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What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?

What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?


Revealed on January 19th, 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan

January 19th, 2019 by Zachary Shahan 

I began overlaying the photo voltaic power business critically in 2009. It appeared like a hopping, thrilling time within the business — progress was exploding. I keep in mind one early story by which readers admonished me somewhat as a result of I put “Solar Power Exploding” in a headline, they usually thought I used to be referring to real explosions. In 2019, 2009 and 2010 progress seems like anthills.

Scrolling again via our What Changed archives, under is a prolonged rundown of notable modifications inside the photo voltaic power and power storage industries in 2018. I’m positive I missed a few of them — drop a word within the feedback when you have a favourite I skipped. I’m additionally positive this submit is way too lengthy for the informal reader — do your greatest. Moreover, keep tuned for record-breaking progress in 2019.


Insurance policies

Nevada raised its renewable electrical energy normal (requirement) from 15% by 2025 to 50% by 2030.

California authorised new requirements requiring that photo voltaic panels be put in on the roofs of almost all new houses, condos, and condo buildings by 2020.

California authorised the “Million Solar Roofs of Energy Storage” invoice.

California handed a regulation requiring 100% clear power by 2045.

The California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC) kicked off a $1 billion Solar on Multifamily Reasonably priced Housing (SOMAH) program — $100 million a yr for solar energy on multifamily housing buildings.

Illinois Governor Rauner signed two payments to help photo voltaic improvement circumstances for Illinois farmers and rural areas, payments projected to generate $250–350 million in tax income.

New York began turning into far more of a solar energy participant in america, with 26 new large-scale solar energy crops accredited for improvement, a group photo voltaic push, and broader efforts to stimulate the business.

Washington, DC, handed a 100% renewable power invoice.

It was revealed the US Division of Energy (DOE) “may be sitting on approximately $600 million in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) funding for clean energy research and development (R&D), despite clear and strong congressional guidance to invest public dollars in new technologies and innovation that will pave the way for America to be a leader in a clean energy future.”

The DOE awarded analysis grants to a number of universities to develop new photo voltaic integration know-how.

The DOE additionally issued $72 million to efforts at next-gen concentrated solar energy (CSP).

The Trump administration awarded $46 million for solar energy & grid resiliency progress.

Trump tariffs on Chinese language photo voltaic panel tariffs obtained carried out within the first quarter of 2018, based mostly on an obscure, absurd, irrational, counterproductive regulation nobody handled as critical. Minor backlash outdoors of the cleantech world and within the main media virtually completely missed the story —  which is that extra US jobs can be misplaced than saved or created. Did that poor reporting and lack of consideration empower Trump to implement metal tariffs as properly?

100% clean energy

10 US cities modeled easy methods to get the US to 100% clear power.

The Australian Renewable Energy Company invested in a 5 gigawatt wind & photo voltaic power push.

Moreland, Australia, launched a solar energy program for renters and landlords.

Engie introduced it had “signed a 50-year strategic alliance with the city of Greater Springfield in Queensland, Australia, to help transition it to being a zero net energy city by 2038.”

Victoria, an Australian state, introduced it might improve its renewable power goal to 50% by 2030. Yep, that’s the identical as Nevada’s new goal.

France introduced that it might “close the country’s remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022 and 14 of the country’s 900 MW first-generation nuclear reactors by 2035.” Naturally, they’d get replaced by wind and solar energy crops.

Eire accredited its long-awaited Renewable Electrical energy Help Scheme (RESS) and introduced that it intends to ship the primary RESS public sale someday in 2019.

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) launched a pilot venture powering its trains with solar energy.

The European Union eliminated commerce limitations on Chinese language photo voltaic panels.

The European Union handed a brand new legally binding EU-wide goal of 32% renewable power by 2030, which is predicted to end in robust small-scale photo voltaic progress within the EU, in addition to extra giant photo voltaic tasks.

The World Financial institution Group introduced “a new set of climate targets for 2021–25 and that it was doubling its current five-year investments to around $200 billion in support of countries taking ambitious climate action.”

The Inexperienced Local weather Fund authorised $1 billion for local weather motion in creating nations.

India introduced $1 billion in help for solar energy tasks in a number of African nations.

Japan’s TEPCO introduced it’s aiming to develop 6–7 GW of renewable energy to maneuver away from nuclear.

South Africa changed nuclear power with extra renewables in a brand new nationwide power plan.

IRENA teamed up with Southeast Asian nations to scale up renewables within the area.

A coalition made up of 26 Caribbean nations, greater than 40 personal sector giants, Eight-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt, and international music celebrity Sean Paul mixed to launch the $1 billion Caribbean Local weather-Sensible Accelerator, which goals to make the area the primary climate-smart zone on the earth.

CleanTechnica launched a brand new Clear Revolution political marketing campaign to assist get cleantech leaders elected to political workplace.

Rooftop Solar Corporations

Azuri Applied sciences and Unilever Kenya began bringing pay-as-you-go photo voltaic house methods to off-grid houses in Kenya.

Kazang Solar was awarded $1.6 million from the Africa Enterprise Problem Fund to offer photo voltaic house lighting to 7,000 principally off-grid houses in Zambia.

