background preloader

Business Models

Facebook Twitter

Sunrun, Associa partner to offer solar to homeowners' associations nationwide: pv-magazine. 26. March 2015 | | By: Sunrun World's largest HOA management firm enters into first nationwide partnership with leading home solar company Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, today announced a partnership with Associa, the world’s largest community association management firm, which serves more than two million households. This is Associa’s first relationship with a solar provider as it seeks to make renewable energy accessible and affordable to its nationwide network of condos and master planned communities. “By partnering with Associa, we continue to expand our simple and customized solar service to new types of homeowners and communities across the country,” says Sunrun Direct Senior Vice President Bill Schuh. Associa will offer its homeowners, communities and employees Sunrun solar as part of its preferred vendor program, Associa Advantage.

Mainstream Renewable Power lance une plateforme d'énergie renouvelable d'une valeur de 1,9 milliard de dollars - DUBLIN, February 18, 2015 /PRNewswire. Communiqué de presse Date : 20/02/2015Source : PRNEWSWIREContact : Service Produits éditoriaux Paris Résumé Mainstream Renewable Power, la société internationale d'énergie solaire et éolienne, a annoncé aujourd'hui le lancement d'une plateforme panafricaine de production d'énergie renouvelable, Lekela Power, et qui forme, avec Actis, la société d'investissement privé du marché panémergent mondial.

D'ici 2018, Lekela Power va fournir entre 700 et 900 mégawatts d'énergie solaire et éolienne à travers l'Afrique. Mainstream et Actis ont déjà formé deux partenariats fructueux en Afrique du Sud et au Chili. La semaine passée, Mainstream a annoncé la clôture financière et le début de la construction de trois parcs éoliens en Afrique du Sud qui formeront le cœur de la plateforme Lekala. À propos de Mainstream Renewable Power Mainstream Renewable Power est l'un des chefs de file mondiaux des développeurs indépendants de projets d'énergies renouvelables. SOURCE Mainstream Renewable Power. Home | Pavegen. M-Kopa Solar a franchi le cap des 20 000 ménages électrifiés en Ouganda. (Agence Ecofin) - L’est-africain M-Kopa a annoncé avoir électrifié plus de 20 000 ménages ougandais grâce à l’énergie solaire depuis son introduction sur le marché national en mi-2013. « Nous sommes fiers de notre installation solaire domestique M-Kopa III et de son succès en Ouganda.

Nous aidons la population à se débarrasser du kérosène et à améliorer son niveau de vie tout en faisant des économies.» a déclaré Jesse Moore, le co-fondateur et directeur exécutif de la société. 500 ménages en moyenne sont connectés au solaire chaque semaine par l’entreprise qui prévoit l’augmentation de ce chiffre dans un futur proche. Ce succès est dû au plan de paiement par mobile money utilisé par ce fournisseur. Les clients peuvent en effet se procurer l’installation solaire domestique contre un dépôt de 33$ auquel s’ajouteront des paiements journaliers de 0,5$ faits sur une année, ce qui revient moins cher que l’éclairage au kérosène ou le recours au service de recharge d’énergie.

Afrique du Sud : des communautés rurales alimentées en énergie grâce à la marche. (Agence Ecofin) - Samsung et Pavegen fournissent de l’énergie à des communautés démunies de l’Afrique du Sud grâce aux pas des visiteurs d’un mall. Entrant dans le cadre de la campagne "What If I Can" lancée par Samsung, cette initiative permet de générer de l’énergie électrique à partir de l’énergie cinétique produite par les pas des visiteurs du Sandton City shoping mall. L’allée centrale du mall est foulée en moyenne par un million de personnes chaque mois. L’énergie produite est utilisée pour fournir des communautés défavorisées en Afrique du Sud en éclairage, en chauffage et en aménagement de base.

Cette campagne menée par Samsung vise à prouver que la plus petite action peut avoir un impact positif sur le quotidien de certaines personnes. Namaste Solar Opens New York Office. Australia's first redeployable large-scale hybrid PV plant up and running in one week: pv-magazine. 24. March 2015 | Applications & Installations, Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Edgar Meza Construction group Laing O'Rourke has erected the first large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant in regional Queensland. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency describes the plant as a "versatile alternative to diesel powered generators.

" The 1 MW hybrid plant includes 144 kWp of solar PV and is supplying power to an accommodation village for a large construction project in Queensland, Australia. Laing O’Rourke, Australia’s biggest privately owned construction company, has assembled the country’s biggest redeployable large-scale solar-diesel hybrid power plant in the state of Queensland. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) partnered with Laing O’Rourke by providing $410,000 in support for the feasibility and design work and a further $450,000 for the $1.4 million demonstration project.

