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  • Tesla Opens New York Store for Solar, Cars and Storage
    on 15th December 2017 at 7:00 pm

    If there’s any doubt Tesla Inc. isn’t just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. On Friday, Tesla opens a store in New York’s Meatpacking District that, for the first time, will sell cars, solar panels and batteries permanently under one roof. […]

  • Can Puerto Rico Really Depend on Microgrids and Renewables for Power?
    on 15th December 2017 at 3:49 pm

    As Puerto Rico sets out to rebuild its electric system knocked out by Hurricane Maria in September, can it become a model for renewable energy? Scores of government agencies, think tanks and energy experts are mulling that question, as much of the U.S. Caribbean territory still lacks electricity. […]

  • World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice
    on 13th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

    The World Bank Group (WBG) yesterday during the One Planet Summit in Paris said that, as of 2019, it will no longer finance exploration for and production of oil and gas. […]

  • California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid
    on 13th December 2017 at 6:33 am

    Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it’s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray into Asian markets.&nbs […]

  • Tesla and Sunrun Among Winners of Massachusetts Storage Grants
    on 12th December 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Tesla Inc., Sunrun Inc. and National Grid Plc are among recipients of energy-storage grants totaling $20 million from Massachusetts. […]

  • Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Re-Power Puerto Rico Includes DERs, Renewables
    on 12th December 2017 at 7:18 pm

    If Hurricane Sandy, during which millions of New Yorkers lost power and damage to the electric grid was substantial, was the spark that ignited New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision, aka REV” then perhaps Hurricane Maria will be the spark that ignites a new energy vision for Puerto Rico. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
    on 11th December 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more. &nbs […]

  • Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal
    on 11th December 2017 at 4:22 pm

    The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year. Kevin McIntyre, sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked for a 30-day extension to act on a sweeping proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who had called on the commission to come up with a plan by Dec. 11, granted the delay late Friday, saying he “respects the reasons” but “looked forward to swift action.&rdquo […]

  • Are Utilities Getting Greener? Merger Proceedings Would Indicate Yes
    on 8th December 2017 at 5:15 pm

    There has been a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the utility sector over the past several years. These transactions generally require public service commissions (PSC) approval in the states in which one or both of the parties have operations, and the PSCs are typically charged with approving only transactions that are in the public interest.&nbs […]

  • Letter from the Editor: Why the Energy Imbalance Market is a Billion Dollar Opportunity
    on 8th December 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Electric grids are mighty complicated. Of course, if you’re in the industry, you don’t need me to tell you that. When we created these huge networks of wires to pass electricity from generator to user, we simultaneously needed to track where the energy originated and where it went so we could figure out how to pay people for the energy they provided. […]

  • Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water.
    on 8th December 2017 at 12:39 am

    So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustaining system that purifies water from any source. The system includes 3 kW of solar PV capacity and a 31-kWh deep cycle battery bank and transports as a 7-foot cube. &nbs […]

  • POWER-GEN 2017 Keynote – Convergence and Collaboration
    on 7th December 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Though the power industry continues to endure rapid change in technology, demand and regulation, the five keynote speakers at POWER-GEN International 2017 focused on making the most of a changing market through convergence and collaboration. […]

  • Variety of Opportunities for Next-Gen Energy Workforce Focus of Women in Power Luncheon
    on 7th December 2017 at 8:56 pm

    About 50 people gathered on Dec. 5 at the Women in Power luncheon during POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas to hear the Woman of the Year and other finalists discuss their roles in affecting change in the energy industry, and the variety of opportunities in energy for the next generation of leaders. […]

  • Energy Storage Made Practical
    on 7th December 2017 at 2:04 am

    Energy storage is undoubtedly a hot topic worldwide. And as more focus is placed on this vital piece of the electricity system puzzle, particularly in the face of the increasing deployment of intermittent wind and solar generating facilities and growing demand for renewable generation, more technologies and approaches are being developed to provide needed storage. […]

  • Corporates #RocktheGrid by Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand
    on 6th December 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Speakers in a session on utility-scale renewable power during POWERGEN 2017 presented evidence that corporate buyers are driving an unprecedented demand for renewable energy today and will continue to do so into the future. In #RocktheGrid - New Market Demand for Renewables, Lily Donge of the Rocky Mountain Institute and head of the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization that helps corporations understand how to buy renewable energy, said that this year 16 corporations have signed deals to purchase renewable energy and of those 16, 13 are new, indicating the growing interest.&nbs […]

  • Session Details Challenges and Possibilities of Microgrid Development
    on 6th December 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Microgrids have suddenly become a hot topic, but why? The five speakers in Tuesday afternoon’s session titled “Tuning Microgrids for Optimized Power Generation” shed some light on why there is increased interest in microgrids by electric utilities and their customers.&nbs […]

  • Enel Signs 85 MW of Energy Storage Supply Agreements with PG&E
    on 6th December 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Enel's North American unit signed three capacity storage agreements with California utility Pacific Gas and Electric for a total capacity of 85 MW/340 MWh. Under the agreements, Enel will build the Kingston, Cascade, and Sierra stand-alone lithium-ion energy storage projects, which will all be located in California. […]

  • Exelon Invests in Storage Startup
    on 6th December 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Exelon Corp., the biggest U.S. nuclear operator, is investing in the batteries of the future. The company is a lead backer of Volta Energy Technologies, a startup that plans to evaluate and test new energy-storage technologies. Albemarle Corp., the Charlotte-based lithium supplier, is also a lead investor in Volta. &nbs […]

  • The Mindshift Needed for Utility-integrated Energy Storage
    on 6th December 2017 at 3:24 pm

    According to one expert, utilities need a paradigm shift in planning when it comes to recouping the full value and receiving all of the benefits of the next wave energy storage.&nbs […]

  • What Is the Best Way to Empower a Cleaner Grid?
    on 5th December 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Energy market participants in some regions of the world are facing the challenge of renewables integration head-on, creating a slow, but steady, campaign to redesign their markets and form more regionalized power grids. Europe has a goal of breaking down the regional barriers that keep energy from moving freely around its power grid. And there are few better examples of energy market regionalization than the work of stakeholders on the U.S. West Coast, and in the Pacific North- and Southwest. […]

  • Azeb Asnake Is the 2017 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year
    on 5th December 2017 at 7:30 pm

    In recognition of her great work advancing power generation in Ethiopia, on Tuesday, December 5 at POWER-GEN International, Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power, was named the 2017 Power Generation Woman of the Year.&nbs […]

  • China Resources Power and SCE Snag Project of the Year Wins at POWER-GEN International
    on 5th December 2017 at 5:00 pm

