1. Articles in category: Solar Photovoltaic

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    1. Global Oil Plows Billions Into Solar & Energy Storage

      Global Oil Plows Billions Into Solar & Energy Storage

      Global oil companies are plowing billions of dollars per year into solar and into energy storage, as more nations seek to switch their energy sources away from fossil fuels. For battery storage investments, 6 acquisition deals were reported during the past two years; during the same time period, 7 funding deals were done, involving nearly $133 million, according to an analysis by Mercom Capital Group.

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      Mentions: France Brazil Germany
    2. Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Rising renewables growth shows mandates and incentives for them work. But customer demand for renewables has not slowed, creating a need for more energy storage to stabilize the grid. That need for storage is estimated to be significantly bigger than current build-out plans, driven by existing policies, are likely to achieve. Many say more use of the competitive auctions that have helped drive renewables growth can also accelerate the deployment of storage.

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    3. Proposal Aims to Juice Incentives for Energy Storage Systems

      Proposal Aims to Juice Incentives for Energy Storage Systems

      A proposal before Utah legislators to incentivize the purchase of battery storage systems for solar and/or wind-powered energy systems would be a boon for those who want to become energy independent while lowering their carbon footprint. But the idea could also sow the first seeds of a paradigm shift where a large network of micropower producers may fundamentally change the dynamic of the of the energy industries in the U.S. and around the world.

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      Mentions: U.S. Utah
    4. Utilities are Starting to Invest in Big Batteries Instead of Building New Power Plants

      Utilities are Starting to Invest in Big Batteries Instead of Building New Power Plants

      So far, utilities have only installed the equivalent of one or two traditional power plants in grid-scale lithium-ion battery projects, all since 2015. But across California, Texas, the Midwest and New England, these devices are benefiting the overall grid by improving operations and bridging gaps when consumers need more power than usual. But several utilities are already investing in energy storage.

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      Mentions: California U.S. Texas
    5. APS Plans to Add Nearly 1GW of New Battery Storage and Solar Resources by 2025

      APS Plans to Add Nearly 1GW of New Battery Storage and Solar Resources by 2025

      The Arizona power grid has a unique set of challenges, which it turns out solar and energy storage are particularly well suited to address. Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest investor-owned utility, announced Thursday morning that it will add 850 megawatts of battery storage and at least 100 megawatts of solar generation by 2025. That amounts to nearly 1 gigawatt of new clean energy technology, to be obtained through a combination of newly completed and upcoming procurements. The plan includes outfitting existing utility-owned solar projects with 200 megawatts of batteries, deploying 500 megawatts of new battery resources, and contracting for 150 megawatts of third party-owned storage — the last of which beat out new-build natural gas peakers in an request for proposals that just concluded.

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    6. 100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage; This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much

      100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage; This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much

      Energy storage is a key piece of the power puzzle as cities, states, and supporters of the Green New Deal talk about a transition to 100 percent carbon-free energy sources within a few decades. Using energy production and power demand data, analysts at Wood Mackenzie showed how a 100 percent renewable energy grid, powered half by wind and half by solar, would have had significant stretches without enough wind or sun to fully power the system, meaning a large volume of energy storage would have been necessary to meet the high demand.

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      Mentions: U.S. Stanford Maine
    7. Ameren Files $6.3B Grid Transformation Plan with Missouri Regulators

      Ameren Files $6.3B Grid Transformation Plan with Missouri Regulators

      Ameren Missouri last week filed a $6.3 billion Smart Energy Plan with state regulators, sketching out an aggressive slate of projects the utility wants to complete in the next five years. The investments include $1 billion in projects slated for this year and $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. Ameren wants to modernize its electric grid, also adding more solar energy and battery storage to boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

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      Mentions: Missouri
    8. 2018 Solar Installer Survey Reveals More than One-Third of Homeowners also Want Batteries

      2018 Solar Installer Survey Reveals More than One-Third of Homeowners also Want Batteries

      EnergySage and NABCEP have released the results of their fourth annual Solar Installer Survey, which gathered responses from more than 870 local, regional and national residential and commercial solar installers from across the United States. In addition to the obvious finding that installers overwhelmingly support permanent tax incentives for clean electricity and storage, is the finding that homeowners are asking for batteries in addition to their solar panels. According to installers, more than one in three solar shoppers are also interested in a home battery, resulting in more solar-plus-storage installations in 2018.

