1. Articles in category: Residential & Community & Microgrid

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    1. Sunnova Enters the Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

      Sunnova Enters the Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

      Houston-based rooftopsolarfinancier Sunnova has entered the solar-plus-storage market. The company launched its SunSafe offering in the California market as a 25-year lease deal, with a full warranty and performance guarantee. That gives it a longer product life than other offerings currently on the market. Customers are free to pay down their contract earlier if they wish, said CEO John Berger. The key value is that Sunnova will maintain the system's operational capabilities for the full 25 years.

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    2. Community Energy Storage: What is it? Where is it? How does it work?

      Community Energy Storage: What is it? Where is it? How does it work?

      The sharing economy is growing feverishly worldwide. Whether ride-sharing, tool-sharing or home-sharing, there are new value streams and new benefits to participants never before envisioned. Energy markets are no exception and are experiencing similar community-oriented revolutions. Over a decade ago, the first community renewable energy (aka shared renewable energy) programs emerged, enabling multiple energy customers to participate in and share the economic benefits of a wind or solar energy system. Today, more than 14 states have enabled shared renewable energy programs, and hundreds of utilities offer some form of community or shared renewable energy program to their customers. More recently, “community choice aggregation” has sprung to life as a compelling alternative for communities looking to drive more renewable and clean energy development.

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    3. Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

      Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

      At the tail end of installing 15 solar plus storage microgrids across Puerto Rico — all of the work charitable — Sonnen and Pura Energia are providing humanitarian relief and a hint of the energy model the island could become.The latest installation, for a school in the mountain town of Orocovis, comes as over 14 percent of Puerto Ricans remain without power following last Fall’s Hurricane Maria. 

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    4. California Regulators Broaden Rules for Energy Storage

      California Regulators Broaden Rules for Energy Storage

      The California Public Utilities Commission last week approved new market rules for energy storage aimed at enabling the resources to stack incremental value and revenue streams through the delivery of multiple services to the wholesale market, distribution grid, transmission system and other venues. Regulators say the previous rules meant battery assets were unable to realize their full economic value, but the changes will help ensure correct pricing and improved economic viability.

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    5. Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

      Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

      Here is one to watch. Energy giant NRG Energy and engine manufacturer Cummins have formed a partnership to offer distributed energy systems for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership brings together NRG’s distributed energy capabilities with Cummins’ generators into a platform designed to save customers as much as 15 percent over their current energy costs, often at no enrollment expense.

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    6. Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

      Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

      Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARNEA) has awarded Western Australia’s Horizon Power US$1.44 million toward a distributed solar plus storage microgrid to test how weather affects behind-the-meter solar networks and improve upon microgrids. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation while delivering reliable, pollution-free power at lower, more stable cost.

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    7. Penn State Aims to Advance Renewables Through Energy Storage & Microgrid Training

      Penn State Aims to Advance Renewables Through Energy Storage & Microgrid Training

      A unique partnership between Penn State and industry members is working to advance solar and wind energy through energy storage and microgrid systems education and training. The Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAM-TAC) program is part of the GridSTAR Center, a smart grid education and research center at Penn State at The Navy Yard, located in Philadelphia.

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    8. Electric Resilience: Why We Need to Quantify its Value

      Electric Resilience: Why We Need to Quantify its Value

      Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. Because the pain that outages inflict varies so much, it is hard to place a universal price on electric resilience. So it is crucial that each customer knows what power loss costs them as they weigh their need for a microgrid, according to Michael Bakas, senior vice president of Massachusetts-based Ameresco.

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    9. Tesla Starts Shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

      Tesla Starts Shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

      Elon Musk said last week that Tesla would accelerate its effort to help bring power back to Puerto Rico after sending a few hundred Powerwall battery packs to the island where the electric grid was destroyed by hurricanes last month. Now we learn that Tesla is indeed stepping it up with now a new shipment of Powerpacks. A single Powerpack 2 battery pack has the same energy capacity (210 kWh) as almost 16 Powerwall 2 battery packs combined (each 13.5 kWh).

