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Tesla is in the forefront of EV development once again with the recent news the model 3 is finally in production as of July 7. but this is not all the news there is. Lucid Motors, Faraday Future, GM, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan just to name a few are or have already taken extraordinary steps to push forward the EV and home energy Storage revolution. Below is a modest up to date summary of what is happening in the EVmonde.

Storage industry players working to repower Puerto Rico

Storage industry players working to repower Puerto Rico

7 DEC 2017, 13:16

The latest confirmed initiative supporting the restoration of power in Puerto Rico is the donation of 6MW of batteries from AES, which has suggested microgrids and large-scale solar could be the answer to long term stability issues.

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INTERVIEWS

Powerhive: Minigrids and mobile money are perfect answers for Africa’s electricity access questions

6 DEC 2017, 16:30 • BY ANDY COLTHORPE
Powerhive: Minigrids and mobile money are perfect answers for Africa’s electricity access questions

Powerhive has been delivering access to electricity for rural and remote communities since its inception in 2011, classifying itself as much as a technology company as it is a developer or vendor of energy solutions. Andy Colthorpe spoke with Daniel Porras, vice president for impact and communications and a member of the executive team.

California utility PG&E goes for 165MW of energy storage towards 2024 mandate

California utility PG&E goes for 165MW of energy storage towards 2024 mandate

6 DEC 2017, 15:27

California investor-owned utility (IO) Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has furthered its commitment towards the state’s mandated target for energy storage deployment by utilities, putting 165MW of contracts forward to regulator California Public Utilities’ Commission (CPUC) for approval.

 

 

Smart energy grid opens up on UK regional distribution network

Smart energy grid opens up on UK regional distribution network

28 NOV 2017, 11:25

Northern Powergrid, one of the six distribution network operators (DNOs) responsible for delivering power across regions of the UK, is to plough £1.9 million (US$2.53 million) into the creation of a smart energy grid across its network, allowing its eight million customers to trade power and services using their home solar, battery systems and electric vehicles (EVs).

 

Flood of announcements from flow battery makers

Flood of announcements from flow battery makers

22 NOV 2017, 15:40

Over the past couple of weeks, various flow battery makers have touted new sales and supply chain agreements as the fledgling sector fights for a share of the stationary energy storage market.

SunPower selected for combined solar, storage project at California’s Gavilan College
Younicos commissions 3MW battery-based energy storage system in Alaska

Younicos commissions 3MW battery-based energy storage system in Alaska

17 Nov 2017, 00:30

Younicos has completed the installation and commissioning of an upgraded 3MW battery-based energy storage system on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Younicos replaced the previously installed lead-acid systems with advanced lithium-ion batteries — expanding the system’s operational lifetime while boosting performance.

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Guest blog

How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

16 Nov 2017, 16:13 • By Ted Ko
How California demand response has opened up to energy storage, virtual power plants

We often hear about California’s leading position in solar and latterly in energy storage. Perhaps lesser known than direct policy support for energy storage and renewable technologies is the way California’s network operator (CAISO) is starting to reconfigure how it procures demand response, with a positive impact for energy storage – and particularly behind-the-meter assets, as Ted Ko, policy director of Stem, explains.

 

 

 

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Interviews

Quantifying the UK’s energy storage ‘world of opportunity’

25 Oct 2017, 16:47 • By Andy Colthorpe
Quantifying the UK’s energy storage ‘world of opportunity’

Chris Pritchett of UK law firm Foot Anstey recently served as moderator for the “Developers and financiers debate” at the Energy Storage Conference at the Solar & Storage Live 2017 show in England. Afterwards, Andy Colthorpe caught up with Chris for an in-depth interview on camera.

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Editor’s blog

EFR: Inside Vattenfall’s first grid-balancing UK project

25 Oct 2017, 12:07 • By David Pratt
EFR: Inside Vattenfall’s first grid-balancing UK project

No one moment took energy storage into the mainstream of the UK power system more than the outcome of National Grid’s August 2016 tender for Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR). Reporter David Pratt examines the business case behind Vattenfall’s first EFR project and asks what grid operators and regulators’ next moves are likely to be.

 

Sonnen seeks to work with US utilities, not replace them

Sonnen seeks to work with US utilities, not replace them

23 Oct 2017, 14:00

In its home territory of Germany, energy storage provider Sonnen is making a play to replace utilities, but its business models in the US will instead emphasise cooperation with existing energy suppliers.

 

BYD to supply batteries to Green Charge projects

BYD to supply batteries to Green Charge projects

20 Oct 2017, 10:31

China-based EV and storage specialist BYD is to supply batteries to projects built by Silicon Valley commercial energy storage provider Green Charge, which is a subsidiary Engie North America.