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    9. Solar Installer Survey: 2018 Results

      Solar Installer Survey: 2018 Results

      EnergySage’s annual Solar Installer Survey offers insight into the changing business climate faced by today’s solar installers. By surveying more than 870 installers across the country, this report provides a detailed view of their installation history, marketing strategy, financing offerings, confidence level, and future plans.

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    10. World's Biggest Battery to Boost Solar in Texas Oil Country

      World's Biggest Battery to Boost Solar in Texas Oil Country

      The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country. The 495-megawatt storage system would be built in tandem with a solar farm of the same size in Borden County, Texas. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., which operates most of the state’s grid, posted the details in a chart that shows the state’s battery storage will surge more than sixfold to 584 megawatts when the projects are completed in 2021.

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    11. Hawaiian Electric Works Against the Clock to Add Storage, Renewables

      Hawaiian Electric Works Against the Clock to Add Storage, Renewables

      Hawaiian Electric wants to move quickly on competitive energy solicitations it is preparing for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, but state regulators have hit pause on the process while they consider how to move forward and prepare guidance for the utility. Phase 1 yielded seven solar+storage projects, and those power purchase agreements are now being reviewed by the Public Utilities Commission. But HECO did not acquire all the energy it sought in the first procurement round, teeing up a second round the utility wants to launch in May. HECO's most pressing need is to replace an AES purchased power contract that expires in September 2022.

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    12. Eversource Plans to Build Battery System on Martha’s Vineyard for Energy Storage

      Eversource Plans to Build Battery System on Martha’s Vineyard for Energy Storage

      Eversource announced it is “charging forward” to build an energy storage facility on Martha’s Vineyard that will better improve reliability for the island’s growing demand for electricity. On Wednesday night, the utility company along with the state Department of Public Utilities, held a public hearing in Oak Bluffs on Eversource’s plans to build a lithium-ion, 14.7 megawatt battery system. Martha’s Vineyard is served now by four underwater cables from Falmouth and in the event of a cable failure, five diesel generators would kick in to provide electricity.

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    13. Energy Storage Advances Amp up Real Estate

      Energy Storage Advances Amp up Real Estate

      The fast-developing energy storage market is powering new opportunities for commercial real estate, from diversifying location choices to boosting companies’ revenue and eco-credentials. The technology behind ion lithium batteries has taken big steps forward in recent years, making onsite energy storage a more viable, reliable and attractive option for all types of real estate. For commercial building owners and tenants, a new generation of batteries are providing a more cost-effective solution for their energy needs.

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      Mentions: UK
    14. Portland General Electric and NextEra Energy Partner on Major Wind, Solar, Battery Installation

      Portland General Electric and NextEra Energy Partner on Major Wind, Solar, Battery Installation

      Portland General Electric Company and NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, plan to construct a new energy facility in Eastern Oregon combining 300 MW of wind generation with 50 MW of solar generation and 30 MW of battery storage. The new project, called the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, will be the first of this scale in North America to co-locate and integrate these three technologies, creating an improved zero-emissions resource and accelerating Oregon’s transition to clean energy.

       

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      Mentions: U.S. GE Oregon
    15. Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      The microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar took another big step this week with an expansion that will demonstrate landfill gas as a reliable fuel for an islanded microgrid. This microgrid is considered one of the most sophisticated under development with five distributed energy resources, including solar, energy storage, landfill gas, diesel and natural gas plant, and EV charging. The first phase of the demonstration project paired solar and fossil fuels. Its second phase, announced this week, will demonstrate the interplay between landfill gas and energy storage.

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    16. Distributed Residential Solar+Storage Takes a Seat at the Adult Table

      Distributed Residential Solar+Storage Takes a Seat at the Adult Table

      Sunrun has won a bid for 20 MW to participate in ISO New England’s 2022-2023 Forward Capacity Market. The bid means that Sunrun will be required to offer to the broader power grid 20 MW of power, 24 hours a day for the single year period. The company will be paid $3.80/kW/month, or $76,000 for the year. Sunrun notes that the capacity will be made possible by its Brightbox energy storage product line. Currently, this product is an LG Chem RESU. LG’s 48-volt battery comes with 3.3, 6.5 and 9.8 kilowatt-hour (kWh) ratings, and its 400-volt batteries offer 7.0 and 9.8 kWh ratings. Both AC- and DC-coupled versions are available. Sunrun noted they would need about 5,000 New England customers to meet the requirement.

