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4.5-MW Solar, 3.8-MWh Storage Project Completed at Former Massachusetts Landfill
Posted on Tuesday January 21, 2020

A 4.5-MW solar array coupled with a 1.6-MW/3.8-MWh energy storage system has been completed on the former Titcomb pit landfill in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Kearsarge Energy developed and constructed the project that uses an AC-coupled GSS energy system from NEC Energy Solutions.

US Energy Storage Market May Grow 12X By End Of 2024 (Interview) - CleanTechnica
Posted on Saturday January 18, 2020

The recent Wood Mackenzie Q4 2019 US Energy Storage Monitor report contains a number of insights about energy storage trends that many people may enjoy reading about. Energy storage in the United States has been growing steadily over the last 5-10 years. In this interview, Dan Finn-Foley, head of energy storage research at Wood Mackenzie, discusses how the industry is growing.

US Battery Storage Prospects Lifted by Policy Progress, Cost Reduction
Posted on Thursday January 16, 2020

Battery storage deployment in the US is set for a rapid acceleration from 2020. That is one of the key takeaways from the latest S&P Global Platts Analytics' US Power Storage Outlook, released to clients on December 18. In addition, while megawatt deployments in 2019 were at 2018 levels, the storage duration of battery storage assets increased in the past years, pointing to new usages. State policies and peaking capacity needs will remain the major drivers of near to medium-term battery deployments. Platts Analytics expects more than 13 GW of utility-scale battery storage to be commissioned by 2024 in the US.

Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons
Posted on Monday January 06, 2020

From Texas to Florida, more homeowners are interested in pairing batteries with rooftop solar. Local solar installation companies have faced a number of challenges in recent years, from the decline of state net metering policies to the Trump administration's import tariffs. Now, a potentially significant opportunity is coming into focus for them: home battery systems. 2019 was a big year for both residential solar and home storage in the U.S. Power shutoffs in California and demand pull-in from the soon-to-decline federal Investment Tax Credit helped both industries log new records.

'No Time to Waste': #StorageITC Remains Top 2020 Priority for ESA
Posted on Monday January 06, 2020

While expressing disappointment that end-of-year tax announcements in the US did not include a standalone energy storage investment tax credit (ITC), the policy could still have a big impact if introduced, the CEO of the national Energy Storage Association has said.

Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy Plan for 1,190 MW Solar, 590 MW Storage
Posted on Monday December 09, 2019

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 4 approved NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan, including three solar projects totaling 1,190 MW and 590 MW of energy storage capacity. All of the new projects will be located in southern Nevada and are planned to be online by 2024. The utility last year committed to doubling its renewable energy resources by 2023 and says it is on track to meet that goal. The largest of the projects is Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners' Gemini solar+storage project. The company says it is believed to be one of the largest projects of its kind globally, with capital expenditures expected to top $1 billion.

Sunnova SunSafe Now Available in Florida Markets
Posted on Monday December 09, 2019

Sunnova Energy International Inc. has expanded its Sunnova SunSafe 1 solar+battery storage system offering into Florida, making the state the 13th market where Sunnova now offers SunSafe. Sunnova also announced the addition of a 15-year financing plan for add-on solar battery storage. This offering is immediately available in all existing Sunnova SunSafe markets.

Orsted Brings 460MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project to Texas Oil Country
Posted on Wednesday November 13, 2019

Ørsted on Wednesday announced plans to build a 460-megawatt solar-plus-storage project in West Texas, near existing oil and gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin. The storage facility will be relatively modest in size by the standards of the latest projects, at 40 megawatts with one hour of capacity, running alongside a 420 MW AC solar array.

Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study
Posted on Wednesday November 20, 2019

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is likely to fall short of its greenhouse gas emission goals if it cannot implement utility-scale storage, according to a new study. More than 70% of the state's two pumped-hydro storage facilities — with a collective capacity of around 1,800 MW — is currently unutilized due to the lack of market incentives, according to researchers. The lack of utility-scale storage could mean that the state's grid remains "dirty" even with a high penetration of renewables.