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Navigant on energy storage as ‘non-wires’ alternative for utilities and grid operators

Navigant on energy storage as ‘non-wires’ alternative for utilities and grid operators

16 Oct 2017, 15:30
• By Andy Colthorpe

One of the ‘value of energy storage’ questions that was being asked a lot two or three years ago was around the use of batteries and decentralised system architecture instead of traditional “poles and wires” grid networks. However, advancements in this area have been slow to materialise and Navigant Research’s recent ‘Energy Storage for Transmission and Distribution Deferral’ report sought to fill the knowledge gap. Andy Colthorpe took the opportunity to ask lead author Alex Eller three quick questions around the topic.

 

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How Tesla and Vivint are taking different paths to the ‘one stop shop’ destination

How Tesla and Vivint are taking different paths to the ‘one stop shop’ destination

10 Oct 2017, 16:35
• By Andy Colthorpe

What does it mean to be all things to all people? Does it overstretch resources to breaking point, or does it give you a chance to cast a wider net and capture market share? Vivint Solar recently joined Tesla in a race to offer whole packages including solar, storage, EV charging and other components to US customers. We talked to GTM Research’s Brett Simon on some of the dynamics of those parallel strategies.

DNV GL updates GRIDSTOR best practice guide

DNV GL updates GRIDSTOR best practice guide

4 Oct 2017, 12:27

Accreditation and certification house DNV GL has just published an updated version of GRIDSTOR, a best and recommended practice guide for stakeholders in the grid-connected energy storage sector.

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Household energy storage batteries: Myths and realities

Household energy storage batteries: Myths and realities

2 Oct 2017, 11:03
• By Ian Murray

Managing director of UK energy storage manufacturer Powerflow, Ian Murray, addresses some FAQs on what consumers should be asking about batteries before buying them for their houses.

Australian studies identify thousands of potential pumped hydro sites

Australian studies identify thousands of potential pumped hydro sites

28 Sep 2017, 15:04

While headlines about energy storage in Australia have been dominated by news of batteries in large-scale utility projects and the residential sector, the country’s government and renewable energy agency have identified numerous possibilities for developing pumped hydro storage assets.

Batteries help enable Britain’s first subsidy-free solar farm

Batteries help enable Britain’s first subsidy-free solar farm

26 Sep 2017, 10:56

UK-based renewables developer Anesco says the inclusion of battery storage has been central to the economic viability of the country’s first subsidy-free solar farm, a 10MW site the company has just unveiled in the east of England.

 

How to field questions from billion dollar investors, with Jigar Shah

How to field questions from billion dollar investors, with Jigar Shah

20 Sep 2017, 16:29
• By Andy Colthorpe

Solar entrepreneur and financier Jigar Shah probably requires little introduction. The SunEdison founder and former CEO is now president at Generate Capital, a project financing venture for sustainable infrastructure investment. Shah spoke with Andy Colthorpe about Generate Capital’s latest solar-plus-storage projects for a school district in California, as well as sharing his thoughts on the economics of energy storage today.

Flow batteries leading the way in lithium-free niches

Flow batteries leading the way in lithium-free niches

18 Sep 2017, 16:32

While lithium-ion is rapidly racing ahead to become the “de facto grid storage solution” and is the most popular technology choice by far, vendors of other types of batteries are also targeting the market, with varying degrees of success.

BYD readies residential storage launch in the US

BYD readies residential storage launch in the US

15 Sep 2017, 12:00

China-based technology giant BYD has installed the first of its residential high-voltage B-Box energy storage systems in Germany and is aiming to launch the system into the US later this year.

 

Varta enters ‘next market to open up’ - the UK’s residential energy storage space

Varta enters ‘next market to open up’ – the UK’s residential energy storage space

12 Sep 2017, 16:48

Varta Storage, the energy storage division of consumer, automotive and industrial battery manufacturer Varta, is poised to enter the UK and Ireland residential battery markets through a new exclusive deal with Waxman Energy, as ‎global storage head Gordon Clements told our sister site Solar Power Portal the UK is “the next market that will start to open up” for the technology.

Enphase picks recently joined COO as replacement president and CEO

Enphase picks recently joined COO as replacement president and CEO

12 Sep 2017, 10:05

Enphase Energy, a leading PV microinverter supplier and energy management specialist, which also makes its own AC Battery for energy storage, has appointed current COO, Badri Kothandaraman as its new president and CEO, after the sudden departure of long-term CEO, Paul Nahi in early August, 2017.

Gridtential closes US$11 million in financing

Gridtential closes US$11 million in financing

12 Sep 2017, 00:30

California-based energy storage technology developer Gridtential announced that it has closed US$11 million in financing led by 1955 Capital, with assistance from East Penn Manufacturing, Crown Battery Manufacturing, Leoch International and Power-Sonic Inc., as well as an existing investor in The Roda Group.

