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    1. Ørsted to Build Landmark Solar & Storage Project

      Ørsted to Build Landmark Solar & Storage Project

      Ørsted announced today that following final investment decision from its Board of Directors it has commenced construction on the company's first utility-scale solar plus battery storage project, the 460megawatt (MWac) Permian Energy Center. The facility is located in Andrews County, Texas, and will come online in mid-2021. Upon completion of the Permian Energy Center, Ørsted will become the first energy company to operate the full spectrum of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and storage solutions in the US market.

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    2. In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

      In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

      Mountain gravity energy storage could be a viable way to store electricity for longer durations and at larger scales than lithium-ion battery storage can, according to a study recently published in the academic journal Energy. The idea of gravity as a form of storage is an example of ongoing research into additional storage options beyond lithium-ion batteries. Despite large cost reductions over the past several years, some experts still view lithium-ion systems as not economically-efficient enough at scale to fully back up the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid due to states’ long-term clean energy goals.

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    3. New Mexico Electric Cooperative Will Soon Supply Customers 100% Through Solar

      New Mexico Electric Cooperative Will Soon Supply Customers 100% Through Solar

      Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has finalized an agreement with Torch Clean Energy to purchase and develop two new solar and storage facilities for a total of 21 MW of additional solar capacity and 15 MW of storage capacity. With the completion of these installations, KCEC will surpass the 35 MW required to meet its goal of 100% daytime solar energy — originally set for the year 2022 — up to nine months earlier than anticipated.

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    4. The City of Los Angeles Taps 8minute Solar for Game-Changing Clean Energy Project

      The City of Los Angeles Taps 8minute Solar for Game-Changing Clean Energy Project

      The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the United States, has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with 8minute Solar Energy, LLC 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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    5. RWE Inks Solar Plus Storage PPA with Georgia Power

      RWE Inks Solar Plus Storage PPA with Georgia Power

      The renewables subsidiary of energy giant RWE has signed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide solar power in the US. It has inked the deal with Georgia Power Company to supply electricity from its 195.5MW Broken Spoke Solar plant, coupled with a 40MW battery storage unit, from late 2021. The solar plant, located in Mitchell County, will consist of more than 650,000 panels. Christoph Hunfeld, Head of Asset Commercialisation North America at RWE said: “Broken Spoke Solar will include a 40 MW 2-hour Energy Storage System, enabling firm delivery of energy from the facility.”

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    6. Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

      Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

      Stem, Inc., the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, announced today that it is partnering with NEC Energy Solutions, headquartered in Westborough, MA, to simplify and optimize the deployment and operation of solar + storage projects. Stem will resell and integrate its Athena AI platform with NEC’s GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution. The agreement will result in a powerful solar + storage solution for large-scale projects, leveraging NEC’s AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls and Stem’s sophisticated Athena™ AI platform to perform solar and storage optimization, wholesale market participation services, solar charging compliance and reporting, and warranty compliance and administration.

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    7. Top Federal Energy Official Visits Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Top Federal Energy Official Visits Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette toured a home at Reynolds Landing in Hoover, where Alabama Power partnered with Signature Homes, Southern Company, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and technology vendors to create the Smart Neighborhood. Reynolds Landing homes feature emerging energy-efficient technologies, materials and appliances. The neighborhood is connected to a nearby community-scale solar energy system with natural gas and battery backup, the first of its kind in the Southeast.

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    8. 8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech Ink Deal to Develop Advanced Predictive Controls for Dispatchable Solar + Storage

      8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech Ink Deal to Develop Advanced Predictive Controls for Dispatchable Solar + Storage

      8minute Solar Energy has partnered with Doosan GridTech to develop an advanced energy software control solution for dispatching energy from advanced solar photovoltaic plus storage centers. 8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech will develop an advanced control platform with predictive dispatch capability at the Springbok 3 solar plant in the Mojave Desert. This partnership pairs Doosan’s flexible software platform and energy storage expertise with 8minute’s dispatch approach to maximize asset value creation.

