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    1. Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

      Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

      Home batteries proved their resilience value during Vermont's Halloween blackout. A major rain and wind storm struck the state at the close of October, knocking out power to some 115,000 customers. Among those affected, 1,100 homes managed to keep the lights on thanks to pilot programs specifically designed to promote resilient backup power with energy storage. The battery backup service lasted nine hours on average, but the longest instance stretched to 82 hours.

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Panasonic Launches New Residential Solar Battery

      Panasonic Launches New Residential Solar Battery

      Panasonic has launched a lithium-ion storage solution for residential solar installations. The company said its EverVolt storage system is available in the U.S. in AC and DC-coupled versions and boasts a storage capacity ranging from 5.7 kWh up to to 34.2 kWh. The Japanese electronics giant added the system is compatible with all kinds of PV technologies and inverters and can be tailored to homeowner needs. Panasonic said owners can monitor their systems with bespoke software and a user-friendly app.

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    7. California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

      California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

      California has passed its first-ever subsidy aimed specifically at bringing more distributed solar and energy storage to people at highest risk of having their power shut off by utilities trying to prevent wildfires. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved changes late last week to the Self-Generation Incentive Program, the state’s premier behind-the-meter battery incentive program. Among them is a $100 million carve-out for vulnerable households and critical services in “high fire threat districts,” offering incentives that could pay for nearly all of a typical residential battery installation, according to the CPUC analysis.

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    8. Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

      Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

      This work provides insights for the two main sources of bill savings for residential and commercial customers – demand charge reductions and arbitrage of energy charges – considering a range of customer profiles and retail rate designs. Storage can reduce monthly demand charges, which are dependent on the customer’s billing demand in kW rather than the amount of energy they consume in kWh, by charging during times of low energy consumption and discharging during peak consumption hours, thereby reducing peak power consumption from the grid. Storage can also reduce electricity bills by charging the storage during low-priced hours and discharging during high-priced hours, taking advantage of price-differentials of time-varying rates. This study considers a variety of demand charge designs and rates that allow for energy arbitrage.

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    9. The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

      The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

      As battery prices fall, energy storage is becoming economical in a growing number of markets. While customer-owned systems remain nascent, new research from the Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab indicates they may pencil out for a growing number of residential and commercial customers — depending on how retail electricity rates are designed.

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    10. Virtual Power Plant of 1,000 Homes Planned for Hawaiian Electric

      Virtual Power Plant of 1,000 Homes Planned for Hawaiian Electric

      The world’s largest residential virtual power plant is planned for the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, managing the electricity from some 1,000 rooftop solar-plus-storage systems that will be installed under a four-year contract beginning in 2020. Project developers Sunrun and OATI will send the energy from the residential systems to Hawaiian Electric Company's (HECO) grid as called upon by the utility. The virtual power plant will provide peak demand shaving, on-demand reserve capacity and ancillary services.

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    11. Bipartisan Senate Bill Allocates $100M to Ease Residential Solar, Storage Permitting

      Bipartisan Senate Bill Allocates $100M to Ease Residential Solar, Storage Permitting

      Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced a bill on Monday to create a federal program to ease the permitting of distributed energy systems, including solar, battery storage and electric vehicle fast chargers. S. 2447 would appropriate $20 million annually, from fiscal year 2019 to 2024, for a new nonprofit organization under the Department of Energy, dubbed the Distributed Energy Opportunity Board, to streamline local permitting and inspection for qualifying systems.

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    12. U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Sees Most Growth Ever in a Single Quarter in Q2 2019

      U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Sees Most Growth Ever in a Single Quarter in Q2 2019

      The United States storage sector deployed more residential storage in Q2 2019 than in any other quarter on record, adding more than 30 megawatts for the first time, according to the new U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the U.S. Energy Storage Association. In a 20 percent increase from Q2 2018, 75.9 megawatts of front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter storage was deployed in the second quarter of 2019.

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    13. The Land of Opportunity for Off-Grid Solar

      The Land of Opportunity for Off-Grid Solar

      Consolidation is picking up in Africa’s off-grid renewables market, where big investors like Engie are betting on the electricity consumers of the future. While a variety of technologies and products are considered part of the off-grid ecosystem, solar home systems have been the star from an investment perspective, and particularly those sold under a pay-as-you-go (paygo) model. Under such a model, customers are provided with a solar-generation unit, usually backed up with a battery, and the homeowners make lease payments over time as they benefit from the electricity. Paygo allows companies to tap into a vast base of potential customers that cannot pay for a system upfront.