Switzerland gets 7.5MWh PCR energy storage solution from NEC ES

Switzerland gets 7.5MWh PCR energy storage solution from NEC ES

7 Sep 2017, 12:22

Swiss utility and power distribution company EKZ (Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich) is building a grid-balancing and renewables integrating 18MW / 7.5MWh energy storage system and has appointed NEC Energy Solutions to execute the project.

 

Fraunhofer: Energy storage system safety still needs to adapt for Li-Ion

Fraunhofer: Energy storage system safety still needs to adapt for Li-Ion

22 Aug 2017, 14:39

Regulations for the safe use of energy storage systems still need adaptation to “accommodate a broader use of energy storage with higher energy content like lithium-ion batteries in private homes”, experts at Fraunhofer ISE (Institute for Solar Energy Systems) have said.

 

 

RES sells 20MW UK project to investor TRIG for US$26 million

RES sells 20MW UK project to investor TRIG for US$26 million

15 Aug 2017, 11:52

British investment trust, The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG), has become the latest investor to enter the large scale energy storage market after buying a 20MW project from RES for £20 million (US$25.9 million).

 

Utility-scale pipeline hints at a diverse future for UK energy storage

Utility-scale pipeline hints at a diverse future for UK energy storage

14 Aug 2017, 11:09
• By Lauren Cook

In the past month we have heard a lot about the future of storage in the UK. From plans by the government and regulator to enable greater flexibility across electricity networks to changes to technical rules governing the market, there’s been a sense that a great deal is changing. Analyst Lauren Cook of Solar Media’s in-house market research team takes a look a the utility-scale pipeline figures behind the headlines.

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Britain’s flexibility strategy: A game changer or simply warm words?

Britain’s flexibility strategy: A game changer or simply warm words?

7 Aug 2017, 12:30
• By Robert Ede

In the UK, a new, quarter of a billion-pound innovation competition for batteries has been launched, while plans for overhaul of the energy sector promising a “determined, joined-up, far-sighted and deliberate approach from government” appear to have been met with relish by the industry. Consultant Robert Ede goes beyond headlines to look at what this might really mean in practical terms.

Analysis
Dispatchable solar, strong growth to come: An analyst’s take on Middle East’s energy storage future

Dispatchable solar, strong growth to come: An analyst’s take on Middle East’s energy storage future

31 Jul 2017, 15:00
• By Andy Colthorpe

Interest in energy storage in the Middle East is ‘ramping up significantly’, as we reported last week in an extract from this interview with IHS Markit analyst Julian Jansen. His firm is forecasting 1.8GW of energy storage for the region by 2025 – from an installed base of next-to-nothing today. Jansen talked us through some of the drivers, market dynamics and the general picture of what we might see developing.

Go Electric bags 1MWh US Army contract

Go Electric bags 1MWh US Army contract

27 Jul 2017, 16:09

Energy storage manufacturer Go Electric has won a contract worth US$1.7 million to provide a 1MW/1MWh battery storage system for the US Army.

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How solar, energy storage could benefit from the UK’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

How solar, energy storage could benefit from the UK’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

26 Jul 2017, 10:41
• By Liam Stoker

Earlier this week the UK government and energy regulator Ofgem published a strategy for a modernised, smart and flexible power system, the result of an eagerly anticipated response to last year’s Smart Power Call for Evidence. Liam Stoker takes a deep dive to examine the implications for solar and energy storage of this major undertaking.

UK energy system’s major upgrade will value energy storage flexibility

UK energy system’s major upgrade will value energy storage flexibility

24 Jul 2017, 15:31

The British government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and energy regulator Ofgem have today released plans for a major upgrade of the UK’s energy system, while a separate huge funding opportunity for battery innovation has been broadly welcomed by industry.

Analysis
Grid defection gains ground in Europe as consumers seek energy cost reduction

Grid defection gains ground in Europe as consumers seek energy cost reduction

24 Jul 2017, 11:59
• By Julian Jansen

On the back of rapidly decreasing costs for energy storage and solar photovoltaics (PV), consumers wishing to achieve a low-cost and reliable supply of power are considering grid defection—or at least, partial grid-defection—as an increasingly attractive alternative. Julian Jansen, analyst at IHS looks at the economics of grid defection in Europe today and in the future – and how its proliferation could impact the energy industry as a whole.

Murdoch heir is in and Peter Rive is out at Tesla

Murdoch heir is in and Peter Rive is out at Tesla

19 Jul 2017, 16:35

Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch’s son James is one of two new independent board directors at Tesla, while the EV, tech and energy storage maker confirmed that former SolarCity CTO Peter Rive is leaving the company.