Kingo, backed partially by Leonardo DiCaprio, goals to convey small-scale photo voltaic + storage to 500 million individuals in Latin America.

Nissan introduced “all-in-one” photo voltaic + storage to the UK marketplace for EV drivers who need to go a step additional — or non-EV drivers, for that matter. Constructing on its EV management, it additionally began providing power storage from 2nd life batteries.

Panasonic & SolarEdge introduced a brand new power-optimized photo voltaic panel that hastens set up occasions.

Panasonic Eco Options began “aggressively building out its residential solar installer network 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 unveiled its upgradable residential power storage answer.

Actual Items Solar acquired $127 million in pre-orders for its photo voltaic shingles, that are based mostly on a know-how purchased from Dow Chemical. (We reported on Dow photo voltaic shingles all the best way again in 2009, 2011, and 2012.)

Simpliphi Energy, one other California-based power storage firm, reduce its costs after seeing a tripling of its gross sales.

SolarEdge introduced that it would purchase photo voltaic power storage agency Kokam.

sonnen & tiko Energy Options acquired pre-qualification from the transmission system operator for the grid in Germany, TenneT, to leverage its present distributed community of power storage methods pooled right into a digital energy plant to offer main balancing energy.

sonnen launched a second sonnenCommunity within the US, this time in Manatee County, Florida (which is definitely the county I stay in).

sonnen launched the EcoLinx for residential power administration.

sonnen pulled in €60 million ($70 million) in a brand new spherical of funding, with the monetary inflow led by Royal Dutch Shell. “The investment will help it to develop its U.S. and Australian solar + storage market share.”

SunExchange & Powerhive partnered to deliver solar energy to 175,000 Kenyans.

Sunflare introduced a brand new photo voltaic shingle to market.

Sunnova launched a photo voltaic + storage providing, SunSafe, within the US. SunSafe makes use of the Tesla Powerwall 2 for the storage.

Sunnova additionally introduced photo voltaic leasing & loans into Illinois.

Sunnova introduced its new photo voltaic+storage providing to its house state of Texas.

Sunnova additionally rolled out residential photo voltaic insurance coverage nationwide.

SunPower provided Nationwide Parks Conservation Affiliation members a $500 money rebate + a donation for the group once they go photo voltaic earlier than July 2019.

SunPower unleashed a brand new photo voltaic + storage providing.

Sunrun was ranked the main residential solar-plus-storage vendor.

Sunrun expanded its photo voltaic as a service and power storage choices in Florida.

Tesla slashed its house photo voltaic costs 10–20% because of value advantages from shifting gross sales into Tesla shops.

Tesla additionally introduced that its Powerwall power storage system is getting new options … at a better value.

Tesla laid off 9% of its employees, lots of them within the photo voltaic & power storage aspect of the enterprise, together with a dozen SolarCity amenities throughout 9 states.

Tesla & the Metropolis of Taipei, Taiwan joined forces “to establish a new 1.5 hectare hub to help local startups find footing and get training for new energy ventures in the city.”

Western Australia, one other Australian state, began introducing a Tesla, Synergy, + Western Energy “PowerBank” group storage system to residents in Meadow Springs who can participate within the trial.

Vivint Solar began providing photo voltaic leasing within the Sunshine State, Florida, and Illinois.

Vivint Solar reached 1 gigawatt of rooftop solar energy capability within the US.


In Connecticut, solar energy confirmed its muscle by profitable 9 out of 12 public sale contracts. Solar has grow to be probably the most aggressive choice for brand spanking new electrical energy even in Connecticut!

California utilities sped up replacements of pure fuel peaker crops with giant battery storage models.

California utility PG&E proposed an enormous 730 MWh, 567.5 MW battery storage challenge.

SDG&E, one other California utility, accredited power storage tasks that double its utility-scale power storage capability.

California obtained its first floating solar energy system.

ACWA Energy gained a contract for a 250 megawatt photo voltaic PV energy plant in India at a particularly low bid of two.four¢/kWh, a report low within the nation.

ACWA Energy additionally gained a solar energy plant contract in Saudi Arabia for 2.four¢/kWh, an obvious world report on the time.

A record-low US solar energy worth was additionally set, 2.155¢ per kWh (with an escalator) for a venture in Nevada. That was proper after a record-low US photo voltaic worth bid in Arizona.

Enel Inexperienced Energy reached 1 gigawatt of solar energy in Mexico.

Enel introduced an intention to take a position €10.6 billion into 11.6 gigawatts of renewable power within the subsequent three years.

Portugal indicated will probably be getting 31 new solar energy crops totaling 1 GW of capability by 2021.

Indian coal mining corporations introduced plans for $1.6 billion of photo voltaic funding.

International Infrastructure Companions acquired a four.7 gigawatt SunPower photo voltaic challenge pipeline.

World Financial institution dedicated $1 billion to battery storage in creating nations.

Capital Dynamics closed $1.2 billion of latest funding in a clear power infrastructure fund.

Macquarie Capital’s Inexperienced Funding Group, which was referred to as the UK Authorities’s Inexperienced Funding Financial institution, acquired the photo voltaic improvement portfolio (together with employees) from Conergy Asia & ME.

