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    1. Borrego Solar Launches Megawatt-Scale Energy Storage Division

      Borrego Solar Launches Megawatt-Scale Energy Storage Division

      Borrego Solar Systems has launched a new division focused on megawatt-scale energy storage solutions, both stand-alone and tied to solar installations. It is the company's first expansion beyond solar PV; Borrego has more than 260 MW in operation and 100 MW under construction.

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      Mentions: U.S. MA SolarCity
    2. After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      Critics called 2015 a "banner year" for energy storage. Now after a year of unprecedented growth, energy storage could be poised to best that performance, according to Navigant Research’s third quarter energy storage tracker. “The North American market this year definitely has the potential to surpass the deployed capacity in 2015, especially considering how quickly new projects are being built today,” Ian McClenny, a research associate at Navigant, said.

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    3. ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB plans to install an industrial microgrid at its largest manufacturing facility in India, which employees 3,000 people. The Vadodara facility in Gujarat, India will include a rooftop solar array to boost renewables, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve the facility’s electric reliability. Microgrid are particularly important in India because of poor grid reliability in many regions.

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      Mentions: India ABB Aquion
    4. Aquion Energy and Fusion Power Systems Announce Fully Integrated Titan SmartStorage System for Australian Residential Solar Market

      Aquion Energy and Fusion Power Systems Announce Fully Integrated Titan SmartStorage System for Australian Residential Solar Market

      PITTSBURGH, PA and SOUTH MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -- 10/03/16 -- Aquion Energy, Inc., manufacturer of Aspen saltwater batteries and energy storage systems, and Fusion Power Systems, a leading Australian power and energy systems integrator, have announced Titan SmartStorage, a fully integrated solar energy storage solution for residential applications in Australia. The Titan SmartStorage product will be unveiled today at the All-Energy 2016 conference in Melbourne, Australia, and is now available to order. Fusion's Titan SmartStorage is Australia's first fully integrated, safe, and easy-to-install residential solar energy storage system. The system combines clean and cost-effective Aquion Energy Aspen saltwater batteries with an Australian-made, purpose-built inverter and charge controller, designed and built to withstand Australian conditions.

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      Mentions: Australia PA Aquion
    5. Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’

      Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’

      A new study suggests that microgrids – a rarity in today’s power sector – will evolve to become a “fundamental building block” of the 21st-century grid. Used primarily to ensure reliability and access in military and other critical applications, microgrids have emerged in recent years as a niche interest for utilities and communities looking to bring more renewables online and increase resilience in the face of extreme weather. Despite the heightened profile, microgrids – islandable networks of generation and distribution – remain a small part of the U.S. energy system, making up a fraction of a percent of the nation’s total power generating capacity.

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      Mentions: U.S. IL LBNL
    6. The Transformation of Residential Energy Storage

      The Transformation of Residential Energy Storage

      The residential energy storage industry has gained significant momentum during the past year. Yet while there has been substantial progress, recent high-profile product launches have led to media attention that overestimates the current state of the industry. Despite the potential of residential battery energy storage systems to drive transformation in electric power systems, they are an economical investment only in select markets today. Going forward, utility involvement in the residential energy storage system (RESS) market will be a turning point for the industry as utilities look to own, distribute or access these storage systems. This article explores the evolving economics of RESS, how utility involvement is rapidly shifting market dynamics and the potential for this technology to lay the foundation for the distributed energy revolution.

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    7. A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A fog machine goes off, and an astronaut emerges from behind the assembled crowd, carrying the device that the room has been waiting to see up onto the stage. The atmosphere could be mistaken for the unveiling of the latest virtual reality headset or a new Silicon Valley-backed fitness tracker.  But the four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar, led by entrepreneur and inventor Christopher Estes, has developed something much more unusual and the company unveiled it for the first time on Wednesday night in the penthouse at The Battery club in downtown San Francisco.

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      Mentions: Africa Caribbean Seeo
    8. US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      Three utilities have formed a consortium with three technology companies and an academic institution in a $12.4 million project to link three microgrids in Maine and eastern Canada into a “transactive energy” scheme. Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro are teaming up with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Smarter Grid Solutions and the Center for Urban Energy at Ryerson University for the project, which aims to demonstrate how microgrids can save money and aid in integrating renewable energy into the grid.

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      Mentions: Canada ME
    9. How Duke’s Solar and Battery Microgrid Is Weathering Disruptive Grid Events

      How Duke’s Solar and Battery Microgrid Is Weathering Disruptive Grid Events

      Duke Energy has spent years building out its concept of a utility-controlled microgrid, one that can be put together from standard parts and rolled out to customers at large. But the real tests of whether its technology is ready to move from demonstration to commercial scale can come in a matter of milliseconds. For Duke’s McAlpine microgrid test site in Charlotte, North Carolina -- a fire station connected to a substation with a 50-kilowatt solar array and 500-kilowatt lithium-ion battery -- these moments of truth came in two discrete events this year.

