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    1. Consultants: Faster PV, Storage Roll-Out Possible in Puerto Rico

      Consultants: Faster PV, Storage Roll-Out Possible in Puerto Rico

      Puerto Rico has been urged to embrace PV and energy storage more decisively as it works to rebuild its battered power grid, fortifying it against future storms. Siemens' new advice, submitted to Puerto Rico power regulator PREPA this month, urges the island to roll out 920MW of battery energy storage by 2023. The new figure – revised upwards from the 600-900MW recommended by Siemens in February – would include 400MW of six-hour storage systems and 200MW of two-hour counterparts.

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    2. Arkansas Utility Contracts NextEra to Build 100MW PV Project with 30MW Storage

      Arkansas Utility Contracts NextEra to Build 100MW PV Project with 30MW Storage

      NextEra Resources will build a 100MW solar farm for Entergy Arkansas, to include 30MW of battery energy storage, as Entergy seeks to build out solar capacity in the state. Entergy Arkansas said yesterday that it has contracted NextEra Resources, one of the three main NextEra power producer companies along with Florida Light & Power and NextEra Energy, to build the project near Searcy, in White County Arkansas. Scheduled for completion in 2021, Entergy will own and operate plant once it has been designed and built by NextEra, bringing the utility’s solar generation capacity in its service area up to 281MW.

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    3. New Jersey Reconfigures Solar Policy, Sets Storage Target to Meet 50% Renewables Pledge

      New Jersey Reconfigures Solar Policy, Sets Storage Target to Meet 50% Renewables Pledge

      New Jersey is the latest US state to set itself targets for the deployment of energy storage, with newly passed legislation calling for 600MW of the technology within three years. A bill, S2314/A3723, passed last week as one of three sustainability and low carbon measures for the state going forward, calls on the New Jersey Public Utilities Board to analyse the costs and potential benefits of energy storage as well as making revisions for community solar, energy efficiency, peak demand reduction and solar renewable energy certificate programmes.

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    4. Tesla and Fluence to Supply 55MW/80MWh of Battery Storage to Victoria, with One Solar Farm Retrofit

      Tesla and Fluence to Supply 55MW/80MWh of Battery Storage to Victoria, with One Solar Farm Retrofit

      Tesla and Fluence are to supply Victoria’s first two large-scale, grid-connected energy storage batteries, one of which will be connected to an existing solar farm. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will match the AU$25 million by the Victorian Government to jointly fund the lithium-ion battery projects as part of the Victorian energy storage initiative. Both projects are aimed at helping to ease constraints on transmission lines in Western Victoria where energy generation from existing wind and solar farms is being curtailed. Half the funding will go towards a 25MW/50MWh battery co-located and integrated with the 60MW Gannawarra Solar Farm, near Kerang. The battery will be supplied by Tesla and then owned by Edify Energy and its partner Wirsol. It will show how existing PV projects can be successfully retrofitted with battery storage.

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    5. Swinerton Renewable Energy subsidiary open for business in San Diego

      Swinerton Renewable Energy subsidiary open for business in San Diego

      SOLV, an O&M Swinerton Renewable Energy Company, has completed its new Operations and Control Centre (OCC) in San Diego, California. Construction of the 7,000 square foot facility began in December 2016 and has served as the home office for the SOLV team since 1 May 2017. It is located adjacent to Swinerton’s San Diego office. SOLV will continue its North American solar operations from its new base, and see the move as a springboard into other renewable energy resources including wind, geothermal and energy storage.

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    6. Virginia Governor Signs 11 Energy Bills, Including Solar, Energy Storage and Pumped Hydro

      Virginia Governor Signs 11 Energy Bills, Including Solar, Energy Storage and Pumped Hydro

      Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bills earlier this week that promote solar and other renewable energy resources such as pumped hydro.The bills include proposals for establishing a community solar pilot project, include energy storage in the mission of the state solar development authority and increase the size of clean energy projects eligible for permit from 100MW to 125MW.

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    7. ARENA's New Investment Plan Makes PV Innovation a Priority

      ARENA's New Investment Plan Makes PV Innovation a Priority

      The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) launched its new investment plan prioritising how to use US$800 million worth of funds in the next few years, with solar PV innovation one of the main new areas of focus. The plan, titled ‘Innovating Energy’, puts forward four new priorities and since 1 May all new funding applications have been assessed using these criteria.

