published in January 19, 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan
January 19, 2019 per Zachary Shahan
I started to seriously cover the solar energy industry in 2009. It seemed like an exciting and exciting moment in the industry – growth was exploding. I remember one of the earliest stories in which readers warned me a little bit because I put "Solar Power Exploding" in a headline, and they thought I was referring to genuine explosions. In 2019, 2009 and 2010, progress seems tingling.
Rolling back in our What Changed files, below is a long summary of notable changes within the solar energy and energy storage industries in 2018. I'm sure I missed some of them – leave a note in the comments if you have one Favorite that I ignored. I'm also pretty sure this post is too long for the casual reader – do your best. Also, stay tuned for record progress in 2019.
Nevada raised its renewable electricity standard (requirement) by 15 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2030.
California has approved new standards that require solar panels to be installed on the roofs of almost all new homes, condominiums and apartment buildings by 2020.
California passed the Million Solar Roofs of Energy Storage law.
California passed a law that requires 100% clean energy by 2045.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a $ 1 billion program for Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) – $ 100 million per year for solar energy in multifamily residential buildings.
Illinois Gov. Rauner has signed two bills to support solar development conditions for Illinois farmers and rural areas, projects designed to generate $ 250 to $ 350 million in tax revenue.
New York began to become much more a solar player in the United States, with 26 new large-scale solar power plants approved for development, a community solar drive and broader efforts to stimulate the industry.
Washington, DC, has passed a 100% renewable energy law.
It has been revealed that the US Department of Energy (DOE) "may be relying on approximately $ 600 million in funding for clean energy research and development (R & D), despite clear and strong guidance from Congress to invest public money in new technologies. and innovation that will pave the way for America to be a leader in a clean energy future. "
DOE has awarded research grants to various universities to develop new solar integration technologies.
The DOE also issued $ 72 million for next generation concentrated solar energy (CSP) efforts.
The Trump administration has awarded $ 46 million for the progress of solar power and network resilience.
Trump tariffs on Chinese solar panel tariffs were implemented in the first quarter of 2018, based on an obscure, absurd, irrational and counterproductive law that no one considered to be serious. Minor reaction out of the world of clean technology and the mainstream media almost totally lost the story – that more jobs in the United States will be lost than saved or created. Has bad reporting and lack of attention enabled Trump to implement steel tariffs as well?
10 US cities modeled how to take the US to 100% clean energy.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has invested in a 5-gigawatt wind solar power boost.
Moreland, Australia, has launched a solar power program for renters and homeowners.
Engie announced that it has "signed a 50-year strategic alliance with the city of Springfield in Queensland, Australia, to help turn it into a zero-net-energy city by 2038."
Victoria, an Australian state, announced that it would increase its renewable energy goal to 50% by 2030. Yes, that's the same as Nevada's new goal.
France announced that it would "close the remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022 and 14 of the country's first 900 MW by 2035." Of course, they would be replaced by wind and solar power plants.
Ireland has approved the long-awaited Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) and announced that it intends to deliver the first RESS auction in 2019.
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has launched a pilot project to power its solar-powered trains.
The European Union has removed trade barriers to Chinese solar panels.
The European Union has approved a new legally binding EU-wide target of 32% renewable energy by 2030, which is expected to result in strong small-scale solar growth in the EU as well as in larger solar projects.
The World Bank Group announced "a new set of climate targets for 2021-25 and that was doubling its current five-year investments to about $ 200 billion in support of countries taking ambitious climate measures."
The Green Climate Fund has approved $ 1 billion for climate action in developing countries.
India has announced $ 1 billion in assistance for solar projects in several African countries.
Japan's TEPCO has announced that it plans to develop 6 to 7 GW of renewable energy to move away from nuclear power.
South Africa has replaced nuclear energy with more renewable energy in a new national energy plan.
IRENA has joined the countries of Southeast Asia to increase renewable energies in the region.
A coalition of 26 Caribbean nations, more than 40 private sector giants, 8-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, and global superstar Sean Paul teamed up to launch the Caribbean Intelligent Weather Accelerator make the region. the first intelligent climate zone in the world.
CleanTechnica has launched a new Clean Revolution political campaign to help clean-tech leaders elected to political office.
Solar Companies on the Roof
Azuri Technologies and Unilever Kenya have begun bringing prepaid home solar systems to off-grid homes in Kenya.
Kazang Solar received $ 1.6 million from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund to provide home lighting for 7,000 homes, mostly off-grid, in Zambia.
