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Renewable Energy Climbs To 28.5% In Germany


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Germany's Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) says the share of renewable energy used in gross domestic energy consumption is expected to have risen to 28.5 percent in the first half of 2014.
During the first half of last year, renewables' share was 24.6%
Wind power generation during the first half of the year rose to 31 billion kilowatt hours and solar panels produced 18.3 billion kWh. Wind energy grew by 21.4% and solar by 27.3%.
BDEW says generation from conventional power plants is continuing to decline. Gas accounted for 9.8 percent, coal 18 percent and nuclear 15.4 percent..
Electricity and gas consumption declined generally in Germany in the first half of the year; the main reason being significantly warmer weather. Gas consumption dropped 20% and power consumption by 5%.
Germany has long led the world for pioneering in renewable energy policy. In 1991 the German government introduced the Electricity Feed Act, legally regulating the feed-in to the grid of electricity generated from renewable resources such as solar power.
The nation's 2011 Energiewende ("Energy transition") was a reorientation of policy from demand to supply and from centralized to distributed generation.
By the end of last year, Germany hosted around 35,700 megawatts of PV solar power capacity. In Australia, the total installed capacity of PV based solar power systems by the close of 2013 was around 3,000 MW.
By the end of May this year, Germany's solar PV capacity had grown to 36,519 megawatts (MW) - still more than China, Italy, Japan or the United States. 
German policy recently turned its attention to also providing support for small scale energy storage systems. This is expected to result in massive growth for home energy storage over the next four years; from 6,000 units last year to an estimated 100,000 units in 2018. 
Germany's home energy storage subsidy provides up to €660 (around AUD $947 at current exchange rates) per kilowatt of solar panels; to a maximum of 30kW. Energy storage is now already at a level that is very affordable for home or commercial use according to the German Solar Industry Association.
While home energy storage in Australia doesn't attract subsidies, more competitively priced units are now available locally; including the Samsung SDI All In One and AUO's PowerLegato.


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Kyocera And SPCG Clock Up 257MW Of Solar In Thailand


Kyocera Solar - Thailand
In the last 4 years, SPCG Public Company Limited and Kyocera Corporation have developed 35 solar farms  in Thailand, totaling approximately 257 megawatts capacity.
SPCG constructed the facilities and Kyocera supplied the solar panels -  around 1.1 million modules.
Combined, the solar farms have an annual output of approximately 345,000,000kWh; which enough to meet the power needs of 287,500 average Thai households. The electricity is supplied to the Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand (PEA). 
The last of the projects was connected to the mains grid last month. A listing of all the solar farms along with details can be viewed here.
"Kyocera is honored to have taken part in this project, which we believe is an important milestone for the development of solar energy in Thailand," said Mr. Nobuo Kitamura, Senior Executive Officer and General Manager of the Corporate Solar Energy Group at Kyocera Corporation.
Thailand has set a goal of generating a quarter of its power from renewable sources by 2021.
Kyocera has been developing solar power solutions for over 35 years and a Kyocera solar panel based system installed in 1992 has lost very little of its efficiency since the day it was installed.
Kyocera Solar is part of the massive Kyocera Group, which consists of 229 companies and employs over 70,000 people. Fiscal year 2013 net sales for the Group were $13.6 Billion. 
In other recent news from Kyocera, the company has filed a complaint in Tokyo District Court  against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan Co., Ltd.; for what it says is infringement of a Kyocera patent for a "three-bus-bar electrode structure" that increases conversion efficiency in solar modules. 
However, Hanwha Q Cells says "the technology subject to this lawsuit has been publicly known through research papers since the 1990s, prior to Kyocera’s patent application. Hanwha Q CELLS Japan thereby believes that this case is a one-sided action taken by Kyocera."


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