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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 started overlaying the solar power business significantly in 2009. It appeared like a hopping, thrilling time in the business — progress was exploding. I keep in mind one early story through which readers admonished me slightly 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 appears like anthills.

Scrolling again by means of our What Changed archives, under is a prolonged rundown of notable modifications inside the solar power and power storage industries in 2018. I’m positive I missed a few of them — drop a observe within the comments when you have a favorite I skipped. I’m also positive this publish is way too lengthy for the casual reader — do your greatest. Moreover, stay 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 permitted new standards requiring that solar panels be installed on the roofs of almost all new houses, condos, and condo buildings by 2020.

California permitted the “Million Solar Roofs of Energy Storage” bill.

California passed 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 bills to help solar improvement circumstances for Illinois farmers and rural areas, bills projected to generate $250–350 million in tax income.

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

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

It was revealed the US Department 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 several universities to develop new solar 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 received 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 major media virtually completely missed the story —  which is that more US jobs shall be lost than saved or created. Did that poor reporting and lack of consideration empower Trump to implement steel tariffs as properly?

100% clean energy

10 US cities modeled learn how to get the US to 100% clean 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, announced it might improve its renewable power target to 50% by 2030. Yep, that’s the same 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 be replaced by wind and solar energy crops.

Ireland authorised its long-awaited Renewable Electrical energy Help Scheme (RESS) and introduced that it intends to deliver the first RESS auction sometime in 2019.

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

The European Union eliminated trade limitations on Chinese photo voltaic panels.

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

The World Financial institution Group announced “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 Green Local weather Fund authorised $1 billion for climate motion in creating nations.

India announced $1 billion in help for solar power tasks in a number of African nations.

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

South Africa replaced nuclear power with more renewables in a new nationwide power plan.

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

A coalition made up of 26 Caribbean nations, greater than 40 personal sector giants, 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt, and international music celebrity Sean Paul combined to launch the $1 billion Caribbean Climate-Sensible Accelerator, which aims to make the region the first climate-smart zone on the planet.

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

Rooftop Solar Corporations

Azuri Technologies and Unilever Kenya began bringing pay-as-you-go solar house methods to off-grid houses in Kenya.

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

Kingo, backed partially by Leonardo DiCaprio, aims to convey small-scale solar + 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. Building on its EV management, it also started providing power storage from 2nd life batteries.

Panasonic & SolarEdge introduced a brand new power-optimized photo voltaic panel that accelerates installation occasions.

Panasonic Eco Solutions 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.

Real Goods Solar acquired $127 million in pre-orders for its solar shingles, which 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 company, minimize its costs after seeing a tripling of its sales.

SolarEdge announced that it would purchase solar power storage firm Kokam.

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

sonnen launched a second sonnenCommunity in 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 new spherical of investment, 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 brought a new solar shingle to market.

Sunnova launched a solar + storage offering, SunSafe, in the US. SunSafe uses the Tesla Powerwall 2 for the storage.

Sunnova also brought solar leasing & loans into Illinois.

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

Sunnova also rolled out residential solar insurance nationwide.

SunPower provided Nationwide Parks Conservation Association members a $500 money rebate + a donation for the organization once they go photo voltaic before July 2019.

SunPower unleashed a brand new photo voltaic + storage providing.

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

Sunrun expanded its solar as a service and power storage offerings in Florida.

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

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

Tesla laid off 9% of its employees, lots of them within the solar & power storage aspect of the business, together with a dozen SolarCity amenities across 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, another Australian state, started introducing a Tesla, Synergy, + Western Power “PowerBank” group storage system to residents in Meadow Springs who can participate within the trial.

Vivint Solar started offering 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 showed its muscle by profitable 9 out of 12 public sale contracts. Solar has develop into 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, another California utility, accepted power storage tasks that double its utility-scale power storage capacity.

California obtained its first floating solar energy system.

ACWA Energy gained a contract for a 250 megawatt photo voltaic PV power plant in India at a particularly low bid of 2.4¢/kWh, a document low within the country.

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

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

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

Enel announced an intention to take a position €10.6 billion into 11.6 gigawatts of renewable power within the next 3 years.

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

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

International Infrastructure Partners acquired a four.7 gigawatt SunPower solar challenge pipeline.

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

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

Macquarie Capital’s Inexperienced Investment Group, which was referred to as the UK Government’s Green Investment Bank, acquired the photo voltaic improvement portfolio (including employees) from Conergy Asia & ME.

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

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

Vestas started testing a solar + wind hybrid challenge in Spain.

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

WePower raised $40 million for blockchain-based Inexperienced Energy Trading, the most important ever ICO in 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 country to 100% renewables.

Greenpeace Energy, a Germany electric 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.” Those power crops would be replaced with wind and solar energy crops.


Floating solar might supply 14% of the USA’s electrical energy needs, based on a report revealed by the US Division of Energy’s National 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 extreme value competitiveness even without subsidies. (But wind energy continues to be cheaper, on common.)

US electricity from renewables surpassed US electricity from nuclear for the primary time.

The Institute for Native Self Reliance launched a report displaying where “distributed solar” is leading in the US.

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

BNEF estimates that the world passed 1 terawatt (1,000 gigawatts) of globally installed renewable power capability someday in June 2018.

Stanford mapped approximately each photo voltaic roof in the US and located 1.47 million.

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

Indiana is getting extra new jobs from renewable power than another sector, in response to research from Clear Energy Trust and the national, nonpartisan enterprise group E2.

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

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

RE100 members increased 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 found 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 turn out to be the second most popular option to pay for residence solar power techniques.

A 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 limit international warming to 2°C.

NIPSCO, an Indiana utility, estimated that a renewable power future will save clients $4 billion.

International floating solar energy capacity passed 1 gigawatt.

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

Maryland revealed a report indicating that the financial value of solar energy in the state over the coming decade can be a whopping $7 billion.

Different News

HBI and IREC developed a program to assist at-risk youth get jobs within the solar power 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 solar power market, after an extended hiatus, acquiring a $217 million stake in Silicon Ranch Company and then putting money right into a UK solar PPA.

Capital Dynamics acquired First Solar & SunPower Yieldco 8point3.

Hanwha Q CELLS, a Korean photo voltaic cell and photo voltaic module manufacturer, announced that it might build a +1.6 gigawatt photo voltaic module manufacturing unit in Georgia (the US state, not the country).

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

Solar tracker producer Soltec raised €100 million for enlargement.

Solar power emerged as the prime new microgrid power supply.

Fb committed to 100% renewable power by 2020.

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

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



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Zachary Shahan Zach is tryin’ to help society help itself (and other 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 recognized globally as an electric car, photo voltaic power, and power storage skilled. 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 overlaying solar and EVs, he simply has lots of faith in these specific corporations and looks like they’re good cleantech corporations to spend money on. But he gives no skilled investment recommendation and would relatively not be chargeable for you dropping money, so do not bounce to conclusions.

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