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Sunrise brief: Designing for 100% renewables with real-time retail pricing could yield benefits of 9% or more 

Also on the rise: Catalyzing solar in the US: a manufacturer’s perspective. FranklinWH announces additional financing for its home energy storage solution. And more.

Designing for 100% renewables with real-time retail pricing could yield benefits of 9% or more

Including real-time pricing of retail electricity in the design of a high-renewables system would “markedly” lower the system’s cost, researchers found, in an analysis for the island of Oahu, Hawaii. For continent-scale systems as well, they said the resulting demand-side flexibility is likely substantial.

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Waikoloa solar + storage project will contribute to more than 7% of island’s electricity needs

BayWa r.e. will construct the solar-plus-storage facility on the Big Island of Hawaii, which will feature tracker-based bifacial solar modules and a lithium-ion battery system.

Nearly all smart inverter manufacturers will be delivering smart inverters within a year

As several states will soon require smart inverters for new distributed resources, and more are considering such a requirement, nearly all manufacturers will be delivering smart inverters that meet a new industry standard by August 2023, finds an analysis by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Wärtsilä to supply Clearway with 500 MW/2 GWh of energy storage for projects in California and Hawaii

The storage units will be spread across five projects, including the recently completed Rosamond Central solar facility in Kern County, California.

Sunrise brief: After a suppressed first quarter, the US solar market is buoyed by tariff suspension

Also on the rise: Briggs & Stratton launched the SimpliPHI energy storage system with lithium-ferro-phosphate chemistry. ACORE outlines reduction in solar investment and development if tariffs persist. Holistic solar modeling predicts even lower future pricing. And more.

Approximately 858 GWdc of solar and over 1 TWh of batteries are in development

Government research shows that solar-plus-storage is coming to dominate the nation’s power grid queues, representing the majority of new power plant applications.

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Hawaii Supreme Court upholds PUC’s approval of power purchase agreement

Despite a Maui community group’s allegation of potential harm caused by a proposed solar facility, the project between Maui Electric and Paeahu Solar moves forward.

Enphase batteries to participate in Swell Energy virtual power plants

Microinverter provider Enphase entered an agreement with Swell Energy to participate in distributed virtual power plants in California, New York, and Hawaii.

How to balance Oahu’s renewable energy and agricultural needs

The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Dr. Matthias Fripp has released a white paper outlining what different land use scenarios would mean for the island in terms of land availability, total electric generation costs, and the overall design of the electric system on Oahu.

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