 

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Europe’s electric bus market in transformational growth mode

Europe’s electric bus market in transformational growth mode

17 Jul 2017, 12:19
• By Anil Srivastava

In Europe the number of e-buses in circulation is far smaller than in China, which accounts for 98% of the world’s fleets. However, the market is entering a period of rapid growth. This comes with significant challenges for batteries, Anil Srivastava of Leclanché writes.

IBC launches new energy storage install and maintenance package

IBC launches new energy storage install and maintenance package

13 Jul 2017, 12:38

Following the wishes of its customers, Germany-headquartered PV firm IBC Solar has launched a new package that helps partners in 30 countries with the planning, installation and maintenance of its lithium-ion energy storage solutions.

Indian tax reform uncertainty concerns energy storage industry

Indian tax reform uncertainty concerns energy storage industry

13 Jul 2017, 04:30

A lack of clarity around India’s recently enforced Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill has caused a PV tender delay in the state of Gujarat and prompted the nation’s energy storage alliance to write a letter of appeal to the government.

Multiple Indian ‘Gigafactories’ expected by 2019

Multiple Indian ‘Gigafactories’ expected by 2019

12 Jul 2017, 04:30

At least two global technology leaders could set up Gigafactories to manufacture lithium-ion cells in India in the next couple of years, and most major Indian firms are setting up energy storage divisions, according to the head of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).

UK government backs vehicle-to-grid with US$26 million competition

UK government backs vehicle-to-grid with US$26 million competition

11 Jul 2017, 11:55

Britain’s government has thrown its weight behind vehicle-to-grid (V2G) by announcing £20 million (US$25.8 million) would be available for a competition to further the development of the bi-directional electric vehicle charging technology.

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California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

July 24, 2017, 10:44 AM

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.

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

July 24, 2017, 10:26 AM

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. 

National Grid Revises UK Energy Storage Expectations

July 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

National Grid has reduced its forecasts for electricity storage capacity in the UK down to just 10.7GW by 2050 in the most ambitious scenario set out within its future projections for the energy sector. The latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) document, published on Thursday, suggested the greatest level of storage would be deployed under its ‘Consumer Power’ scenario, which predicts a highly economic market driven by innovation over environmental concerns.

Sault Energy Storage Plant Ready to Launch

July 20, 2017, 5:53 AM

Sault Ste. Marie will soon have an energy storage system online that will allow the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator a chance to study new technology designed to make the power grid more efficient and cheaper. Convergent Energy has completed construction on its 7MW energy storage project, located on PUC property in the city’s east end at Trunk and McNabb streets adjacent to one of its transmission substations. A seven megawatt battery project would be equivalent to the storage of about 70,000 light bulbs. The project can balance 60 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity and 150 megawatts of peak load at the end of a 115 kV radical circuit.

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

July 19, 2017, 11:26 AM

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.

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

July 17, 2017, 3:12 PM

Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader Rick Perry. “The power system is more reliable today due to better planning, market discipline, and better operating rules and standards,” according to a July draft of the study obtained by Bloomberg. The findings — which are still under review by the department’s leadership — contrast with Perry’s arguments that “baseload” sources such as coal and nuclear power that provide constant power are jeopardized by Obama-era incentives for renewable energy, making the grid unreliable.

Multiple Indian ‘Gigafactories’ Expected by 2019

July 13, 2017, 12:42 PM

At least two global technology leaders could set up Gigafactories to manufacture lithium-ion cells in India in the next couple of years, according to the head of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). This focus is being driven by opportunities in both stationary and electric vehicle (EV) applications in India, particularly with the government goal of making all vehicles electric by 2030.

AMS Taking ‘Storage to New Level’ with US$34m Series B Investment

July 13, 2017, 12:43 PM

Business models used by Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), including creating “Hybrid Electric Buildings” with energy storage, take the industry to a “new level”, VC investor Nancy Pfund has said. Investors including actor and activist Arnold Schwarzenegger, major Australian utility AGL, GE Ventures and Macquarie Capital participated in the successful raise of more than US$34 million in a Series B funding round, which AMS announced yesterday.

Project Financing Grows for Commercial Energy Storage, Lags for Residential

July 13, 2017, 12:22 PM

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.

Indian Tax Reform Uncertainty Concerns Energy Storage ndustry

July 13, 2017, 12:13 PM

A lack of clarity around India’s recently enforced Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill has caused a PV tender delay in the state of Gujarat and prompted the nation’s energy storage alliance industry group to write a letter of appeal to the government. The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has now sent a letter to energy minister Piyush Goyal asking for clarity over taxes on separate segments of cells and batteries.

