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    1. Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

      Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

      In 2017, Maryland became the first state to pass legislation establishing an income tax credit for energy storage systems. Last month, the Maryland Energy Administration announced it was accepting applications for the state’s energy storage income tax credit for the 2019 tax year. The deadline for residential and commercial customers to submit applications is January 15, 2020. This year, up to $750,000 is available ($300,000 for residential customers, $450,000 for commercial customers) on a first-come, first-served basis. Tax credits are capped at 30 percent of the total installed system cost, or up to $5,000 for residential systems and up to $75,000 for commercial systems. Maryland’s energy storage income tax credit is funded at $750,000 annually through the 2022 tax year.

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    2. 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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    3. 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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      Mentions: Nigeria
    4. New Battery Storage for Private Homes

      New Battery Storage for Private Homes

      Siemens has launched its first battery storage geared to the requirements in private homes. Homeowners can use the Junelight Smart Battery to maximize consumption of self-generated energy, minimize energy procurement cost and reduce emissions. The lithium-ion storage combines intelligent and safe energy management and a modern design, says the company. Junelight coordinates predictive charging and discharging depending on the weather-related yield forecast of the photovoltaic system and the household’s consumption profile.

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    5. Why Shell bought Sonnen: Value is in Behind-the-Meter Potential

      Why Shell bought Sonnen: Value is in Behind-the-Meter Potential

      While many in the industry have been enthusiastic about the potential of residential and other forms of behind-the-meter energy storage for some time, and the technology is ready to go, it’s been difficult to really demonstrate the total value that home storage systems could provide. This year we’re seeing evidence that that has changed. It allows individual users to become more independent of big utilities and to maximize their use of solar energy, but it can also help the grid, by connecting together - or aggregating - dozens, hundreds or even thousands of units at once and providing a sort of combined and controllable single asset to the grid operator or utility.

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    6. 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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      Mentions: CA HI TX
    7. 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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    8. Montecito Fire Protection District Solar Microgrid To Be A National Model

      Montecito Fire Protection District Solar Microgrid To Be A National Model

      A project to build a solar+storage community microgrid within the Montecito, CA, fire district is being developed as a national model for other communities across the country, according to the Clean Coalition and the World Business Academy. The two organizations are boot-strapping the project and have raised some funding for the estimated 1 megawatt microgrid, within the unincorporated community of about 10,000 in Santa Barbara County.

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    9. Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      In this discussion on energy storage, including microgrids and storage as a service, Karim Wazni shares his insight on the storage market and the integration of renewables, such as wind and solar energy. Karim is the Managing Director of the Microgrids and Storage Solutions unit for Aggreko, a global provider of power-generation equipment and services.

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    10. 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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      Mentions: VT Tesla
    11. Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

      Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

      Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency as the growth of distributed resources forces utilities and grid operators to transition from standard operations to more decentralized power systems.

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    12. Designing Liberty Utilities' New Hampshire Residential Storage Program

      Designing Liberty Utilities' New Hampshire Residential Storage Program

      The increasing deployment of distributed energy storage has led utilities to focus on lowering peak demand across the United States. Throughout the Northeast, utilities are considering 'bring your own device' programs as battery storage, clean energy and utility advocates fight for ownership and swift technology deployment. Instead of leaving battery storage deployment up to the private sector, Liberty Utilities is developing the second regulator-approved storage program for utility-owned behind-the-meter in its New Hampshire territory.

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    13. 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
    14. 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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    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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      Mentions: CA Congress Schneider
    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. 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
    18. PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island’s electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority plans to finalize and submit to regulators February 12.

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      Mentions: Siemens Puerto Rico
    19. Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      The US Department of Defense wants to reduce costs and speed time to install military microgrids, so is seeking demonstration projects via a newly issued request for proposals. Through its Installation Energy Test Bed, the Defense Department intends to fund multiple projects that speed microgrid design, simplify component and system integration, and accommodate expansion of military microgrids. Many already have invested extensively in generation assets, distribution systems, substations, load configurations, storage, metering and other energy infrastructure.

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    20. S&T Powers High-Tech, Living Laboratory with New Microgrids to Study Advanced Lead Battery Technologies

      S&T Powers High-Tech, Living Laboratory with New Microgrids to Study Advanced Lead Battery Technologies

      Missouri University of Science and Technology has installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the campus’s EcoVillage, a living laboratory of solar homes S&T students designed and built to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Missouri S&T’s Microgrid Industrial Consortium is using the EcoVillage to test advanced lead battery energy storage in stationary grid-tied applications for potential use as a renewable energy source for communities of the future.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Missouri
    21. Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Southern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries are conducting Smart Neighborhood projects to proactively simulate what the future could hold for them and their customers. In a future potentially filled with distributed energy resources and microgrids, initiatives like this will enable Southern Company to adapt and continue providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to its customers and communities.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    22. Indoor Farm Will Tap Solar Microgrid to Keep Plants Growing Year Round

      Indoor Farm Will Tap Solar Microgrid to Keep Plants Growing Year Round

      A solar-powered microgrid will soon help an urban agriculture startup grow vegetable greens inside a converted New Jersey warehouse. Bowery Farming’s Kearny, New Jersey, facility will grow lettuce, kale and up to 100 varieties of plants, all indoors in a carefully controlled climate backed up by batteries, solar panels, on-site gas generators and technology that allows it to operate independently from the electric grid in the event of an outage or other disruptions.

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      Mentions: U.S. Schneider NJ
    23. Sharing Systems Could Help Building Owners Get More from Microgrids

      Sharing Systems Could Help Building Owners Get More from Microgrids

      Shared microgrids can help building owners lower costs and boost resilience, but big questions need to be sorted out first on how the systems operate. While still a fledgling market, shared microgrids — sometimes called multi-user microgrids — are gaining increased attention from researchers and industry players. As with single-user microgrids, the systems combine some type of energy storage and generation with technology that allows them to separate from the larger grid in the event of a power outage or other disruption. In Chicago, a cluster of museums is exploring the case for combining energy systems, but thorny questions remain. 

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