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    8. EDF Renewable Energy Launches Distributed Electricity and Storage Unit

      EDF Renewable Energy Launches Distributed Electricity and Storage Unit

      EDF Renewable Energy has created a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), which will focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30MW. The DES unit will look for emerging distributed-energy opportunities to offer products and services to commercial, industrial (C&I) and utility customers in the US. EDF set the foundation for the new business by acquiring solar project developer groSolar last year, while also expanding its DES staff by hiring two industry veterans in Tom Leyden and Felix Aguayo.

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    9. Enel in Uganda, New Solar Roofing Programme, Commercial PV in California

      Enel in Uganda, New Solar Roofing Programme, Commercial PV in California

      Enel Green Power is providing 2,600 thin-film PV modules for a 280.24kWp plant to help power a new paediatric surgery hospital in Entebbe, Uganda. The rooftop PV system will be connected to the local grid, giving the hospital a new level of energy independence and sustainability. As well as providing the panels, Enel is also providing the engineering and site assistance during installation and testing. The project was a group effort between Enel and other Italian donors including Santerno, Agatos and Terni Energia.

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    10. How US Solar Capacity Will Double Year-Over-Year

      How US Solar Capacity Will Double Year-Over-Year

      Despite a whopping 4,143MW of solar PV installed in the US in the third quarter of last year, Q4 2016 is expected to surpass that historic total, according to latest figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). 2016 is set to be a record year for solar on all counts; shattering all previous quarterly installation results.

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    11. EDF and Off Grid Electric Announce Solar JV for West Africa

      EDF and Off Grid Electric Announce Solar JV for West Africa

      EDF and Off Grid Electric, a distributed solar company in Africa, have announced a large-scale partnership to supply off-grid solar power in West Africa. The companies will install and maintain solar PV kits for rural and quasi-urban households who need it most. According to World Bank figures, 62% of Africans in the rural Sub-Saharan region live with almost no access to electricity. The kits include solar panels and batteries for storing energy. The joint venture will see nearly 2 million people in the Ivory Coast receive power by 2020, with plans to extend the partnership’s initiatives to other countries in the region.

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    12. Younicos, Xcel Energy, Panasonic Corp. to Develop Solar Storage System

      Younicos, Xcel Energy, Panasonic Corp. to Develop Solar Storage System

      Energy storage company Younico has signed off on a deal with Panasonic to design and develop a solar-plus-storage system at Peña Station NEXT in Denver, Colorado, which includes the operations hub for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Panasonic CityNOW. The installation will utilise multiple Younicos Y.Cubes, a “storage-in-a-box” solution for C&I applications from the German-American industry company. The project will see four Y.Cubes installed at the Panasonic facility in Denver, Colorado. The 1MW system, which will be connected to Xcel Energy’s power grid, will offer frequency regulation, solar grid integration through ramp control, grid peak shaving, passive energy arbitrage, and backup power. This system will allow Panasonic and other microgrid stakeholders to gain maximum energy yield from Xcel Energy’s 1.6 MW solar PV system located on a nearby parking structure, along with 259 kW of PV on the building’s rooftop.

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    13. NEC Energy Solutions Provides Largest Battery-Grid, Energy-Storage Project in New England

      NEC Energy Solutions Provides Largest Battery-Grid, Energy-Storage Project in New England

      NEC Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announced that it is supplying the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) of Sterling, Massachusetts, with a 2MW, 3.9 MWh energy storage solution. Once the project is completed in December 2016, it will be the largest battery-based energy storage system installed in New England and the first utility-scale project in Massachusetts. The installation will help boost grid resiliency against weather-related power outages, while also generating enhanced clean energy usage and cost savings to the town of Sterling. The project was funded in part due to a US$1.46 million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) — along with additional financial and technical assistance from the US Department of Energy, Office of Electricity (DOE-OE).

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    14. Texas utility goes coal-free with solar focus

      Texas utility goes coal-free with solar focus

      Texas and New Mexico-based utility El Paso Electric (EPE) has eliminated coal generation from its portfolio to concentrate on utility-scale solar and a community solar programme. Just two years ago, the company said its future energy supply would come from a mixture of natural gas plants and utility-scale solar after connecting the 50MW Macho Springs PV plant and doubling its utility-scale solar capacity.

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    15. Duke's Front and Back of Meter Ultracapacitor-Battery Goes Live

      Duke's Front and Back of Meter Ultracapacitor-Battery Goes Live

      A large-scale system combining advanced batteries and ultracapacitor energy storage to provide both grid services in front of the meter and behind the meter solar shifting is up and running in North Carolina, according to one of the project’s partners. Maxwell Technologies’ director of business development, Dr Kimberley McGrath, told Energy-Storage.News that the ‘hybrid ultracapacitor-battery energy storage system’ which combines multiple applications simultaneously, is an “ideal pilot” and is now operating.

