Daily News Wrap-up: Sunnova, ChargePoint to Offer Solar with EV Charging for Homeowners

bp and Piaggio Group to jointly develop and roll out EV services in Asia and Europe


Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

Sunnova Energy International, a U.S.-based residential solar and storage service provider, has partnered with ChargePoint, an electric vehicle charging network operating in North America and Europe, to offer its consumers EV charging solutions. Sunnova said this would help streamline and accelerate growth in consumer EV adoption. EVs in the home increase annual energy demand from 50% to 100%, depending on the owners’ charging behavior. By bundling a solar system and an EV charger in a single purchase, Sunnova allows consumers to appropriately size and install the right energy solutions for their all needs.

Sunseap Group signed a memorandum of understanding with various local and international partners to explore and develop solar projects with a combined capacity of 7 GW around the Riau Islands, including a previously announced 2.2 GW floating solar project in Durjangkang, Batam. The cross-border interconnect solar project will help Singapore and Indonesia meet their green goals. The project aims to provide 1 GW of non-intermittent low-carbon clean energy for Singapore and Indonesia, coupled with multiple energy storage systems totaling over 12 GWh.

bp and Piaggio Group plan to join hands to develop and roll out a set of services for the rapidly growing number of electric-two-wheelers (E-2Ws) and electric-three-wheelers (E-3Ws) across Europe and Asia. Piaggio Group and bp, along with affiliate Jio-bp in India, will explore opportunities to offer charging and battery swap stations. They will also develop all-encompassing services such as ‘Battery as a Service’ – leasing, management, and recycling of vehicle batteries – and ‘Vehicle as a Service’ – leasing, repair, maintenance, and smart energy management of these vehicles. The companies’ initial focus will be on India, where Jio-bp and Piaggio are already developing electric vehicle solutions. The companies also intend to explore opportunities in broader Asia – in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam – and Europe.

The Ecopetrol Group and its subsidiary Cenit and AES Colombia have started the operation of the 61 MW San Fernando Solar Park in Meta, Colombia. The 61 MW solar park would satisfy the power needs of 93,000 inhabitants and supply part of the energy demand of Ecopetrol and Cenit operations in the Eastern Plains. The solar park would reduce over 508,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions during the next 15 years.

Gigawatt Global announced that it had commenced the commercial operation of a 7.5 MW solar project in Burundi in East Africa. The country’s first solar project has increased its generation capacity by over 10%. Financing for the project was provided by a consortium including pan-African private equity investor Inspired Evolution, the U.K. government-funded Renewable Energy Performance Platform, and Gigawatt Global. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation refinanced the construction loans for the project.

Hevel Energo Servis, Hevel Group’s energy service business unit, has completed the construction of off-grid solar-plus-diesel projects in Chukotka. It will be the first standalone photovoltaic (PV) installation in the Russian Arctic zone. The total capacity of two off-grid solar-plus-diesel installations built and operated under an energy service program is 2.6 MW. The power facility includes 500 kW PV arrays and a 470-kW battery energy system. The operated energy generation facility would provide a stable and reliable power supply for 700 households in two remote villages and help the municipality reduce diesel consumption by 30%.

Honeywell announced a new flow battery technology that works with renewable generation sources like wind and solar to meet the demand for sustainable energy storage. The new flow battery uses a safe, non-flammable electrotype that converts chemical energy to electricity store energy for later use while meeting utilities’ environmental, longevity, and safety objectives. It can store and discharge power for up to 12 hours, exceeding the duration of lithium-ion batteries, which can only discharge up to four hours.

China-based solar inverter manufacturer Sungrow has rolled out a new storage system for the APAC commercial and industrial market. The system supports various applications, including demand management, peak, and valley arbitrage, self-consumption, power backup, and micro-grid.


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