Hawaii

The birth of the solar + storage peaker

AES has installed a 20 MWac / 100 MWh solar plus storage project on Kaua’i that will provide electricity after sundown, and allow the island to get more than 1/3 of its power from solar.

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Solar plus storage for a dime in Hawaii

The various utility subsidiaries of Hawaiian Electric Industries have submitted bids to state regulators for seven solar plus storage projects totaling 262 MWac of solar and 1,024 MWh of energy storage, with power purchase agreement prices ranging from 8-12¢/kWh.

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pvMB: Community solar, storage filling up in MA’s SMART, 75 MW more big solar in Hawaii, FERC’s McIntyre passes & more

In today’s pv magazine Morning Brief, we report on the filling up of “adder” tranches in Massachusetts’ SMART program, two contracts for large solar projects in Hawaii, the passing of FERC commissioner Kevin McIntyre, and more.

U.S. utilities test distributed energy management

Distributed energy management systems can capture added value from solar and storage by shaving peak loads, providing grid services, and deferring grid investments. Utilities testing such systems have shared their lessons learned, while Western Australia leapfrogs ahead.

Room for residential solar to reach 41 GW by 2025

A new analysis by Credit Suisse forecasts that installed residential solar capacity could grow more than 3x to reach 41 GW by 2025, and shows that there is plenty of space on rooftops to do this.

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The 100% renewable energy movement is unstoppable

Cincinnati has become the 100th U.S. city to set a goal to move to 100% renewable energy. This sets the stage for the debate to shift to what resources we will use to decarbonize, and how quickly we will move.

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18 incoming Members of Congress back call for Green New Deal

The radical call for a rapid energy transition and jobs program now has the stated support of more than 4% of the U.S. Representatives who will take seats in January.

Hawaiian Electric embraced by activist investor focused on renewables

Citing Hawaii’s potential to reach 80 percent renewables by 2030, saving $6.5 billion in the process, the investment fund’s founder says Hawaiian Electric “has the potential to be the utility of the future.”

Dispatchable solar coming to Kaua’i

The cooperative utility on the Hawaiian island has signed a contract for design and engineering of a 25 MW pumped hydro project, plus an unspecified volume of solar, to provide “dispatchable” renewable energy and allow the island to integrate an unprecedented level of solar.

Wind + solar make up more than 20% of generation in 10 states – more on the way

A recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy shows the Midwest and Plains States in the lead, but the coasts are on a track to catch up thanks to mandates.

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