Solar

Prior to launching a nationwide Feed-in tariff (FIT) program in 2019, Japan implemented various solar incentive schemes, including a Surplus PV generation Purchase program from residential solar photovoltaic (PV) owners. The Japanese government launched this program in fall 2009 and required the nation’s large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to purchase excess electricity from PV systems (below...
Microgrids

It’s no secret that most reports on climate change are filled with dire warnings for our future. The consensus is that the earth is getting progressively warmer, and our energy-consumption habits have had a direct impact on that.  Coal and fossil fuels as energy sources increased our ability to produce, but there have been some...
Baseload

Clarion Energy (part of Clarion Events) today unveiled Enlit – the new name for European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe – in front of 18,000 industry leaders in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The result of a six-month creative consultation with market-leading Larsen Energy Branding, Enlit is the world’s only complete energy event. It will...
Blogs

Lee Krevat, the host of The Climate Champions podcast, interviews Pip Decker, Senior Vice President at BMR Energy. Pip shares exciting and heartwarming stories about his experience in the wind and solar industry. Pip Decker has deep experience in the development, construction, and operation of wind and solar PV power generation projects. Prior to BMR...
Blogs

IPPs have “ceded the digital ground” to Nimbys, and communities are increasingly making decisions on wind farms on Facebook, writes Mike Casey First published on Recharge News An analysis earlier this year validates those concerns. We tracked the online pushback faced by major wind developers from communities considering proposed wind farms. The findings showed that every developer...
Baseload

General Electric will demolish the 750 MW Inland Empire Energy Center (IEEC) in California that has 20 years remaining in its useful life. With solar and wind dominating the grid, the plant has been deemed uneconomical after operating well below capacity for several years. The site will be used for a new battery storage facility....
Storage

Today, lithium is king of batteries. Plain and simple. That is, for now… Wood Mackenzie reports that lithium-ion batteries made up 99% of all [chemical] battery deployments in Q4 2018.  Technology dominance is an understatement. But nobody is perfect. Accordingly, lithium-ion batteries — with its six main chemistry variations — suffer from the following weaknesses....
Blogs

Renewable resources dropped back below 50% of new power generation in the second quarter of 2019. Although the proportion of distributed solar has grown in the last two quarters, losses in the growth of utility solar and wind allowed the majority share to be gas, once again. Despite this setback in percentage, renewables are making...