NV Energy to Add 3 Solar and Storage Projects to Southern Nevada
Posted on Thursday December 05, 2019

NV Energy received approval from state regulators to add three solar projects in Southern Nevada that should generate enough electricity to power 230,000 homes. On Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan, which would add 1,190 megawatts of solar renewable energy projects to the state, as well as an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity.

Florida Utility Puts $700 Million to Work for Solar and Storage
Posted on Wednesday November 27, 2019

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has completed a $700 million debt issuance for the utility's first green bond, which will finance eligible green energy projects, including the development, construction and procurement of solar generation and utility-scale battery storage projects in the state.

Colorado Utility Sees "Opportunistic Window" to Save Money with Solar and Wind Plus Storage
Posted on Monday December 02, 2019

Black Hills Energy is seeking 200 MW of solar power or wind plus energy storage capacity as part of an RFP, driven – not by any requirements – but by 2019 summertime bids solar and solar plus storage bids of 2.4¢/kWh and 3.6¢/kWh and the pending step down of the 30% investment tax credit.

Renewable Energy: What Happens When The Sun Isn't Shining And The Wind Isn't Blowing
Posted on Wednesday November 13, 2019

Northfield Mountain Power Station in Erving, Mass. is the old school solution to how the grid handles energy shortages, and one of the state's oldest batteries. Northfield Mountain may not be what you think of when you picture a battery. The station is located inside of the mountain and operates by pumping and releasing water between a reservoir on top of the mountain, and the Connecticut River that runs at the mountain's base

Savion Powers Up, Energizing Utility-Scale Solar and Energy Storage Industry
Posted on Thursday November 21, 2019

Savion today announced its official launch as a new utility-scale solar and energy storage project development company. Backed by Macquarie's Green Investment Group, Savion consists of a veteran team of developers, bringing a history of proven experience and more than 8 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar and energy storage pipeline projects under construction, under contract, in operation, and in development. The Savion team will focus on the development of utility-scale solar and energy storage projects in partnership with utilities, municipalities, corporate customers, and landowners across the United States.

Powin Energy Forms JV with Chinese 'Solar Module Super League' Player Gcl Si
Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2019

Ranked among the leading solar PV module suppliers by our sister site PV Tech, GCL System Integration (GCL SI) has created a joint venture, branded as G-Powin Energy Solution, to expand its energy storage business in the Asia-Pacific region, notably Australia with US-Based energy storage technology provider Powin Energy.

The Long Read: Around the World in Nine Microgrids
Posted on Saturday November 16, 2019

pv magazine reached out to companies that are active in the microgrid segment for details on the market and its latest tech developments. What follows is a look at some of the most interesting projects from across the globe.

Businesses See Storing Energy While the Sun Shines as Key to California Power Shut-off Strategy
Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2019

After three years of wildfires and now, blackouts, more and more business owners are looking to the power of the sun and storage of a battery pack for peace of mind. "I tell people if they have solar, think about adding batteries," said Aron Moore, owner and president of Sun First Solar of San Rafael. "Many of our farm, winery and grocery store customers are already using solar and portable generators if needed, but today everyone is talking about storage."

Salt River Project to Install Large Battery for Big Arizona Solar Plant
Posted on Friday November 15, 2019

Salt River Project will build the biggest battery on the power grid in Arizona as part of its pledge last year to add 1,000 megawatts of solar to its supply by 2025. SRP said last year it would reduce its reliance on natural-gas-burning power plants and save money by adding solar and batteries to its system. At the time, SRP only had about 200 megawatts of solar, but now the electric utility has lined up projects that get it about 60% of the way toward that 1,000-megawatt goal.

California Sees Solar+Storage domination by 2030 with 11 GW / 44 GWh of Batteries
Posted on Thursday November 14, 2019

The state's 2019 IRP sees just over 11 GW solar power, and at least 11 GW – with up to 19 GW – of energy storage necessary to meet resource adequacy as part of the state's legally required 60% renewable portfolio standard by 2030 as prices have fallen 50% since 2017.

Ørsted to Build Landmark Solar & Storage Project
Posted on Wednesday November 13, 2019

Ørsted announced today that following final investment decision from its Board of Directors it has commenced construction on the company's first utility-scale solar plus battery storage project, the 460megawatt (MWac) Permian Energy Center. The facility is located in Andrews County, Texas, and will come online in mid-2021. Upon completion of the Permian Energy Center, Ørsted will become the first energy company to operate the full spectrum of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and storage solutions in the US market.

