Energy Management Systems

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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Elon Musk’s unprecedented solar+storage vision for Puerto Rico moves forward

Puerto Rico is requesting ten 20 MW / 20 MWh batteries to be deployed strategically in the country’s power grid. The RFQ notes that sites should be upgradable to 40 MW / 160 MWh.

Vivint Solar to use LG’s RESU residential energy storage system

The nation’s third-largest residential solar company is rolling out the batteries first in California, with plans to offer them nationwide by the end of 2018.

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Huawei and Locus to monitor residential solar power from Amazon’s cloud

The three companies are coming together to monitor Huawei’s competitor to SolarEdge and Enphase: the FusionHome Smart Energy Solution.

Tesla Powerwall adds time-based control

A software update for the Powerwall 2 home energy storage system adds controls to allow owners to take advantage of time of use electricity rates in California and other states

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Solar power plus a whole lot more on every house in California

The California Energy Commission is expected to approve the 2019 Building Energy Code that calls for solar PV on all new homes. The goal is net zero residential energy usage.

50 states of storage under Speakes-Backman’s thumb

Kelly Speakes-Backman, the CEO of the Energy Storage Association, spoke with pv magazine about storage and the challenges of state-level advocacy at ESA’s annual conference in Boston.

Dynapower signs master supply agreement with Viridity

Viridity Energy Solutions has signed Dynapower to be its master supplier of inverters and fully integrated energy storage systems. Viridity also chose Dynapower to manage two 20MW/20MWh systems.

Sunnova now offering solar + energy storage in California

Sunnova’s ‘SunSafe’ solar power plus energy storage product is focused on backup power during outages, avoiding peak charges in the evening.

New systems could help HECO add more rooftop PV

The Hawaiian utility, which has at times struggled with the state’s increasingly overwhelming rooftop PV penetration, hopes the new voltage regulators and management software might alleviate some of the grid congestion.

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