Grids & Integration

Advanced Microgrid Solutions to embark on 40 MW SoCal storage project

The San Francisco-based clean tech firm has been selected by Southern California Edison to deliver a 40 MW fast-response energy storage system in the state to help manage circuit load and integrate higher levels of solar energy.

Solar is displacing gas in California’s summer electricity mix

Increased renewable energy output, including solar, cut in-state thermal generation 20% during the summer of 2016.

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USAID to fund solar research projects in India and Morocco

The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) announced that it will provide USD10 million in funding to a number of projects aimed at addressing critical areas of development, two of the projects center on solar research in India and in Morocco.

NREL: 30% wind and solar are feasible on the Eastern U.S. grid – without storage

NREL’s latest study looks at 25% wind and 5% solar on the Eastern Power grids, modeling the system in five-minute intervals.

New faces and familiar faces: the pv magazine USA weekly digest

This week saw three new high-profile executive appointments, Berkeley Lab’s annual report showing ongoing solar cost collapses, progress on Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity, and more.

Renewables rise to 16.8% of U.S. electricity production in H1 2016

However, EIA data shows solar PV only making up 1.3% of total generation, a fraction of the portion in leading European nations.

AES to supply, integrate 37.5 MW of battery systems for SDG&E

The San Diego utility says that the battery systems will allow it to improve reliability and integrate higher levels of renewables. AES plans to finish the systems by the end of January 2017.

Duke Energy now monitoring and controlling more than 3.5 GW of wind and solar

The power company’s control center is now serving 2.5 GW of wind and solar and batteries owned by Duke, as well as 1 GW by third-party generators.

SolarCity collaborates with PG&E on distributed energy project

The U.S. residential PV installer will work with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Jose, California, to test the efficacy of coordinated solar smart inverters and storage for enhanced grid stability.

Energiewende U.S.: PG&E to phase out California’s last nuclear plant in favor of renewables

The California utility has also set a goal of 55% renewable energy by 2031, which is more aggressive than the state’s current renewable energy mandate.

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