In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion
Posted on Tuesday November 12, 2019

Mountain gravity energy storage could be a viable way to store electricity for longer durations and at larger scales than lithium-ion battery storage can, according to a study recently published in the academic journal Energy. The idea of gravity as a form of storage is an example of ongoing research into additional storage options beyond lithium-ion batteries. Despite large cost reductions over the past several years, some experts still view lithium-ion systems as not economically-efficient enough at scale to fully back up the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid due to states' long-term clean energy goals.

New Mexico Electric Cooperative Will Soon Supply Customers 100% Through Solar
Posted on Friday November 08, 2019

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has finalized an agreement with Torch Clean Energy to purchase and develop two new solar and storage facilities for a total of 21 MW of additional solar capacity and 15 MW of storage capacity. With the completion of these installations, KCEC will surpass the 35 MW required to meet its goal of 100% daytime solar energy — originally set for the year 2022 — up to nine months earlier than anticipated.

The City of Los Angeles Taps 8minute Solar for Game-Changing Clean Energy Project
Posted on Thursday November 07, 2019

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the United States, has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with 8minute Solar Energy, LLC to provide storable, renewable, and affordable power to households throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley—at the lowest combined solar and storage prices on record. The project offers a glimpse of the future, with zero carbon sources providing energy cheaper than fossil fuels.

RWE Inks Solar Plus Storage PPA with Georgia Power
Posted on Wednesday November 06, 2019

The renewables subsidiary of energy giant RWE has signed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide solar power in the US. It has inked the deal with Georgia Power Company to supply electricity from its 195.5MW Broken Spoke Solar plant, coupled with a 40MW battery storage unit, from late 2021. The solar plant, located in Mitchell County, will consist of more than 650,000 panels. Christoph Hunfeld, Head of Asset Commercialisation North America at RWE said: "Broken Spoke Solar will include a 40 MW 2-hour Energy Storage System, enabling firm delivery of energy from the facility."

Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization
Posted on Wednesday November 06, 2019

Stem, Inc., the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, announced today that it is partnering with NEC Energy Solutions, headquartered in Westborough, MA, to simplify and optimize the deployment and operation of solar + storage projects. Stem will resell and integrate its Athena AI platform with NEC's GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution. The agreement will result in a powerful solar + storage solution for large-scale projects, leveraging NEC's AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls and Stem's sophisticated Athena™ AI platform to perform solar and storage optimization, wholesale market participation services, solar charging compliance and reporting, and warranty compliance and administration.

Top Federal Energy Official Visits Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood
Posted on Saturday October 26, 2019

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.

8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech Ink Deal to Develop Advanced Predictive Controls for Dispatchable Solar + Storage
Posted on Thursday October 24, 2019

8minute Solar Energy has partnered with Doosan GridTech to develop an advanced energy software control solution for dispatching energy from advanced solar photovoltaic plus storage centers. 8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech will develop an advanced control platform with predictive dispatch capability at the Springbok 3 solar plant in the Mojave Desert. This partnership pairs Doosan's flexible software platform and energy storage expertise with 8minute's dispatch approach to maximize asset value creation.

NextEra Is on a Roll
Posted on Tuesday October 22, 2019

The largest wind and solar developer continues to grow, with projects paired with storage as it reaches 5.3 GW of contracted solar projects. And it's making good money at the same time. In its third-quarter results, NextEra's presence in the solar market is bigger than ever. Development subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources added 747 MW of solar contracts and 341 MW of battery storage to its backlog, almost all of which is in the post-2020 time frame.

Is Energy Storage Finally Ready To Tackle the Wind Sector's Biggest Challenge?
Posted on Monday October 21, 2019

Now that wind energy has gone mainstream, the big challenge is how to squeeze the most kilowatts out of a wind turbine. The task is more complicated than simply increasing the size and efficiency of the turbine. People—and businesses—need electricity when they need it, but the wind blows when it will. The result can be an undersupply of wind energy during peak demand periods and an oversupply at other times, especially at night. However, more economical energy storage technology is coming online, and it's having a powerful impact on both the wind and solar energy markets.