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    10. Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

      Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

      ABB’s Bob Fesmire explains how energy storage is becoming more refined, and acting as an enabler for microgrids. Most of the time when people talk about microgrids, they talk about reliability (e.g., for a hospital or other critical load) and renewables. When people talk about renewables, they often talk about storage (e.g., to maximize the output of a rooftop solar array). And when people talk about storage, they often refer to enhancing reliability.

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      Mentions: Duke Energy ABB NC
    11. U.S. Senators Propose Tax Credit for Energy Storage

      U.S. Senators Propose Tax Credit for Energy Storage

      U.S. Senator Dean Heller issued the following statement after becoming a cosponsor of S. 3159, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, establishes investment tax credits (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage. The bipartisan bill was also cosponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii). The proposed tax incentives are modeled on the current ITCs for solar energy and apply to either large, grid-connected energy storage systems or to smaller battery systems for residential power. Home battery storage, coupled with a small wind or roof-top solar system, could be used to store energy during the day for use later in the day or during overcast skies and to help consumers reduce their energy bills.

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      Mentions: HI U.S. Minnesota
    12. The Coming Solar PV Revolution Will Be Electrifying

      The Coming Solar PV Revolution Will Be Electrifying

      Poised for massive expansion, the global solar photovoltaics market is ramping up and excitement is sparking. Cost reductions, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), are driving huge increases in solar PV investments.IRENA’s new report, Letting in the Light, explores the coming revolution to global electricity systems in the next big wave of solar PV expansion. Rising from today’s 227 gigawatts, IRENA estimates that “solar PV capacity could reach between 1,760 and 2,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.” This represents a rise from today’s 2% share of global electricity generated by solar PV, to around 13% by 2030.

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      Mentions: Australia Tesla
    13. Australia Developer Moves Ahead with 5 MW Solar+Storage Virtual Power Plant

      Australia Developer Moves Ahead with 5 MW Solar+Storage Virtual Power Plant

      AGL Energy, an Australian company developing clean energy solutions, will install a 5 MW/7MWh virtual power plant in South Australia, linking solar panels and batteries across 1,000 homes and businesses. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has agreed to fund $5 million of the $20 million project, believing the VPP model could be a solution for the country's grid issues. Similar to the AGL project in Australia, Consolidated Edison is developing a smaller VPP in New York where 300 customer sites will be capable of supplying 4 MWh of power.

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    14. Mitsubishi Enters US Solar Market with Nexamp Deal

      Mitsubishi Enters US Solar Market with Nexamp Deal

      Mitsubishi becomes the largest shareholder in Nexamp, which specialises in building and operating commercial-scale PV systems in the US northeast, and also claims to be a "recent leader" in the community solar market.

      Mitsubishi made the undisclosed investment via its US subsidiary Diamond Generating Corporation (DGC), marking the unit’s first foray into solar and adding to its existing portfolio of wind and thermal plant assets.

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    15. German Energy Storage Market to Reach $1B by 2021

      German Energy Storage Market to Reach $1B by 2021

      According to the report, retail electricity prices for residential customers in Germany have increased 47 percent since 2006 and are unlikely to decrease in the near future. However, Germany offers homeowners an incentive known as KfW 275 for energy storage systems paired with a new or existing solar installations; the incentive covered up to 30 percent of the system costs between 2013 and 2015, currently covers 22 percent, and steps down by 3 percent every half-year. GTM Research anticipates that these factors will continue to help the residential segment maintain its top position in Germany, constituting 49 percent of all megawatts installed in 2021.

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    16. Panasonic Simulator Enables Dutch Homeowners to See Solar Benefits

      Panasonic Simulator Enables Dutch Homeowners to See Solar Benefits

      In a noble effort to show European residents just how they could benefit from installing rooftop solar, Panasonic has launched its effective new online simulator in Holland. The company hopes that the new platform will make installing solar a non-brainer, even in areas of the country that are not blessed with high level of solar irradiation. The simulator is simple to use. Homeowners just need to stick in their address, their roof characteristics and their annual electricity consumption for a calculated estimate of how much they could save by installing a solar array on their roof. The “Simulate your Solar System” also outlines to users the other benefits of the PV array, such as its environmental impact, the benefits of energy independence, and how it will make their homes ‘future-ready.’