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    16. Energy Storage 'Doubles Savings' from PV for California's Renting Families

      Energy Storage 'Doubles Savings' from PV for California's Renting Families

      The economic benefits of adding energy storage to solar in California at affordable multi-family dwellings could far outweigh the costs, even doubling savings on energy bills, a new report claims.The report, ‘Closing the California clean energy divide’, has been produced by the Center for Sustainable Energy, the California Housing Partnership Corporation and the Clean Energy Group. Allowing families in affordable rented housing to take some stake in controlling their energy production and demand could have “significant electric bill savings”, the authors said.

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    17. MENA to Europe 'Supergrid' Could Bring Regions Close to 100% Renewables, Says Fraunhofer

      MENA to Europe 'Supergrid' Could Bring Regions Close to 100% Renewables, Says Fraunhofer

      Using PV, wind and CSP, a ‘Supergrid’ interconnecting North Africa and Europe could take both regions close to 100% renewable energy by 2050, but would require political will and ambitious market design, an expert at Fraunhofer ISE has said. Teams from several related disciplines at the Germany-headquartered research institute have been conducting the Supergrid Study since 2011. Examining the possibility of a grid spanning Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, the academics found that an interregional grid would enable high proportional use of renewable energy, shared and balanced across networks and key technologies.

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    18. Asian Super Grid Gets Support from China, Russia, S.Korea and Japan

      Asian Super Grid Gets Support from China, Russia, S.Korea and Japan

      State Grid Corporation of China, Korea’s main utility, one of Japan’s biggest renewables developers and Russia’s grid operator have formally indicated their interest in building a massive interconnected grid across Asia. The signing of an MoU (memorandum of understanding) for Asia Super Grid took place on 30 March between State Grid, Korean utility KEPCO, Russia’s PJSC ROSSETI and Softbank, the mobile provider-turned renewable energy developer which from Friday joins Japan’s newly deregulated electricity market. The co-signees are undertaking feasibility studies for a grid in the Northeast Asian region which could allow for electricity, including power sourced from renewables, to be sent across that part of the continent. Japan has had problems over the past couple of years with overproduction of renewable energy, leading to the first curtailments of utility-scale PV under new rules in February. Softbank said in a statement that the four companies will request support from governments and businesses to realise the plan if feasibility can be proven.

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      Mentions: Japan Asia Europe
    19. South Australian Solar, Wind and Storage Project Reaches Financial Close

      South Australian Solar, Wind and Storage Project Reaches Financial Close

      A hybrid off-grid project from renewables firm Energy Developments Limited’s (EDL) including 4MW wind, 1MW solar and a 1MW/250kWh battery system in South Australia has reached financial close. The Coober Pedy Renewable Diesel Hybrid project, which will run alongside EDL’s exisiting 3.9MW diesel power station, will provide the town of Coober Pedy with up to 70% clean energy over its lifetime. A 20-year power purchase agreement has been signed with the District Council of Coober Pedy, supported by the South Australian Government. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing AU$18.4 million funding support.

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    20. India's SECI to Tender Utility-Scale Energy Storage with Wind and Solar Hybrid Project

      India's SECI to Tender Utility-Scale Energy Storage with Wind and Solar Hybrid Project

      The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited expressions of interest for what may be India’s first utility-scale energy storage project to be combined with a solar and wind hybrid project at Rangreek in the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh. The tender is for the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and associated transmission system for 2MW of grid-connected solar and a 0.5MW wind hybrid project with 1MWh of energy storage. The tender also includes five years of operations and maintenance work at the site in Lahaul and Spiti district.

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    21. 'World's Biggest' Battery Test Facility in Japan Set to Take Lead in Standardisation

      'World's Biggest' Battery Test Facility in Japan Set to Take Lead in Standardisation

      Japan is set to play host to what is expected to be the world’s biggest energy storage battery and system testing facility to date. The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation’s (Nite) new NLAB facility is located in the city in which the manufacturing bases of lithium-ion battery makers including Panasonic, Hitachi Maxcell and GS Yuasa are also situated. Nite is preparing to begin testing large-scale batteries this summer at the recently completed NLAB facility. Located in the city of Osaka, an hour's flight from Tokyo, traditionally a strong manufacturing region, it is hoped that the centre will become integral to ongoing efforts to develop standards for the international energy storage industry.

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