City of Santa Barbara, CEC to Help Residents Prepare for Power Outages at Home Energy Storage Workshop
Posted on Sunday October 20, 2019

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."

ACCIONA Buys Solar + Storage on a National Scale
Posted on Monday October 21, 2019

In a deal spanning 20 projects, seven states, two power markets and more solar than the entire state of Florida has installed to date, ACCIONA has agreed to a deal with Tenaska to acquire 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage. Specially, ACCIONA envisions commissioning eight projects by the end of 2023, adding around 1.5 GW of peak capacity to its North American renewable energy portfolio.

Capital Dynamics, 8minute Solar Energy Complete 121MW PV Project in California
Posted on Thursday October 17, 2019

Independent global private asset management firm Capital Dynamics and US-based independent solar and storage developer 8minute Solar Energy have completed the 121MW Springbok 3 Solar Farm. Springbok 3, now operational, is the third and final phase in the Springbok cluster, which is a 448MW installation located in Kern County, California. This phase includes a 1.5 MWh Li-ion system battery.

Rebuilding for Resilience
Posted on Wednesday October 16, 2019

The islands of the Caribbean have been focusing on the deployment of storage solutions, minigrids and microgrids in response to the damage their power systems suffered during the 2017 hurricane season.

Shell Powers Refinery with Solar-Gas-Battery Hybrid Technology
Posted on Monday October 07, 2019

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation comes "clean" on its electricity usage at its 110,000 barrels per-day Tabangao refinery in the Philippines via its deployment of hybrid technology that amalgamates the use of solar, battery energy storage system and natural gas. The integrated energy solution for the company's refinery is up for completion next year – with the solar farm development kicking off next month; while the 3.0 megawatt-hour battery storage will be installed second quarter of 2020.

California Blackouts: Keeping the Lights on with Solar Energy
Posted on Thursday October 10, 2019

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.

Energy Department Announces the Grand Prize Winners of the FAST Prize Competition
Posted on Wednesday October 09, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) announced the grand prize winners in the Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) Commissioning for Pumped-Storage Hydropower Prize competition, which aims to help accelerate commissioning times and reduce cost and risk in PSH projects.

NIPSCO to Replace Coal with 2.3 GW of Solar, Storage in Latest RFP
Posted on Wednesday October 09, 2019

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) announced on Oct. 1 a request for proposals for 300 MW of wind, 2,300 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage projects, as well as an undefined amount for other capacity resources. NIPSCO seeks to retire the bulk of its coal generation capacity by 2023, and its October 2018 Integrated Resource Plan identified cheaper alternatives in renewables paired with storage.

Go Big, Go DC: An In-Depth Look at DC-Coupled Solar-Plus-Storage
Posted on Wednesday October 09, 2019

As the costs of solar PV modules continue to reduce, and those of batteries follow a similar downward trajectory, solar-plus-storage is in growing demand among utilities and solar developers. To further push down the levelized cost of energy of solar-plus-storage and maximize the amount of MWh of solar-generated electricity that can be fed into the grid, energy suppliers and developers are turning to direct current (DC) coupling these installations. Compared with alternating current (AC) coupling, DC coupling the PV array and the battery storage system in front-of-meter installations, such as utility-scale plants, is a much newer, less standardised approach.

Sungrow Energy Storage System Contracted for Massachusetts Solar+Storage Portfolio
Posted on Tuesday October 08, 2019

Inverter supplier Sungrow has signed a contract to supply its fully integrated energy storage system to a 15-MW/32-MWh solar-plus-storage project in Massachusetts. The project will participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets after completion and is one of the first solar-plus-storage offerings to contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, setting the benchmark for Massachusetts' solar-plus-storage projects.

Guam Awards ENGIE 50MWp Solar Project with 300MWh of Storage Attached
Posted on Tuesday October 08, 2019

Engie has been hired by Guam's state electricity utility to build two solar-plus-storage plants with a combined capacity of 50MWp/300MWh on the Pacific island. The firm scooped up the project duo in the third round of Guam's competitive renewable tender program after submitting the lowest bid. The plants will deliver more than 85GWh annually and are scheduled to be operational by 2022, according to Engie.


 

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