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    1. 1GW Solar Thermal Project at Blythe, CA Breaks Ground

      1GW Solar Thermal Project at Blythe, CA Breaks Ground
      Back in April, the DoE extended its largest conditional loan guarantee for a solar project – $2.1 billion to support a concentrating solar thermal power plant near Blythe, California. Last Friday, the Blythe Solar Power Project broke ground, beginning construction of a project that upon completion will generate 1,000 megawatts of solar power, enough to power more than 300,000 single-family homes a year.
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      Mentions: CA DoE
    2. Little State Money for Utility Upgrades

      Little State Money for Utility Upgrades
      Tight budgets affect electric utilities that need to find their own financing to pay for upgrades. It's a complicated process that in many states requires approval of the public utility commission for any rate increases. One Senate proposal would use $10 billion in federal seed money to establish an independent bank that gives out loans and loan guarantees to major infrastructure projects.
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      Mentions: PA DoE Europe
    3. Tohoku Electric To Stack 40 NGK 2MW NaS Batteries

      Tohoku Electric To Stack 40 NGK 2MW NaS Batteries
      Tohoku Electric Power Co. will set up a sodium sulfur (NaS) storage system at its Noshiro fossil-fuel-burning power plant. The system is comprised of forty 2MW NaS batteries from NGK, and has a total output capacity of 80MW. It is expected to be running in January, and when fully charged, it will provide continuous power for roughly six hours. It is expected to be one of the biggest of its kind in Japan.
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    4. Saft to supply batteries for lighthouses

      Saft to supply batteries for lighthouses
      Saft has beeb awarded a 4-year framework agreement to supply batteries for the modernization and overhaul of lighthouses and solar buoys around Scotland ... The agreement covers Saft’s 12 V Ni-MH battery modules, with capacities ranging from 100 Ah to 3,000 Ah. They will be installed at a number of offshore buoys and lighthouses to provide energy storage for solar power systems and as standby power at mains powered sites. A total of seven batteries will be delivered in 2011.
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    5. Johnson Controls Survey: Commercial Buildings Energy Management

      Johnson Controls Survey: Commercial Buildings Energy Management
      Highlights ... double-digit increase in U.S./Canada building owners who believe energy management is important (66%) compared to the prior year (52%). Building owners expect lighting and smart building technology to have greater adoption rates over the next ten years than renewable energy technologies in the U.S./Canada. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of U.S./Canada building owners plan to include green building elements in their facility plans in the next 12 months. Efficiency in buildings remains the top global strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions led by the U.S./Canada (52%) and then Europe (28%), China (27%) and India (24%).
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    6. FBI orders Mobil Renewable Power Station from Arista Power

      FBI orders Mobil Renewable Power Station from Arista Power
      The MRPS for the FBI includes a patented, ducted WindTamer wind turbine, best in class solar cells, fuel cells, and a state-of-the-art energy storage and power distribution system. The system contains fully compatible AC/DC connectors and grid interconnects, is whisper quiet and produces no heat signature. The system can be transported by commercial vehicles and is designed to replace diesel fuel generators for continuous operations. The FBI will utilize the system to power communications equipment in remote locations.
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      Mentions: U.S. Arista
    7. DoE offers $2B for solar thermal projects

      DoE offers $2B for solar thermal projects
      The first project is a 250 MW solar farm to be built by Abengoa Solar (Spain), and the DOE is offering the so-called Mojave Solar Project a $1.2B loan guarantee. The second project is a 250 MW solar farm, to be built by NextEra Energy in Riverside County, Calif. called the Genesis Solar Project, and the DOE is offering a $681.6 million loan guarantee for that project.
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    8. BC Hydro, NGK, S&C Electric team on project

      BC Hydro, NGK, S&C Electric team on project
      The project involves two 1MW batteries. The battery near Golden will supplement the community’s power supply during peak periods. The battery in Field will store up to seven hours of reliable back up supply that could be used during an outage. The batteries will be supplied by NGK Insulators, and the system will be engineered and installed by S&C Electric Company.
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    9. Primus Power Full Demo of Grid-Scale 25MW Flow Battery

      Primus Power Full Demo of Grid-Scale 25MW Flow Battery

      Primus Power is building a farm of flow batteries that promise to offer 25 MW of power for up to 3 hours for the Modesto Irrigation District (Modesto, California’s utility provider). This battery farm is a full-scale demonstration system, and will store the region’s wind-generated energy as well as providing an alternative to fossil-fuel-fired generation.

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