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    1. California's Initiatives to Overcome its Challenges in the Sun

      California's Initiatives to Overcome its Challenges in the Sun

      California is embracing energy storage as a reliability solution for an electrical grid that’s adopting more renewable, intermittent generation. Public agencies such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have set ambitious energy storage targets while companies across the state are developing cutting edge storage technologies such as zinc-air batteries and renewable hydrogen. The goal is to ensure a dependable energy supply for the state as it races toward its target of 100% carbon-free energy by 2045.

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    2. Virtual Power Plant of 1,000 Homes Planned for Hawaiian Electric

      Virtual Power Plant of 1,000 Homes Planned for Hawaiian Electric

      The world’s largest residential virtual power plant is planned for the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, managing the electricity from some 1,000 rooftop solar-plus-storage systems that will be installed under a four-year contract beginning in 2020. Project developers Sunrun and OATI will send the energy from the residential systems to Hawaiian Electric Company's (HECO) grid as called upon by the utility. The virtual power plant will provide peak demand shaving, on-demand reserve capacity and ancillary services.

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    3. 8minute Solar Energy Approved to Build 400-MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project for City of Los Angeles

      8minute Solar Energy Approved to Build 400-MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project for City of Los Angeles

      The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the United States, has announced a new partnership with 8minute Solar Energy to provide storable, renewable, and affordable power to households throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley — at the lowest combined solar and storage prices on record. The project offers a glimpse of the future, with zero-carbon sources providing energy cheaper than fossil fuels.

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    4. The Land of Opportunity for Off-Grid Solar

      The Land of Opportunity for Off-Grid Solar

      Consolidation is picking up in Africa’s off-grid renewables market, where big investors like Engie are betting on the electricity consumers of the future. While a variety of technologies and products are considered part of the off-grid ecosystem, solar home systems have been the star from an investment perspective, and particularly those sold under a pay-as-you-go (paygo) model. Under such a model, customers are provided with a solar-generation unit, usually backed up with a battery, and the homeowners make lease payments over time as they benefit from the electricity. Paygo allows companies to tap into a vast base of potential customers that cannot pay for a system upfront.

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    5. Energy Storage Solicitations to be issued by California Energy Commission

      Energy Storage Solicitations to be issued by California Energy Commission

      The California Energy Commission (CEC) Oct. 30 will release two energy storage solicitations totaling $31 million to support the state’s goal under SB 100 of attaining 100% fossil-free electricity by 2045. Proposals for the energy storage projects will be due by the end of the year, and the commission will issue the awards between April and June.

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    6. UA Initiates 100% Clean Energy Project with TEP

      UA Initiates 100% Clean Energy Project with TEP

      By partnering with Tucson Electric Power for the purchase of solar and wind power, the University of Arizona will offset all of its scope two greenhouse gas emissions with green energy by December 2020. Under the agreement, TEP will dedicate portions of two new renewable energy projects to serving the energy needs of the University of Arizona, including a wind farm in New Mexico and a solar-plus-storage system southeast of Tucson.

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    7. Johnson Controls Announces Partnership to Increase Amount of Capital Available for Solar and Battery Storage Projects

      Johnson Controls Announces Partnership to Increase Amount of Capital Available for Solar and Battery Storage Projects

      Johnson Controls recently announced a partnership with Capital Dynamics to increase the amount of capital available for customers in North America working on solar or battery storage projects. The agreement will grant easier access to funding for Johnson Controls customers utilizing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for projects of varying sizes, starting at $1 million, by aggregating them into a larger portfolio of projects.

      Through a joint venture with Consolidated Edison, Johnson Controls has already been working to expand the market for solar and battery solutions, and controls to integrate them. This effort, combined with increased funding opportunities through the partnership with Capital Dynamics, positions Johnson Controls to be able to better help customers incorporate behind-the-meter, solar and battery storage into their built environment.

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    8. Energy Storage Developer Buy Texas Windfarms With Major Battery Retrofit Planned

      Energy Storage Developer Buy Texas Windfarms With Major Battery Retrofit Planned

      A U.S.-based energy storage developer this week bought itself a portfolio of eight North Texas wind farms.

      The move is a sign of the growing status and confidence of the storage sector as well.

      Having previously largely developed standalone storage projects or being brought in to assist with storage bolt-ons to generation projects, GlidePath Energy’s proactive play, and the scale of it, is telling.

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    9. Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids for 900MW of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage, and Grid Services

      Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids for 900MW of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage, and Grid Services

      Hawaiian Electric has issued a long-awaited request for proposals (RFP) for about 900 megawatts of renewable energy and energy storage projects. It’s the utility’s second major round of contracts in the past year seeking to marry variable solar and wind power with the capacity and flexibility of batteries. HECO’s new RFPs are broken into a number of specific projects and specific needs across its three islands, with a mix of different technologies required. This complexity comes from the fact that these RFPs have been structured to help replace two big fossil fuel-fired power plants to close in the next five years

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    10. Microgrid to Serve as Core of Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

      Microgrid to Serve as Core of Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

      The developer of a $110-$120 million mixed use project in Manchester, Connecticut plans to incorporate a microgrid that taps into opportunity zone federal tax breaks. The Manchester Broad Street Parkade microgrid will include around 1 MW of solar PV,  2-3 MW of natural gas-fired combined heat and power, batteries, and a water heating loop. The microgrid will be capable of operating continuously in tandem with the utility grid or autonomously, in island mode, in the event of grid outages.