India introduced plans for a 5 gigawatt photo voltaic park. Sure, 5 gigawatts! The photo voltaic park is to be situated in Gujarat.

A number of months later, India introduced plans for a 25 gigawatt solar energy park. Sure, 25 gigawatts! The photo voltaic park is to be situated in Jammu & Kashmir.

Vestas began testing a photo voltaic + wind hybrid venture in Spain.

ACWA Energy turned 1st utility anyplace in world to undertake blockchain foreign money SolarCoin.

WePower raised $40 million for blockchain-based Inexperienced Energy Buying and selling, the most important ever ICO within the power sector.

SkyPower “announced a landmark foreign direct investment of $1.3 billion into Uzbekistan to build 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar capacity.”

Tesla debuted its Grid Controller in Samoa as a part of the trouble there to convey the nation to 100% renewables.

Greenpeace Energy, a Germany electrical utility, has “proposed a takeover bid for the lignite open-cast mines and power plants currently belonging to German electric utilities company RWE, to shut them down by 2025.” These energy crops would get replaced with wind and solar energy crops.


Floating photo voltaic might provide 14% of the USA’s electrical energy wants, in accordance with a report revealed by the US Division of Energy’s Nationwide Renewable Energy Laboratory.

BNEF discovered that “unsubsidized solar and onshore wind [have] become the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan.”

Lazard revealed its Levelized Value of Energy report, displaying solar energy’s excessive value competitiveness even with out subsidies. (However wind energy continues to be cheaper, on common.)

US electrical energy from renewables surpassed US electrical energy from nuclear for the primary time.

The Institute for Native Self Reliance launched a report displaying the place “distributed solar” is main within the US.

IHS predicted that the worldwide photo voltaic business will attain 123 GW of latest capability put in in 2019, a record-breaking forecast indicative of all of the progress within the photo voltaic power business.

BNEF estimates that the world handed 1 terawatt (1,000 gigawatts) of worldwide put in renewable power capability someday in June 2018.

Stanford mapped roughly each photo voltaic roof within the US and located 1.47 million.

Surroundings America indicated that new house photo voltaic legal guidelines and loans might triple the nation’s photo voltaic base by 2045.

Indiana is getting extra new jobs from renewable power than another sector, in accordance with analysis from Clear Energy Belief and the nationwide, nonpartisan enterprise group E2.

A research discovered that US photo voltaic tariffs will value clients $236.5 million.

One other research discovered that US open market photo voltaic funding rose $800 million in the course of the first three quarters of 2018.

RE100 members elevated their use of renewable power 41% from 2016 to 2017, with 37 new corporations “bringing the total up to 155 companies creating demand for a phenomenal 188 terawatt-hours of renewable power each year.”

Analysis discovered that house photo voltaic loans have handed up third-party financing for rooftop photo voltaic methods in 2018. Final yr, loans handed up money to develop into the second hottest choice to pay for house solar energy techniques.

A brand new report discovered that new renewables are cheaper than previous coal in Southeast Asia.

One other new report discovered that “not one country” is on monitor to restrict international warming to 2°C.

NIPSCO, an Indiana utility, estimated that a renewable power future will save clients $four billion.

International floating solar energy capability handed 1 gigawatt.

UK renewable energy capability hit 42 gigawatts within the third quarter and handed up fossil gasoline energy capability.

Maryland revealed a report indicating that the financial worth of solar energy within the state over the approaching decade can be a whopping $7 billion.

Different Information

HBI and IREC developed a program to assist at-risk youth get jobs within the solar energy business.

Sony moved its 100% renewable power aim up by a decade.

Airbus Zephyr S, a solar-powered airplane, set a world document by staying aloft for 26 days.

Shell rejoined the photo voltaic power market, after an extended hiatus, buying a $217 million stake in Silicon Ranch Company after which placing cash right into a UK photo voltaic PPA.

Capital Dynamics acquired First Solar & SunPower Yieldco 8point3.

Hanwha Q CELLS, a Korean photo voltaic cell and photo voltaic module producer, introduced that it will construct a +1.6 gigawatt photo voltaic module manufacturing unit in Georgia (the US state, not the nation).

Hanwha Q CELLS additionally went personal for $825 million a couple of months later.

Solar tracker producer Soltec raised €100 million for enlargement.

Solar power emerged because the prime new microgrid power supply.

Fb dedicated to 100% renewable power by 2020.

The US Wind Energy Basis rebranded because the Wind Solar Alliance.

The Solar Panel Artwork Collection made its approach to North America, with a launch in NYC.



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Concerning the Writer

Zachary Shahan Zach is tryin’ to assist society assist itself (and different species). He spends most of his time right here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He is additionally the president of Necessary Media and the director/founding father of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is acknowledged globally as an electrical car, photo voltaic power, and power storage professional. He has introduced about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada.

Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of masking photo voltaic and EVs, he merely has a whole lot of religion in these specific corporations and looks like they’re good cleantech corporations to spend money on. However he presents no skilled funding recommendation and would slightly not be answerable for you dropping cash, so do not bounce to conclusions.

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