Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar have announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the US. The two companies' joint offering provides customers with the German engineering and performance of Mercedes-Benz batteries, coupled with Vivint Solar's expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems. The storage systems are based on the same Mercedes-Benz automotive-grade battery technology used in its electric and hybrid vehicles.
NEOEN Uses Innovative O&M Software For Tracking Performance At Wind Farms

Neoen, a leading renewable project developer and owner, has chosen QOS Energy’s innovative O&M management platform to monitor the performance of the 315 MW Hornsdale wind project, which will be amongst the largest wind farms operating in Australia once fully commissioned. A key benefit for Neoen is that no additional hardware or system installation is required onsite to run the software, which allows for a swift and cost effective set-up of data acquisition processes. The platform gathers and analyses data generated by each turbine for all measured values using a secure VPN connection.

GE Completes $1.65bn Acquisition Of World Leading Manufacturer Of Turbine Blades

With a stated objective of insourcing of blade manufacturing to strengthen its supply chain and increasing competitiveness by delivering greater value, GE Renewable Energy has completed its $1.65bn acquisition of Danish LM Wind Power; one of the world’s biggest producers of wind turbine blades, supplying not only GE’s existing renewables business but also rivals such as Gamesa of Spain and Goldwind of China. The deal is the biggest since GE created a separate renewables arm and LM Wind Power is to continue supplying wind blades to all industry players.

Nordex Powers Ahead To Increase Yields From Existing Wind Farm Infrastructures

The Nordex Group has received an order to raise the yield of a total of 63 existing multi-megawatt turbines from its customer ERG SpA in Italy. The operator plans to equip three wind farms with the performance-enhancing “Xtended Power” technology. In principle, an increase in yield of up to two percent can be obtained using this product package.

Trina’s Solar Revolution: DUOMAX Twin Packs 25% Additional Generating Capacity

Trina Solar has announced the launch of its high-efficiency bifacial module DUOMAX Twin, which generates power from both the front and back sides of the solar module and performs well even under weak light conditions. The front side receives direct sunlight while the back side receives reflected and scattered light. Compared with traditional single-sided modules, the DUOMAX Twin can deliver as much as 25% additional generating capacity. The company’s leadership in PERC cell technology has achieved several world records and total shipments of over 1 Gigawatt over the past years.

Overall Investment Down But Global Renewable Capacity Surges To Record Levels

As the cost of clean technology continues to fall, the world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, at an investment level 23 percent lower than the previous year, according to new research. For instance, new investment in solar totalled $113.7 billion, down 34 percent from the record high in 2015, yet solar capacity additions rose to an all-time high of 75 gigawatts. “The investor hunger for existing wind and solar farms is a strong signal for the world to move to renewables,” said Prof. Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, commenting on record acquisition activity in the clean power sector, which rose 17 percent to $110.2 billion.

JA Solar’s Module Shipments to India Reach 1GW; Strengthens Regional Position

JA Solar has announced that the company’s cumulative module shipments to India have reached the milestone of 1GW of capacity equivalent to electricity generation of approximately 1.7billion kWh, which can reduce carbon emissions by 1.47 million tonnes annually. This further strengthens the company’s position in India, which is emerging as one of the largest PV markets in the world. Globally, JA Solar now has cumulative shipments of over 20 GW and the company does business in more than 92 countries around the world.

Russia: Abundance Of Renewables Can Fuel Growth; Quadruple Clean Energy By 2030

Russia can increase the share of renewables in its energy mix from roughly 3 percent today to more than 11 percent by 2030, according to new findings by IRENA. The growth in renewable energy use would represent nearly a fourfold increase in the share of renewables between 2014 and 2030. To implement the study’s recommendations, an annual investment of approximately USD 15 billion per year between 2015 and 2050 is required, but IRENA shows that the benefits can exceed costs when externalities related to human health and climate change are considered. According to current estimates Russia has the largest wind potential in the world.

India’s Solar Objectives Get Major Boost with 750MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park

India’s State Government of Madhya Pradesh has signed agreements making Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park a reality and helping India get closer to its 100 GW solar energy goal by 2022. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the lead transaction advisor for the project that will mobilise $550 million in private investment and avoid a million tonnes of GHG emissions. The 750 MW capacity project was auctioned in three packages of 250 MW each and will be one of the biggest single site solar projects in the world.

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Total And SunPower Join Forces To Build Solar Power Plant In Japan

Total and SunPower and ISE Group, have started up a 27-megawatt-peak photovoltaic power plant in Nanao on Japan’s Honshu Island. Completed one year after the beginning of construction, the plant will generate clean and reliable electricity to serve thousands of Japanese households on the island. The Nanao plant is jointly owned by ISE Group, which holds 50 percent interest, with Total and SunPower each holding a 25 percent interest.

Engie Strengthens Solar Presence In China With 30% Equity Investment In UNISUN

ENGIE has signed in Shanghai an Agreement for a 30% equity investment through a capital increase in UNISUN, a solar photovoltaic (PV) company. Since 2014, UNISUN has successfully developed around 500 MW PV projects, showing strong technical capacity.

During COP21, China pledged to peak its carbon emissions in 2030 or earlier; the country shall subsequently increase the share of non-fossil energy from 13% to 20% in its energy mix by then. ENGIE, global energy player with the ambition to be a leader […]

Brazil: Nordex Secures 195MW Contract For Turbines Designed For High Wind Speeds

The Nordex Group has now secured a major contract for the delivery of 65 AW125/3000 wind turbines. The “Lagoa do Barro” project is composed of eight individual wind farms that will be installed in the state of Piaui in northeastern Brazil.

Morocco Rises: Starts Construction On The World’s Largest Solar Power Complex

In the presence of the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, construction commenced on the country’s fourth power plant – NOORo IV – which will become the largest solar power complex in the world, providing electricity for 1.3 million people. After commissioning, at the beginning of 2018, the PV plant will enable annual savings of at least 56,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions. When all four power plants are combined, CO2 emissions will be reduced by around 800,000 tonnes every year. The Noor complex is scheduled to be completed by 2019 and supply a total of 580 MW of output power from three solar thermal energy plants and one photovoltaic plant.