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      1. sonnen: Changing The Way We Buy, Store, And Sell Electricity

        sonnen: Changing The Way We Buy, Store, And Sell Electricity

        I recently had an opportunity to speak with Blake Richetta, Vice President of Sales for sonnen – the residential energy storage company that began focusing on U.S. markets in 2015. Richetta, who was briefly Tesla’s North American Powerwall sales manager, has an extensive background in lighting controls (working for Lutron for over 15 years), and understands the automated home environment.

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      2. Leclanche CEO Cites Energy Storage as the Driving Force at the Center of Global Energy Sector Transition

        Leclanche CEO Cites Energy Storage as the Driving Force at the Center of Global Energy Sector Transition

        NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 -- The emergence of global energy storage as a driving force in today's energy sector transition was a key focus at the Bloomberg 2017 Future of Energy Global Summit held in New York City, April 24-25.  Addressing the plenary session of over 1,000 global energy executives in attendance, Leclanché (www.leclanche.com) CEO Anil Srivasta told the audience it was "witnessing totally new thinking toward the financing of energy storage projects by investors who are now looking at storage as a new asset class offering multiple revenue streams with large terminal value."

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      3. Axiom Exergy Energy Storage Assists Whole Foods Market Los Altos Store in Shifting up to 1040 kWh of Electricity to Lower Costs

        Axiom Exergy Energy Storage Assists Whole Foods Market Los Altos Store in Shifting up to 1040 kWh of Electricity to Lower Costs

        RICHMOND, Calif., and LOS GATOS, Calif., April 25, 2017 - Axiom Exergy has completed the first installation of its thermal energy storage solution, the Refrigeration Battery at a Whole Foods Market store in Los Altos, California. The project successfully demonstrates the viability and potential of their energy storage solution by shifting up to 1040 kWh of electricity load at the facility for up to 10 hours a day over the course of several months. Without any changes to staff behavior or daily operations, the pilot demonstrated consistent, daily electricity load-shifting by offsetting electricity used by refrigeration compressors and condensers to off-peak times of day. Additionally, Whole Foods Market facility managers now receive real-time information about the system's performance via Axiom's integrated cloud monitoring platform including enterprise-level monitoring and analytics, historical data and real-time KPIs like kWh shifted, peak kW reduced, and battery charge level.

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      4. CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman and Energy Storage Leader LG Chem Honored at Industry’s Annual Conference and Expo in Denver

        CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman and Energy Storage Leader LG Chem Honored at Industry’s Annual Conference and Expo in Denver

        Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2017) – During the Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference and Expo - held in Denver, CO April 18-20 – California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman and global manufacturer LG Chem were honored by the industry for their contributions and leadership in advancing the energy storage industry. Each year, ESA surveys its members and past award recipients to identify the individual who has had the biggest impact in shaping the future of the industry to receive the Phil Symons Energy Storage Award. This year, the industry chose to honor CPUC Commissioner Peterman for her continued leadership in pushing California forward and engaging stakeholders from across energy in the advancement of the storage industry in the state. 

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      5. Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

        Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

        Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. Last week, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Sure, they came because battery prices are dropping and energy storage pairs nicely with oh-so-popular solar. But something bigger is afoot here, something the size of the power grid, as Matt Roberts, ESA executive director, conveyed in his opening remarks at the Colorado Convention Center.

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      6. California Driving the Energy Storage Market Through Groundbreaking Legislation: New Case Study

        California Driving the Energy Storage Market Through Groundbreaking Legislation: New Case Study

        LONDON: The Climate Group has published a new case study assessing how California is implementing innovative legislation to drive the energy storage market and support the state’s ambitious climate targets. The case study is part of The Climate Group’s Energy Transition Platform - a global initiative supporting highly industrialized sub-national governments in accelerating the low carbon transition. It addresses California’s strategy to support the uptake of emerging energy storage technologies and provide market security to investors and suppliers through a procurement target for utilities.

