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When designing a PV system, it is important to give special consideration to how it will be installed and maintained. Dependable solar system performance grows from good design. When designing any solar array, it is crucial to look ahead and anticipate potential shading issues and provide adequate space for inspection, cleaning and maintenance. It is equally important to select components that will not deteriorate prematurely and place undue stress on the system or compromise it altogether.

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Toyota plans to commercialize solid-state electric vehicle batteries by the early 2020s, Reuters confirmed this week. If the Japanese automaker can pull that off, it could leap ahead of the competition in terms of energy density, range and safety. Toyota popularized the turn away from internal-combustion engines with its Prius hybrid, but its clean transport innovation has slowed in recent years. The company maintained focus on hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell cars, which other EV makers tend to dismiss as dead ends. That policy came to an end late last year when Toyota launched an internal venture dedicated to commercializing a purely electric car.

Read more: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/toyotas-next-move-solid-state-batteries

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a document clarifying the rules for state government offtake of solar park capacity. The country is currently in the process of extending its solar park capacity from 20GW to 40GW. In its previous regulation, it was stated that state governments must buy at least 20% of the power produced from any solar park via the distribution company (Discom). However, the rules have been clarified to say that if the state government has agreed to buy more than 20% of the power from one or more solar parks in the state, then it is permitted to purchase a lower portion of power from subsequent parks, as long as at least 20% of the aggregate power generation of all the solar parks in the state has been purchased.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/indian-solar-park-off-taker-rules-and-world-bank-financing

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has released new guidance on solar installation targets as part of the current 13th Five-Year-Plan (2016-2020), after recent record first-half year install figures put doubt on whether the solar boom would continue as the original targets would be met two years ahead of expectations.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/chinas-solar-boom-to-continue-through-2020-as-install-targets-revised

The ultimate energy saver, cool your roof and home during those hot summer days without having to touch your air conditioning. As more people move to city environments and urban heat islands continue to be exacerbated, scientists were in search for a zero-energy way to cool infrastructure.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/28/scientists-just-discovered-material-cools-roofs-homes-zero-energy-required/#2cd45be658da

Australian consumers want renewable energy, and investors are stepping up investments in clean power; but the country’s potential to capitalise on this opportunity is limited by political uncertainty, say experts.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/politics-could-short-circuit-australias-clean-energy-future/

India is the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. A new campaign seeks to make new housing developments sustainable by 2022 to help the country meet its ambitious climate goals.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/indian-builders-pledge-green-homes-in-race-to-meet-climate-goals/

Renewables and battery storage will replace gas as South Australia’s main source of electricity within eight years, according to industry analysts. The state’s energy transition could be a “leading case study on managing a power system in transition for other mature markets to follow”, says a report by Wood Mackenzie.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/27/gas-to-be-replaced-as-south-australias-main-electricity-source-within-decade-analysts-say#img-1

India opened a probe into whether Chinese solar-equipment makers are hurting its domestic industry by dumping inventories and driving down prices to unfair levels.

Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/07/india-initiates-dumping-probe-into-chinese-solar-imports.html

IFC is partnering with the Commercial Bank of Ceylon (CBC) to help the Sri Lankan bank invest more in local companies focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The aim is to help CBC provide credit support to green projects, bringing more private sector investment into the South Asian island’s clean energy sector, via IFC’s Green-Finance Program.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/ifc-works-with-sri-lankas-largest-private-bank-to-boost-green-financing

MANILA (REUTERS, AFP) - China's foreign minister on Tuesday (July 25) said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides. Wang Yi also urged Asean nations to unite and “say no” to outside forces seeking to interfere in the South China Sea dispute, in an apparent swipe at the United States ahead of a regional summit.

Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/china-backs-joint-energy-development-with-philippines-in-disputed-south-china-sea

Tesla’s ambitious 100-megawatt, 129-megawatt-hour battery project in South Australia has garnered plenty of interest for being the largest project of its kind in the world. But the company doesn't seem to have a business plan, according to Australian energy experts. "There's no genuine business case for storage in Australia at the moment, and no genuine business case for the Tesla project,” said Dr. Jill Cainey, global applications director for energy storage at S&C Electric in Melbourne.

Read more: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/teslas-australian-battery-plant-has-no-business-case

By mid 2017, China has already installed 23.6 gigawatts of solar power, exceeding predictions by analysts that only 20 to 25 gigawatts capacity would be added for the whole year. Of the installed solar capacity over the first half year, 7 gigawatts was by rooftop panels at consumers’ homes, up from below 2 gigawatts a year ago, according to the China Electricity Council.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/lower-costs-policies-lift-solar-power/

A unit of AC Energy Holdings Inc. (AC Energy) has partnered with UPC Renewables Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd. and UPC Renewables for a power project in Indonesia. AC Energy president and CEO Eric Francia said ““Indonesia has huge unserved demand, especially in smaller islands, which this initiative aims to address.” Under the terms of the agreement, AC Energy International agreed to provide funding for the development of power-generation projects with sub-50-megawatt (MW) capacities.

Read more: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/ac-energy-upc-renewables-ink-deal-for-indonesia-project/

By 2030, says Power Minister Piyush Goyal, India would like to be a 100% electric vehicle nation, an ambitious target. What everyone working in the renewable energy and automotive sectors in India agrees on is that there is undoubtedly commitment and drive from the Modi administration on electric vehicles. The source of much of their excitement stems from a May 2017 report jointly published by the NITI Aayog and the US-based Rocky Mountain Institute. The report proposed a roadmap towards going all-electric by 2030, and its proposed fiscal and non-fiscal incentives in particular have industry players excited.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/07/24/what-s-it-going-to-take-for-india-to-go-all-electric-on-the-road_a_23031501/

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group said it is working to help member economies optimize local building codes with the aim of making commercial buildings more energy efficient. In a statement issued Friday, the group said spiking environmental and economic costs of energy inefficient homes and offices, exacerbated by soaring temperatures, are prompting new action in APEC to break ground on the next generation building development.