Kingo, supported in part by Leonardo DiCaprio, plans to bring small-scale solar storage to 500 million people in Latin America.
Nissan has brought solar + all-in-one storage to the UK market for EV drivers who want to take a step forward – or non-EV drivers, for that matter. Based on its leadership EV, it also began to offer energy storage from second-life batteries.
Panasonic & SolarEdge have announced a new energy-optimized solar panel that speeds up installation times.
Panasonic Eco Solutions began "aggressively building its network of residential solar installers on a national basis [in the US], seeking to compete more evenly with the likes of Tesla, Sunrun, SunPower, Vivint and others. "
Pika Energy Storage has unveiled its upgradable residential energy storage solution.
Real Goods Solar received $ 127 million in pre-orders for its solar shingles, which are based on technology purchased from Dow Chemical. (We report on Dow's solar shingles in 2009, 2011 and 2012.)
Simpliphi Power, another California-based energy storage company, cut its prices after seeing a tripling of its sales.
SolarEdge announced that it would acquire the Kokam solar energy storage company.
Sonnen & Tiko Energy Solutions received pre-qualification from Germany's TenneT network transmission system operator to leverage its existing distributed network of power storage systems grouped into a virtual power plant to provide primary balancing power.
sonnen launched a second sonnenCommunity in the USA, this time in Manatee County, Florida (which is actually the county in which I live).
sonnen has launched EcoLinx for residential power management.
sonnen got 60 million euros ($ 70 million) in a new round of investments, with the financial inflow led by Royal Dutch Shell. "The investment will help you develop your share of the US + and Australia solar storage market."
SunExchange & Powerhive has teamed up to bring solar power to 175,000 Kenyans.
Sunflare has brought a new solar tile to market.
Sunnova has introduced a SunSafe + storage offer in the US. SunSafe uses Tesla Powerwall 2 for storage.
Sunnova also brought solar leasing and loans to Illinois.
Sunnova has brought its new solar + storage offer to its home state of Texas.
Sunnova has also launched solar home insurance across the country.
SunPower has offered National Park Conservation Association associates a cash discount of $ 500 + a donation to the organization when they move before July 2019.
SunPower has launched a new supply of solar + storage.
Sunrun has been ranked as the premier residential solar power and storage provider.
Sunrun has expanded its solar energy as a service and energy storage offer in Florida.
Tesla has reduced solar home prices by 10-20% thanks to the cost benefits of moving sales to Tesla stores.
Tesla also announced that its Powerwall power storage system is receiving new features … at a higher cost.
Tesla fired 9% of its employees, many of them on the side of solar and energy storage, including a dozen SolarCity facilities in 9 states.
Tesla and Taipei City, Taiwan, have joined forces to "establish a new 1.5-hectare center to help local startups find bases and receive training for new energy ventures in the city."
Western Australia, another Australian state, has begun introducing a Tesla, Synergy, Western Power PowerBank community storage system for residents of Meadow Springs who can take part in the study.
Vivint Solar began offering solar leasing in the Sunshine State, Florida and Illinois.
Vivint Solar has achieved 1 gigawatt of solar power on the roof in the US.
In Connecticut, solar power showed its strength by winning 9 of 12 auction contracts. Solar has become the most competitive option for new electricity, even in Connecticut!
California utilities have accelerated the replacement of natural gas peak plants with large battery storage units.
California's utility, PG & E, has proposed a massive battery storage project of 730 MWh and 567.5 MW.
SDG & E, another California utility, has approved energy storage projects that double its utility-scale energy storage capacity.
California has its first floating solar power system.
ACWA Power has won a contract for a 250 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant in India at an extremely low 2.4 ¢ / kWh offer, a record low in the country.
ACWA Power also won a solar plant contract in Saudi Arabia for 2.4 ¢ / kWh, an apparent world record at the time.
Also set a record price of solar energy in the US, 2,155 ¢ per kWh (with an escalator) for a project in Nevada. This was soon after a record solar price offer in the US in Arizona.
Enel Green Power has reached 1 gigawatt of solar energy in Mexico.
Enel announced its intention to invest 10.6 billion euros in 11.6 gigawatts of renewable energy in the next 3 years.
Portugal indicated that it will receive 31 new solar plants totaling 1 GW of capacity by 2021.
Indian coal mining companies have announced plans to invest $ 1.6 billion in solar energy.