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    17. EV Battery Systems Able to Kick-Start Large Power Plants

      EV Battery Systems Able to Kick-Start Large Power Plants

      Transmission system operator TenneT and Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy have joined forces in a development partnership to see whether EV batteries could stabilize large grids. The result: Automobile battery storage systems can indeed make a significant contribution to grid stabilization and system reconstruction. The researchers have shown that automobile battery storage systems “can help to compensate for the loss of conventional energy generation,” should the electrical grid fail for some reason. By kick-starting the energy grid with the additional stationary energy storage, fluctuations can be dampened and frequency deviations covered.

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      Mentions: Germany
    18. Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits

      Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits

      Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries. New England just approved 145 megawatts of solar systems to provide capacity to the local grid that are paired with batteries that store electricity to use after sundown. It’s the first time sunshine has been a significant participant in ISO New England Inc.’s annual forward capacity auction.

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      Mentions: ISO-NE
    19. Puerto Rican Solar Pow Wow Resumes

      Puerto Rican Solar Pow Wow Resumes

      The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has contacted Canada-based Greenbriar Capital with the intention of reopening negotiations to progress the 100MW Montalva solar project. The shovel-ready $305m project, which also includes a 30MW battery, will be the largest renewable energy project in the Caribbean when built. The plant will be located in the municipalities of Guanica and Lajas. Generating 100% renewable energy, the solar-plus-storage plant is estimated to provide PREPA customers with $1-2bn in energy savings over the 25-35-year life of the facility. According to Greenbriar Montalva will add 900 direct jobs during the construction phase.

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    20. Fair Isle's Renewable Energy System Offers Potential for Economic Growth

      Fair Isle's Renewable Energy System Offers Potential for Economic Growth

      Fair Isle’s renewable energy system offers not just 24-hour power but the potential for economic growth and prosperity in this most remote of locations. Fair Isle’s new renewable energy system uses wind turbine generators, a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system, and battery storage; it has allowed its 55 islanders to use electricity around the clock for the first time. Three miles long and not quite two miles wide, Fair Isle is one of the most isolated inhabited island communities in the UK.

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      Mentions: Scotland UK
    21. Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric announced the expansion of its microgrid project at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California to boost resilience. A California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge grant will enable the $3.9 million project that will add energy storage to the microgrid and integrate demand side management. Upon completion, it will incorporate a total of five distributed energy resources, including renewable generation and energy storage, in order to maintain all critical facilities during grid outages and facilitate higher renewable penetration from landfill gas generators.

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    22. Massachusetts Opens Revenue Stream to Advance Solar-Plus-Storage

      Massachusetts Opens Revenue Stream to Advance Solar-Plus-Storage

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued two orders on Friday, to specify net metering for solar-plus-storage facilities and the capacity ownership rights of such projects. DOER worked with the state Attorney General's office on the DPU docket to help utilities and developers compromise on how to deploy more energy storage without placing an undue burden on taxpayers. For developers, capacity rights ownership to dispatch a generator or storage resource is fundamental to adding more storage and distributed renewables onto the grid. Despite the launch of the main state program for commercial energy storage, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, last fall, projects were viewed as less viable without developer access to a new revenue stream in the ISO-New England capacity market, DOER staff said.

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    23. RES Revels in 2018 Surge

      RES Revels in 2018 Surge

      RES has described 2018 as the ‘year of renewables’ after the company added 1.6GW to its wind, solar and energy storage portfolio, bringing the total figure to more than 16GW. Highlights included developing and/or constructing 12 new wind, solar and storage projects in North America and the completion of three wind farms in France with a combined capacity of 40MW.

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    24. The Smarts Inside the Storage: Software and Analytics Can Drive Economic Value

      The Smarts Inside the Storage: Software and Analytics Can Drive Economic Value

      Over the past few years, strides in material science, applied chemistry, manufacturing and logistics have caused energy storage system costs to drop significantly. However, as the industry matures, and “early adopters” give way to the “early majority”, the economic fine-tuning required to make storage projects as successful in the field as they seem on paper determines the fate of storage projects before they even leave the planning stage. Storage developers that are still in business do not just start pouring foundations and dispatching cranes on a whim. Every project opportunity is compared to a collection of possible project sizes and scenarios.

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      Mentions: California U.S.
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