    On Tuesday, December 5th during the keynote session of POWER-GEN International, Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazine named the energy storage and renewable energy projects of the year as well as an overall project of the year for 2017. In the energy storage category, Southern California Edison’s Hybrid EGT project pulled out a win over Imperial Irrigation District’s Battery Storage Project and Gensa Energy’s Columbia Microgrid. &nbs […]

  • PoweReliability-as-a-Service Enables DER Integration for Microgrid Applications
    on 5th December 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, today at POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas said that it has released its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform powered by the newly launched Trident OP engine featuring a fuel-efficient opposed piston architecture. […]

  • How the Digital Grid Is Powering the Renewable Energy Era
    on 4th December 2017 at 10:52 pm

    To serve twenty-first century needs, legacy grids need the ability to accommodate new demands such as intermittent generation sources and increasingly ubiquitous distributed energy resources (DERs) located throughout the transmission network. […]

  • Demand Response for Renewables Integration: Making a Smart Grid for Tomorrow
    on 4th December 2017 at 8:06 pm

    In September 2017, Arizona Public Service proposed a new product, reverse demand response (DR), that aims to balance system load with excess renewable generation. This is the latest example of using DR for renewables integration (DRRI). […]

  • Clean Energy Leaders Fear Brutal Impact on Renewable Growth As US Tax Reform Takes Shape
    on 3rd December 2017 at 7:37 pm

    In the early morning hours of Dec 2, lawmakers in the U.S. Senate passed their version of a tax reform bill. Unlike the version of the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate bill makes no changes to the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC), on which wind and solar energy developers rely to help finance projects. However, the bill makes changes to the way corporations can use tax equity, in a provision called BEAT (base erosion and anti-abuse tax), which stakeholders fear will result in a significant loss of tax equity finance available on the market.&nbs […]

  • Funding Boosts Australian Renewable Energy Storage Projects
    on 1st December 2017 at 7:32 pm

    A system to capture biogas from a wastewater treatment plant, store it as thermal energy and sell it to the electricity grid is among the next wave of projects to receive money from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund. […]

  • 5 Solar Innovations That Will Make Engineers Giddy
    on 30th November 2017 at 4:53 pm

    There’s no question that the solar industry has gained the solid standing it now enjoys by employing certain winning technologies, but there also is always room for improvement. We’ve seen a few intriguing innovations in solar crop up that aren’t on the commercial starting line, but that you may want to watch in 2018. […]

  • New Study Will Connect the Dots on Smart Homes and the Grid
    on 29th November 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Energy storage provider Sunverge yesterday said that Arizona Public Service (APS) will launch a new study before the end of the year to examine the effectiveness of networked distributed energy resources. […]

  • Battery Storage to Help Offshore Wind Farms Maximize Revenue
    on 28th November 2017 at 9:46 pm

    In November, Statoil announced that it had fully commissioned Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm. The company said that it planned to add battery storage to the project in the coming year. Today, Younicos announced that it will be working with Statoil on the 1-MW/1.3-MWh battery that will be connected to the wind farm. According to Younicos, the purpose of the project is to “teach” the battery when to hold back and store electricity, and when send power to the grid, thus increasing value of the power. &nbs […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: China's Solar Market, POWER-GEN, Tesla
    on 27th November 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Today’s topics include the enormous solar market in China and how much solar the country is expected to install; POWER-GEN, the largest power show for the entire power industry and Tesla’s announcement that its mega storage project is ready for testing in Australia. &nbs […]

  • London Firm Puts Hybrid Energy Park to Work for Waste Management
    on 27th November 2017 at 7:03 pm

    U.K. resource management firm Cory Riverside Energy today said that it will build a hybrid energy park in London to support waste management for the city. […]

  • Giant Battery Set for Testing in the Australian Outback
    on 27th November 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Billionaire Elon Musk’s giant battery being built in the Australian outback will be energized in coming days and begin testing, indicating Tesla Inc. is on track to meet a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the system. […]

  • Spread Solar for the Holidays: Four Gift Giving Ideas for 2017
    on 23rd November 2017 at 1:00 pm

    It’s that time of year again: holidays! Until 2018 begins, we try to set aside some extra time for family, eat delicious meals together, exchange gifts and generally close out the year with good wishes and good intentions for the next year. While Renewable Energy World is a business-to-business publication for the global renewable energy industry, we occasionally get press releases and notifications about interesting inventions that are designed for the general public. And as the holidays approach, we like to bring them to you. &nbs […]

  • Putting Solar+Storage to Work for Africa’s Farmers
    on 17th November 2017 at 8:22 pm

    BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October. […]

  • Massachusetts Opens RFP for the First 100 MW of “Smart” Solar
    on 17th November 2017 at 5:27 pm

    On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity. The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region.&nbs […]

  • Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid
    on 15th November 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources. […]

  • Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes
    on 14th November 2017 at 4:27 pm

    In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved. […]

  • Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?
    on 14th November 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief
    on 13th November 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.” &nbs […]

  • The Microgrid Imperative
    on 13th November 2017 at 11:00 am

    The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them:&nbs […]

  • Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer
    on 10th November 2017 at 6:37 pm

    This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years.&nbs […]

  • Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms
    on 10th November 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage. […]

  • SEPA Requests Industry Players’ Input for DERMS Development
    on 10th November 2017 at 4:24 pm

    The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas […]

  • How Modern is Your State's Grid?
    on 9th November 2017 at 8:34 pm

    A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. […]

  • Telsa, Green Charge Help PG&E Learn How to Control Aggregated DERs
    on 8th November 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Over the summer about 33 customers in Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) territory started a new journey with their utility. PG&E is hoping that through this and other pilot projects, it will learn how responsive batteries, solar PV and smart inverters are when they receive a signal from the utility.&nbs […]

  • What Is the Business Case for Energy Storage in Africa?
    on 7th November 2017 at 4:57 pm

    A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome? […]

  • 35 GW of Storage Can Save US $4 Billion by 2025
    on 7th November 2017 at 3:38 pm

    If the U.S. can deploy 35 GW of new energy storage by 2025, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) estimates that the return in operational savings from those deployments could surpass $4 billion. […]

  • South Australia Eyes Big Wave of New Solar, Storage
    on 2nd November 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Meeting in the state capital of Adelaide yesterday, the Board of ZEN Energy approved a strategic plan to establish 1 GW of additional dispatchable renewable generation assets. The assets will support long-term electricity supply contracts with South Australia’s large industrial users to provide access to lower cost, reliable and low emission energy. […]

  • 4 Signs to Watch at COP23
    on 1st November 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Two years after the world joined together to forge the Paris Agreement on climate change, representatives from around the globe will convene in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 6 for the next round of United Nations talks. The summit marks a critical stepping stone for global climate action. […]

