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    1. How Battery-Based Storage Systems Are Leading More Germans to Opt for Solar Power

      How Battery-Based Storage Systems Are Leading More Germans to Opt for Solar Power

      The budding popularity of solar panel and battery systems, driven by a drop in lithium-ion battery prices, has thrown a lifeline to Germany's solar sector. But many German solar firms have gotten back on their feet thanks to home energy storage systems. In just a few short years, home storage units morphed from a quirky niche product for tech nerds and Green Party voters to one with enormous mainstream potential. The consulting firm McKinsey predicts that the cost of energy storage systems will fall 50 to 70 percent globally by 2025 "as a result of design advances, economies of scale, and streamlined processes."

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    2. Microgrids Restore Water Services in Remote Puerto Rico Communities

      Microgrids Restore Water Services in Remote Puerto Rico Communities

      New water and wastewater systems powered by solar plus storage microgrids are reviving life and livelihoods in remote areas of Puerto Rico still struggling to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. In hard-to-reach areas of Puerto Rico where grid power has only recently been restored, six microgrid-powered pumping systems are now up and running, thanks to a partnership between South Carolina-based non-profit Water Mission and Hawaii-based energy storage company Blue Planet Energy.

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    3. Solar + Storage Projects to Drive Utility-Scale Deployment of Batteries: Navigant

      Solar + Storage Projects to Drive Utility-Scale Deployment of Batteries: Navigant

      Storage-plus PPAs are already less expensive than the levelized cost of energy for combined cycle natural gas in the United States, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. Lithium-ion batteries are one of the main drivers in the growth of the utility-scale energy storage market, accounting for almost 30% of non-pumped storage capacity developed since 2011, the report found.

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      Mentions: Hawaii U.S. Navigant
    4. Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Today’s microgrid installations showcase a variety of configurations and control systems. Commercial and industrial sites are finding innovative ways to power their operations, particularly those in remote locations off the traditional grid. Glasgow, Scotland-based Aggreko recently signed a deal with Gold Fields Australia to deploy a solar-plus-batteries-plus-thermal-generation off-grid microgrid, designed to save fuel, reduce emissions, and boost power reliability.

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    5. The Race to Build the World's Largest Solar-Storage Plant Is On

      The Race to Build the World's Largest Solar-Storage Plant Is On

      The race to build the biggest solar-battery plant is officially on. And the latest to join the competition is renewable energy giant NextEra Energy Inc., which said Thursday that it’ll build a project in Florida that will claim the title of the largest solar-powered battery in the world. The 409-megawatt battery will be added to an existing 74.5-megawatt solar plant on the west coast of the state near Tampa, a company statement shows.

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      Mentions: Florida Nextera
    6. Hawaii’s New Reality of Solar Plus Storage: Under 10 Cents

      Hawaii’s New Reality of Solar Plus Storage: Under 10 Cents

      Hawaii regulators have approved six of eight proposed large solar plus storage projects, with all coming at or under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. The Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission has approved contracts between the subsidiary utilities of Hawaiian Electric Industries and the developers of six projects, representing a combined capacity of 247 MW of solar, and 998 megawatt-hours of energy storage – meaning that the entire capacity of all six projects will be fully backed by four-hour batteries.

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    7. Battery Storage is Changing the Dynamics of Renewable Revolution

      Battery Storage is Changing the Dynamics of Renewable Revolution

      Declining costs of solar power and a continued push for clean energy are driving rapid and large-scale investments in renewable energy resources. But it’s battery storage that’s quickly changing the dynamics of the renewables revolution. Many utilities see the potential that storage has to fundamentally change the way they do business. They are seeking a path forward – either to help meet customer demand with a lower carbon and emissions footprint, to satisfy rising regulatory mandates for reduced reliance on legacy power generation sources, or to contribute to reliability and resiliency efforts.

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    8. Solar+Storage Sited at C&I Locations can be the Backbone of the Grid

      Solar+Storage Sited at C&I Locations can be the Backbone of the Grid

      A new analysis suggests that 9.2 GW of the California Independent System Operator’s required 47.5 GW of “Resource Adequacy” could be met by customer-sited solar+storage. In total, it would require approximately 48 GWdc of rooftop solar power, and 21 GW / 42 GWh of battery storage, to meet the requirement. The study looked at individual rooftops within the state, in essence building a grid from the rooftop up.

