EDF to bring 350 MW to NY, New Hampshire’s new RPS, maybe: pvMB 7/8/19


EDF to develop 350 MW in New York – EDF Renewables is planning a 350 MW utility-scale solar farm on nearly 2,000 acres in the towns of Galen and Rose, NY, all for the cool price tag of an estimated $300 million. EDF is hoping that the project will be one of the utility-scale ones selected this year by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to receive significant financial assistance. If all goes according to plan, construction is anticipated to commence sometime around 2023-2024. Source: Finger Lakes Times


New Hampshire legislature increases solar carve-out to 5.4%, fear veto – “New Hampshire lawmakers last week passed a bill that would require 5.4% of electricity in the state to come from new solar resources by 2025. Currently, the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires 25% of power to come from renewables by 2025, and carves out just 0.7% of that generation for new solar by 2020, the lowest carveout for all resources mandated under the standard. The bill passed the Senate June 13 after being amended and passed in the House June 6. Advocates in the state say the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 168, is a step forward for the resource in New Hampshire, but also warn the governor may veto. Earlier this month, Gov. Chris Sununu, R, rejected a measure that would have lifted the state’s net metering cap from 1 MW to 5 MW.” Source: Utility Dive


Cuomo announces $55 million for Long Island energy storage – We were going to start off this entry with an attempt at a Long Island/Lithium-Ion pun, but we figured better not, better to save you all the brain damage. However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will be investing $55 million for energy storage including commercial and residential storage projects on Long Island. The collaboration between NYSERDA and Public Service Electric and Gas Long Island will support New York’s target of 3,000 MW of energy storage deployed by 2030. Source: NYSERDA 


New York sees 275 MW of peaker replaced by six hours of storage, and 500 by eight hours – Well would you look at that, another New York story. “New York’s Department of Public Services (DPS) on Monday issued two reports on energy storage development in the state — a unit-by-unit study of replacing or repowering peaking units in the state and a review of a DER Data Platform pilot. At least 275 MW of peaking units, or about 6% of the total rated capacity of New York’s peaking fleet, were identified as potential candidates for replacement with six‐hour energy storage sized to the maximum 2013 output of each peaking unit, according to study. This number increases to over 500 MW when using eight‐hour duration storage. The DER Data Platform pilot is progressing as anticipated and DPS expects it to be operational by Dec. 31, the report said. The program will collect and store various types of customer and electric system data useful to DER developers, including average load, peak times, number and type of EVs and installed DER attributes, such as type and size.” Source: Utility Dive


Direct Solar becomes major Texas high school fall sports booster – “Direct Solar, a subsidiary of SinglePoint (SING), is pleased to announce the company has signed on to become the exclusive solar marketing partner to support the various fall sports programs for 47 Texas Schools across Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and Waco.  Between August 1st and December 31st, 2019, any solar systems that are sold within these school districts will receive a $250 donation to the Fall Sports Booster Program at the school. Direct Solar looks forward to the opportunity to educate the school districts on the benefits of solar, how adding an alternative energy source can help families save on their energy costs, all while giving back to these schools.” Source: Direct Solar


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