Microgrid

San Francisco offers for PG&E electricity infrastructure, Urban Grid closes on $100 million: pvmb 9/9/19

Welcome back to the workweek and the pvMB. Today we’ll be taking a look at a collaboration between ArcVera Renewables, NRG Systems and Harness Energy, NextEra selling $1.5 bil in equity units, Sierra Club’s ad campaign calling out Duke Energy and more!

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California city seeks “community microgrid” to defend against fire season

Calistoga, California has begun a feasibility analysis with Clean Coalition to build a “community microgrid” to power the city during times of high fire danger when PG&E proactively shuts off its power.

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ConEd shuts Brooklyn off, seeks 1.21+ gigawatt-hours of batteries

While the New York utility struggles with heatwave conditions, the group issues a request for proposals for 310 MW of energy storage power with at least four hours of capacity, with projects due to complete by the end of 2022.

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Hot for Hardware – SimpliPhi, Tesla, NEC, Final Mile Solar, and CRYObattery

SimpliPhi offering up sales to deal with California grid shutdowns, Final Mile Solar delivering your hardware with style, Tesla got a solar roof approval, NEC has a cool energy storage warranty, and CRYObattery is available in a 200 MW / 1.2 GWh package at $140/MWh.

Vivint’s $100 million deal, Sunpower’s trade secrets suit: pvMB 6/24/19

Hello and welcome one and all to the start of the week and this Monday’s pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at the polling saying 42% of Dems prefer plans to decarbonize by 2030, the cost of energy storage in New Jersey, Duke’s North Rosamond power plant going on-line and more!

Saft breaks into microgrids with Go Electric acquisition

The Total-owned French battery maker has acquired Go Electric, a major player in military and C&I microgrids in North America.

PREPA supercharges solar and storage in new long-term plan

Puerto Rico’s utility has revised its long-term plan to account for the island territory’s new 100% renewable electricity mandate. However, many details look the same – including a lack of interest in utilizing distributed generation to meet reliability needs.

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sonnenCommunity comes to the Midwest

The new net energy positive development in Marengo, Illinois maximizes energy efficiency and meets Passivhaus standards, as well as offering power in the event of a blackout.

Warren wants a (mostly) net zero U.S. military by 2030

U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has introduced legislation requiring global fixed military assets to be net zero by 2030. She is also calling for research focused on microgrids, a 1% fee applied to non-net zero contractors, and a general increase in institutional climate consciousness via reporting, planning, budgeting and procurement.

Sunrun aims to replace big power plants

By providing solar + storage, contracting to supply capacity in wholesale markets and even considering microgrid communities, Sunrun is taking on more and more of the space traditionally occupied by utilities and the large, centralized generators that they rely on.

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