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Rooftop solar surges to record highs before lockdown

2020 could have smashed all previous records for rooftop solar installations. A mind-boggling 3 GW of residential and small-scale commercial rooftop PV could have been added to Australia’s grids in 2020. But it increasingly appears that despite an extremely strong start to the year, rooftop solar’s stellar trajectory is unlikely to hold as measures to tackle…

The STC registrations data up to March 31 doesn’t show any evidence of a slowdown. However, these are subject to lags of about three weeks between install date and registration of the STCs and then you could add further lags between the install date and when that system might have been sold to the customer.

Green Energy Markets’ Director, Analysis and Advisory, Tristan Edis

COVID-19 Is The Catalyst We Need To Push Renewable Energy Forward

The latest data from the Transportation Safety Administration shows the number of daily passenger screenings at US airports are down 93% from just a month ago. On April 1, 136,000 screenings were conducted. On April 1, 2019, more than 2.1 million screenings took place. Business is far from usual in America or around the world…

There comes a time in the tide of all civilizations which, taken at the flood, leads on to victory. But if the opportunity is lost, the result will be doom, destruction, and death.

Julius Caesar

Good news: Maryland just made it easier to interconnect solar and storage to the grid

The Maryland Public Service Commission adopted updated rules this week for connecting distributed energy resources (such as solar and energy storage systems) to the electric grid. The updated rules will improve the efficiency of the interconnection process for customers and utilities, increase grid transparency, and enable a clearer pathway for energy…

Interconnection standards are a linchpin to the advent of a more modern grid. The adoption of next-generation best practices, especially to address the uniquely flexible and controllable nature of energy storage, will create a clearer path for this game-changing resource to play a bigger role going forward.

Sara Baldwin, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Vice President – Regulatory

France Moves to Support Renewables During Pandemic

U.S. renewable energy advocates have warned of industry slowdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic and decried the lack of support for solar, wind, and other technologies in the recent aid package passed by Congress. It’s a different story in some foreign countries where the federal government has thrown its support behind renewable…

The health crisis we are going through must not in any way make us give up the ambitious objectives in terms of the development of renewable energies in multi-annual energy programming.

France’s ecology minister, Elisabeth Borne

Ontario Conservation Authorities Test Blockchain for Green Energy on Smart Grids

Canadian conservation authorities and technology firm Insolar are conducting a test-bed blockchain project for renewable energy management. Within the scope of its Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), on April 1 the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) announced a collaboration with blockchain specialist…

It can connect and aggregate prosumer DERs, enterprise microgrids, and electric vehicles to the grid. Thus, the energy supply from renewables is managed optimally: it can be stored and redistributed when and where it is needed. This can stabilize grids, reduce peak demand, and make utilities future-ready without having to rebuild their infrastructure.

STEP technical coordinator Gil Amdurski

The Investment Case for Energy Transition in Africa

Falling technology costs have made renewable energy a cost-effective way to generate power in countries all over the world, which would drive further development and improved economy. Despite the tremendous efforts that have been deployed at national and regional levels, 580 million Africans still do not have access to modern sources…

Investment in Blockchain in Energy Markets Will Top $35 Billion by 2025

According to a new report released by Premium Market Insights (PMI), global investment in blockchain technology in energy markets is set to reach $34.7 billion by 2025. Valued at just $156.5 million in 2016, the sector is forecast to grow at a rate of 82% a year. Although $35 billion seems high, it’s dwarfed by the net worth of $1.85 trillion for the…

Shanghai Gas Collaborates With VeChain to Roll out Blockchain-Powered EaaS Platform After Successful Test Phase

Shanghai Gas a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shenergy Group Company Limited which provides energy coverage for greater Shanghai Metropolitan area, collaborate further with VeChain to develop and roll out a blockchain-enabled energy project. The partnership aims to optimize business processes, reduce operation costs, improve the supply chain…

Hyper-connected cities: Future of Smart Cities

The continuous rise in urbanization for decades has increased the global urban population from a mere 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. According to the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects produced by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), this number is expected to increase…

Fine-tuning the hybrid proposition

One site, one interconnection, multiple megawatts of clean energy from solar and wind systems, smoothed out and rendered grid-friendly with the addition of a co-located energy storage system. Such is the promise of hybrid renewable energy systems, which, as outlined on the previous pages, are seemingly poised to become an exciting…

Wind is typically strongest at night, solar production during the day, so if you put the two of them together you have a higher capacity factor. And if you add in storage, theoretically you could have round-the-clock output.

Navigant senior analyst Alex Eller

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