Global Infrastructure Partners has acquired a 4.7 gigawatt SunPower solar project pipeline.
The World Bank has allocated $ 1 billion to battery storage in developing countries.
Capital Dynamics has closed $ 1.2 billion in new investments in a clean energy infrastructure fund.
The Macquarie Capital Green Investment Group, which used to be called the UK Government Green Investment Bank, has acquired Conergy Asia & ME's solar development portfolio (including staff).
India has announced plans for a 5 gigawatt solar park Yes, 5 gigawatts! The solar park is located in Gujarat.
A few months later, India announced plans for a gigawatt solar energy park Yes, 25 gigawatts! The solar park is located in Jammu and Kashmir.
Vestas started testing a hybrid solar + wind project in Spain.
ACWA Power became the first dealer in the world to adopt SolarCoin, a blockchain currency.
WePower raised $ 40 million for block energy-based Green Energy Trading, the largest in ICO's energy history.
SkyPower "announced a foreign direct investment of $ 1.3 billion in Uzbekistan to build 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar capacity."
Tesla debuted its Grid Controller in Samoa as part of the effort to take the country to 100% renewables.
Greenpeace Energy, a German utility, "has proposed a public tender offer for open pit mines and power plants belonging to the German power company RWE to deactivate them by 2025." These plants would be replaced by wind energy. solar power plants.
Floating solar power could supply 14 percent of US electricity needs, according to a report published by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
BNEF found that "unsubsidised solar energy and onshore wind energy [have] become the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan. "
Lazard published the Levelized Cost of Energy 12.0 report, showing the competitiveness of extreme solar power costs, even without subsidies. (But wind power is still cheaper on average.)
US electricity from renewable sources surpassed for the first time US electricity from nuclear power.
The Institute for Local Self Reliance has released a report showing where "distributed solar" is a leader in the United States.
IHS has predicted that the global solar industry will reach 123 GW of new installed capacity by 2019, a record forecast indicative of all progress in the solar power industry.
BNEF estimates that the world has surpassed 1 terawatt (1,000 gigawatts) of renewable energy capacity installed globally in June 2018.
Stanford mapped nearly all solar roofs in the US and found 1.47 million.
Environment America indicated that new domestic solar laws and loans could triple the country's solar base by 2045.
Indiana is getting more jobs from renewable energy than any other industry, according to research by the Clean Energy Trust and the national non-partisan E2 business group.
One study found that US solar tariffs will cost customers $ 236.5 million.
Another study found that US open market solar financing increased $ 800 million during the first three quarters of 2018.
RE100 members increased their use of renewable energy by 41% from 2016 to 2017, with 37 new companies "bringing the total to 155 companies, creating demand for phenomenal 188 terawatts of renewable energy each year."
Research has found that home solar loans have passed third-party funding for solar roofing systems in 2018. Last year, loans were passed on to become the second most popular option to pay for domestic solar energy systems.
A new report found that new renewable energies are cheaper than the old coal in Southeast Asia.
Another new report found that "no country" is on track to limit global warming to 2 ° C.
NIPSCO, an Indiana utility, has estimated that a future of renewable energy will save $ 4 billion for customers.
Global floating solar capacity exceeded 1 gigawatt.
The UK's renewable energy capacity reached 42 gigawatts in the third quarter and decreased fossil power generation capacity.
Maryland published a report stating that the economic value of solar power in the state over the next decade would be $ 7 billion.
HBI and IREC have developed a program to help at-risk youth secure jobs in the solar power industry.
Sony has changed its goal of 100% renewable energy in a decade.
The Airbus Zephyr S, a solar-powered aircraft, broke the world record by staying in the air for 26 days.
Shell returned to the solar power market after a long hiatus, acquiring a $ 217 million stake in Silicon Ranch Corporation and then putting money into a solar PPA in the UK.
Capital Dynamics acquired First Solar & SunPower Yieldco 8point3.
Hanwha Q CELLS, a maker of solar cells and Korean solar modules, announced it would build a 1.6 gigawatt solar module factory in Georgia (the US state, not the country).
Hanwha Q CELLS was also deprived for $ 825 million a few months later.
Solar tracker Soltec has raised 100 million euros for the expansion.
Solar energy has emerged as the main source of energy for new micro-networks.
Facebook committed to 100% renewable energy by 2020.
The US Wind Energy Foundation is renamed the Wind Solar Alliance.
The Solar Panel Art Series arrived in North America, with a launch in New York.