  • Tesla Asks, 'Where’s Storage in Perry’s NOPR?'
    on 1st November 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Many people with their finger on the pulse of the U.S. energy industry read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on grid resiliency from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and wondered why energy storage didn’t merit more attention. Tesla, in its comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the NOPR, made its surprise about the omission very clear. […]

  • Texas Engineers Develop New Material for Better Lithium-Ion Batteries
    on 1st November 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes — a breakthrough that opens the door to cheaper, smaller and lighter batteries in the future. […]

  • Oregon Utility to Propose $50M-$100M in Energy Storage Projects
    on 31st October 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Portland General Electric will file an official energy storage proposal with the Oregon Public Utility Commission by mid-November, according to PGE President and incoming CEO Maria Pope. […]

  • Hawaiian Utilities Enact Smart Inverter Requirements
    on 27th October 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Late last week the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs that it hopes will lead to a more stable grid while also giving customers options to go solar. In addition, the HPUC clarified terms of existing programs. […]

  • Getting Serious about Solar for Disaster Response and Recovery
    on 27th October 2017 at 1:32 pm

    The prospect of using solar power on a temporary basis, including for disaster response and recovery, is not new, of course. Indeed, Hurricane Hugo in 1988 is believed to be the first time that solar power was used for relief in the aftermath of a natural disaster.&nbs […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Attacks on Clean Energy, Hawaii, Consumer Protection
    on 27th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Today's topics include federal-level attacks on clean energy in both the U.S. and Australia. Plus, a new PUC ruling in Hawaii about PV + Storage and self-consumption. Finally, how do we make sure that consumers are protected in light of the interest from utilities to communicate with the inverter and the battery? […]

  • How to Address Over-Generation of Solar Energy
    on 25th October 2017 at 2:22 pm

    In 2013, the California Independent System Operator published a chart that is now commonplace in conversations about large-scale deployment of solar PV power. The duck curve—named after its resemblance to a duck—shows the difference in electricity demand and the amount of available solar energy throughout the day.&nbs […]

  • Largest US Grid Operator Opposes Perry’s Plan to Save Coal
    on 25th October 2017 at 2:03 pm

    The biggest U.S. grid operator is asking regulators to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants. "I don’t know how this proposal could be implemented without a detrimental impact on the market," Andrew Ott, who heads up PJM Interconnection LLC, told reporters by phone Monday.&nbs […]

  • Li-ion Tech Gets First Testing Platform for Battery Lifetime
    on 24th October 2017 at 4:46 pm

    DNV GL yesterday said that it has created the first testing-based verification of battery lifetime for lithium-ion batteries. […]

  • FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR
    on 23rd October 2017 at 4:19 pm

    On Friday at the Pierce Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium, keynote speaker and FERC commissioner Cheryl LaFleur offered insight into how she would be considering the recently proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the secretary of Energy issued last month. […]

  • First Look at Sono Motors' Solar and Battery-Powered Electric Car
    on 23rd October 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Considering the reputation of crowdfunding and also the state of the EV startup scene, which hasn't delivered in a while, it's pleasantly surprising to see some actual progress with a new electric car concept. After a successful crowdfunding effort, German startup Sono Motors has unveiled the Sion, a battery-electric car partly powered by solar power with onboard solar cells, earlier this year. […]

  • Enel to Seek More Deals in Energy Storage Business, CEO Says
    on 20th October 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Enel SpA is seeking acquisitions in the energy storage business, as developments in battery technology are set to play a key role for the wider adoption of renewable sources. […]

  • Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project
    on 19th October 2017 at 1:07 pm

    A novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close. […]

  • UK Will Be Vulnerable Outside of the EU's Energy Market
    on 19th October 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Britain’s divorce from the EU is less than 18 months away yet the arguments become more fractious and uncertainties over trading relationships seem no nearer to resolution. Among the big unknowns is what fate lies in store for the UK’s energy market and its relationship with Europe. […]

  • sonnen To Build Innovative Residential Energy Storage Community in the US
    on 18th October 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Each home in the new community will have solar PV and a sonnenBatterie installed, enabling every household to produce and consume most of its own electricity, according to sonnen. […]

  • UK's First Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Up and Running
    on 18th October 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Today the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened Hywind Scotland, which the company is touting as the first floating wind farm in the world. The long awaited Statoil Hywind floating offshore wind farm is a 30-MW project located at Bucham Deep, which is 25 km from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar and uses Siemens 6-MW turbines. Through this pilot project Statoil hopes to drop the cost of offshore wind energy to a range of €40-60 €/MWh by 2030.  &nbs […]

  • The Effect of Natural Disasters on Electricity Prices
    on 17th October 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet.  Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up. […]

  • Listen Up: Running a Successful Local Solar Business
    on 17th October 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Large companies are predominant in most industries. But when it comes to rooftop solar installations, small is beautiful. Although there have been several large national-scale solar installers, in the aggregate the smaller, local companies dominate.&nbs […]

  • Three Technology Trends and Their Effects on Data and Software
    on 17th October 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Companies using OSIsoft’s PI system gathered this week in London at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference to talk about the realities of what Martin Otterson calls the velocity, variety and volume of data in the modern business world. […]

  • A Helpful Roadmap for California's Certified “Smart Inverters”
    on 17th October 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Solar inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility.  The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17. […]

  • Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage
    on 13th October 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017. […]

  • How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability
    on 12th October 2017 at 12:59 pm

    If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system. […]

  • Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge
    on 11th October 2017 at 8:24 pm

    The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. […]

  • Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?
    on 11th October 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration. […]

  • This Is the Microsoft Deal That Will Boost Wind-Turbine Battery Tech
    on 10th October 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be the first European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine. […]

  • Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU?
    on 10th October 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official. […]

  • All PV Predictions Were Wrong
    on 10th October 2017 at 3:29 pm

    At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico
    on 9th October 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.  &nbs […]

  • World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering
    on 9th October 2017 at 4:41 pm

    In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars. […]

  • Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?
    on 9th October 2017 at 3:12 pm

    The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week. […]

  • Grid Resiliency is a Problem, But Stockpiling Coal isn’t the Answer
    on 6th October 2017 at 8:42 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently proposed rulemaking, which directs FERC to “properly value” coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to be “resilient” by having a 90-day pile of fuel onsite, totally misunderstands the problem of grid resiliency.&nbs […]

  • How To Shine In The Solar Village
    on 6th October 2017 at 4:39 pm

    At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website. […]

  • Project of the Year 2017 Finalists Announced
    on 6th October 2017 at 10:00 am

    Fourteen outstanding power projects were selected from industry-nominated projects in five categories: Coal, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Energy Storage, Natural Gas, and Renewables. […]

  • Trump Has a Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy
    on 5th October 2017 at 1:03 pm

    President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving. […]