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    9. NextEra Is on a Roll

      NextEra Is on a Roll

      The largest wind and solar developer continues to grow, with projects paired with storage as it reaches 5.3 GW of contracted solar projects. And it’s making good money at the same time. In its third-quarter results, NextEra’s presence in the solar market is bigger than ever. Development subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources added 747 MW of solar contracts and 341 MW of battery storage to its backlog, almost all of which is in the post-2020 time frame.

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    10. ACCIONA Buys Solar + Storage on a National Scale

      ACCIONA Buys Solar + Storage on a National Scale

      In a deal spanning 20 projects, seven states, two power markets and more solar than the entire state of Florida has installed to date, ACCIONA has agreed to a deal with Tenaska to acquire 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage. Specially, ACCIONA envisions commissioning eight projects by the end of 2023, adding around 1.5 GW of peak capacity to its North American renewable energy portfolio.

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    11. Is Energy Storage Finally Ready To Tackle the Wind Sector's Biggest Challenge?

      Is Energy Storage Finally Ready To Tackle the Wind Sector's Biggest Challenge?

      Now that wind energy has gone mainstream, the big challenge is how to squeeze the most kilowatts out of a wind turbine. The task is more complicated than simply increasing the size and efficiency of the turbine. People—and businesses—need electricity when they need it, but the wind blows when it will. The result can be an undersupply of wind energy during peak demand periods and an oversupply at other times, especially at night. However, more economical energy storage technology is coming online, and it's having a powerful impact on both the wind and solar energy markets.

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    12. City of Santa Barbara, CEC to Help Residents Prepare for Power Outages at Home Energy Storage Workshop

      City of Santa Barbara, CEC to Help Residents Prepare for Power Outages at Home Energy Storage Workshop

      Community Environmental Council (CEC) and the City of Santa Barbara will present a free Home Energy Storage Workshop to help Santa Barbara homeowners understand the ins and outs of pairing solar power with battery storage. Led by CEC, the free workshop will provide the community an opportunity to gather and discuss power backup options in the face of imminent widespread “public safety power shutoffs.”

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    13. Capital Dynamics, 8minute Solar Energy Complete 121MW PV Project in California

      Capital Dynamics, 8minute Solar Energy Complete 121MW PV Project in California

      Independent global private asset management firm Capital Dynamics and US-based independent solar and storage developer 8minute Solar Energy have completed the 121MW Springbok 3 Solar Farm. Springbok 3, now operational, is the third and final phase in the Springbok cluster, which is a 448MW installation located in Kern County, California. This phase includes a 1.5 MWh Li-ion system battery.

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    14. California Blackouts: Keeping the Lights on with Solar Energy

      California Blackouts: Keeping the Lights on with Solar Energy

      Hundreds of thousands of homes in California lost power early on Wednesday as windy, dry weather increased the risk of fire, prompting the electric utility, PG&E, to shut down the grid to avoid any chance of the type of power-line accident that sparked the deadly wildfire in the small town of Paradise less than a year ago. It may take days for the power to come back on. But at some homes, solar and battery storage systems are keeping the lights on.

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    15. NIPSCO to Replace Coal with 2.3 GW of Solar, Storage in Latest RFP

      NIPSCO to Replace Coal with 2.3 GW of Solar, Storage in Latest RFP

      The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) announced on Oct. 1 a request for proposals for 300 MW of wind, 2,300 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage projects, as well as an undefined amount for other capacity resources.
      NIPSCO seeks to retire the bulk of its coal generation capacity by 2023, and its October 2018 Integrated Resource Plan identified cheaper alternatives in renewables paired with storage.

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    16. Go Big, Go DC: An In-Depth Look at DC-Coupled Solar-Plus-Storage

      Go Big, Go DC: An In-Depth Look at DC-Coupled Solar-Plus-Storage

      As the costs of solar PV modules continue to reduce, and those of batteries follow a similar downward trajectory, solar-plus-storage is in growing demand among utilities and solar developers. To further push down the levelized cost of energy of solar-plus-storage and maximize the amount of MWh of solar-generated electricity that can be fed into the grid, energy suppliers and developers are turning to direct current (DC) coupling these installations. Compared with alternating current (AC) coupling, DC coupling the PV array and the battery storage system in front-of-meter installations, such as utility-scale plants, is a much newer, less standardised approach.

