Grids & Integration

HB 6 sent back to House, Berkeley bans gas in new buildings: pvMB 7/18/19

Hello one and all and welcome to this morning’s edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be tackling Renew Petra adding 100 MW to the U.S. annually, SimpliPhi adding capacity and lowering prices and more!

Sunrun gets a second contract to supply capacity from rooftop solar + batteries

A California Community Choice Aggregator has awarded Sunrun a contract to supply capacity from solar + storage on low-income housing. This follows on a similar deal in New England.

A pocket chart to maximize solar power deployment

Researchers have built a matrix outlining how solar power in various deployment models generates benefits greater than just clean electricity. This will help policy makers maximize energy decisions with limited resources.

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The United States is headed for a battery breakthrough

A new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy projects that installed battery storage will reach 2.5 GW by 2023. Florida and New York are set to pave the way, as massive projects in each of those states will account for nearly half of the coming volume.

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When the battery is a building

AES announced the groundbreaking of its Alamito Energy Center, a 100 MW / 400 MWh battery for electric utility SoCalEdison, which is being constructed as a full on building – much like a data center.

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PV interconnection requirements may change with new reliability guidance

Interconnection requirements for mid-sized and large inverter-based systems directly connected to the transmission grid may change based on new guidance issued in draft form by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. The guidance does not apply to distributed PV.

Solar plus storage virtuous cycle seeks 728 GWh gas replacement opportunity

NREL research projects that as solar power breaks 10% and 25% penetration levels across the United States, energy storage has an up to ~144 GW / 728 GWh opportunity to replace 261 GW of gas peakers.

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Massachusetts solar growth a boulder strewn climb

The Massachusetts SMART program is deploying 1.6 GW. The challenges of growth include long interconnection queues in some areas, incentives tapped out in others, equipment requirements increasing system costs, and utilities circling back after approvals to re-asses project interconnections.

Hawaii’s new RFP comes with a side of storage

The plan calls for the deployment of nearly 260 MW of battery storage across the three islands of Oahu, Maui and Hawaii, in addition to renewable development. Could the fixation on storage within this proposal show the state’s determination for peak shifting?

Inside GlidePath’s merchant battery in Texas

The 10 MW project is the largest battery that the company has installed in Texas, and will sell power and ancillary services into the spot market with no contract. It might not be the last.

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