  • How Catastrophic is Perry’s NOPR for Renewables?
    on 3rd October 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mark Dyson is an expert who studies grid resilience as part of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab. He offered his thoughts on what the NOPR means for renewable energy. […]

  • Sunnova Works to Restore Solar Systems, Build Up Resilient Grid in Puerto Rico
    on 3rd October 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure. &nbs […]

  • From Black to Green: DONG Energy is Now Ørsted
    on 2nd October 2017 at 9:04 pm

    DONG Energy on October 2, announced to shareholders that it was changing its name to Ørsted to better reflect the profound strategic transformation from black to green energy and the company’s recent divestment of the upstream oil and gas production. […]

  • Tesla Charging Stations to Link South Australia Capital with World’s Largest Battery
    on 2nd October 2017 at 2:57 pm

    A network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit the world’s biggest lithium-ion batterybeing built by Elon Musk in the state’s north. […]

  • Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Eyeing Solar, But It Won’t Come Cheap
    on 2nd October 2017 at 2:11 pm

    For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap. […]

  • Secretary Perry Seeks Market Rules That ‘Properly Value’ Coal, Nuclear Generation
    on 29th September 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it. […]

  • Intelligent Battery Tech Firm Wins 2017 New Energy Challenge
    on 29th September 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017. […]

  • Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts
    on 29th September 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday.&nbs […]

  • The Mobile Microgrid: Is It Almost Here?
    on 28th September 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Life without our mobile phone seems pretty unimaginable, doesn’t it? We now carry along our phone/camera/computer in our hands, and, if you want to believe a recent movie, some of us even fall in love with the personal assistant. “(You) Siri – why am I here?...(Siri) I can’t answer that for you, can I?” But what about microgrids, why not have a personal mobile i-power source? If you bear with me I’ll show you why that isn’t so farfetched. The mobile “i-uGrid” may already be on the way. […]

  • ABB, Northvolt Partner on Planned Battery Factory in Sweden
    on 27th September 2017 at 2:15 pm

    ABB yesterday said that it signed an agreement with energy storage firm Northvolt on a supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt’s planned lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden. […]

  • Dyson To Take on Tesla with its Own Electric Vehicle
    on 27th September 2017 at 1:27 pm

    On September 26, 2017, in a letter to employees that was released on Twitter, James Dyson, founder of the company that created the famous vacuum and hand-dryers found in many airport bathrooms across the globe, announced that the company has set its sights on the electric vehicle (EV) market and plans to release a new car by 2020.&nbs […]

  • Tennessee Utility Participates In Flow Battery Pilot Project
    on 26th September 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based electricity and telecom provider EPB recently energized a 100-kW/400-kWh vanadium redox flow battery as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a group of national labs. &nbs […]

  • 5 Prospects for Renewable Microgrid Technology Innovation
    on 25th September 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Current research is providing groundbreaking innovations that could help renewable energy-based microgrids become “the energy supply of the future,” according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). […]

  • Survey: 3 Out of 4 Australians Expect Home Storage to Become ‘New Normal’
    on 25th September 2017 at 1:49 pm

    A new survey conducted by public advocacy organization Climate Council found that about 75 percent of respondents in Australia expect that household battery storage will be “the new normal” within the next decade. […]

  • Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology
    on 20th September 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. […]

  • A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage
    on 19th September 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone. […]

  • Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?
    on 18th September 2017 at 6:28 pm

    It seems like every time you turn around, another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of "smart" initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado... […]

  • Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW Concentrated Solar Power Expansion
    on 18th September 2017 at 1:20 pm

    The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.73/kWh. […]

  • UK Electricity Markets Regulator Takes Big Step in Recognizing Value of Energy Storage
    on 15th September 2017 at 3:48 pm

    U.K. renewable energy company Anesco this week said that its solar+storage projects are the first sites in the U.K. to qualify for support paid to accredited renewable energy generators for electricity generation supplied to batteries. […]

  • Tracking the Rise of the Off-Grid Energy Storage Market
    on 14th September 2017 at 7:03 pm

    The image that "off-grid" solar conjures of small cabins or individual solar home systems is outdated in today's world. es, it’s true, off-grid storage applications do include remote homes and even remote communities in some of world’s developing regions, but off-grid solar makes possible a wide range of applications from residential to commercial, and continues on a path of rapid growth. […]

  • Is the DOE Really in Love with all of the Above?
    on 14th September 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Is it going out on a limb to say this part is saying “renewables should not get special treatment above other sources?” The DOE report went on to point out that variable resources require baseload generation as a frequency smoothing backup while the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. &nbs […]

  • 2016 Storm Stirs Renewable Energy Investment in South Australia
    on 14th September 2017 at 10:40 am

    A year on from a storm that blacked out the entire state, South Australia has emerged from the electricity crisis to strengthen its position as a global leader in renewable energy. […]

  • Why Solar SCADA is Taking Center Stage in Grid Modernization
    on 13th September 2017 at 6:43 pm

    While solar monitoring is not new, solar supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), with the emphasis on the "supervisory control" function is much less common today. […]

  • 3@3 on SolarPV: Disasters, SPI, Tesla
    on 11th September 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Today's topics include the historic number of natural disasters and hurricanes impacting the world over the past few weeks and how the solar industry can help; Solar Power International, a solar industry event taking place this week; and an interesting update on a Tesla/PG&E pilot project that is underway in California.&nbs […]

  • A Transactive Energy Future: The Inevitable Rise of Economic-based Grid Control
    on 11th September 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Every day, the number of new power generators from renewable resources joining the world's collective electricity grid steadily goes up. Growing at an equal pace are the people working to keep the balance between supply and demand on that collective grid.&nbs […]

  • Editor's Letter: If We Could Talk to the Batteries...
    on 8th September 2017 at 5:37 pm

    One year ago, at Solar Power International 2016, I helped Julia Hamm, CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) with a keynote "skit" in which I was a reporter interviewing a homeowner about her awareness of her energy use. The year was supposed to be 2026. […]

  • How India Can Export Sunshine Around the World
    on 8th September 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water. Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.”&nbs […]

  • Live DC Microgrid Electrified at SPI
    on 7th September 2017 at 6:53 pm

    EnSync and DCfusion have designed and will manage the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace on-site microgrid demonstration system during SPI. The design leverages EnSync Energy's Matrix energy management system and DER Flex software – creating a microgrid that will power the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace area at the Las Vegas show. DCfusion is engineering the solar-powered microgrid, while EnSync Energy's technologies will serve as its command and control center. The Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace will also provide connections for companies to demonstrate their technologies working in real time – including energy storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and more.&nbs […]

  • JLM Energy Launching Energy Storage Quoting Tool
    on 7th September 2017 at 6:50 pm

