Research

Solar coming to Baltimore County govt., North Carolina utility Commission’s new chair: pvMB 6/5/19

Hello and welcome to your Hump Day MB, where we’ll be looking at the potential solving of LID, LevelTEn Energy raising $20.5 million in funding, the verification of CAISO as a reliability coordinator and much 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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New York’s winter time solar duck curve cometh

A site origination exercise and load analysis by Cornell University suggests that 9 GW of solar will reduce peak demand in New York by nearly 10%. However it also finds that solar needs better capacity valuations to make for a stronger market, and will drive a wintertime duck curve during the season of lower electricity demand.

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A 7th grader’s prize-winning solar project, Canadian Solar secures $50 Million: pvMB 5/16/19

Hello one and all to the Thursday edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Anheuser-Busch’s new 2.7 MW solar system at its New York brewery, Pivot’s awarding of 11 community solar projects in Illinois, Recurrent Energy selling its Mustang plant and more!

Designing for and monetizing curtailed solar power

Research by NREL and First Solar has produced highly accurate, real-time estimates of available aggregate peak power that a curtailed solar power plant can deliver to support the broader needs of the grid.

The Renewable U right for you

A recently published report by Environment America and the Frontier Group takes a look at which schools are leading the charge in the renewable transition, as dozens of colleges and universities now obtain 100% or more of their electricity from renewable sources.

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The Solar Decathlon winner designs solar+lifestyle living space

Virginia students have won the 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge with their treeHAUS highly sustainable solar+storage+trees+food waste+sound and so much more design, focused on expanding their local campus’ student housing resources.

Florida closing in on Southeast solar supremacy

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s second annual Solar in the Southeast report shows that while North Carolina is still top dog in the region, a strong 2018 pushed Florida past Georgia and poised the state to take the top spot.

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Solar power situational awareness, future research get $166 million

The Department of Energy announced a new tranche of $130 million to fund research in up to 80 new solar power-related research and development projects. As well, ten projects were announced as winners of $36 million in awards to increase solar situational awareness during power grid disruptions.

Solar+storage sited at C&I locations can be the backbone of the grid

An analysis by Station A shows a potential for siting 48 GW of solar plus 22 GW / 42 GWh of energy storage in California commercial and industrial locations, meeting 19% of the state grid operator’s legally binding “Resource Adequacy” requirements.

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