solar California! initiative

Energy meter listed as an Eligible System Performance Meter

Assetz Property Group Chooses Imergy as Energy Storage Partner for Its Off-grid Warehouse Renewable Energy System Initiative

The initiative will help APG minimize energy outages at its warehouses, lower its energy procurement costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

Vaisala Supports SunEdison, TerraForm in $2.4B First Wind Acquisition

Vaisala 3TIER Services selected to deliver crucial asset valuation analysis to help finalize purchase decision

32 GW of Utility-Scale Solar to Come Online Ahead of US 2017 ITC Deadline, IHS Says

Over 32 gigawatts (GWs) of projects greater than 5 megawatts (MWs) in size are still in development or under construction in the United States

Lofty Energy makes DIY solar easy with educational solar panel kits!

Learn how to build a solar panel from scratch, starting with just a box of parts. Then end result is a fully functional 10-watt solar panel! A company in Missouri is offering an educational tool to do just that.

Mercedes-Benz To Follow Tesla With Its Own Home Batteries

Stephen Edelstein for Motor Authority:  Tesla Motors may be the first automaker to try selling standalone battery packs for powering homes and businesses, but it may not be the only one for long. Mercedes-Benz could soon enter the energy storage business as well. A division of parent company Daimler has been testing battery packs that can power houses or store excess electricity from the grid, and plans to launch commercially in September, according to Australia's Motoring.
Called ACCUmotive, this division was created in 2009 to develop lithium-ion batteries. Like Tesla before its recent announcement, the Daimler arm has been testing energy storage systems under the radar for some time. It recently built an energy storage array operated by German electricity joint venture Coulomb. The array consists of 96 lithium-ion modules that together boast a combined 500 kilowatt hours of storage capacity, which is used to stabilize the Saxony Kamenz power grid. There are plans to expand it to 3,000 kWh of capacity.
ACCUmotive has reportedly delivered more than 60,000 lithium-ion cells to customers—which may include Mercedes itself—and employs more than 250 people. 

PROINSO and OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research Launched Project Helios

PROINSO and The OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research (OSCAR) launched Project Helios as a launch-pad for cost effective and safe solar energy storage across the world. OSCAR is a specially built demonstration centre that houses OXIS' entire solar storage technology.

Support and storage take centre stage as hydro industry gathers

Scottish Renewables' sell-out conference hears both are key to sector's future

ENER-G reaches finals of UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2015

ENER-G has been shortlisted for a major award for excellence in anaerobic digestion and biogas CHP generation.

Five lessons on how to sell home energy storage

TRISTAN EDIS writes:  Reposit Power are one of the first companies in Australia that have teamed up with Tesla in the roll-out of their Powerwall home energy storage system. The interesting thing about Reposit is that its primary businesses isn’t selling energy hardware but, rather, using software to aggregate and trade lots of little sources of power generation into the electricity market. Most battery retailers and installers in Australia have their roots in the off-grid market – they have sold batteries to customers because their only other option was expensive, maintenance-intensive diesel generators. But Reposit is inherently bound to the grid where there are lots of generators connected which they trade against.
It means Reposit, in trying to get batteries rolled out (which they can then use to trade into the power market), face a far more challenging sales proposition. Grid-connected customers don’t really need the battery system – it’s an optional extra because the grid works extremely well in providing reliable and affordable power. Yet participants in the solar PV market know there is some considerable latent demand for batteries among householders – particularly those with solar systems – provided the offering is right. The challenge is working out what the successful marketing formula needs to be to tap this latent demand.
Dean Spaccavento, chief product officer with Reposit, explained what they’ve found out so far, outlining 10 lessons of which I’ve plucked out five. The overall message is it is extremely hard to sell a grid-connected household an energy storage system. And Reposit had the benefit of an ARENA grant which allowed them to discount the price of their $25,000, 14kWh battery system by a very hefty $10,000. This was a one-off, small volume offer. To sell battery systems in Australia it will need to happen without the benefit of such a big rebate.
The five lessons below provide one overarching lesson – batteries won’t be sold on some kind of pure sophisticated financial calculus of rate of return or NPV. Instead, it will be a mixture of rule-of-thumb financial hurdles and a strong dose of emotion.  Cont'd....

GEA Honors 2015 Award Winners for Technology, Economic and Environmental Advances Announced

GEA Honors 2015 recognize companies and individuals that have made significant contributions during the past year to advancing technology, spurring economic development and protecting the environment.

GE Anticipates Solar Industry Needs, Helps Customers Optimize Grid Infrastructure

PROLEC-GE Launches Three-Phase Pad-Mounted Transformer Extension for Solar Industry ---- Optimal Technical Support Helps Solar Market Navigate Key Industry Challenges ---- Evolved Technology is One More Way GE is Helping Customers Optimize Existing Grid Infrastructure, Add More Renewable Resources

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