SPI signs joint venture for 50 MW of floating PV projects: pv-magazine. 19. March 2015 | Applications & Installations, Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Ian Clover The Chinese PV developer will partner with Aqua Clean Energy on the co-development of floating PV projects in four U.S. states as well as Mexico. The JV will manage the creation of 50 MW of floating PV projects in the U.S. and Mexico.

Infratech Solar Power, Inc. Both companies will co-develop the projects as part of the JV holding company, Aqua Clean Energy Fund, LLC, and are working on identifying a 50 MW pipeline in the U.S. states of California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico, as well as further projects in Mexico. SPI and ACE will implement an innovative floating solar platform for the projects, enabling the installation of PV panels on large bodies of water such as quarry lakes, reservoirs, irrigation canals and remediation and tailing ponds. Sunnova introduces 'zero down' residential solar: pv-magazine. 18. March 2015 | Financial & Legal Affairs, Market & Trends | By: Jonathan Gifford U.S. solar company Sunnova has introduced a solar-as-service product into the market, called the EZ Own.

The product will operate much like a lease, with regular kilowatt-hour payments over 25 years, coupled with Sunnova's O&M and monitoring package. The Sunnova EZ Own product allows residential customers to own a PV system, while it takes care of the O&M through its local installer network. Sunnova Third-party owned solar, loans and solar-as-service continues to occupy an important place in the U.S. market, with the latest company to get into the business being Sunnova. Sunnova says customers can prepay the balance owing on the system at any time without penalty. Homeowners receive the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), unlike with solar leases the company claims. "Consumers have a strong desire to take advantage of the federal Investment Tax Credit before its looming expiration.

Dominion Virginia Power to install Virginia's largest solar installation to date at Philip Morris USA: pv-magazine. 18. March 2015 | | By: Dominion Nearly 8,000 solar panels being installed at Philip Morris' Park 500 facility in Chester, Va. Strategic location provides co-educational opportunity to demonstrate industrial environmental sustainability . Installations already completed at various commercial and educational institutions Philip Morris USA (PM USA), an Altria company, is the latest company to partner with Dominion Virginia Power under the Solar Partnership Program by hosting what will become the largest solar installation in Virginia to date. Dominion is currently installing about 8,000 ground-mounted solar panels at the PM USA Park 500 facility on Bermuda Hundred Road in Chesterfield County.

When completed, the 2,450 kW solar array will generate enough electricity under optimum conditions to power 500 homes. In other solar initiatives, Dominion recently announced 400 megawatts of large-scale solar to be produced in the Commonwealth by 2020. Clean Energy Collective And Morgan Stanley To Jointly Develop Community Solar Projects In Massachusetts.

Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and MS Solar Solutions Corp. (MSSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, have signed an agreement to develop community solar projects in Massachusetts. The jointly owned entity created through this relationship plans to install dozens of projects over the next 18 months, totaling more than 50 MW of capacity. "Massachusetts is huge," says Tim Braun, a spokesperson for CEC, adding that the legislative and regulatory environment in the state induce the utilities to offer community solar options for ratepayers. Over and above the mandates, Braun says the structure of the commonwealth's solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) - currently formulated as SREC II - has taken many larger managed distribution projects off the table.

Last year, CEC launched its SolarPerks community solar program in Massachusetts for ratepayers in the service territories of National Grid and NStar, which reorganized as Eversource earlier this year. U.S. Solar Developers Dominate Global Top 10. U.S. companies occupy four of the top five places for developing utility-scale solar projects, according to a new analysis from Wiki-Solar. In 2013 - which was the last time the nonprofit solar research group published a top 10 list - First Solar was the only U.S. participant, although it topped the list by a wide margin. Now seven of the top-ten utility-scale developers are based in the U.S. "It is no surprise that U.S. companies are reaping the rewards of high growth in their home market," says Philip Wolfe, founder of Wiki-Solar. "But the list also shows that Germany, with three in the top 15, is retaining some 'early-mover advantage.'" The top 10 solar developers along with their cumulative installed capacities of solar are as follows:

Des écolières nigérianes se font souffler leur invention de production d’électricité à base d’urine. (Agence Ecofin) - Trois ans après des écolières nigérianes (photo), des chercheurs de la West of England University de Bristol au sud-ouest de l’Angleterre prétendent avoir mis au point, sous la direction du Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos, un procédé capable de produire de l’énergie à partir de l’urine humaine.

Produire de l’énergie grâce à l’urine est un procédé déjà développé par quatre collégiennes nigérianes, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin et Bello Eniola alors âgées de 14 et 15 ans. Leur invention avait fait la une des médias nigérians en novembre 2012 (voir cette dépêche d’Ecofin). Cette technologie consiste à utiliser une pile microbienne pour produire l’énergie grâce à un processus de dégradation de la matière organique. Les piles microbiennes fonctionnent grâce à des batteries « électrogènes » qui produisent des électrons en se nourrissant de la matière organique en décomposition.

