Two-thirds of US solar installers do not offer storage, study finds

Ian Clover for PV Magazine:  A study by EuPD Research shows just 34% of PV installers in the U.S. offer storage solutions to customers, with those reluctant to do so citing cost concerns. However, 26% that currently do not offer storage hope to include it in their portfolios this year. For all the glitzy product launches by the likes of Tesla and Sonnen, the solar+storage landscape of the U.S. is still largely shaped by what leading installers are – or aren’t – prepared to offer to customers, and a recent survey has found that around two-thirds do not currently include storage technology in their product portfolio. EuPD Research’s latest PV Installer Survey USA 2015/16 revealed that only one-third of installers already offer energy storage to homeowners or businesses in the U.S. looking to adopt solar power. Of the two-thirds that do not, 38% said that current pricing of batteries impedes demand, meaning margins are too low for installers and the "technological maturity" of the systems on the market is not currently convincing. However, the mood does appear to be shifting in favor of storage, with 26% of survey participants saying they hope to add storage products to their portfolio at some stage in 2016.   Cont'd...

INTERSOLAR AND EES EUROPE 2016 FULLY BOOKED

Exhibitors from all over the world are set to present their innovations over 66,000 sqm of exhibition space from June 22-24, 2016.

AlsoEnergy Introduces "Zero Export" PV SCADA Solution with Automated Curtailment Controls

"AlsoEnergy developed Zero Export Solutions to address a growing marketplace demand for control mechanisms that prevent power from being returned to a local grid" said AlsoEnergy CEO Robert Schaefer. "In 2015 we saw a dramatic rise in the number of clients who requested curtailment solutions."

MidAmerican Energy announces $3.6 billion investment in renewable energy

Project will increase company's wind energy equal to 85 percent of annual customer use

Taking off with Kite Power.....

Natural Power appointed to support proposals for Kite Power test site at RAF West Freugh.

Solar Plants Installs 250kW of SolarEdge Solution on Sony UK Technology Centre in South Wales

Solar Plants, one of Wales' leading independent PV installers, completes a 250kW commercial installation with SolarEdge's DC optimized inverter solution at Sony UK Technology Centre.

PVinsights:Polysilicon extends the price improvement

Polysilicon price extends gains this week as shortage situation in China continues to reverberate. As some Chinese polysilicon makers leverage strategic supply curtailment, polysilicon supply remains tight in China. Meanwhile, the demand in China has strengthened amid the extensive capacity expansion of downstream wafer manufacturers. Hence, as supply shortage situation panics polysilicon buyers, Chinese supplier are able to drive the price quote up successfully. On the other hand, as affected by the price uptrend in China, polysilicon suppliers also follow to increase their price quotes outside China with success.

Gantner Instruments becomes one of the world's biggest turnkey PV monitoring providers

With installations of 367 megawatts in the first quarter of 2016, the German-based company Gantner Instruments has established itself as one of the biggest independent photovoltaic monitoring companies worldwide.

Applied Energy Technologies (AET) Unveils Breakthrough Rayport™-B ECO Ballast System for Prism Solar Technologies Bifacial Panels

AET adapts rooftop solution for highly-efficient double-sided panels

REPORT: California's Advanced Energy Industry Has More Than Half a Million Workers, Up 18 Percent from Last Year

Growing at three times the rate of employment overall and accounting for more than 3 percent of the state total, advanced energy supports more jobs in California than agriculture, three times as many as motion pictures, TV, radio.

Solar rankings: Duke Energy among Top 3 in the nation

- Duke Energy Progress ranks #3 among 300 U.S. electric utilities in 2015 for adding new solar power for customers - Duke Energy increases resources to respond to tremendous growth - Company expects more solar projects in 2016

Xcel Energy Named No. 1 Utility Wind Provider for 12th Consecutive Year

Company added significant wind capacity over the last year

SolaTrim™ Provides Readymade Solution for Solar Pest Protection Requirements Added to 2015 Canadian Electrical Code

SolaTrim Barriers Meet New Protection Standards for Canadian Residential Solar Systems

RNRG's CMS system TurbinePhD installed at Grant County Wind Farm

Originally constructed in 2010 and owned by Aspenall Energies, the project is composed of ten 2.1MW Suzlon S88 wind turbines. Suzlon, who delivers the long term service agreement for operations and maintenance, has installed the CMS systems across the entire site and will perform the ensuing monitoring work.

Roof Tech Webinar: Discover why Roof Tech is your best choice in PV mounting system for asphalt pitched roofs.

This training webinar covers Roof Tech's background, product design, code and best practices. Why installers that get to know the RT-[E] Mount®, are spending less time up on the roof. This training will earn you one NABCEP Continuing education credit.

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