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    17. Sungrow Energy Storage System Contracted for Massachusetts Solar+Storage Portfolio

      Sungrow Energy Storage System Contracted for Massachusetts Solar+Storage Portfolio

      Inverter supplier Sungrow has signed a contract to supply its fully integrated energy storage system to a 15-MW/32-MWh solar-plus-storage project in Massachusetts. The project will participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets after completion and is one of the first solar-plus-storage offerings to contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, setting the benchmark for Massachusetts’ solar-plus-storage projects.

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    18. Guam Awards ENGIE 50MWp Solar Project with 300MWh of Storage Attached

      Guam Awards ENGIE 50MWp Solar Project with 300MWh of Storage Attached

      Engie has been hired by Guam’s state electricity utility to build two solar-plus-storage plants with a combined capacity of 50MWp/300MWh on the Pacific island. The firm scooped up the project duo in the third round of Guam’s competitive renewable tender program after submitting the lowest bid. The plants will deliver more than 85GWh annually and are scheduled to be operational by 2022, according to Engie.

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    19. Shell Powers Refinery with Solar-Gas-Battery Hybrid Technology

      Shell Powers Refinery with Solar-Gas-Battery Hybrid Technology

      Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation comes “clean” on its electricity usage at its 110,000 barrels per-day Tabangao refinery in the Philippines via its deployment of hybrid technology that amalgamates the use of solar, battery energy storage system and natural gas. The integrated energy solution for the company’s refinery is up for completion next year – with the solar farm development kicking off next month; while the 3.0 megawatt-hour battery storage will be installed second quarter of 2020.

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    20. Oregon Utility Partners with Cities to Achieve Resiliency with Microgrids

      Oregon Utility Partners with Cities to Achieve Resiliency with Microgrids

      Beaverton is the second Oregon city that will embrace microgrids for resiliency, working with utility Portland General Electric (PGE), which says it plans additional partnerships with cities. PGE’s microgrid projects are designed in part to provide resiliency if and when an earthquake hits the Oregon coast. The city of Beaverton will own their new emergency operations center, 300 kW of solar PV, and a 1,000 kW diesel standby generator. PGE will own the 250 kW storage system, which it will use, when available, for frequency control

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    21. The Future of Energy Storage Is Here: An Inside Look at Rocky Mountain Power's 600-Battery DR Project

      The Future of Energy Storage Is Here: An Inside Look at Rocky Mountain Power's 600-Battery DR Project

      The first residents of an all-electric and energy efficient community — the largest battery demand response project in the United States — are settling into new apartments. Their cars are tucked neatly beneath solar panel covers and their electric cars can plug into charging ports. Inside each apartment in the Soleil Lofts development, a battery is humming. When complete, the planned community's 22 buildings will have 600 apartment units with 12.6 MWh of battery storage, 5.2 MW of solar panels, 150 stalls of EV chargers and an overriding focus on energy efficiency. Utility access to the 600 batteries will turn the complex into a grid resource.

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    22. Solar-plus-storage to provide all the daytime electric needs of nation state – pv magazine International

      Solar-plus-storage to provide all the daytime electric needs of nation state – pv magazine International

      The Republic of Nauru, like many Pacific Ocean island states relies almost entirely on diesel generators for its power. However, the government has decided raise the share of renewables in the power mix of the 21km² nation from 3% to 47% with a large-scale solar-plus-storage project. The power plant will have a solar capacity of 6 MW and 5 MW/2.5 MWh of storage. The system will be fully automated and integrated with the existing diesel system to optimize solar energy use, enable optimal battery energy storage system charging and discharging and allow optimal shut-off of the diesel engines.

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