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    10. Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

      Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

      It’s been a tough year for North American electric grids — hurricanes, heat, fires, an eclipse. But an Arizona utility is reporting that it did just fine with some help from new microgrids and energy storage. “Driving past a microgrid or energy storage unit, many customers wouldn’t look twice, but those technologies are playing an increasingly important role in delivering efficient energy on the hottest days of the year,” said Jacob Tetlow, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at Arizona Public Service (APS), which serves about 2.7 million people

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    11. California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

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    12. Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy

      Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy

      Hawaii has long been the U.S. leader in solar energy deployment, despite the fact that the state's renewable energy efforts rarely get national attention. Solar energy, in particular, makes sense in Hawaii because of the state's abundant sunshine and high electricity prices (otherwise utilities burn imported fossil fuels). Even energy storage is an area where Hawaii is charging ahead of most other states. But being a leader isn't enough. We now know that Hawaii will be the first state to take a real crack at being powered 100% renewable energy, something regulators have been pushing for some time. And utility Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) is finally on board with the plan. 

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    13. Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

      Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

      A decade may not seem like a remarkably long time to have been in business, but it certainly is in the world of rooftop solar. In an industry known for its ups and downs, residential solar installer Sunrun hit the commendable milestone last week of 10 years in operation. Executive Chairman and co-founder Ed Fenster and CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich launched Sunrun in 2007 from an attic in San Francisco and signed the company’s first customers from a booth at a county fair. Since then, Sunrun says it has built more than $2.5 billion in solar systems, saved customers more than $150 million on their energy bills and generated more than 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy.

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    14. Project Financing Grows for Commercial Energy Storage, Lags for Residential

      Project Financing Grows for Commercial Energy Storage, Lags for Residential

      The energy storage industry needs better financing to break out of its early stages. So far, commercial project financing is becoming more widely available, but residential financing has barely gotten started. The high upfront cost of storage makes it hard for behind-the-meter customers to purchase out of pocket, and they can't call on the kind of capital available to utilities or large power producers. For financiers, meanwhile, energy storage poses several risks: It's a relatively new technology with emerging business models and revenue streams, both of which are subject to the influence of shifting tariff structures.

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    15. Ideal Power Partners with Azimuth Energy for 300 Kilowatt / 500 Kilowatt-Hour Remote Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrid

      Ideal Power Partners with Azimuth Energy for 300 Kilowatt / 500 Kilowatt-Hour Remote Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrid

      AUSTIN, Texas, June 27, 2017  -- Ideal Power Inc., an innovative power conversion technology company, Azimuth Energy, a solar and wind energy and energy efficiency engineering and construction company and Wright Architects, a design-build firm with projects along the East Coast and the Caribbean, today announced a solar-plus-storage project that will provide off-grid and virtually fossil-free power to a remote building complex in rural New York.

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    16. Sunrun Expands Solar Access to Florida

      Sunrun Expands Solar Access to Florida

      SAN FRANCISCO, June 19, 2017-- Sunrun Inc. (Nasdaq:RUN), the largest dedicated residential solar, storage and energy services company in the United States, today announced that it will offer homeowners in Florida a less expensive, cleaner way to power their homes while creating new jobs throughout Orlando and Tampa this year. In November, Floridians voted in favor of clean energy choices and legislators responded this session by passing Senate Bill 90, making it simpler to go solar. Florida follows Nevada and countless other states that are taking local action to support clean energy access.

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    17. Ice Energy's Home Cooling and Energy Storage System Achieves World Record Energy Efficiency Rating

      Ice Energy's Home Cooling and Energy Storage System Achieves World Record Energy Efficiency Rating

      SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Jun 8, 2017) -  Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, announced that its Ice Bear 20 home cooling and energy storage system has achieved a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14.56 when operating like a conventional AC unit, and when operating in its ice cooling mode using stored ice, an unprecedented Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 150.