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      Mentions: California NREL CAISO
    9. Solar-Powered Car Parks with Battery Storage in New Trial

      Solar-Powered Car Parks with Battery Storage in New Trial

      A new pilot to demonstrate a solar-powered car park supported by battery storage for drivers to charge their electric vehicles has been launched. The Smart Hubs Demonstrator R&D project will manage the integration of solar, EV charging, and vehicle to grid systems at car parks and transport hubs. Smart hubs that incorporate energy storage systems are expected to increase the ability to charge large amounts of EVs without placing further pressure on the grid as well as bring revenue streams for car park owners, including airports, train operators, local authorities, hospitals and retail centers.

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    10. Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

      Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

      The New England Independent System Operator says in its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook that its challenges are to integrate greater levels of renewables onto the grid while also maintaining a robust transmission system and energy security. Some of the issues to overcome are bringing battery storage to market while dealing with stricter air emissions rules that can limit the use of conventional infrastructure. In the past, New England has benefited from two pumped-hydro facilities that have supplied nearly 2,000 MW of capacity within 10 minutes. But today the region has 20 MW of grid-scale battery storage, and it has another 1,300 MW on the table, which could come on line by 2022.

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    11. Batteries Edge Out Natural Gas Peaking Plants in Arizona RFP

      Batteries Edge Out Natural Gas Peaking Plants in Arizona RFP

      A recent announcement by electric utility Arizona Public Service could mark the tipping point in the way utilities think about building resources to meet peak demand. Historically utilities built “peakers,” usually gas turbines fueled by natural gas, to meet spikes in demand, but in recent solicitations Arizona Public Service chose battery storage projects over peakers. Late last month, APS, the largest utility in the state, said it plans to add 850 MW of energy storage by 2025, including 200 MW of stand-alone energy storage projects that competed and won against gas-fired peakers.

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    12. How Residential Energy Storage Could Help Support the Power Grid

      How Residential Energy Storage Could Help Support the Power Grid

      The growth of battery storage in the power sector has attracted a great deal of attention in the industry and media. Much of that attention focuses on utility-scale batteries and on batteries for commercial and industrial customers. While these larger batteries are critical segments of the energy-storage market, the rapid growth of residential energy storage is outpacing expectations, and these household systems will likely become important assets sooner than many expect. The growth trajectory and potential value of these household systems to customers and the power grid warrants a closer look.

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    13. 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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    14. How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      Storage systems may support renewable projects, such as wind and solar, by regulating the variability of these energy sources and increasing reliability to deliver on-demand power. Picking an ideal battery application and designing the best system and operating strategy can make or break the economics of an energy storage project. There are performance-specific features and applications for each of these battery systems, however, the goal of energy storage developers is the same: to choose a battery application that will ensure an affordable, reliable, and efficient energy-storage system.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Singapore
    15. California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s biggest investor-owned utilities are expected to de-energize power lines more frequently this year to stop them from igniting fires when the weather is dry and windy. It’s one of the fastest and cheapest ways for utilities to keep wildfires from sparking. But there’s an obvious downside: Whole communities can go dark for hours or even days. With those concerns in mind, some energy companies are urging state officials to incentivize microgrids and smaller standalone energy systems, such as rooftop solar paired with batteries, in fire-prone communities. Those technologies, the companies say, could help keep the lights on during preemptive power shutoffs.

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    16. Research of Large Energy Users Highlights the Possibilities for Storage and Flexible Loads

      Research of Large Energy Users Highlights the Possibilities for Storage and Flexible Loads

      The current energy system is likely to constrain the continued expansion of  renewable uptake by businesses. In wholesale markets, solar PV is hollowing out demand in the middle of the day, which is lowering the price and business case for new solar installations. On distribution networks, large volumes of solar power can push infrastructure beyond operating limits, requiring increased network investment. Luckily new solutions use storage and load flexibility to locally optimize demand and supply, such as through efficiency improvements, renewable energy, battery and existing non-battery thermal storage, and the use of demand management controls to optimize integration.

