18 June 2017 2017 09:45 AM GMT

Intersolar North America Focuses on Solar Finance And Smart Renewable Energy

Intersolar North America, the most-attended solar industry event in North America, will feature new, in-depth conference tracks on solar finance, smart renewable energy and cutting-edge PV and energy storage technologies at its 10th annual event in San Francisco July 10 to 12. High-level conference speakers will discuss key themes, technologies and advancements in the solar and energy storage industries, as well as financial tools and legislative actions currently shaping the North American market. The Intersolar and ees North America conferences will take place at the InterContinental Hotel, and information on the full program and registration is available online.

This year, Intersolar and ees North America will offer 41 conference sessions and 20 workshops. Visitors will have a myriad of opportunities to learn about exciting industry topics including technological advancements, financing projects, smart renewable energy (SRE) and more. Drawing on the input from Intersolar and ees’ roster of conference partners, the two co-located events will feature a dynamic collection of sessions this year focused on trends currently impacting the solar industry.

Key discussion themes at the conferences include:

·       Unique Finance Tools: A new day-long Intersolar Finance Symposium, as well as sessions such as “Financing Energy Storage Projects,” “PV Plants: System Configuration,” “Energy Storage in the Golden State” and the Intersolar Asset Management Summit, this year’s event will provide more coverage of solar financing methods than previous years.

·       Emerging Technologies: At discussions like “Net Metering and Potential Future Alternatives” and “The Future of PV” panels, industry experts will dive into the latest PV and energy storage technologies pushing the boundaries of efficiency and reliability.

·       Smart Renewable Energy: With sessions such as “SRE: Digitalization/Energy Clouds/Big Data” and “Using Storage to Enable Vehicle Charging,” attendees will gain an inside look at how data and connected systems could boost solar’s reach into many aspects of daily life. The “Digitalization/Energy Clouds/Big Data” session looks towards the future, assessing the role of digitalization in an increasingly intelligent energy ecosystem.

·       Industry Opportunities and Challenges: The policy landscape is constantly changing, and several conference sessions will provide updates on current legislation. For example, the “Net Metering and the Potential Future Alternatives” panel responds to the critical role of net metering thus far in solar development and considers alternative options in the face increasingly restrictive state tariffs.

The selection of conference tracks, workshops and panels this year reflect the current challenges and opportunities facing the solar and storage industries and will discuss the strides these markets have made.

Additionally, this year’s conference also features two one-day, multi-part summits organised in collaboration with the SunSpec Alliance. The four-part Intersolar Finance Symposium will break down the economic benefits of moving to solar-plus-storage and discusses financially profitable approaches that take into account new revenue streams for grid support and upcoming regulatory shifts. The Intersolar Asset Management Summit, also featuring four sessions, will examine the evolution of asset management, and equip attendees with valuable insight into how to secure investment capital and achieve profitability.

Networking Opportunities Connect Solar and Storage Industries

In response to popular demand, Intersolar North America increased the number of off-site events and tours this year. These events give attendees the chance to see unique solar installations in action and provide valuable networking opportunities. Intersolar North America attendees can visit some of the largest and most unique microgrids and PV installations in the United States on day trips to Napa Valley and Alcatraz or register for a tour of Tesla’s Silicon Valley factory. They can also sign up for the German-American Green Business Breakfast or the Solar Summerfest, a unique networking event and party benefitting the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). Additional information, including event details and registration, is available online.

The current solar landscape is focused heavily on integrating solar and storage in order to increase solar power capacity. Because of this, the partnership between Intersolar North America and ees North America has never been more important. The two stand-alone events bring solar and energy storage professionals together and further advance solar-plus-storage. With the full conference pass, attendees gain access to both the Intersolar and ees conference sessions and proceedings, as well as admission to Solar Summerfest.

All Intersolar North America and ees North America attendees are invited to attend the opening ceremony and reception at 5:30pm on July 10 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

October 16th 2017
Nordex Adds To Successes In Argentina, Winning 100 MW Pomona Wind Farm Order

The Nordex Group has added a further chapter to its success story in Argentina with an order for 26 N131/3900 turbines for the “Pomona” wind farm. The contract will be executed on a full EPC basis, including civil and electrical engineering, procurement, construction and manufacturing, delivery and installation of the wind turbines. Preparations for construction will be commencing in 2017, after which the wind power systems will be installed at the beginning of 2019. In addition, a ten-year full operation and maintenance contract has also been signed. 

October 17th 2017
Grids Integration, Energy Networks Boosted By Distributed Generation Growth

Renewable energy has continued to develop at ever increasing rates, with remarkable growth seen since the start of this decade. The pace of the energy transition is driving innovation and growth in related sectors. For energy networks and grids integrating small gas turbines, micro-turbines, fuel cells, biomass, small hydropower, wind and solar energy; distributed generation installation provides significant solutions in the restructured electricity regime. This is particularly so, where there is a larger uncertainty in demand and supply.

October 10th 2017
Enel Starts Construction Of Australia’s Largest Solar PV Project

The Bungala Solar One facility is part of the Bungala Solar PV Project and will have an installed capacity of 137.7 MW out of a total of more than 275 MW for the whole project, that will be able to produce 570 GWh per year. The facility will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares and will consist of about 420,000 polycrystalline PV modules mounted on single-axis tracker structures which will follow the Sun’s path from east to west; increasing the amount of energy produced by the plant, compared to PV modules with fixed structures. The overall Bungala Solar PV project is expected to become fully operational in early 2019.

October 10th 2017
EDF Completes Blythe Installation Of Potent New Turbines, Powering 34,000 Homes

The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project will produce enough low-carbon electricity to power approximately 34,000 UK households, using 8.0MW wind turbines with a power mode uprating them to 8.3MW. It will save around 57,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year and is the first offshore wind project to connect using 66kv rated cables. It’s also the first time that a “float and submerge” gravity-based foundation (GBF) has been used for offshore wind turbines. Each GBF is made up of more than 1,800m3 of concrete and weighs over 15,000 tonnes when fully installed on the seabed, and the structures have a total height of around 60 metres from the base to the access platform.


 

   

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