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    1. EDP Renewables is Planning 130-MW Solar+Storage Project in California

      EDP Renewables is Planning 130-MW Solar+Storage Project in California

      EDP Renewables and East Bay Community Energy have reached an agreement on a 20-year PPA totaling 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of storage that will bring the Sonrisa Solar Park to California’s Fresno County. The Sonrisa Solar Park is expected to be operational in 2022 and will jobs and money spent in local communities. The Sonrisa Solar Park, which will be comprised of both solar and storage technologies, is EDP Renewables’ first multi-technology project in North America.

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    2. Missouri is Studying the Use of Lead-Acid Batteries at EV Charging Stations

      Missouri is Studying the Use of Lead-Acid Batteries at EV Charging Stations

      Plans to introduce battery-supported EV charging stations have moved a step closer thanks to funding through a competitive grant awarded by the State of Missouri, made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. The grant will fund a detailed plan for the set-up and construction of EV charging stations with advanced lead energy storage at the selected demonstration sites to help manage electricity demand fluctuations and store electricity when it is less costly.

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    3. Largest Community Solar-Plus-Storage Farm in Massachusetts is Complete

      Largest Community Solar-Plus-Storage Farm in Massachusetts is Complete

      Massachusetts’ largest community solar-plus-storage farm has completed construction and is nearing subscriber completion. The 7.1-MW Happy Hollow Community Solar + Storage Farm is built on a gravel pit in Winchendon, Massachusetts and includes a 3.3-MW energy storage system. The project is expected to generate 9,000,000 kWh of electricity each year, which is enough energy to power 1,200 average Massachusetts homes for a year.

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    4. Puget Sound Energy Selects Sunverge for Grid-Scale Solar+Storage Demonstration

      Puget Sound Energy Selects Sunverge for Grid-Scale Solar+Storage Demonstration

      Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has selected the Sunverge platform to test the integration of battery storage technology as part of its Smart Grid demonstration efforts. The Smart Grid is designed to help customers save money and energy, while helping PSE improve grid reliability and reduce its carbon footprint. Sunverge is an open platform for creating a grid-aware energy source from fleets of behind-the-meter Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).

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    5. Use Cases for Utility Solar+Storage

      Use Cases for Utility Solar+Storage

      Integrating storage into the grid is becoming a more popular and more lucrative way to add value to PV projects as well as the electrical grid. Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables’ estimates show a year-over-year growth of more than 50% in the non-residential storage market. Storage, whether integrated into a large-scale PV plant or as a stand-alone asset, can provide a variety of meaningful services to utilities.

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    6. CED Greentech OC now Offering Eguana Evolve Residential Energy Storage System

      CED Greentech OC now Offering Eguana Evolve Residential Energy Storage System

      Eguana Technologies and CED Greentech Orange County are pleased to announce immediate availability of the Evolve residential energy storage system. Initial product shipments, technical training and product certification have been scheduled to take place in the current month. “California is a mature solar market with an experienced base of contractors who are best addressed through standard distribution channels. Our initial outreach to solar specific contractors has been very positive, the addition CED Greentech opens additional channel opportunities and product availability,” said Livio Filice, Eguana’s director of residential sales, North America. Filice added “with the addition of CED Greentech in Southern California, the Evolve system is now available in every key regional solar PV market in North America.”

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    7. Ask a Solar Vet: Thinking of Storage in a Matrix, with ESA's Kelly Speakes-Backman

      Ask a Solar Vet: Thinking of Storage in a Matrix, with ESA's Kelly Speakes-Backman

      The worlds of solar and energy storage are coming together more closely all the time. We spoke with Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO at Energy Storage Association, the trade association for the energy storage industry and the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the advanced energy storage systems that support the power grid we rely on every day. We got to know the woman behind the voice of energy storage and her views on the industry, as she celebrates one year in her new position.

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    8. NextEra and Salt River Project Complete Arizona's Largest Solar+Storage Plant

      NextEra and Salt River Project Complete Arizona's Largest Solar+Storage Plant

      NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project announced the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a universal-scale, integrated solar plant equipped with a battery system that will store energy and enable SRP to provide clean energy to customers when usage is at its highest and needed most.

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    9. Origis Energy Completes First Community Solar+Storage Installation in Massachusetts

      Origis Energy Completes First Community Solar+Storage Installation in Massachusetts

      Origis Energy USA and Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) celebrated the completion of the Sterling Community Solar + Energy Storage project. Representing the first community solar plus storage and the first operational solar plus storage installation in Massachusetts, the project couples a 1-MWac rooftop solar installation with a 1-MW/2-MWh energy storage system to deliver an annual base load of 1.7 MWh in dispatchable clean energy to the town’s ratepayers. It was developed and is owned by Origis Energy USA, delivering power and storage benefits to SMLD through a PPA.

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    10. How Much Can a Residential Energy Storage Project Actually Save?

      How Much Can a Residential Energy Storage Project Actually Save?

      It may be surprising to know that the vast majority of California homeowners buying energy storage systems today are not doing so to save money.  In other words, they are not trying to reduce their utility bill or get a return on investment, like they do from a rooftop solar system.  Instead, most storage systems today are being bought and sold based on the promise of back-up power or energy independence from the utility.  The primary reason for this is that the avoided cost opportunity for residential storage today is not very meaningful.  On most residential utility rate schedules, energy storage does not have the ability to significantly reduce the utility bill.  Therefore, it’s not the core value proposition being sold today.

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    11. Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power Complete Solar+Storage System at Palm Springs Cultural Center

      Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power Complete Solar+Storage System at Palm Springs Cultural Center

      Ice Energy, provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, and Horizon Solar Power, one of California’s largest installers of solar PV systems for residential and commercial facilities, have completed the installation of a solar-plus-ice-battery-storage system at Palm Springs Cultural Center in California’s Coachella Valley. As California continues to push for greater deployment of distributed energy resources, this project demonstrates the economic value of combining solar PV with ice battery storage to displace peak electricity demand and enable solar self-consumption on a grid-wide scale.

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    12. 60% of Solar Installers Now Offer Storage Options

      60% of Solar Installers Now Offer Storage Options

      EnergySage released the results of its second annual Solar Installer Survey. The report captures key observations of local, regional and national solar installers in both residential and commercial markets. More than 360 experienced solar installers across the United States responded to the survey, which was fielded and authored by EnergySage in partnership with pv magazine.

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