Energy Management Systems

California regulators identify multi-gigawatt energy shortfall

The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposed decision calling for up to 2.5 GW of new energy resources within the transmission access area of Southern California Edison, opening a massive door for solar development in a state historically friendly to the resource.

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Hardware brief: Sonnen gets smarter, tariffs biting harder, Vikram Solar’s new modules, more!

Only a couple of weeks until Solar Power International when we get to see the hardware in person – but for now, you get us! Kern Solar Structures galvanizes their steel well, a delta between 275 and 310 watt modules, and Solis is launching a utility scale inverter in the USA.

Los Angeles says “Yes” to the cheapest solar plus storage in the USA

Los Angeles’ municipal utility has voted 5-0 to approve a 25-year contract with a 400 MWac solar plus 300 MW / 1.2 GWh energy storage facility, with the aggregate price of the electricity from the project at 3.962¢/kWh.

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In lab secrets, Tesla is talking about 20-year lithium ion batteries

Researchers have found that over three years of testing lithium ion NMC532 graphite battery cells have the potential to stay structurally sound long enough for cars to reach greater than 1 million miles, and grid connected energy storage to last more than 20 years under daily use.

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Hardware brief: Tesla solar patents, RBI’s “Underground Surety”, solar+storage+SCADA, more!

Hey, when you see me at SPI in Salt Lake City – make sure to show me things to take a picture of so I can get it into the brief! Otherwise, enjoy your weekend and some gear: small scale solar from Morningstar’s SureSine, module pricing trending downward, more!

Recognizing and combating power quality issues in solar power systems

Solar energy can greatly reduce energy bills, can be used for a wide variety of applications and costs very little to maintain. However, even though it is considered an excellent source of renewable energy, it is not immune to its own unique problems and challenges.

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Residential solar plus storage is taking over Hawaii’s grid

Sunrun’s solar+storage Brightbox systems – 1,000 of them totalling 4.3 MW of capacity – are included in a contract for grid services submitted to Hawaii regulators.

Electric company pushing electric school buses in Virginia, high speed car charging network in Iowa

Power utilities are continuing a nationwide push for vehicle electrification to grow flat since ~2007 electricity demand, with Dominion Energy now aiming for a 100% electric school bus replacement program, starting with 50 by the end of 2020 in Virginia, along with Mid American pushing for 15 high speed car charging locations across the Iowa utility’s service area.

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120 MW project goes on-line in North Carolina, solar industry documentary to release in 2020: pvMB 9/3/19

Hello one and all, hop you enjoyed Labor Day Weekend and welcome back to the pvMB. Today we’ll be taking a look at the health co-benefits of sub-national renewable energy policy in the US, the national solar tour 2019, California ISO data to date and more!

SEIA proposes PURPA reform, Sunrun to bring Brightbox to Vermont: pvMB 08/29/19

In today’s brief we also bring you a job opportunity at DOE and Turning Point Energy coming to Maine.

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