Smart Villages launches Energy Innovation Challenge: pv-magazine. 16. March 2015 | Special Offgrid, Off-grid | By: Peter Carvill Off-grid initiative launches competition for solar entrepreneurs. The Energy Innovation Challenge is calling for off-grid entrepreneurs Wikimedia/Koyos. The Smart Villages initiative has launched a competition for entrepreneurs in East Africa working in off-grid solar. The competition, dubbed the ‘Energy Innovation Challenge’, has potential prize-money for one winning team. According to Smart Villages, possible areas covered by entrants could be new technologies around cooking, cooling, mini-grids, and direct mechanical power; distribution models; and innovative payment and financing schemes.

The progress of the Smart Village scheme has long been couched in the off-grid sectors of developing nations. The Energy Innovation Challenge opens today and closes on 17 April. SolarCity launches global microgrid service: pv-magazine. 16. March 2015 | Applications & Installations, Storage & smart grids, Market & Trends | By: Jonathan Gifford U.S. -based third-party owned solar provider SolarCity has launched its GridLogic microgrid service, which will integrate distributed solar with battery storage and load management for discrete areas of electricity consumers. In keeping with SolarCity’s business model the service can be provided “with little to no upfront cost.” SolarCity proposes using a tailored combination of distributed solar+storage, with ground mounted arrays, large scale storage and load management as a part of its GridLogic package. SolarCity Municipalities, remote communities, military bases and hospitals will now be able to tap distributed solar+storage and a load management system in a financed product provided by SolarCity.

SolarCity says that the GridLogic will supply solar electricity at prices below those provided by utilities with backup power an “added benefit.” GridLogic will be rolled out globally. Jordan launches plan to install solar on 6,000 mosques: pv-magazine. 16. March 2015 | Applications & Installations, Global PV markets, Markets & Trends | By: Edgar Meza The Jordanian government introduced net-metering regulations in 2012 that allow PV owners to sell solar power at a rate of nearly $0.18 per kilowatt hour. The country's mosques are expected to see huge savings and even solar revenues from the project. According to Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission statistics, about 80 mosques currently have installed PV systems in Jordan. Tarawneh/wikimedia commons The Jordan government has announced plans to install solar PV systems on the country’s 6,000 mosques.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs are working together to begin implementing the project this year, according to The Jordan Times. "Mosques use large amounts of electricity and the project will help to significantly reduce their electricity bills as around 300 days in the year are sunny," Abu Saa said. Ghana : de l’énergie produite par des élèves jouant au tourniquet lors des récréations. (Agence Ecofin) - A Pediatorkope, les écoliers produisent de l’énergie en jouant dans la cour de récréation de leur école. Pendant qu’ils font tourner leurs tourniquets en fer, une turbine connectée à une batterie permet de charger des lampes d’une quarantaine d’heures d’autonomie.

Ces lampes leurs sont ensuite distribuées pour leurs permettre d’étudier chez eux après le coucher du soleil. Dans les zones rurales ghanéennes, la majorité des enfants aident leurs parents aux champs. Une fois cette tâche accomplie, la tombée de la nuit les empêche de réviser pour le lendemain. « Ce projet a déjà permis d’améliorer les résultats des élèves.

Avant, les enfants avaient de mauvais résultats, mais grâce à ces lampes, le programme est mieux assimilé.» a affirmé Gerson Kuadegbeku, le directeur de l’école élémentaire de Pediatorkope. L’ONG a en outre mis en place une petite unité productrice d’énergie sur l’île de Pediatorkope. Home. La Tanzanie électrifie ses villages grâce à l’énergie solaire. What is the difference between an ESCO and an EPC? – Leonardo Energy - Knowledge Base. California Solar Developer Sees Drones As Labor-Saving Devices. SOTIR_2013_French. Kenya : Solympex améliore le cadre de vie des populations grâce au solaire. Sénégal : le programme « Akon Lighting Africa » électrifie le village de Keur Aladji Samba. Community Solar Programs Open New Doors For Developers And Consumers. Construction begins on Australia's first floating PV array.

NVI Energy's Solar4Africa: 'One-stop-shop' funding. MENA: Adenium Energy Capital, Enerwhere sign $10 million investment deal for mobile solar systems: pv-magazine. How Results Based Financing is spurring solar market development in Tanzania. Results-based funding makes solar possible in Tanzania: pv-magazine. Station Energy : le distributeur d’énergie.

Future Energy.