Energy Storage

PG&E, Tesla begin construction on one of the world’s largest batteries

With 182.5 MW and 730 MWh of capacity and expansion capabilities that would bring it to 1.1 GWh, the Moss Landing battery energy storage system is set to be even bigger than Tesla’s Hornsdale project in Australia, as big-battery development takes off worldwide.

CPS announces plans to bring nearly 1 GW of solar to Texas

The utility has taken the first step towards bringing 900 MW of solar, 50 MW of storage and 500 MW of firming capacity to the Lone Star State, all in pursuit of CPS’ 50% renewable by 2040 goal.

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The U.S. installed more microgrids in 2019 than ever before

While then vast majority of microgrid projects are still for distributed fossil generation, the share of renewable microgrids is rising, driven by high-volume adopters, like The Red Cross.

Tesla EVs show profit while solar business hits new lows in revenue and deployment

It was a series of firsts, including a profitable full year and Megapack turning a profit that factored into CEO Elon Musk explaining that he has “never been more optimistic or excited about the future of Tesla.” Austin is confirmed as the site of the next Gigafactory.

Morning Brief: Sol Systems and Microsoft partner on 500 MW of solar, PVEL’s new inverter test lab

Also in the brief: Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary NV Energy goes full-on solar-plus-storage, and single-axis tracker analysis.

Morning Brief: Planners reject $40M, 140-MW battery storage project for fire risk, New York adopts net metering alternative

Also in the brief: Minnesota solar installers say they’re waiting too long for Xcel Energy grid connections, lower solar costs lead to new installations in metro Atlanta and financing for two large projects in Texas.

Job Moves: Lior Handelsman leaves SolarEdge, plus Form Energy, Generate, Omnidian, FirstLight, MP2, Jurchen

Executive, career and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy VC.

NIPSCO to nearly double Indiana’s solar capacity

The utility has announced two new projects that are set to come online by 2023 and will add 300 MW of new, utility-scale solar to the Hoosier State.

Morning Brief: BMW signs $2.3 billion battery deal with Sweden’s Northvolt, DOE storage challenge

Also in the brief: U.S. could create 860,000 full-time jobs if targeted clean energy investments were included in the next round of federal stimulus investments — and ‘peaker’ gas plants may have peaked after all.

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Battery adoption skyrocketed in the 2010s and lithium-ion reigns supreme

A new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration takes a look at the surge in battery adoption over the past decade, with focuses on legacy and emerging markets, as well as how other technologies stack up against lithium-ion.

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