SunEdison/Terraform Power Complete Wind Acquisition

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), and TerraForm Power, Inc. (NASDAQ: TERP), have announced completion of the acquisition of Atlantic Power’s 521-megawatt portfolio of operating wind farms. The wind farms, located in Idaho and Oklahoma, are contracted under long term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with a weighted-average remaining life of approximately 18 years. Along with the closing […]

$100 A Kilowatt Hour Lithium Battery Soon?

Cambridge, Massachusetts company 24M has declared its semi-solid lithium battery technology is the most significant change to Li-ion in two decades. The company says its battery cell design combined with manufacturing innovations will slash today’s lithium-ion costs by half while providing enhanced battery performance. “The lithium-ion battery is a brilliant, enabling technology, but its economics […]

AEMO On Australian Residential Battery Storage

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s  (AEMO)  Emerging Technologies Information Paper forecasts battery storage uptake in Australia to 2035. While acknowledging it had limited data to work with, the AEMO sees battery storage to be particularly popular in New South Wales and Victoria. “Victoria currently has a time-of-use tariff structure that incentivises the uptake of battery […]

Solar Impulse 2 Past The Point Of No Return

The Solar Impulse 2 team reports pilot André Borschberg has passed the “point of no return” and must now see the 5 days and 5 nights solar powered flight from Japan to Hawaii through to the end. After beginning its epic journey in early March, the Solar Impulse team found themselves grounded in Japan for […]

Energy Storage – The Concrete Battery

Most of us would be familiar with how hot pavement can get on a summer’s day – and how long it can store heat. It seems concrete may be key to cheap large scale energy storage in the near future. Norwegian company NEST AS has developed a special concrete called Heatcrete to be used for […]

REC Sets Its Solar Sights On Africa

Solar panel manufacturer REC is moving into Africa, initially making its presence felt in Economic Community Of West African States, East and South African regions. With over 600 million people on the African continent still without access to mains grid electricity, it’s a region hungry for solar power. Just in Ghana alone, REC predicts 75-100 […]

SA Solar Charges Rejected By Australian Energy Regulator

Current and future solar households in South Australia will be rejoicing after a move by SA Power Networks to penalise solar owners was rejected by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). Last month, SA Power Networks submitted a proposal for the South Australian electricity distribution network that included a “Solar Tariff”. The company had sought to […]

A Solar Powered Internet Of Things

A new highly-efficient microchip capable of converting 80 per cent of the energy it receives from a tiny solar cell could have dramatic effects on the future of interconnected wireless technology. The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) will be powered by tiny embedded sensors streaming information from machinery, automobiles and household appliances to networked servers. […]

SunEdison & Green Charge Networks Partner On Solar + Storage

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) has announced a partnership with Green Charge Networks to deliver solar plus energy storage systems to Silicon Valley Power and other commercial and municipal customers throughout California. Electricity bills for commercial and municipal customers in California often have energy and demand charges – with demand charges accounting for as much as […]

37GW Small Scale PV, 33GW Battery Storage For Australia By 2040

A report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts a $2.2 trillion global boom in small-scale solar to 2040 – and in Australia, a massive amount of battery storage will be installed. According to the New Energy Outlook 2015, ongoing reductions in solar PV costs will see a USD $3.7 trillion surge in investment in large […]