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    18. Enel Green Power Commissions World's First, and Highest, 24×7 Solar-Hydrogen-Lithium Energy Storage Microgrid

      Enel Green Power Commissions World's First, and Highest, 24×7 Solar-Hydrogen-Lithium Energy Storage Microgrid

      Characterized by diverse geographic regions and climate zones, cities, towns and villages in Chile often are separated by difficult terrain and long distances, Sitting atop one of two colliding tectonic plates – the oceanic Nazca and continental South American – the Andean nation, as has come to be known worldwide, is also prone to cataclysmic earthquakes. Given all this, Chileans are increasingly recognizing, aand taking advantage of, the prospective benefits held out by renewable microgrids, including those in which solar-plus-storage are core elements. Italy’s Enel Green Power numbers among the players participating in Chile’s emerging “green energy” revolution.

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    19. Grid of the Future and Microgrids in Rhode Island: Little State Leapfrogs Leaders

      Grid of the Future and Microgrids in Rhode Island: Little State Leapfrogs Leaders

      A lot of states are talking about building a grid of the future and microgrids. But often it seems more like the grid of the far-off future. Not so, however, in Rhode Island. The state is taking advantage of its small size and second-mover position to act fast and avoid problems bogging down other states.

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    20. First Utility-Scale Microgrid in U.S. Enters Service

      First Utility-Scale Microgrid in U.S. Enters Service

      Photos taken during the 2012 Hurricane Sandy disaster almost literally turned the spotlight onto microgrids. Images posted on social media and in the news during the storm showed swaths of Manhattan plunged into darkness as power outages cut off electricity to large parts of America’s biggest city. Just as striking, however, were blossoms of light visible against the otherwise black skyline.

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    21. ABB Develops New Microgrid Solution to Offer Battery Energy Storage

      ABB Develops New Microgrid Solution to Offer Battery Energy Storage

      Swiss technology group ABB has developed a new integrated microgrid solution, MGS100 designed to provide solarpower and battery energy storage for rural communities and businesses. Capable of functioning in extreme environments, the MGS100 offers an affordable source of electricity and has 20kW, 40kW, or 60kW power ratings.

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    22. Empower Reveals a ‘Unified Platform’ for Home Solar-Plus-Storage Systems

      Empower Reveals a ‘Unified Platform’ for Home Solar-Plus-Storage Systems

      Power electronics maker Empower Micro Systems is aiming to make home solar-plus-storage simpler by cutting the amount of equipment that people need to install. Its new Genesys 8K modular smart home energy platform is made up of just two components instead of a minimum of eight offered by competitors. “Where we’re really focusing is to have a unified platform, from a power electronics point of view, that can be applied to residential solar as well as having a modular and scalable system for energy storage,” said Mika Nuotio, Empower’s CEO. 

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    23. Hawaii Solar Energy Firm Partners with Mainland Company to Offer Battery Storage Solutions

      Hawaii Solar Energy Firm Partners with Mainland Company to Offer Battery Storage Solutions

      Hawaii solar energy company Sunetric has teamed up with Houston-based Sunnova Energy to offer comprehensive solar solutions with battery storage to residential customers in Hawaii. The partnership, which was announced on Tuesday, will provide residential customers across the state with a service plan for affordable solar energy storage. The plan, called PowerStack, is supported by Hawaiian Electric Co.'s customer self-supply program, which replaced net energy metering.

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    24. Tesla Launches First Aggregated 'Virtual Power Plant' in Us

      Tesla Launches First Aggregated 'Virtual Power Plant' in Us

      Tesla has announced the first programme to aggregate the capabilities of hundreds of its residential and commercial stationary storage systems in a partnership with Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. The pair will bundle together up to 2,000 of Tesla’s residential Powerwall and commercial and industrial (C&I) Powerpack systems to create a “single resource of shared energy”, Tesla said, calling it the “next step in tapping the potential” of energy storage systems in the field.

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