Energy Storage

Hardware Brief: Solar mandate in real life, two types of weird new racking, 50/150 cell 500 watt module, more!

Module pricing is flat this week as the Chinese New Year approaches, Acme Express won $1 million to design new C&I racking, Unirac is testing a new connection technique, and Trina is deploying the largest and newest solar cell type. USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com gets your gear in here!

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2 GW pumped storage project proposed on Navajo Nation lands

FERC has accepted Daybreak Energy’s application to develop a 2,230 MW pumped-hydro energy storage station along the banks of Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border.

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Morning Brief: New Georgia PSC chair, Capital Dynamics gets in on Eland

Today in the brief: solar farm expansion in Delaware, Petersen-Dean picks Enphase for inverter and battery supply, completion of the San Diego Zoo battery and more.

Morning Brief: JinkoSolar appoints CTO, LS Power acquires EVgo

Today we’re serving up Bank of America’s carbon neutrality, a Kearsarge Energy and NEC Energy Solutions project in Massachusetts, Sunnova expanding to Colorado and New Hampshire, and more.

Kresge Foundation backs solar+storage for buildings with low-income residents

To help safeguard residents’ health and comfort during an extended power outage, a new program will provide loan guarantees for solar+storage installations that could keep cooling systems, medical equipment and refrigerators running.

Hawaiian Electric plans for 70% renewables by late 2020s, exceeding targets

To integrate an increasing percentage of renewables, Hawaiian Electric has turned to a standard solar+storage framework, matching all new solar capacity with an equal capacity of storage with four-hour duration.

Battery roundup: funding for zinc-based storage, improved lithium-ion, new solid-state batteries

Venture capital is still flowing to energy storage startups and the march to improve a wide variety of battery chemistries continues.

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Morning Brief: Environmental approval for the country’s largest project, Roadrunner hits construction milestone

Welcome one and all to the morning brief. Today we’ve got for you RWE bringing 100 MW on-line in Texas, SolarEdge adding features to its online design tool and Sunnova raising funds to safe harbor equipment.

2,000 gigawatts of solar power needed for 100% renewables

Stanford researchers have a plan that would balance 2,000 GW of solar capacity and 2,300 GW of wind power with 3,300 GW of battery capacity and a large amount of flexible load. Consumers would save 64% on total energy bills, partly from electrification of transportation and heating.

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Pragmatic projection sees solar power nearly tripling in roaring 2020s

NREL’s 2019 Standard Scenarios Report looks at 36 models to project what energy sources the USA might use going forward, and what variables might drive that – with the mid-case projections suggesting wind+solar power meeting 28% of all electricity demand.

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