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      7. The Philippines Clears 162MW of PV and 30MW Storage for Grid Impact Studies

        The Philippines Clears 162MW of PV and 30MW Storage for Grid Impact Studies

        The Department of Energy (DoE) of the Philippines has progressed solar projects with a combined total of 162MW of capacity, along with a 30MW battery energy storage project to grid impact testing (GIS) stages, according to consulting firm Enerdata. Of the PV systems, two 70MW projects will be developed in San Manuel (Pangasinan) by Pilipinas Newton Energy and Pilipinas Einstein Energy, while the 22MW Capas solar power plant will be developed by C-Solar Power in Tarlac.

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      8. Canadian Solar Supplies 10 MW of Modules to the Largest Solar Project in Uganda

        Canadian Solar Supplies 10 MW of Modules to the Largest Solar Project in Uganda

        GUELPH, Ontario, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that the company has supplied 10 MW of PV Modules to Soroti Photovoltaic Plant in Uganda. The project is the largest of its kind in East Africa and was officially inaugurated at the end of 2016.

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      9. Hydrostor Comes Ashore to Turn Old Coal Plants into Compressed-Air Storage

        Hydrostor Comes Ashore to Turn Old Coal Plants into Compressed-Air Storage

        Hydrostor is evolving into a land creature. The Toronto based company began its corporate life developing compressed air energy storage projects in deep water. In a 2015 pilot project with Toronto Hydro, Hydrostor used off-peak energy to compress air in underwater balloons two miles off shore in Lake Ontario. The balloons can be deflated later with the aid of water pressure to generate power at times of high demand.

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        Mentions: CA U.S. Caribbean
      10. NorthStar and City Utilities of Springfield Enter Joint Energy Storage System Project

        NorthStar and City Utilities of Springfield Enter Joint Energy Storage System Project

        STOCKHOLM, April 25, 2017 -- NorthStar, the Swedish-American energy storage provider, today presents its partnership with City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, within the area of Energy Storage Systems (ESS). The initial demonstration deployment in the Springfield electricity grid is aimed to evaluate how Springfield's energy supply can be made more efficient and sustainable, and will be using NorthStar BLUE+ batteries monitored by the remote management solution NorthStar ACE. ESS represents an emerging industry with a potential worldwide capacity of multiple gigawatt hours. There has been a tremendous growth in the ESS market globally aligned with the increased deployment of renewable energy and tighter emission restrictions of coal-fired power plants.   

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      11. Stem, Inc. Expands Intelligent Energy Storage Leadership in New York

        Stem, Inc. Expands Intelligent Energy Storage Leadership in New York

        MILLBRAE, Calif.-Stem, Inc., the leader in energy storage as a service, has expanded its reach into New York State with commercial-scale energy storage and active participation in grid support programs. Stem is working with more than 20 companies in the Empire State looking to deploy 14 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy storage systems across 80 locations to reduce energy costs and strengthen the local grid. Stem’s pipeline of New York projects involve innovative programs with Consolidated Edison and the New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Some of the first systems are being installed at four theaters in the NYC area in partnership with a leading cinema chain as part of a NYSERDA technology commercialization program (ETAC-CI).  

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      12. Goderich Energy Storage Project Meets Local Opposition

        Goderich Energy Storage Project Meets Local Opposition

        But a representative of the project's developer said concerns should dissolve once greater community discussion takes place. "It's just something that's new and different," said Katherine Peretick, NRStor Inc. director of engineering about her company's proposal to store power in a former salt mine. "We want a productive dialogue here where everybody is talking about the facts and we want to get the facts out there as much as we can."

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      13. NextEra to Build Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Project in Arizona

        NextEra to Build Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Project in Arizona

        NextEra Energy Resources will build a 10MW lithium-ion battery storage system paired with a 20MW PV installation for Arizona utility Salt River Project, with another battery system on the way.A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, which is itself a subsidiary of Florida-headquartered power generation company NextEra Energy, will construct and own the facility in Pinal County, near Coolidge, Arizona. 

