Joint venture between U.S. and Canadian companies wants to prove microgrids are the future to integrating renewable energy sources into power generation mixes.
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.
Increased renewable energy output, including solar, cut in-state thermal generation 20% during the summer of 2016.
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’s latest study looks at 25% wind and 5% solar on the Eastern Power grids, modeling the system in five-minute intervals.
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.
However, EIA data shows solar PV only making up 1.3% of total generation, a fraction of the portion in leading European nations.
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.
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.
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.
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