pvMB 2/7/19: Schneider Electric expands microgrid for Marines, Sunrun’s landmark wholesale capacity contract… and more!


Schneider Electric to expand microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar – Schneider Electric today announced the expansion of its microgrid project at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to boost resilience. A California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge grant will enable a $3.9 million project that will integrate energy storage and add demand side management to the microgrid… It is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and leverages DER including 1.3 MW solar photovoltaic, 3.2 MW of converted landfill methane gas, and 6.45 MW of diesel and natural gas generation.” Source: Schneider Electric


Corporate renewable procurement up to 22% of all deals in 2018 – 2o18 really was a banner year for corporate renewable procurement, which rose to 5.8 GW, or 22% of all procurement deals signed last year. Big tech led the way with Facebook, Google and Amazon combining for 35% of all corporate renewable procurement. 2018 also saw a 109% increase in commercial and industrial contracts for solar and wind combined in comparison to the previous year, which was driven in the majority by solar. Source: Wood Mackenzie


Utilities predict a movement off-grid – According to a study done by Accenture: 95% of surveyed utility executives “agree that the risk of electricity consumers going largely off the grid and only using it as occasional backup will increase significantly in the next two years”. Furthermore, 48% of respondents believe that their grid will hit maximum capacity in the next three years, with only 1% thinking it will take upwards of five years. Source: Energy Manager Today


Energy Toolbase chooses AMS to implement energy storage platform –Energy Toolbase adds AMS to its offering, providing a unique solution for developers to design and deploy distributed energy resources with Energy Toolbase’s software-as-a-service for design, and AMS’s AI platform for operations. This effort enables distributed energy developers to run energy storage simulations and financial analyses on Energy Toolbase, based on the use of AMS’s energy market software.” Source: Energy Toolbase


Sunrun given landmark wholesale capacity contract by ISO New England – Sunrun this week won a bid to deliver home solar and batteries as a source of energy capacity to ISO New England, the grid operator for one of the largest electricity markets in the United States. Sunrun won its bid to provide 20 megawatts of energy capacity from Sunrun’s Brightbox home solar and battery systems to ISO New England beginning in 2022, which represents approximately 5,000 New England customers.” Source: Sunrun


And now to end your Thursday, PV InfoLink shows us that Mono wafer price witnessed a slight increase in 2018:


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