NYSERDA Announces REV Connect ’17 Event to Advance Partnerships for New Energy Solutions

July 11, 2017, 9:00 AM

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced REV Connect ‘17, a one-day state-sponsored event to bring together New York’s electric utilities and technology companies to create new business models and energy solutions to benefit New York electricity consumers. The event will build on the progress of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Tucson Electric Power Updates Renewable Energy Plan

July 11, 2017, 11:03 PM

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is looking for a new contractor to design a type of natural-gas generator to support renewable energy. TEP has a goal to deliver at least 30 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2030. The new bid is to build reciprocating engines, similar to a car engine, that can be fired up quickly and compensate for power lost when using solar as a primary source. 

ViZn Energy Systems Enables 24/7 „Solar Nights” at Lowest Ever Published Cost

July 11, 2017, 1:40 PM

AUSTIN, TX–(Jul 11, 2017) –  ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of utility scale energy storage systems, is working to make the sun shine all night by integrating its zinc iron flow battery storage system for a record low price of 4¢/kWh. A ViZn 30 MW, 4-hour system added to a 100 MW solar plant can generate a seven percent internal rate of return (IRR) with a 4¢/kWh power purchase agreement (PPA) — 20 percent below the lowest published values.

World’s First Grid-Scale Pole-Mounted Energy Storage System Showing Promising Results

July 5, 2017, 2:58 PM

TORONTO, July 4, 2017 – A pole-mounted energy storage system located in Toronto’s North York neighbourhood is showing positive results in the early stages of a pilot program. Put into service in August 2016, this unique energy storage system is mounted to the top of an existing hydro pole. The system stores energy during off-peak hours and releases power as needed. The project team is currently monitoring how the technology responds to real-time data. From initial results, the energy storage system has demonstrated an ability to reduce strain on the local transformer. The pilot continues to run and, if successful, it could become a standard that’s rolled out with all new installations on the over 175,000 poles across the city.

Hawaiian Electric Seeks Approval for Leaner, Meaner $205M Grid Modernization Plan

July 5, 2017, 11:54 AM

Hawaiian Electric arguably faces the toughest renewable and distributed energy integration challenge of any utility in the country. But that doesn’t mean state regulators are giving the company a blank check to charge its customers for managing the technology shift — or allowing the utility to leave customers out of its green energy transition.

Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo’s Pen

June 30, 2017, 2:49 PM

New York looks poised to be another big win for the energy storage industry, pending the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a recently passed bill to create an energy storage target. Cuomo has yet to show his hand, but energy storage advocates are hopeful that the already green-leaning governor will sign SB 5190/AB 6571. The bipartisan legislation requires that the public service commission set a target for energy storage, but gives the commission the flexibility to transform it into a mandate.

US Solar Industry Creates Jobs 17 Times Faster Than Rest Of The Economy

June 14, 2017, 4:07 PM

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that solar jobs in the U.S. (and other nations) are expanding quickly. As of November 2016, the American solar industry employed 260,077 workers. This is an increase of 24.5% from 2015, with a growth rate that is 17 times faster than the United States economy as a whole.

Johnson Controls Teams with Clemson University to Adopt Technology for a New Building that Runs Smartly and Efficiently While Saving on Energy Costs

June 28, 2017, 4:42 PM

MILWAUKEE, June 28, 2017– Johnson Controls’ Distributed Energy Storage System is making it easy for Clemson University to operate its world class graduate engineering building more efficiently by integrating next-generation energy storage with the building management systems and at the same time providing students and faculty the opportunity to collaborate on measuring the energy savings. The Zucker Family Graduate Education Center can draw power as needed from Johnson Controls L2000 Distributed Energy Storage System to reduce expense during times of peak cost. The system includes batteries and inverter in a single, compact package able to deliver 160kWh capacity and 50 kW power. Combining the storage and inverter into a turnkey energy storage system provides a cost-effective, easy-to-install package.

Energy Renaissance Building 1GWh of Lithium-ion Battery Storage Manufacturing in Darwin, Australia

June 27, 2017, 3:09 PM

Renewable energy company Energy Renaissance is constructing a 1GWh per annum lithium-ion battery storage manufacturing plant at Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. The plant, named Renaissance One will have seven production lines that are due to become operational in late 2018. The firm claims this will be the Southern Hemisphere’s first facility producing semi-solid state lithium-ion batteries, which it says are uniquely optimised for warm climates.

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

June 27, 2017, 12:49 PM

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.

US-India Consortium to Advance Energy Independence

June 23, 2017, 5:31 PM

The Department of Energy will award $7.5 million for a joint U.S.-India five-year project that will help advance the development of the power grid. The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and industry partners will match commitment, bringing the total commitment to $30 million. This initiative, supported by Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability builds on the Department’s commitment to fostering the reliable, resilient, and secure delivery of electricity needed for strong U.S. national security, economic growth, and global leadership, as well as furthering DOE collaboration with India under the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE).

