Western Europe

Citizen power: Arne Jungjohann talks Energy Democracy

Interview: In December Energy Democracy, a book telling the story of Germany’s Energiewende from the perspective of citizen ownership of renewable energy, hit the shelves. The book is the latest collaboration of Political Scientist Arne Jungjohann and renewable energy writer Craig Morris, currently a senior fellow at the IASS in Potsdam, who worked together on the German Energy Transition website (energytransition.de). pv magazine caught up with Jungjohann to talk about the book, and why citizen involvement in energy is important.

SMA’s yearly financials show record sales output, but a drop in revenues

Last year was a goody for German solar inverter manufacturer, by posting recording breaking sales figures alongside a rise in EBIT, however, the increase in price pressure in 2016 saw revenues fall, while this trend is expected to continue in 2017.

Eos & Siemens launch utility-scale storage partnership

Storage specialist Eos Energy this week announced a partnership with Siemens to integrate, install and service large-scale energy storage solutions.

TerraForm Power to sell UK solar portfolio for $581 million

Vortex, a renewable energy investment platform managed by Egypt’s EFG Hermes, to purchase TerraForm Power’s 365 MW U.K. solar portfolio for £470 million.

From the editor: James Hansen is behind the times on wind and solar

James Hansen has played a very important role in publicizing the dangers of Climate Change. But his remarks on renewable energy show that he is not well informed on the current state of wind, solar and grid integration.

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Innogy completes acquisition of solar and battery specialist Belectric

German renewable energy developer has acquired international PV power and storage specialist Belectric for a sum in the double-digit million dollar range, company comfirms.

1366, Hanwha achieve 19.6% multicrystalline cell efficiency

Using 1366’s groundbreaking kerfless silicon wafers and Hanwha’s proprietary PERC cell process, the cells’ remarkable performance was verified by an independent testing firm.

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TerraForm Power expects to break even in 2017

In a conference call the yieldco says that sale of 376 MW of solar projects in the UK is at an advanced stage, and gave additional information on financial metrics.

sonnen steals top Tesla executive

The German energy-storage company hired the highest-ranking North American sales manager from Tesla to spearhead its U.S. expansion plans

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Tesla to pick up German engineering company to boost automation

It is not clear at this time if Tesla plans to apply Grohmann Engineering’s automation expertise to either the SolarCity PV module factory or its battery manufacturing in Nevada.

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