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    17. Zola Electric Unveils a New 'Smart' Storage System to Displace Diesel and Eliminate Outages

      Zola Electric Unveils a New 'Smart' Storage System to Displace Diesel and Eliminate Outages

      Achieving universal energy access is about much more than bringing light to far-flung communities. It involves delivering power around the clock to homes and businesses in areas with weak grid connections, as well as off-grid communities where energy infrastructure is nonexistent. Zola is on a mission to “democratize renewable energy globally” with a product that combines solar technology with energy storage to serve as a modular alternative to diesel generators. The system is billed as the first “smart” storage product to autonomously manage multiple power sources and deliver 24/7 AC power.

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    18. Report Highlights Hydrogen Potential in Energy Transition

      Report Highlights Hydrogen Potential in Energy Transition

      A new research paper concludes that hydrogen produced from renewables will become “an economic energy carrier to complement electricity and accelerate the decarbonization of industrial feedstock and heat, as well as providing long-term storage solutions”. The study by DNV GL explains that hydrogen is a unique energy carrier with no carbon emissions that can be used for long-term storage and heating applications. When used with electricity generated from renewables, “the resulting energy carrier is carbon-free green hydrogen”.

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    19. Proposed Kenosha County Solar Farm Could Feature Wisconsin's First Utility-Scale Battery

      Proposed Kenosha County Solar Farm Could Feature Wisconsin's First Utility-Scale Battery

      The developer of a proposed solar farm in Iowa County is planning a second solar farm in Kenosha County that could feature the first utility-scale battery storage in Wisconsin. Chicago-based Invenergy last week submitted an engineering plan for a 200-megawatt solar farm with a 50 megawatt battery component, the first in the state of Wisconsin.

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    20. Largest Community Solar-Plus-Storage Farm in Massachusetts is Complete

      Largest Community Solar-Plus-Storage Farm in Massachusetts is Complete

      Massachusetts’ largest community solar-plus-storage farm has completed construction and is nearing subscriber completion. The 7.1-MW Happy Hollow Community Solar + Storage Farm is built on a gravel pit in Winchendon, Massachusetts and includes a 3.3-MW energy storage system. The project is expected to generate 9,000,000 kWh of electricity each year, which is enough energy to power 1,200 average Massachusetts homes for a year.

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    21. US Residential Storage on the Rise in Another Record-Breaking Year

      US Residential Storage on the Rise in Another Record-Breaking Year

      Energy storage enjoyed another record-breaking year of deployments in the US in 2018, while the residential segment is now “moving beyond early adopters” and into commercial viability, a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables claims. Prepared in collaboration with the national Energy Storage Association, US Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review follows on from Wood Mackenzie’s quarterly editions of the report produced throughout the year. Published at the beginning of this week, the company reports “robust growth” in both front-of-meter and behind-the-meter segments of the market through 2018, with 777MWh of energy storage connected to the grid – an 80% increase over 2017 install figures.

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    22. Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

      Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

      While the rest of the developed world discusses the prospect of how storage will transform grids and utilities, the state government of Western Australia is getting on with it – by replacing 54 km of ageing power lines and poles with off-grid solar and storage systems at 14 farms. These systems are standalone solar and battery systems that include a back-up diesel generator in case more power is needed. As well as replacing ageing grid infrastructure, the transition reduces the risk of bushfires caused by lightning strikes and of incidents related to the operation of farm machinery near electricity lines.

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    23. FERC Allows Storage to Access New England Real-Time Energy Markets

      FERC Allows Storage to Access New England Real-Time Energy Markets

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday issued an order accepting tariff revisions proposed by ISO New England, aimed at allowing batteries and other storage technologies to more fully participate in the region's wholesale electricity markets. The revisions to the ISO's Market Rule 1 will become effective April 1, and will allow storage to be dispatched into real-time energy markets.

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    24. REV and GMP Launch Energy Storage Program

      REV and GMP Launch Energy Storage Program

      Green Mountain Power has partnered with Renewable Energy Vermont on a new bring-your-own-device pilot program that will allow about 600 GMP customers to offset the costs of new energy-saving devices in their homes with incentives. According to a press release promoting the program, the enhanced incentive offers $850 per kilowatt of energy storage enrolled in the program, and will offer customers in grid constrained areas who add batteries to existing solar systems an extra $150 per kilowatt.

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