Austin Energy Seeks to Boost Value With a United Fleet of Solar and Storage

June 21, 2017, 5:40 PM

The municipal utility in Austin, Texas is trying to figure out how much money can be saved when solar and storage talk to each other. Austin Energy will install its first large-scale batteries this year to join a growing fleet of solar generation, both central and distributed. With funding from the Department of Energy, the utility is syncing up the efforts around an integrated control system, to quantify the value added by coordinating the dispersed assets.

New York Offers Funding For Emerging Energy Storage Tech

June 21, 2017, 6:00 PM

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that up to $6.3 million is now available for emerging energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in the state. NYSREDA says the funding is part of the state’s long-term investment in the energy storage sector and supports Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Ideal Power Products Being Utilized to Form a Hybrid Microgrid for Island Business

June 22, 2017, 12:56 PM

Ideal Power Inc., (NASDAQ:IPWR), an inventive power conversion technology company, today announced its products will serve in a collaborative hybrid microgrid project that will provide power to a commercial facility on the island of Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Like many buildings in the Caribbean, this facility is completely disconnected from the central power grid and has relied exclusively on diesel generators for power 24 hours a day.

Power Grid: US Announces $7.5 million to Advance India’s Power Grid

June 22, 2017, 2:21 PM

The US will provide $7.5 million to help advance India’s power as part of their commitments to ensure access to affordable and reliable energy in both countries. The Ministry of Science and Technology and industry will match the commitment of US’ Department of Energy, bringing the total commitment to $30 million, officials here said.

California Passes Groundbreaking Clean-Energy Storage Initiative

June 21, 2017, 12:48 PM

The California Senate passed a bill that would give consumers more access to clean energy and provide the next critical piece for California to achieve its aggressive greenhouse gas and renewable energy goals. SB 700, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would increase availability of local, customer-sited energy storage for schools, farms, businesses, and homes. In California, we are pushing aggressive renewable energy goals because we know that fighting climate change means taking action now, said Senator Wiener. This bill will push us down the path to 100% renewable energy. To meet our goals, we need solar, storage, and other renewable energy resources in every city and neighborhood in California, not just those that can afford it.

Sunrun Energizes Executive Team, Names Audrey Lee, PhD, as VP of Grid Services to Bolster Company’s Leadership in Solar Innovation

June 21, 2017, 3:19 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2017 — Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar, storage and energy services company in the United States, is pleased to announce today it has expanded its management team with the hire of Audrey Lee, PhD as Vice President of Grid Services. The hire further advances the company’s commitment to working with utilities to modernize America’s energy infrastructure.

Renewable Energy Presents No Threat to Grid, Despite Trump Aides Claim

June 21, 2017, 3:00 AM

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan famously removed solar panels from the White House roof, capping a misguided energy policy that severely slashed investment in renewable energy. Thirty-one years later, President Trump has committed a more consequential mistake by rejecting the Paris climate accord. But the story of how solar energy survived and thrived after Reagan holds an encouraging lesson for us.

Sunrun Expands Solar Access to Florida

June 19, 2017, 10:49 PM

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.

EDF Energies Nouvelles to Partner with Canadian Solar for an Additional 115 MWp of Solar Project in Brazil

June 19, 2017, 8:00 PM

GUELPH, Ontario and RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19, 2017 – Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, and EDF Energies Nouvelles, a global market leader in renewable energy, announced today the acquisition of 80% interest in Canadian Solar’s Pirapora II solar energy project in Brazil by EDF Energies Nouvelles’ local subsidiary, EDF EN do Brasil.

Wind, Solar Power Could Overpower Political Winds: Deloitte Study

June 14, 2017, 4:00 PM

NEW YORK, June 14, 2017 — Demand for renewable energy by consumers and businesses  along with a long-term commitment to cleaner portfolios from utilities seems to be fundamentally shifting energy attitudes and decisions, independent of federal stances, according to Deloitte’s annual “Resources 2017 Study  Energy Management: Sustainability & Progress.”

Canada’s Biggest Energy Storage Project Will Be Online in a Few Months

June 15, 2017, 9:57 AM

The rapidly growing U.S. energy storage industry deployed 71 megawatts and 234 megawatt-hours of capacity in the first quarter of 2017. Now, Canada is showing signs of life with a 12.8 megawatt/52.8-megawatt-hour energy storage project to be built and installed by Powin Energy. It will be the largest energy storage project in Canada when operational.

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

June 13, 2017, 11:33 AM

Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative priorities in an interview Monday, as it prepares for energy hearings at the state capitol this week.

