Developing countries added 34 gigawatts of solar capacity over the last year, an increase of 54 percent, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s annual analysis of emerging markets.

BNEF’s Climatescope report attributes much of that growth to plummeting panel prices. Low prices brought a surge of installs in 71 emerging markets, such as Brazil, Uganda and India, up from just 3 gigawatts in 2011.

Last year, solar represented 19 percent of new generating capacity in these countries, up from just 10.6 percent the year prior. That added capacity can produce enough electricity to power all the homes in Peru or Nigeria.

“[Price] is creating

Enel Green Power México started construction of the Amistad wind farm in March 2017.

PV watchers are in for a disappointment after it emerged an auction result reported as the cheapest price for solar ever was actually a price for wind.

News outlets, including GTM, rushed to celebrate what Electrek reported was a record low price of $17.70 per megawatt-hour for solar energy on the release this month of the preliminary results of Mexico’s latest auction for energy, power and clean energy certificates. 

The preliminary results announcement from Mexico’s National Energy Control Center (Centro Nacional de Control de Energía or CENACE in Spanish) listed the price among four lots adjudicated to Enel, the Italian

mPrest is deploying analytics, smart grid management and distributed energy resource management systems in the US.

MPrest, the company responsible for creating the software platform used by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, is increasing its presence in the U.S. utility market.

Assaf Sayada, mPrest vice president of corporate development, told GTM the Israeli monitoring and control systems developer is planning to announce two new U.S. utility contracts in the coming weeks. 

MPrest already has an office in New York and in March unveiled a deal with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to monitor the transformers installed at the Robert Moses Niagara and Blenheim-Gilboa hydro power plants.

The mPrest NYPA transformer control system took two years to develop and cost

An effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is behind a government push to make houses net-zero energy ready by 2030

Tougher efficiency requirements could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of building a new house in Canada, business and government officials said.

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Tesla succeeded in deploying a record-breaking 100 megawatts within 100 days, as promised.

Credit where credit is due: Elon Musk made a crazy, eye-catching promise, and he delivered.

After a series of regional blackouts that shook South Australia in September 2016 and February 2017, a fierce debate emerged over how to manage the grid. Musk inserted himself into the debate, saying on Twitter that he could deliver 100 megawatts of storage in 100 days or it would be free.

Musk later noted that the cost of losing that bet would have been around $50 million, Business Insider reports. That would have been a tough blow to a company that just posted its

When hurricanes tore through the Caribbean earlier this fall, the team at Austin, Texas-based Ideal Power was finalizing a solar-plus-storage microgrid project in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

“Those hurricanes came through and stripped the PV panels right off the roof,” said Mike Barron, Ideal’s senior firmware design engineer. “It was going to be kind of a showcase for us.”

The project, which includes six of Ideal’s conversion units, now likely won’t be online for several weeks. In the meantime, the converters are increasing efficiency of some generators on the island by allowing them to run at full capacity and store extra power that’s not

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