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      14. LG Chem Officially Launches Home Batteries In North America

        LG Chem Officially Launches Home Batteries In North America

        The lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem has officially launched its residential battery systems line in the North American market. This news follows the completion of UL certification. The company’s residential battery systems line in North America is comprised of a variety of AC- and DC-coupled solutions, with system capacities ranging to up to 9.8 kilowatt-hours (kWh). There are two different voltage options available (which are paired with compatible inverters). These are a low-voltage 48V option and a high-voltage 400V option. The low-voltage option is available in system capacities of 3.3 kWh, 6.5 kWh, and 9.8 kWh. The high-voltage option is available in system capacities of 7 kWh and 9.8 kWh.

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      15. USTDA Promotes RfP for Haiti Solar-Storage Microgrids

        USTDA Promotes RfP for Haiti Solar-Storage Microgrids

        The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is promoting a Request for Proposals (RfP) to US companies to design, build and install hybrid solar PV and energy storage microgrid generation systems in Haiti. The RfP is being run by EarthSpark International – a small-scale clean energy product distributor that focuses in Haiti. It calls for a solar-storage microgrid in Tilburon, on the coast of the country. It also calls for additional microgrids in two other towns located in Haiti’s southern peninsula.

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      16. Engie to Deploy Grid-Scale Energy Storage Solution for Hybrid Solar and Wind Project in Brazil

        Engie to Deploy Grid-Scale Energy Storage Solution for Hybrid Solar and Wind Project in Brazil

        Engie will install a 1MW, 4MWh grid-scale energy storage solution for a new hybrid solar and wind demonstration project in Brazil. Under the deal, Eos and Northern Power will be responsible for manufacturing and delivering the fully-integrated energy storage system, which combines Eos Aurora battery with Northern Power’s FlexPhase power conversion technology and intelligent controls.

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      17. Pathways to Terawatts of Solar Power and Gigawatt-Hours of Energy Storage | Greentech Media

        Pathways to Terawatts of Solar Power and Gigawatt-Hours of Energy Storage | Greentech Media

        The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's per-year energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and their counterparts from similar institutes in Japan and Germany, along with researchers at universities and industry, assessed the recent trajectory of photovoltaics and outlined a potential worldwide pathway to produce a significant portion of the world's electricity from solar power in the new Science paper, "Terawatt-Scale Photovoltaics: Trajectories and Challenges.

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        Mentions: Japan DoE U.S.
      18. SDG&E Battery Backup Grows With 5 More Facilities Planned

        SDG&E Battery Backup Grows With 5 More Facilities Planned

        San Diego Gas & Electric‘s clean energy strategy is advancing with contracts for five new battery facilities in the San Diego area providing a total of 84 megawatts of backup storage. The five lithium-ion battery energy storage facilities will be built by SDG&E and its partners in Miramar, Escondido, Poway and San Juan Capistrano. The announcement on Wednesday follows the opening in February of the world’s largest lithium-ion backup facility in Escondid

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      19. RES To Construct 30MW Storage Project for San Diego Utility

        RES To Construct 30MW Storage Project for San Diego Utility

        Broomfield, CO – Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in energy storage integration, is pleased to announce an agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), an investor-owned utility in California, to build a 30 MW/120 MWh RESolve® Energy Storage System (ESS). The system will be located in Miramar, a community of San Diego, California.

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      20. Trump Admin. Outlines Global Solar Plan: 10 Terawatts By 2030

        Trump Admin. Outlines Global Solar Plan: 10 Terawatts By 2030

        President Trump talks a great game when it comes to US coal miners and coal jobs but he sure is walking the renewables walk. The latest item in the flood of renewable energy news pouring from the Energy Department since Inauguration Day is a new study that charts a do-able path for global energy producers to harvest 5-10 terawatts of solar power by 2030. That’s quite a big feat considering that the current scope of global solar generation is still measured in gigawatts, but then again President Trump is known to be a huge fan of the bigly.

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        Mentions: Japan DoE Germany
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