Big oil going big solar

MMEX Resources has begun negotiations for additional acreage at the site of its distillation plant and refinery to add 75-100 MW of solar power. The company already has 1 MW installed.

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Tesla Powerwalls and PowerPacks save Vermont $500,000 during heatwaves

Green Mountain Power suggests 500 distributed Tesla Powerwalls plus two larger energy storage facilities have saved its customers $500,000 this summer during peak demand hours.

Smart residential solar inverters prepping to run the grid

PG&E has filed an interim report on customer-sited behind-the-meter smart inverters. The utility sees strong potential benefit for the grid with this technology, but says more standardization and reliable communication protocols must be established before a broad roll-out can occur.

One blockchain to rule them all

Utility regulator Andy Tobin of the Arizona Corporation Commission has filed a docket to explore the potential role of blockchain technology on the power grid, suggesting that we are entering an age of energy technology convergence.

New York to get its largest rooftop solar power plant, battery

EnterSolar is building a 2.4 MW solar project on the roof of a building just north of New York City, while Key Capture Energy will build the state’s largest lithium-ion battery – 20 MW – in Saratoga County.

Bitcoin, crimper gun, and ping pong at Intersolar North America 2018

There were hundreds of booths, each one filled with experts who represent a deep understanding. The sciences of crimping, cleaning and connecting were all on show – and that’s before Bitcoin!

Distributed solar saved California over $650 million from 2013-2015

A new study finds that from 2013 through 2015, distributed PV reduced peak solar hour mean wholesale electricity prices by 8–9%, avoiding costs of $650–730 million.

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Solar inverters and automatic shutdown on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

Solar inverters are turning into the quarterback to the solar modules as wide receivers. And with the need to deliver energy services, talk with the broader power grid, protect first responders and more – the inverter playbook is expanding.

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Solar racking on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

For most people, solar power means solar panels – but that’s not all that goes into a solar installation. We bring you the beauty of trackers, ground screws, l-feet and all that finely machined metal.

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