    JLM Energy said it plans to debut its Simple Quoting and Design tool (SQUAD) at SPI. The company said that SQUAD is a straightforward way for solar dealers to provide residential quotes on solar plus JLM’s storage product Phazr, which pairs each solar panel with a battery pack.  SQUAD 1.0 brings time-of-use (TOU) shifting solutions to California residents, many of whom are affected by new TOU regulations that shift peak electricity pricing to later in the day when solar panels have stopped producing. This means homeowners can save their solar power in batteries for hours later in the day when the utility is charging higher rates and people are generally using more electricity – during the dinner hour and early evening. […]

  • Online Legal Marketplace Seeks to Transform How Clean Energy Companies Do Business
    on 7th September 2017 at 3:26 pm

    A new partnership between CleanTech Docs and Cleantech Law Partners (CLP) aims to improve the way legal services are provided to the cleantech and renewable energy sectors with what the companies say is the first online legal platform for those companies. […]

  • This Is ‘Game Changing’ for Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage
    on 7th September 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Renewable Energy World recently reported on a potential solar software update that was called “game changing” for energy storage. Now that update is here. […]

  • Why Solar and Battery Gigafactories Will Not Drastically Reduce PV and Storage Costs
    on 6th September 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about gigawatt-scale fabrication shops (fabs) for both PV (NY) and batteries (NV).  And they are promoted as being able to provide great economies of scale that will dramatically and magically accelerate the cost reduction learning curve.  But the fact of the matter is that it’s not quite so simple in reality. […]

  • Report: 31 Utilities Added Energy Storage for The First Time in 2016
    on 6th September 2017 at 6:58 pm

    A new report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance indicated 31 utilities, or 43 percent of the utilities surveyed for the study, added energy storage to the grid in the last year. […]

  • Driven, Collaborative, Curious — Who Is the New Generation of Solar Talent?
    on 6th September 2017 at 12:35 pm

    The growing support for the nonprofit Solar Head of State from a selection of high-profile people is a testament to the valuable vision that today’s young business men and women bring to the solar sector. […]

  • Notes from The Market Research Underground: Do You Feel It? The Future of DG Solar Is at Hand
    on 5th September 2017 at 7:22 pm

    The strongest and most trusted solar brand is actually a group of solar workers — the small to medium independent installers have always been, and are still, the face of the solar industry to people. This has remained true despite the residential solar lease and despite the rise of multi-megawatt (utility-scale) solar deployment. It has remained true as DG (distributed generation) systems have increased in size, and it has remained true despite announcements of the demise of the small/medium independent installer. […]

  • World Energy Demand to Plateau from 2030, Says Report
    on 5th September 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Energy efficiency will improve faster than global economic growth due to the rapid electrification of the world’s energy system, leading to a plateau in energy demand from 2030. […]

  • Vestas Joins With Tesla to Combine Wind Turbines With Batteries
    on 1st September 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Tesla Inc. has partnered with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to figure out how to combine wind turbines and batteries, socking away power during breezy times to use when the air is still. […]

  • The 6 Countries Leading on Renewable Energy, But Could Improve on Incentives, Regulatory Support
    on 1st September 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Recently released heat maps from Sustainable Energy for All identify countries and regions where improvements would increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent of total final energy consumption by 2030. […]

  • Unlocking the Potential of Hydrogen in a Decarbonized Energy System
    on 31st August 2017 at 5:33 pm

    There is a growing need for grid-scale storage technology to mitigate the intermittency of renewables and enable the transition towards a decarbonized energy system. Hydrogen as an energy carrier could offer a climate-friendly solution to this.&nbs […]

  • DONG Energy Secures Battery System for Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Project
    on 31st August 2017 at 2:37 pm

    DONG Energy is planning to install an offshore wind battery energy storage system (BESS) in the U.K. ABB said that it won a contract to install a 2-MW BESS to support integration and transmission of power from the 90-MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm. […]

  • The Minor Metals and Energy Storage — It's Party Time
    on 30th August 2017 at 3:05 pm

    It’s turning out to be a great year for minor metals. Rechargeable-battery ingredient cobalt has gained 83 percent, while ruthenium, used in the chemical industry and electronics, is up 63 percent. The latest star is vanadium, an obscure silvery-grey metal thought to have been used to harden steel as far back as the Crusades. […]

  • Hybrid Office Building Cuts Cord to Electricity Grid
    on 29th August 2017 at 3:14 pm

    A four-story office building powered by a combination of thermal and PV solar and wind energy in South Australia has cut its connection to the electricity grid in what its owners claim to be a world first. […]

  • Listen Up: Energy Storage is the Home Appliance of the Future
    on 29th August 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Twenty years ago, the problem with rooftop solar was that customers needed a large collection of lead acid batteries to store their daytime energy and use this energy at night. But simple net metering rules made it possible for the electric grid to function as a 100 percent efficient storage device.&nbs […]

  • This Is the Next Step for Energy Storage in South Australia
    on 29th August 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Details were released yesterday for the South Australia government’s call for more projects that can contribute to making renewable energy generation on demand and that will provide energy storage in the state. […]

  • The Big Drumroll Ends with a Thud: DOE’s Study on the US Power Grid
    on 28th August 2017 at 5:10 pm

    The Department of Energy last week released its long-awaited grid-reliability study, after months of work at the agency to respond to Secretary Perry’s directive calling for the report. The tone and content of Perry’s April 14th memo suggested to many that the study would inevitably produce a set of findings that coal-fired power plants could take to the bank as proof that they need help from the federal government to stay in operation. […]

  • New Source of Energy-critical Lithium Found in Supervolcanoes, Stanford Researchers Find
    on 28th August 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. But Stanford scientists say there are large deposits in sources right here in America: supervolcanoes. &nbs […]

  • Companies Team Up on Exploration Data for Lithium, Geothermal Projects
    on 28th August 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Vancouver, B.C.-based Dajin Resources Corp. last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Reno, Nev.-based Geothermal Development Associates to share geothermal data to support their separate operational goals in Nevada. […]

  • Putting Innovation to Work for Renewable Energy – What’s Your Story?
    on 28th August 2017 at 12:27 pm

    We want to hear your innovation story. We will recognize the most innovative power projects with the Power-Gen International Projects of the Year Awards in Las Vegas in December. […]

  • Five Million Commercial Customers Could Cut Costs with Energy Storage
    on 25th August 2017 at 4:01 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States. […]

  • DOE Grid Reliability Report 'Treats Wind Power Fairly,' Grassley Says
    on 25th August 2017 at 11:31 am

    Now that the US Department of Energy staff has released its report to Secretary Perry on Electricity Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy World has received many comments from industry that seem to generally favor the results […]

  • Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters and EVs To Make Up “Customer Grid” of the Future
    on 25th August 2017 at 10:00 am

    Forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment. […]

  • It’s Out: A Quick Review of the Just Released US Department of Energy Grid Reliability Study
    on 24th August 2017 at 4:59 pm

    In April, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called for a study of the U.S. electricity grid. He wanted the study to reveal why so many coal plants were retiring and whether or not energy policies (renewable folks, think the ITC, PTC, RPS) were distorting the market and making the grid unstable. As most in the energy industry knew, the answer is incredibly nuanced. The 187-page report, released today, details the many reasons impacting the retirement of coal plants – the fact that they are old, in need of upgrades, costlier to run than natural gas plants, and not running at full capacity – are just some of them.&nbs […]

  • Thinking Beyond Trump: Why Power Companies Should Be Investing Now in Carbon-free Electricity
    on 23rd August 2017 at 3:30 pm

    When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time. […]

  • Energy Storage Firm Alevo Shutters Operations
    on 22nd August 2017 at 5:53 pm

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A startup company is giving up plans to build boxcar-sized batteries that help power companies save energy or shift to wind and solar power. Alevo Manufacturing Inc. informed state officials Friday that it was immediately shutting down its factory inside a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant and filing for bankruptcy protection. […]

  • Solar Plus Storage Trial Set for Remote Australian Community
    on 22nd August 2017 at 5:45 pm

    The remote Australian Northern Territory community of Daly River is set to be powered by solar and energy storage under the $55 million (US$43.5 million) Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). […]

  • Reliance Said to Mull India Energy Storage With BP
    on 22nd August 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Reliance Industries Ltd., owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is considering entering the energy storage business with its partner BP Plc. to expand into the country’s growing renewable energy sector, according to two people with knowledge of the plan. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Global Solar Market Growth, Energy Storage, Eclipse
    on 21st August 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case. […]

  • 100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for 24 Hours
    on 18th August 2017 at 4:43 pm

    On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.&nbs […]

  • SolarReserve to Build 150-MW Solar Thermal Plant in South Australia
    on 17th August 2017 at 11:25 am

    A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve. The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1,100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station. […]

  • NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for $4 Billion Battery Plan
    on 17th August 2017 at 11:09 am

    NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros ($118 million). […]

  • London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth
    on 16th August 2017 at 11:49 am

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030. […]

  • First Solar to Profit If Trump Slaps Tariffs on Panel Imports
    on 15th August 2017 at 10:39 pm

    First Solar Inc. is standing on the sidelines of a trade dispute that could give its products a significant leg up. The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday regarding the request by Suniva for the U.S. to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The petition alleges China, which accounts for more than 80 percent of global solar panel production, gives manufacturers unfair government support.   The commission is expected to make a decision next month, and a finding of harm could lead President Trump to impose duties as early as November. &nbs […]

  • Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe's Power Grids
    on 14th August 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles. […]

  • Tech Guru Bill Joy Unveils a Battery to Challenge Lithium-Ion
    on 14th August 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Elon Musk isn’t the only visionary betting that the world will soon be reliant on batteries. Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, also envisions such dependence. He just thinks alkaline is a smarter way to go than lithium-ion. […]

  • Do You have a Favorite Insurance? For Pharma, it May be Microgrids
    on 11th August 2017 at 1:41 pm

    A large pharma company recently came to me to discuss energy supply and its need for guaranteed electricity.  The company had to take out expensive insurance to cover a power failure event that could interrupt their production line. Why is this a big deal? We’ve all lost refrigeration for a few hours. After talking with the company, it became clear that a power loss lasting only 1 minute can result in a major economic hit because much of the pharmaceuticals are made in large batches to amortize the costs, and increase production.  With a power loss, it’s not just a temporary interruption, it’s a lost batch.  And the market value of a lost batch can easily reach millions of dollars.&nbs […]

  • FERC Accepts Preliminary Permit Application for 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Project
    on 7th August 2017 at 7:27 pm

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced on July 25 it had accepted an application for a preliminary permit for the 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Pennsylvania. […]

  • Senate Restores Quorum at FERC, Confirms DOE Deputy Secretary
    on 7th August 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Quorum has been restored to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the unanimous confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson by the U.S. Senate. […]

  • The Energy Sector Needs to Adapt to Millennials—Not Vice Versa
    on 7th August 2017 at 3:18 pm

    As interns at Environmental Defense Fund, we’ve been tapped as resident experts on surviving on college budgets, social media, and all things Millennial. Research tells us Millennials are the largest living generation. So, as clean energy interns this summer, we’ve learned that gives us much power to change the game for the energy sector. But in unexpected ways. &nbs […]

  • Queensland Opens Registrations for 100 MW Energy Storage Auction
    on 7th August 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The Queensland Labor government has kicked off its large-scale energy storage auction, calling for early registration of companies wishing to tender for the installation of up to 100 MW of energy storage before 2020, alongside 400 MW of new solar and wind farms. The Renewables 400 auction was officially launched on Monday, as a key plank of the Palaszczuk government's Powering Queensland Plan — an AU $1.6 billion scheme, first unveiled in June, to help the state meet its 50 percent renewable energy target by 2030. […]

  • Germany to Take on Tesla With Gigafactory Rival
    on 7th August 2017 at 2:33 pm

    German executives are preparing to announce a new home for a lithium-ion battery plant designed to rival the output at Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory. Terra E Holding GmbH will choose one of five candidate sites in Germany or a neighboring country next month to build its 34 GWh battery factory, Frankfurt-based CEO Holger Gritzka said in an interview. […]

  • Siemens Financial Offers ‘Outcome-based’ Financing for Energy Storage
    on 7th August 2017 at 2:26 pm

    A new offering from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) could give potential customers in the UK an avenue to access Siemens’ energy storage technology, SIESTORAGE, without committing capital up front. Using SIESTORAGE technology companies can defer electricity purchases from peak times to cheaper periods. The modular system, which is based on Lithium-ion battery technology, typically suits customers with on-site consumption of between 1 MW and 100 MW, according to SFS. […]

  • Cell Phones to Bring Solar Power to 1 Million Africans Living Off the Grid
    on 7th August 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent’s largest wireless carrier. […]

  • Just Add Solar: Building Africa’s Largest Thermal-Solar PV Hybrid Power Plant
    on 4th August 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is set to deliver a 15-MW solar PV plant in Burkina Faso — creating Africa’s largest thermal-solar PV hybrid power plant. The solar PV development will be integrated with an existing 55-MW Wärtsilä thermal plant (running on heavy fuel oil), to power IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine, 330km northeast of the Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters
    on 3rd August 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners. Check it out! […]

  • Rochester Institute of Technology Researcher to Study Energy Storage in US grid
    on 2nd August 2017 at 1:43 pm

