US Residential Solar Market Forecast to Decline For the First Time

Experts are asking whether project portfolio sell-offs by Amber Kinetics and Powin Energy represent a new trend.

Last month, Flywheel maker Amber Kinetics said it was giving up on a 20-megawatt project, Energy Nuevo, for Pacific Gas and Electric in California.

“The company’s new five-year strategic plan calls for an acceleration of equipment deployment and a de-emphasis on project development,” said Amber Kinetics in a press release.

Ed Chiao, co-founder and CEO, said the money earmarked for project development would now be spent on commercializing a new product, the 40-kilowatt, 160-kilowatt-hour M160, which is due for testing in the first quarter of

US Residential Solar Market Forecast to Decline For the First Time

The U.S. solar industry has grown accustomed to record-breaking growth. New capacity additions have increased every year since record keeping began. Last year, the U.S. market installed 14.8 gigawatts of solar PV -- nearly doubling the capacity installed the year prior. In 2016, Solar also became the top-ranked source of new electric generating capacity for the first time ever.

This year, things look different -- particularly for the residential solar segment.

The U.S. residential PV sector grew 1 percent from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report from Wood Mackenzie, Limited

SEPA Survey: 31 Utilities Deployed Their First Energy Storage Project in 2016

We made it. We finished summer without nuclear war or an international catastrophe -- and now we can calm our nerves with pumpkin spice everything.

This week, as we close out summer and prepare for a busy fall news cycle, we're checking in on the stories that we think will define the remainder of 2017.

Katherine gives us a rundown on the top priorities for Congress.

Jigar talks about the shakeout coming for the auto sector.

And Stephen looks at the potential impact of Suniva and SolarWorld's trade complaint.

This podcast is sponsored by Mission Solar Energy, a solar module manufacturer

SEPA Survey: 31 Utilities Deployed Their First Energy Storage Project in 2016

VSUN Energy may become the second Australian flow-battery maker to release a product for the residential market, according to reports.

Managing director Vincent Algar told RenewEconomy that VSUN was in “very well advanced” talks with potential suppliers for a consumer-scale redox flow battery for the Australian market.

The German electronics, photovoltaics, automation and energy systems manufacturer SCHMID was cited as a likely vendor for vanadium-redox flow batteries with a capacity of 5 kilowatts and three, five, six and nine hours of duration.

Cracking the admittedly buoyant Australian home energy storage market with a flow battery will not be easy, however.

In

SEPA Survey: 31 Utilities Deployed Their First Energy Storage Project in 2016

Germany’s transition to an auction-based system for wind is raising questions about a downturn in orders for turbine manufacturers.

At least one specialist analyst group, U.K.-based A Word About Wind, has speculated that wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) might face a drought in Germany after community groups won the majority of capacity in the nation’s first two onshore auctions.

“This is a result of the way the system has been designed to offer favorable terms to community-based groups,” said A Word About Wind’s Richard Heap.

The rules do not require these groups to have a development permit in place before they submit it into

South Africa's Department of Energy recently announced it will sign outstanding PPAs for multiple large-scale renewable energy projects on October 28, following a prolonged delay.

While the South African government’s new deadline for the 2.3 gigawatts of delayed renewable energy PPAs raised hopes for some, the conditions placed on the projects will harm some independent power producers (IPPs) more than others, and damage the credibility of future government procurement programs. 

The 27 utility-scale renewable energy projects consisting mainly of solar PV and wind projects have been waiting for over two years on the national utility to sign the PPAs, after being

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