Today’s Top Solar Developers Have Become Storage Developers Too

June 14, 2017, 1:12 AM

The solar industry is no longer just talking about pairing energy storage with solar generation. An increasing number of solar-plus-storage projects have been cropping up around the country, as lithium-ion prices drop lower and customers get more comfortable with storage technology. The AES plant in Kauai set a record low price in January, only to be beaten by Tucson Electric Power’s sub-4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour PPA announced in May — proving this technology isn’t just for islands and remote microgrids any more.

Sungrow PV and Energy Storage Equipment Powers Five Maldivian Islands

June 13, 2017, 5:52 AM

Sungrow PV and Energy Storage Equipment Powers Five Maldivian Islands News provided by 05:40 BST Share this article PETALING JAYA, Malaysia Sungrow, the global leading PV inverter system solution supplier, announces it has installed PV and energy storage system for five islands in the Maldives where people heavily relied on diesel for power and were plagued by poor power quality and high power cost.

President Trump’s Energy Agenda Won’t Stop Renewables’ and Energy Storage’s Momentum, Says Lux Research

June 13, 2017, 12:10 PM

Boston, MA, June 13, 2017– Boston, June 13, 2017 – President Trump’s energy agenda’s strongly positive rhetoric around boosting oil and gas production and revitalizing the coal industry will only go so far, as economics in both industries play a larger role. Despite Trump’s political agenda, his actual influence will have an overall moderate impact in the U.S. energy landscape, according to Lux Research, a leading provider of intelligence services, helping clients drive growth through technology innovation.

GE Bundles Battery Storage with Gas Turbines

June 12, 2017, 2:58 PM

General Electric engineers developed a battery storage with turbine power generation technology the company says works like a hybrid car, making energy more available on the grid when it’s needed. According to GE, the technology combines gas turbine peakers and batteries wrapped in a single package with power-management software. With a hybrid gas turbine, you don’t have to run the turbine at all, says Brian Gutknecht, chief marketing officer for GE Power. If power is called for, batteries can provide immediate power. Meanwhile, you can start up the gas turbine.

Navigant: 2.1GW Hybrids Using Multiple Energy Storage Technologies Will be Deployed by 2026

June 12, 2017, 3:50 PM

Hybrid systems combining the complementary aspects of more than one technology could change the energy storage landscape, with 2.1GW predicted for deployment in less than 10 years, according to a report from Navigant Research.

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

June 8, 2017, 10:45 PM

SANTA BARBARA, CA–(Jun 8, 2017) – 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.

Environmental Leader Names Denver Solar+Storage Microgrid a 2017 Project of the Year
June 7, 2017, 11:50 AM
Panasonic-led solar-plus-storage microgrid in Denver wins 2017 Environmental Leader Project of the Year. Organized by Environmental Leader magazine, a leading trade publication focused on corporate energy management, environmental and sustainability initiatives, the annual Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence and innovation in products, services and projects that support business’ efforts in these areas, including positively impacting the bottom line. A panel of independent judges scored projects. Peter Bussey of LNS Research headed the panel. Judges came from across the corporate environmental and sustainability space, including: ATT, Best Buy, Caesars, Fetzer Vineyards, General Motors, Kellogg, Marriott, MillerCoors, Novartis, Safeway, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Tyco Global Products.

Maryland, Hawaii Turn to Storage Incentives as State Markets Gain Momentum

June 6, 2017, 7:40 PM

Nevada earlier this month became the fourth state to adopt an energy storage incentive. The Silver State joins California, New Jersey and Maryland, which in April passed a bill creating a 30% tax credit for energy storage devices, as the only states to have put storage incentives in place. And at least two other states, Hawaii and Massachusetts, are moving toward energy storage incentives.

Nevada jumped to the vanguard of energy storage policy after passing a revision to its state renewable energy targets. In the past week, state legislators deputized the Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether it is in the public interest to require an energy storage procurement by utilities. The PUC has until October 1, 2018 to make that decision, based on a wide variety of criteria. That makes it the fourth state to set in motion a storage target, a policy that contributed significantly to the growth of the technology in California.

EnSync Energy Sells Power Purchase Agreement Project for Food Processing Company in Hawaii
June 6, 2017, 1:02 PM
MILWAUKEE, June 6, 2017 — EnSync, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resource (DER) systems and internet of energy (IOE) control platforms for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets, today announces the sale of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a Hawaii-based food processing company. Upon completion, the DER system will provide sustainability and electrical resiliency by adding solar plus storage at the processor’s site, while also supporting participation and monetization of grid services with the local utility.

