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Balance of Systems

Minimizing EV impact on the grid

MIT researchers have found that strategic placement of EV charging stations and initiating charging at delayed times can mitigate or eliminate daily EV charging demand and solar over-capacity.


California utility to deploy 20 MWh storage and 10 MW rooftop solar VPP system

SMUD’s My Energy Optimizer Partner+ program will be able to scale up to 54 MWh / 27 MW storage and solar capacity over time.


U.S. to deploy 30 GW, 111 GWh of grid-scale energy storage in three years

The energy storage market hit an inflection point in 2020, with considerable ramp activity. The Energy Information Administration forecasts the deployment of grid-scale storage over the next three years.

NPUC report ranks large U.S. utilities by decarbonization goals, renewables mix

The industry report tracks the leading utilities by fuel mix, emissions curbing, long-term decarbonization goals and clean energy investments as a share of capital expenditures.


ComEd to roll out residential energy storage systems for grid resiliency in northern Illinois

Initial demonstration projects are focused on select customers that have experienced outages in recent years.

Byrd Ranch 50 MW energy storage facility begins operations in southern Texas

The 1-hour power dispatch from Byrd Ranch battery energy storage system will help manage stress and volatility on the ERCOT grid.


Solar PV Sidewalks: A pedestrian’s guide to grid intermittency solutions

Solar Earth claims its 42-Watt sidewalk-mounted PV system can provide 75% of a traffic intersection’s power in an outage, while the utility will have to cover the remainder with batteries or a generator.

Sunrise brief: 26 million acres needed to achieve zero-carbon goals

Also on the rise: Solliance hits 30.1% efficiency on perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell. Trina introduces two TOPCon solar panels. And more.

Shoals reports record Q2 revenue, profit despite challenges

US balance-of-system specialist Shoals posted record revenue and gross profit in the second quarter on rising sales of components and strong demand for its combine-as-you-go system.

Net losses triple at US tracker maker after acquisition

New Mexico-based Array Technologies is keen to emphasize the revenue benefits of buying Spanish rival STI Norland and said US President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act would also be good for business.


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