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      Mentions: Italy Europe Germany
    17. Utility Participation Key to Driving Residential Storage Growth

      Utility Participation Key to Driving Residential Storage Growth

      Residential energy storage is a niche market now, but it is going to build momentum over the next 10 years, according to a new report from Navigant Consulting, opening opportunities for utilities to harness the technology. The report’s authors see residential energy storage growing to a 3,773 MW market by 2025 from nearly 95 MW today. In that same time frame, they see the North American residential storage market rising 55%, hitting 800 MW from the current 15 MW.

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      Mentions: Australia Japan HI
    18. GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

      GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

      General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market. “The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs fall. The Connecticut-based company is among a growing field of international technology giants pursuing the microgrid market. Others include ABB, Hitachi, Schneider Electric and Siemens. In the U.S. the companies are pursuing a market pegged at $200 million and expected to reach $800 million in four years, according to GTM Research.

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      Mentions: France U.S. GE
    19. Global Annual Deployments of Residential Energy Storage Systems

      Global Annual Deployments of Residential Energy Storage Systems

      A new report from Navigant Research examines trends in the residential energy storage industry, providing an analysis of utility involvement, business models, and a projected growth path, with global market forecasts for capacity and revenue in major regions, through 2025. Momentum in the residential energy storage industry is growing rapidly as utilities begin to recognize the value residential energy storage systems (RESSs) can provide. The growing popularity of these systems—driven by a growing residential solar PV industry, falling systems costs, rising electricity prices, and a push to improve resiliency—holds enormous potential to dramatically alter the electricity industry in terms of the grid’s physical structure, business models, and utility-customer relationships. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, global annual deployments of RESSs are expected to increase from 94.9 MW in 2016 to 3,773.3 MW in 2025.

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      Mentions: Australia Japan U.S.
    20. Sonnen Introduces New Residential Battery at up to 40% Cost Reduction

      Sonnen Introduces New Residential Battery at up to 40% Cost Reduction

      Much of the dramatic growth of solar PV in recent years has been driven by rapidly falling costs, and now battery makers are feeling the heat to drive down costs in order to accelerate deployment. German distributed battery market leader sonnen today showed significant progress in that regard, unveiling a new battery product for the U.S. market which it says represents a cost reduction of up to 40% over its other models. 

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      Mentions: HI U.S. Germany
    21. Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric to Design and Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

      Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric to Design and Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

      OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 05, 2016 - Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric USA have formed a joint venture to  design and construct an energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, in San Diego, California. The microgrid solution will allow operations at mission-critical facilities to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged. The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation and will manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate renewable resources, advanced smart grid control systems and demand response capabilities.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Schneider
    22. Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Opus One Solutions Partner to Provide Cutting-Edge Suite of Distribution Services

      Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Opus One Solutions Partner to Provide Cutting-Edge Suite of Distribution Services

      SAN FRANCISCO and TORONTO, July 5, 2016 - Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), a pioneer in the use of energy storage systems for electric utility grid support, and Opus One Solutions (Opus One), a leading smart grid software engineering company, today announced an agreement to jointly offer a cutting edge suite of solutions for the distribution grid. The partnership combines both companies' expertise to provide utilities with a comprehensive platform for real-time management and optimization of the electric grid. AMS and Opus One will pair advanced energy storage systems with real-time grid level energy management software to bring utilities an unmatched degree of grid visibility, control, and optimization. This industry-leading solution set will support widespread deployment and operation of distributed energy resources, including renewable energy. In addition to the benefits to utilities, the solutions provided by AMS and Opus One will help customers optimize their energy strategies while contributing to a stronger, more resilient grid.

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    23. Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

      Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

      The duo of PowerStream and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) now have a utility-scale microgrid to show as they market their technology in North America. PowerStream, an Ontario utility, and KEPCO, South Korea’s largest utility, cut the ribbon this week on a microgrid that serves 400 residential and business customers in Penetanguishene, a small town north of Toronto on Georgian Bay.

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      Mentions: Asia Africa Ontario
    24. Ice Energy's New Residential Ice Battery Part of White House Initiative for Scaling Energy Storage and Renewables

      Ice Energy's New Residential Ice Battery Part of White House Initiative for Scaling Energy Storage and Renewables

      SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Jun 21, 2016) -  Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, is honored that its new Ice Bear residential cooling system was included in the recently announced White House initiative on scaling renewable energy and storage. Mike Hopkins, CEO of Ice Energy, commented: "Ice Energy is entering the home AC market with a disruptive cooling technology. Our new product, the Ice Bear 20, will save homeowners money, reduce their carbon footprint and be the next leap forward in transforming the electric grid from an inefficient fossil fuel-dependent system to an efficient renewable-powered system." 

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