Energy Storage

Solar+storage+sewage in Orlando resiliency plan

Duke Energy has presented a plan to the City of Orlando for a 1 to 3 MWac solar plant plus a 5 to 10 MW energy storage facility at a local sewage plant. The project is the first of potentially 14 solar+storage sites at strategic city locations.

pvMB: Borrego Solar breaks 500 MW, Alabama gas+solar+storage microgrid, bill introduced for 100% renewables nationwide

Today’s pv magazine USA morning brief also features the EIA projecting 4.3 GWac of utility scale solar in 2019, SunPower tapping a new executive to lead its technology business unit, President Trump nominating former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to stay on as the head of the EPA, and more!

The birth of the solar + storage peaker

AES has installed a 20 MWac / 100 MWh solar plus storage project on Kaua’i that will provide electricity after sundown, and allow the island to get more than 1/3 of its power from solar.

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Tesla begins construction of Shanghai gigafactory

The EV and battery maker wants to start production of its Model 3 for the Chinese market by the end of the year. Next year, according to high-profile CEO Elon Musk, mass production of electric cars will start there, and this is expected to include their batteries as well.

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Solar plus storage for a dime in Hawaii

The various utility subsidiaries of Hawaiian Electric Industries have submitted bids to state regulators for seven solar plus storage projects totaling 262 MWac of solar and 1,024 MWh of energy storage, with power purchase agreement prices ranging from 8-12¢/kWh.

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As utilities fight distributed generation, electricity is getting less reliable

One of the best tools that would allow utilities to meet their central stated mission of providing a stable electricity supply is one they are fighting the hardest.

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Solar tsunami

Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in solar development over the next five years.

Nuclear, wind and solar tag team climate in Connecticut

Connecticut has announced contracts covering 45% of its electrical load, including nine solar projects (some with storage) averaging 4.9¢/kWh.

Solar + wind + storage makes for a DC-powered microgrid

Ensync has begun work on a microgrid tying together 48 kW of vertical wind turbines, 495 kW of rooftop solar, and 730 kWh of energy storage.

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New York officially ups its energy storage goal: 3 GW by 2030

With the passage of twin initiatives, New York has set an ambitious plan to raise its energy storage capacity to 1.5 GW by 2025 and 3 GW by 2030.

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