Grids & Integration

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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New York state is going to need 23 GW more solar power

pv magazine USA did the math on the new wind and solar capacity that will be needed to supply power to 20 million people under New York’s new 70% by 2030 mandate. In addition to 6 GW of distributed solar and the 2 GW that has already been awarded in large scale bids, the state is going to need around 15 GW more utility scale solar.

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Going 10% solar would save Pennsylvania $619 million per year

Community Energy’s analysis of the Pennsylvanian electricity market showed that 7.5 GWac of solar power would save $619 million a year in wholesale electricity costs while keeping the system’s stability at 100% commercial probability.

Coal and gas red-flagged on reliability; solar doing fine

In an annual report card on North America’s grid reliability, coal and gas are sent to the principal’s office, while solar gains operating guidance related to 2016 and 2017 wildfire-related outages. Texas is cautioned for its lower-than-desired reserve margin, although that was not a problem in 2018.

Solar, storage and wind can keep us on track as far as 2030

This year’s New Energy Outlook report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts renewables can keep us on track for less than two degrees of global heating for the next decade. But after that, other technologies will have to do their bit.

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New York reaches deal on 70% by 2030 bill, Utilities want EVs, talking money in NYC: pvMB, 6/18/19

Spring showers as Bloomberg shows some love to LONGi, Ameresco builds a nice hospital carport, NREL trains executives, and more!

Ten American-Made Solar Prize ideas get $100,000, go to next round

NREL has announced finalists in its first round of seeking new solar technologies that have significant market potential.

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Hannon Armstrong jumps into community solar, SRP gives emissions the boot: pvMB 6/6/19

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition of the pvMB. This morning, we’ll be looking at the Sunpower system at a “destination” Porsche dealership, PacificCorp installing a solar + storage sytem in lieu of wires for Rocky Mountain Power, Laura Olton’s appointment to head the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and more!

Scientists see global PV rocketing to 10 terawatts by 2030, for starters

A Science journal article describes how to reach “a future with ~10 terawatts of PV by 2030 and 30 to 70 terawatts by 2050, providing a majority of global energy.”

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