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    14. ‘Transformative’: Sonnen to Deliver Community Battery Network With Grid Services Contract

      ‘Transformative’: Sonnen to Deliver Community Battery Network With Grid Services Contract

      German home energy storage company sonnen fulfilled a long-time dream for its U.S. operation: It will supply battery systems to an entire new residential community, with a contract in place to deliver grid services to the local utility.

      Sonnen will install more than 600 ecoLinx batteries in developer Wasatch Group's Soleil Lofts apartments in Herriman, Utah, a rapidly growing region south of Salt Lake City. The fleet of batteries will total 5 megawatts/12.6 megawatt-hours of storage paired with onsite solar generation.

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    15. Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

      Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

      A high-profile solar-homebuilder partnership has emerged from the flurry of activity surrounding California’s new solar home mandate, which goes into effect in 2020. Residential solar provider Sunnova and PetersenDean, a California-based company that installs roofs and solar, will work together on solar and storage leases and power-purchase agreements in the state. California’s new policy requires solar installations on new residential buildings under three-stories.

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    16. Stitching Together the Grid of the Future

      Stitching Together the Grid of the Future

      Autonomous Energy Grids is the name of a multifaceted project that the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created to envision the electricity grid of the future, where output from many decentralized energy sources is managed simultaneously to ensure a secure and consistent energy supply. The concept is focused on smart technology and autonomous communication, based on a series of interconnected microgrids, which communicate with each other and make use of algorithms to continually find the best operating condition in response to constantly shifting energy demand, availability and pricing.

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    17. Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently helped unveil a new community of 46 smart townhomes in Atlanta which will serve as a living laboratory for DOE researchers to evaluate how homeowners are using energy in a real-world, smart home environment. This research is instrumental to understanding how emerging smart technologies and distributed energy resources can impact energy efficiency, energy management and resiliency. The Altus neighborhood, known as the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood, is a set of townhomes on a microgrid that have been outfitted with solar photovoltaic panels, batteries, and state-of-the-art, grid-connective, energy-efficient building components and appliances.

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    18. LG Chem Battery Systems Power Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      LG Chem Battery Systems Power Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      LG Chem and its project partners have officially opened Atlanta's first Smart Neighborhood. Each of the 46 technology-enhanced townhomes in the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood will be served by Georgia Power with power supplemented by individual rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage. LG Chem is supplying two home battery systems to each of the townhomes in Atlanta. The latest residential energy technologies will deliver innovative and creative solutions to Georgia Power's customers to more efficiently manage their energy needs.

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    19. NYS Awards $55M for Energy Storage on Long Island

      NYS Awards $55M for Energy Storage on Long Island

      New York state is providing $55 million in funding for energy storage including commercial and residential storage projects on Long Island. Announcing the funding Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there would be an initial rollout of about $15 million in incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Energy storage projects supported by this initiative would help to advance the state’s goal of achieving New York’s target of 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030.

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    20. Ameresco Completes 10 Megawatt Distributed Energy Security Project at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

      Ameresco Completes 10 Megawatt Distributed Energy Security Project at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

      Ameresco, Inc. has announced the completion of construction of a comprehensive energy resiliency and energy infrastructure project at the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. The $91 million project, which required no upfront capital from MCRD PI, features resilient distributed energy systems designed to withstand potential storm and seismic conditions.

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    21. U.S. Energy Storage Market Breaks Record for Megawatts Deployed in a Single Quarter, Growing 232% Year-Over-Year

      U.S. Energy Storage Market Breaks Record for Megawatts Deployed in a Single Quarter, Growing 232% Year-Over-Year

      The United States non-residential storage market had its strongest quarter ever in Q1 2019, according to the new U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the U.S. Energy Storage Association. Q1 2019 was also the second strongest quarter on record for the U.S. residential storage segment.

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    22. Eversource, UNH, Durham Plan Community Microgrid

      Eversource, UNH, Durham Plan Community Microgrid

      In order to enhance the resiliency of the local electric system and advance clean energy technologies, Eversource, the University of New Hampshire and the town have entered into a partnership to plan the development of a community microgrid. The Oyster River Clean Innovation Project will propose an interconnected system of distributed energy resources, including solar and battery technology, that will act as an island during extreme weather, ensuring that power serving the campus and critical town facilities is not interrupted.

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