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    11. APS Issues RFPs for More Renewable Energy

      APS Issues RFPs for More Renewable Energy

      Arizona Public Service Company (APS) announced it is issuing two requests for proposals next month as part of its campaign to bring more solar and wind energy into its portfolio. The two new RFPs will add enough solar and wind resources to power more than half a million homes, about 2,500 megawatts, by 2021, company officials said. Earlier this year, the company also successfully closed two RFPs for large battery installations to store renewable energy to use after the sun goes down.

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    12. Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

      Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

      A high-profile solar-homebuilder partnership has emerged from the flurry of activity surrounding California’s new solar home mandate, which goes into effect in 2020. Residential solar provider Sunnova and PetersenDean, a California-based company that installs roofs and solar, will work together on solar and storage leases and power-purchase agreements in the state. California’s new policy requires solar installations on new residential buildings under three-stories.

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    13. Buckland Sets a Milestone for Rural Energy Capabilities with New Li-ion Battery

      Buckland Sets a Milestone for Rural Energy Capabilities with New Li-ion Battery

      A few years ago, the village of Buckland in northwest Alaska set a milestone a leader in rural renewable energy when it got two turbines and three solar panels installed. Now, the village has hit an even more ambitious target: unofficially becoming the first village to power itself entirely off of renewable energy stored in recently installed lithium-ion batteries.

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    14. Energy Storage Earns More Awards for KIUC

      Energy Storage Earns More Awards for KIUC

      Kauai Island Utility Cooperative led the nation again in 2018 for interconnection of energy storage watts per customer, and ranked second in annual energy storage capacity, according to the Smart Electric Power Alliance. In 2018, KIUC posted more than 3,000 Wh/C, nearly six times more than the next ranked utility: Sterling Municipal Light Department in Massachusetts. This is the second year running that KIUC topped the list of storage watts per customer.

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    15. Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      The United States will grow to be the largest global market for solar + storage this year, where peaking capacity requirements are driving procurement, according to a recent IHS Markit study. Utility-scale solar + storage projects now are online or being built in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana and Florida, and the list grows. In March, NextEra Energy said it would build the Florida Power and Light Manatee Energy Storage Center’s battery system, with four times the capacity of the world’s largest battery system currently in operation.

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    16. UMass Attaches Largest Label to Dartmouth Battery Storage System

      UMass Attaches Largest Label to Dartmouth Battery Storage System

      UMass Dartmouth officials are touting a public battery storage system as the largest of its kind in Massachusetts, and citing its potential to control costs by releasing energy at peak usage periods when the price of electricity is the most expensive. With FirstLight, AMS and Eversource, the university on the South Coast recently launched the 520-kilowatt system, adding to an infrastructure there that already includes a 1.6 megawatt hour co-generation plant and 369 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels.

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    17. Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently helped unveil a new community of 46 smart townhomes in Atlanta which will serve as a living laboratory for DOE researchers to evaluate how homeowners are using energy in a real-world, smart home environment. This research is instrumental to understanding how emerging smart technologies and distributed energy resources can impact energy efficiency, energy management and resiliency. The Altus neighborhood, known as the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood, is a set of townhomes on a microgrid that have been outfitted with solar photovoltaic panels, batteries, and state-of-the-art, grid-connective, energy-efficient building components and appliances.

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    18. Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Technologies

      Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Technologies

      U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has reintroduced the Clean Energy Grid Act. This bill would aim to strengthen US energy security, reduce pollution, increase electric reliability and spur job creation by improving the deployment of efficient and cost-effective energy resources, such as solar and wind power and energy storage.

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    19. ENGIE Storage Providing Operating Software for 19-MW Solar+Storage Portfolio

      ENGIE Storage Providing Operating Software for 19-MW Solar+Storage Portfolio

      ENGIE Storage will supply and operate a 19-MW/38-MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets. The combined solar-plus-storage portfolio, developed and operated by Syncarpha Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, is the first utility-scale solar-plus-storage projects offering to benefit from ENGIE’s new integrated development, supply and services offering for wholesale market participation.

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    20. Investing in Energy Storage for Solar, Wind Power Could Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      Investing in Energy Storage for Solar, Wind Power Could Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      At times renewable energy sources can produce more power than is needed, leaving some solar or wind energy to go to waste. This oversupply condition is a lost opportunity for these clean energy resources to displace pollution from fossil fuel-powered plants. But by creating complex models analyzing power systems in California and Texas, University of Michigan scientists show in a study that investing in batteries and other energy storage technologies can be economically viable with proper policy support. That, in turn, could radically reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and increase the use of solar and wind energy.

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