    A researcher from Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $149,000 collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the environmental effects of energy storage on the electricity grid. &nbs […]

  • IKEA to Offer Home Energy Storage in UK
    on 2nd August 2017 at 1:18 pm

    IKEA is expanding its solar homes partnership with London-based Solarcentury by making energy storage available to its customers in the U.K. &nbs […]

  • UK Innovation Agency Supports Liquid Air Energy Storage Demo Project
    on 2nd August 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Innovate UK is investing in a liquid air energy storage (LAES) demonstration project to meet the requirements for National Grid’s enhanced frequency response service. […]

  • Tesla Batteries May Back Up Wind Farm Off Massachusetts Coast
    on 1st August 2017 at 11:55 am

    Deepwater Wind LLC is proposing to pair Tesla Inc. batteries with massive offshore wind turbines as part of a bid to supply the state of Massachusetts with clean energy generated at sea. […]

  • Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt
    on 31st July 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.&nbs […]

  • National Science Foundation Awards Grant for Study of Redox Flow Battery Technology
    on 26th July 2017 at 4:40 pm

    The University of Kentucky (UK) last week said that its researchers will work with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study redox flow battery (RFB) technology under a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). […]

  • Mitsui Sells Quarter Share In UK Pumped Storage Operator First Hydro
    on 26th July 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Japanese investment group Mitsui & Co. has sold its minority share in European hydropower project operator First Hydro to Canada's Brookfield Renewable Partners. […]

  • Energy Storage for EV Charging in Canada to Combat Range Anxiety
    on 26th July 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Installation of a new network of 34 electric-vehicle charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway will take advantage of energy storage to charge cars faster and help overcome “range anxiety.&rdquo […]

  • Illinois Explores Smart Inverters’ Potential to Strengthen Grid Reliability
    on 25th July 2017 at 5:47 pm

    A federal judge recently protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 — enough to power approximately half a million homes. […]

  • Scientists Design Promising New Cathode for Sodium-based Batteries
    on 25th July 2017 at 11:48 am

    Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more cost-efficient production process for grid-scale energy storage systems, consumer electronics and electric vehicles.&nbs […]

  • UK to Invest $320M in Energy Storage R&D
    on 25th July 2017 at 10:04 am

    In a move aimed at powering its transition to a low-carbon economy with energy storage, the UK is set to fund battery technology research to the tune of £246m ($320m). […]

  • Tabuchi Electric Backs Ground-mount Racking System Provider Nuance Energy
    on 24th July 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Tabuchi Electric, a solar inverter manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan, recently made a $3 million investment in ground mount racking system provider Nuance Energy. […]

  • US Interior Department Scientist Speaks Out Against Reassignment
    on 20th July 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science. […]

  • Likana Solar Thermal Project in Chile Receives Environmental Approval
    on 20th July 2017 at 1:19 pm

    SolarReserve yesterday said its 390-MW Likana concentrating solar power plant received environmental approval from the Chilean government. […]

  • Next Level Design — New-School Solar Software Providers Take on the Incumbents
    on 18th July 2017 at 8:05 pm

    The market for solar PV design software has opened up significantly in the past five years. New offerings have taken off in that time, and they range from fully integrated systems offering one-stop functionality, to niche services that are hyper-focused on one segment of the design process. &nbs […]

  • Florida Storage Project to Demonstrate 250-kW/1-MWh Tesla Powerpack
    on 18th July 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Atlanta-based utility Southern Company and its Gulf Power subsidiary last week said it has launched an energy storage research project in Pensacola, Fla. The project will test and evaluate a 250-kW/1-MW Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system over a two-year period.&nbs […]

  • New Way to Predict When Electric Cars, Home Batteries Become Cost Effective
    on 18th July 2017 at 2:03 pm

    The future cost of energy storage technologies can now be predicted under different scenarios, thanks to a new tool created by Imperial researchers. Using a large database, the team can predict how much consumers will have to pay in the future for energy storage technologies based on cumulative installed capacity, current cost and future investment. […]

  • Solar Thermal Plants Aim to Keep Lights on at Night in Middle East
    on 18th July 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East, according to one of the region’s biggest developers of power plants. […]

  • Adapting to a Renewable-rich Grid: Businesses Embrace Building Management Solutions
    on 17th July 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Transitioning to the energy landscape of the future is oftentimes distilled down to a rise in renewable power generation. But the reality is that myriad industries are evolving and contributing to the foundations of a cleaner future.&nbs […]

  • Panasonic Joins Push to Put Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs
    on 17th July 2017 at 10:53 am

    Panasonic Corp. sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Osaka-based electronics maker has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile. […]

  • From the Editor: Digital Everything
    on 14th July 2017 at 7:59 pm

    How many times do you hear about the future of energy, the next generation of power applications or the future utility business model? Like me, you’re probably getting a little tired of it.&nbs […]

  • Want Distributed Solar in Urban Areas? BIPV Takes the Lead
    on 13th July 2017 at 8:51 pm

    The stars are aligned for a breakthrough of small-scale solar energy in urban areas. This could completely change the world, the planet's source of energy generation and save the environment. […]

  • Campaign Launches To Tell Clean Energy Jobs Story: Site Visits, Turbine Climbs, Videos on Deck
    on 13th July 2017 at 6:53 pm

    On Wednesday July 12 in San Francisco, U.S. clean energy organizations including American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and NEXTracker gathered to launch Renewable Energy Jobs Communications Campaign. This campaign steering committee, working in partnership with The Solar Foundation, Advanced Energy Economy and VoteSolar, will organize a series of approximately two dozen events over 18 months in targeted locations across the country to highlight wind and solar jobs and economic development. Leveraging manufacturing plant tours, solar plant openings, wind turbine climbs, trade shows, and other industry-related events, the group will gather stories and produce videos, photos and infographics and disseminate them widely through earned media and social media.&nbs […]

  • Federal Funding to Support 48 Projects Advancing Solar Technologies
    on 13th July 2017 at 1:48 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday said it will allocate $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency. […]

  • Financing Energy Storage Projects: Assessing Risks — Part Two
    on 13th July 2017 at 11:48 am

    In many ways, energy storage projects are no different than a typical project finance transaction. Project finance is an exercise in risk allocation. Financings will not close until all risks have been catalogued and covered. However, there are some unique features to energy storage with which investors and lenders will have to become familiar.&nbs […]

  • Financing Energy Storage Projects: Assessing Risks — Part One
    on 12th July 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Technological and cost breakthroughs are expected to lead to rapid growth in the number of utility and behind-the-meter storage projects. Industry insiders say the energy storage market in 2017 feels like the rise of the solar industry in the late 2000s.&nbs […]

