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Japan electricity market reform sparks interest but poses challenges

15 Jun 15 - 09:56 CEST
Japan electricity market reform sparks interest but poses challenges

Hundreds of companies have registered to become power purchasers and suppliers when Japan’s retail electricity market frees up in 2016. They won’t have it easy, though.

West Africa: could an R&B star rock the market into action?

11 Jun 15 - 12:21 CEST
West Africa: could an R&B star rock the market into action?

An initiative by R&B star Akon may have lent glamour to West Africa’s solar market, but it remains to be seen how quickly off-grid projects will take place.

Solar-diesel hybrids beat PV and batteries off grid

09 Jun 15 - 11:31 CEST
Solar-diesel hybrids beat PV and batteries off grid

Recent interest in combining energy storage with PV overlooks the fact that solar-diesel hybrid plants are still usually the best option for off-grid power.

Colombian developers hopeful as rate decision drags out

08 Jun 15 - 16:08 CEST
Colombian developers hopeful as rate decision drags out

Colombia’s nascent solar market looks promising even though a final decision on what producers will get for excess energy has been more than a year in coming.

Storage: how will batteries help New York’s solar boom?

03 Jun 15 - 11:13 CEST
Storage: how will batteries help New York’s solar boom?

New York’s need for solar-tied storage looks set to grow as the US state faces increasing demand challenges with the retirement of traditional generation.

How well can yieldcos work outside the US?

02 Jun 15 - 10:33 CEST
How well can yieldcos work outside the US?

Continued growth in the popularity of solar yieldcos is raising questions around how well the model can work outside of the US. Recent weeks have seen announcements relating to two new yieldcos in Canada plus one in Taiwan.