UK to Host Europe’s Largest Battery-and-Flywheel System
June 5, 2017, 10:23 AM
The UK is to become home to Europe’s largest battery flywheel system in a first for the country which will provide fast acting frequency response services and aid the integration of renewables. The €4 million (US$4.51 million) project is being brought forward to support the project which will be delivered by a consortium of engineers from the University of Sheffield, flywheel specialists Schwungrad Energie and Adaptive Balancing Power, and product supplier Freqcon.

100MW of Energy Storage Included in Queensland’s 400MW Renewables Tender
June 5, 2017, 2:00 PM
The Australian state of Queensland has announced a 400MW renewable energy auction with 100MW ring-fenced for energy storage. The tender was part of a raft of announcements on Monday, including confirmation of a commitment to source 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030. An Energy Security Taskforce has been established which will introduce the recommendations from a review of the country’s electricity sector. Queensland currently lags the progress of other Australian regions in terms of renewables deployment, but there have been multiple project announcements.

Northern Power Teams up for Storage
June 2, 2017, 2:20 AM
US wind turbine maker Northern Power Systems has entered into a strategic partnership with compatriot Eos Energy Storage to offer battery systems for UK utilities and commercial/industrial customers. The initiative will combine Eos’ Aurora zinc batteries with Northern Power’s inverter, control systems and engineering expertise.

Nevada Gov. Sandoval Signs Storage, Electric Vehicle Bills
June 2, 2017, 2:24 PM
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has signed three energy-related measures into law, including bills aimed at boosting battery storage resources and electric vehicles in the state. The governor also signed Senate Bill 314, which makes changes to the siting of wind turbines to ensure uniformity of standards.

Sunrun Brings Solar Energy Savings To Homeowners In Texas
June 1, 2017, 5:14 PM
SAN FRANCISCO, June 01, 2017 – The stars at night are not the only things that are big and bright in the great state of Texas.  Sunrun Inc. (Nasdaq:RUN), the largest dedicated residential solar, storage and energy services company in the United States, announced today that it is expanding its home solar service to Texas, one of the sunniest and most populous states in the U.S. Sunrun also announced an innovative offer with ENGIE Resources LLC to bundle retail energy, inclusive of a 20-year net metering agreement, with its residential retail energy company, Think Energy. Sunrun customers in Texas will have Think Energy as their Retail Energy Provider enabling them to get retail energy credit for every kilowatt of excess generation that flows to the grid, access that credit when they consume energy from the grid, and purchase energy at a fixed rate when they consume in excess of their solar generation. This virtual net metering agreement is the first time that a retail provider and solar company have bundled a twenty-year net metering guarantee.

Enel Green Power Commissions World’s First, and Highest, 24×7 Solar-Hydrogen-Lithium Energy Storage Microgrid
June 2, 2017, 12:06 AM
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& emerging green energy revolution.

A Breakthrough Solar Power in Arizona
June 2, 2017, 11:15 AM
June 2 — A network of batteries that will store energy generated from the sun has the potential to “revolutionize” the U.S. low-carbon grid, a German company said. German utility company E.ON announced the opening of its 10 megawatt Iron Horse lithium battery system in Arizona, its first such project in North America. By storing energy generated through solar power, the company said it’s established a reliable source of energy for more than 400,000 customers.

How Can Tucson Electric Get Solar + Storage for 4.5¢/kWh?
June 1, 2017, 11:04 AM
Tucson Electric Power’s recently signed power purchase agreement for a solar-plus-storage project has been hailed for its low price, but it also signals a solution that could become more common as renewable energy grid integration problems grow. TEP declined to reveal the exact pricing, but the all-in cost for the solar-plus-storage project is “significantly less than $0.045/kWh over 20 years,; said Carmine Tilghman, senior director for energy supply at TEP. And, at under 3¢s/kWh, he says he believes the solar portion of the PPA is the lowest price recorded in the U.S.

PGE Launches Renewable Energy Self-Generation Incentive Program
May 31, 2017, 7:59 PM
Early in May, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, or PG&E, announced that it would devote $240 million to helping customers buy into renewable energy technologies, renewable energy storage, and peripheral technologies. The program was developed by the state legislature and the state’s utility watchdog, and will be administered by California’s energy companies  a move that would be similar to setting a fox to watch a henhouse were it not for the watchdog California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Austin Energy Taps Stem for Aggregated Energy Storage
June 1, 2017, 1:00 AM
The project is one phase of a larger Austin Energy grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics (SHINES) program. The program goal is to reduce the cost of electricity from combined solar and storage projects to below $0.14/kWh. In this eighth utility contract for Stem, Stem is proving how its innovative aggregated platform can integrate solar and energy storage to increase grid performance and reliability and enable higher penetrations of solar PV. Austin Energy is using the Stem partnership to test new customer offerings that result in sustainable aggregation models.

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