Read more: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201707220017.aspx

Singapore-based developer Equis Energy, which has the largest renewable energy portfolio in the Asia-Pacific, has drawn a high level of interest in its restructuring plans. Pouring cold water on various media reports claiming that certain investors were looking to acquire isolated parts of Equis’s renewables assets in individual countries, a company spokesperson told PV Tech: “Equis Energy was never interested in restructuring a portion of its portfolio. In fact, it’s a regional portfolio and we are restructuring the entire portfolio, so the India only assets are not on the table.”

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/strong-investor-interest-in-equis-energys-renewable-energy-portfolio

Siemens Gamesa has won an order to supply 20 gearless SWT-3.6-130 wind turbines for an onshore wind power plant project in Indonesia. The ‘Tolo 1’ onshore wind project is being developed by Equis Energy, the largest renewable energy independent power producer in the Asia-Pacific region and the plant will be installed by the end of this year. Equis Energy has signed 5-year contracts with Siemens Gamesa for engineering, procurement and construction as well as operations and maintenance.

Read more: http://www.gamesa.com/en/communication/news/siemens-gamesa-receives-20-turbine-order-from-indonesia-for-equis-energys-tolo-1-onshore-wind-power-plant.html?idCategoria=0&fechaDesde=&especifica=0&texto=&idSeccion=0&fechaHasta=

A new study by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has found that while international corporations are moving swiftly towards 100 per cent renewable energy use, Australian businesses are falling behind and as a result, are losing out on cost savings and business from environmentally conscious customers.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/renewable-energy-a-missed-opportunity-for-australian-businesses/

The Asia-Pacific region overtook Europe and Eurasia as the largest producer of renewable power in 2016, with China continuing to dominate the renewable energy sector, contributing to over 40 percent of global growth. In the process, China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest producer of renewable energy, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy released in June 2017.

Read more: http://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/en/corporate/pdf/energy-economics/statistical-review-2017/bp-statistical-review-of-world-energy-2017-full-report.pdf

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has invested THB1,968 million (US$57.7 million) in Thai power firm B. Grimm Power Public Company to develop renewable energy projects in Southeast Asia. The investment came as part of B. Grimm’s IPO. The power company has traditionally had a focus on gas-fired power plants but has moved into renewables in recent years, now with 15 solar plants in operation. Its aim is to have renewables move up from 10% to 30% in its energy generation portfolio.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/adb-invests-us57.7-million-in-b.-grimm-for-renewables-in-southeast-asia

Green bonds issued by Indian companies are gathering pace as the country’s ambitious target for renewable energy fuels interest from investors. Renewable energy developer Greenko Energy Holdings raised $1 billion earlier this week, making it the largest corporate green bond issuer in Asia, Bloomberg data shows.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-18/india-s-blue-sky-pledge-gives-power-to-country-s-green-bonds

A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) gives a promising picture on the fight against coal: China, the world’s largest energy investor, has dramatically slowed down pumping money into coal, with the country’s rate of commissioning new coal-fired power plants dropping by 25 per cent in 2016. This may trigger a dramatic decline for global investment in coal-fired power plants after an all-time high during the past several years, the IEA argued in its World Energy Investment 2017 report. The report, which analysed energy investments from different regions in the world as well as other parameters, also showed that India held the fourth position in the world’s biggest energy investors, owing to the Modi administration’s strong push to expand the country’s energy system and increase electricity supply.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/can-asia-truly-go-coal-free/

Envision Energy, based in Shanghai, announced an alliance on July 14 that includes Microsoft, Accenture and ARM, and is focused on uniting “a fragmented energy world,” as CEO Lei Zhang described it, around digital networking, sensors and algorithms. Over the past few years, Envision has been building out its suite of digital software and networking technologies that can help its energy customers lower their costs both for operating and building wind and solar farms.

Read more: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/chinese-wind-giant-envision-partners-with-us-tech-firms-digital-energy

At least two global technology leaders could set up Gigafactories to manufacture lithium-ion cells in India in the next couple of years, according to the head of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). This focus is being driven by opportunities in both stationary and electric vehicle (EV) applications in India, particularly with the government goal of making all vehicles electric by 2030.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/two-or-more-gigafactories-expected-for-india-by-2019

The new Siemens Digitalization Hub will boost Singapore's efforts to become a smart nation, and produce innovative digital solutions for the rest of the world, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The launch of the facility in MacPherson was held simultaneously on July 11 in Singapore and at the Siemens headquarters in Munich, where Mr Lee was the guest-of-honour.

Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/business/new-siemens-digitalization-hub-will-boost-spores-smart-nation-efforts-says-pm-lee

On July 5, South Korean electric equipment and automation systems company LS Industrial Systems (LSIS) said it is speeding up the drive to boost its global presence in the microgrid business. LSIS Chairman Koo Ja-kyun has pledged to foster the microgrid business as one of the company's future growth engines. Last October, LSIS was chosen to establish a microgrid system on Singapore's Semakau Island, alongside global firms GE-Alstom and Schneider. In April last year, LSIS won the largest solar power facility deal, worth 11.3 billion yen ($99.95 million) in Hokkaido, Japan.

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2017/07/133_232455.html

BEIJING (AFP) - China is drilling deep into the ocean floor in the hope of tapping vast deposits of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" but it will be years before it is part of the global energy mix. Gas hydrates are found in the seabed as well as beneath permafrost but experts say extracting methane from the ice crystals is technologically challenging and expensive.

Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-taps-combustible-ice-for-growing-energy-needs