  • SolarEdge Launches First PV Inverter-Integrated EV Charger
    on 11th July 2017 at 5:42 pm

    At Intersolar North America in San Francisco this week, SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. is unveiling what it says is the world’s first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger. &nbs […]

  • Stäubli, Power-Blox Partner to Provide Swarm Power Solution
    on 11th July 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Stäubli Electrical Connectors and Power-Blox this week signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly offer energy storage and off-grid solutions. &nbs […]

  • Siemens, AES Form Energy Storage Joint Venture Fluence
    on 11th July 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Siemens and AES Corp. today said they will form a new global energy storage company under the name Fluence. The companies said they will combine the AES Advancion and Siemens Siestorage energy storage platforms with expanded services. &nbs […]

  • Smart and Getting Smarter: China's View of the Future of PV Power Plants
    on 10th July 2017 at 8:16 pm

    As the private sector increasingly takes on the task of installing solar PV in China, growth is happening quickly. Last year China installed more solar capacity than any other country in the world at 34 GW, beating the US's 14 GW and Europe's 6.9 GW. […]

  • Monitoring System from Solar Analytics
    on 10th July 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Australian solar energy software provider Solar Analytics is exhibiting at Intersolar North America in San Francisco to showcase its solar and battery monitoring solution for residential and commercial rooftop solar PV. The company said that its monitoring technology can increase the energy yield of a rooftop solar system by over 15 percent, increasing the financial return of residential solar power systems, and driving increased solar uptake. “We’ve seen enormously high customer engagement levels with our easy-to-use solar monitoring solution,” said Solar Analytics co-founder and CEO, Stefan Jarnason. “Our software monitors the performance of rooftop solar PV and provides solar owners with their energy generation and use data. With data, Solar Analytics empowers everyday solar owners to navigate the changing energy landscape and take advantage of the enormous opportunities that come with new energy technologies including storage and energy trading.” Solar Analytics’ monitoring service provides solar monitoring for more than 14,000 solar households across Australia, USA and New Zealand. […]

  • Energy Storage “Living Lab” at Intersolar Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour
    on 10th July 2017 at 3:43 pm

    On Friday, this week as part of Intersolar North America, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid project, where engineers and students from around the world are researching how to build self-sufficiency and resiliency with distributed generation and storage assets for uninterrupted power to support all the farm’s extensive operations. SimpliPhi’s non-toxic energy storage technology is operational on the microgrid. The company is also exhibiting at Intersolar.  “SimpliPhi was selected for its safety, efficiency, longevity and proven track record in the industry. SimpliPhi batteries are the only batteries in the Stone Edge Farm microgrid project that are installed inside a building because they do not require thermal control and mitigation to protect the warranty or safeguard against thermal runaway or fire,” said Craig Wooster, CEO of Wooster Energy Engineering, general contractor for the microgrid project at Stone Edge Farm. &nbs […]

  • Ideal Power and Nextracker Team Up for Solar-Plus-Storage Products
    on 10th July 2017 at 3:39 pm

    At Intersolar Ideal Power announced a new partnership with NEXTracker. Ideal Power will supply NEXTracker with its 30-kW SunDial storage-enabled multi-port PV string inverter, its 30-kW Stabilitipower conversion system, and a custom NEXTracker-exclusive 15-kW SunDial, which NEXTracker will integrate into its NX Fusion Plus solar-plus-storage product. The product will be deployed to various commercial, industrial and utility sites throughout North America. &nbs […]

  • Engie Considers Building Solar Park in Chernobyl Radioactive Zone
    on 10th July 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Ukraine is talking to one of France’s largest energy companies about building a giant, billion-euro ($1.25 billion) solar park in the uninhabited radioactive zone surrounding the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear reactor. […]

  • Tesla Wins Contract for South Australia Energy Storage Project
    on 7th July 2017 at 11:55 am

    Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. has won a tender to supply what the billionaire says is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to back up the state of South Australia’s blackout-plagued power grid, making good on a promise first made over Twitter four months ago to help solve the state’s energy woes. […]

  • How One Small US Town Will Save Millions with a Microgrid
    on 5th July 2017 at 8:29 pm

    The little U.S. town of Sterling, Massachusetts is getting a lot of attention these days. Not only has the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) been winning awards for its new solar+storage microgrid, the town is also getting visitors from Germany, Japan, Norway and many other countries who want to check it out. […]

  • Vattenfall Splits Wind Business; Creates Offshore, Onshore, Solar+Storage Units
    on 5th July 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Swedish utility Vattenfall this week said it has split its wind business into three units comprising offshore, onshore and solar+storage services. […]

  • Massachusetts Sets 200 MWh Energy Storage Target
    on 5th July 2017 at 1:01 pm

    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) last week established a 200-MWh energy storage target for the state to be achieved by 2020. […]

  • Aggreko Buys Energy Storage Startup Younicos for £40 Million
    on 3rd July 2017 at 4:55 pm

    On Monday, Scotland-based Aggreko announced that it would be acquiring Germany-based energy storage company Younicos for £40m. Younicos delivers modular and scalable smart energy storage and has over 200 MW of installed storage systems, with a strong pipeline across both developed and emerging markets. The Younicos CEO, Stephen Prince, will report directly to Chris Weston, Aggreko Chief Executive. For the calendar year 2016, Younicos had revenues of £7m and made an operating loss of £15m; gross assets at 31 December 2016 were £20m. Aggreko expects it to be loss making in the short term and therefore earnings dilutive. The investment will be made in cash. Chris Weston, Aggreko Chief Executive, said: “As energy markets continue to decarbonize, decentralize and become more digital, the integration and control of multiple energy sources, including thermal and renewable, will be essential to ensure the provision of reliable power. “As a pioneer of smart energy solutions based on battery storage, Younicos is at the forefront of this trend. Together we are a powerful combination; our scale, fleet and global presence, coupled with a smart energy capability, will allow us to open up new markets and provide our customers around the world with a reliable, cheaper and cleaner source of energy.&rdquo […]

  • Rural New York Building Gets Microgrid for Resiliency
    on 3rd July 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Ideal Power has teamed up with Azimuth Energy and Wright Architects to retrofit a building in rural New York with a solar-plus-storage microgrid for backup power during grid outages. […]

  • China Set to Put 120 GWh of Battery Capacity into the Market by 2021
    on 29th June 2017 at 4:44 pm

    As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 GWh a year by 2021, according to a report published this week by Bloomberg Intelligence.&nbs […]

  • Dominion Energy Wants to Build Pumped Hydro Storage Facility in Coalfields
    on 29th June 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Following the passage of bills in the Virginia General Assembly this year, Dominion Energy is searching for sites in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia where it can build a pumped hydroelectric storage facility. In December 2016, Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, and Dels. […]

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