1. Articles in category: Solar Photovoltaic

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    1. Better Energy Storage will Raise the Bar for Renewables

      Better Energy Storage will Raise the Bar for Renewables

      Solar and wind are clearly the future of energy, yet the adoption of renewables has been largely constrained by their intermittent nature. Innovations in energy storage technology might change that. In the last year alone energy storage has grown by 6 GWh of capacity globally and it has the potential to grow 13 times present levels by 2024. With energy storage costs having fallen by 85% since 2010, solar-plus-storage suddenly becomes a great option, especially when combined with the fast growth of solar and wind markets. All these developments are set to remake the renewable energy landscape.

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      Mentions: Australia Asia Africa
    2. This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

      This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

      Working with scientists at the Schatz Energy Research Center at nearby Humboldt State University, and the local utility PG&E, the Rancheria Casino has developed its own solar-powered microgrid, allowing it to disconnect from the main grid and run off battery power. The setup powers six buildings, including a 55,000-square-foot casino and 102 hotel rooms—over 140,000 square feet of total building space.

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    3. North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina regulators on Friday approved a solar+storage microgrid project proposed by Duke Energy, designed to help maintain reliable power for a small town called Hot Springs in the western part of the state. The project includes a 2 MW solar array and 4 MW lithium-ion battery, and will be Duke's first utility-scale solar+storage project for residential customers. The microgrid is a small part of Duke's broader plan to roll out more storage on its system.

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    4. NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

      NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

      NEC Energy Solutions has completed a 500 kW/1000 kWh battery energy storage system installed at a microgrid in the Howard Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon. The project, part of Eugene Water & Electric Board’s plan to improve esiliency by creating community points of water distribution around the city of Eugene for its customers during restoration following a large-scale disaster.

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      Mentions: Oregon NEC
    5. What's New in Energy Storage

      What's New in Energy Storage

      Last year, the U.S. energy storage market nearly doubled, and it is expected to double again in 2019. In fact, the final quarter of 2018 broke the previous record for megawatt-hours deployed in a single quarter by 50%, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). Although solar-power projects are typically more likely to take advantage of battery storage, wind energy also benefits from storage in certain cases. For example, Texas’ largest energy storage site is co-located with a solar power plant — but it can make use of solar and grid-generated wind energy.

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      Mentions: Duke Energy ESA EVgo
    6. In Illinois, Storage is Among the Next Hurdles for Renewables Expansion

      In Illinois, Storage is Among the Next Hurdles for Renewables Expansion

      ComEd sees a significant role for energy storage on Illinois’ electric grid as the state works toward realizing its ambitious renewable goals. The utility won’t be the only one with a role to play. As they seek to demonstrate the value of storage, state regulators will consider incentives, and developers will have to continue to make it more affordable and efficient.

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    7. Microgrid Maintains Power Supply During Emergency Simulation

      Microgrid Maintains Power Supply During Emergency Simulation

      The Bronzeville Community Microgrid can keep power flowing in an emergency, ComEd recently announced after conducting a test. The “simulated islanding” test checked the resiliency of the microgrid by mimicking events that have the potential to affect power delivery, including weather calamities,  cyber attacks and acts of terrorism. The tests ComEd conducted demonstrated the microgrid’s ability to provide power in island mode while drawing upon distributed energy resources (DER), including battery energy storage and solar photovoltaic PV, to serve customers.

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      Mentions: Illinois
    8. Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an entire community benefits rather than just the host facility.

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    9. Sterling Light Storage Units Mark Milestone

      Sterling Light Storage Units Mark Milestone

      The Sterling Municipal Light Department is marking a major milestone related to the department’s two energy storage systems. In March, SMLD celebrated over $1 million in avoided costs to the light department, thanks to the two systems. SMLD’s first energy storage system, a 2-megawatt, 3.9-megawatt-hour utility scale battery from NEC Energy Solutions, was the first of its kind in Massachusetts when it went online in December 2016. The project was designed to provide Sterling with up to 12 days of emergency backup power to critical public facilities during severe weather events, as well as lower utility costs by dispatching the battery during peak load periods.

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      Mentions: Massachusetts NEC
    10. California’s Record-Setting Virtual Power Plant

      California’s Record-Setting Virtual Power Plant

      In its first year of operation, a record-setting virtual power plant in California has delivered more than 2 gigawatt-hours to the grid. The VPP is part of massive grid modernization undertaken by Southern California Edison, which provides power to 15 million people across a 50,000-square-mile swath of the state. Designed and operated by AMS and owned by Macquarie Capital, the virtual power plant is tasked to reduce peak demand in the Los Angeles Basin by installing battery storage systems behind the meter at properties of SCE’s commercial customers. The project’s first phase (11 megawatts/60 megawatt-hours) went into operation last year.

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    11. GE Renewable Energy Announces Solar + Storage System for Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy Announces Solar + Storage System for Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar/Energy Storage project in Lenox, New York. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected operational by the second quarter of 2020. The project will enable dispatchable renewable energy penetration into the grid, helping power New York state with reliable renewable energy.

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    12. GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy today said is has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020.

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    13. Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Recent developments to do with pumped hydro, liquid air and kinetic energy storage technology hold out the promise of inexpensive, widely available energy storage. If realized, deployments could be the catalyst that fuels growth of solar, wind and other emissions-free, renewable energy capacity to new, significantly higher, heights, proponents say.

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    14. Storage Set to Come of Age in the Next Five Years

      Storage Set to Come of Age in the Next Five Years

      Renewable energy proponents have been pointing to battery storage for years as the future panacea to address the problem of intermittent power generation. The potential of storage to make renewable energy fully despatchable regardless of whether the sun is shining or wind blowing has for a long time appeared to be just around the corner. Analysts at Wood Mackenzie today claimed we turned the corner last year and the end could be in sight for fossil fuel grid back-up services.

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    15. APS’s Battery Addition Extravaganza

      APS’s Battery Addition Extravaganza

      Arizona Public Service (APS) announced today a request for proposals (RFP) to bring hundreds of MW in capacity of energy storage to both new and existing solar facilities. APS’s Chino Valley (19 MW) and Red Rock (40 MW) solar projects will be getting batteries. In the same RFP, the utility is soliciting 500 MW of new solar + storage projects and stand-alone battery storage by 2025.

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    16. 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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      Mentions: Germany
    17. 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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    18. 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
    19. 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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    20. 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
    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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
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