Utah

sonnen turns apartment complex into dispatchable solar + storage power plant

Local utility Rocky Mountain Power will use rooftop solar and 600 batteries at the Soleil Lofts community in Utah to supply demand response and manage peaks on its system, as the latest behind-the-meter contract.

Solar met 2.7% of U.S. electric demand during the first half of 2019

Marginally higher solar output and lower electricity use allowed the share of solar in the overall mix to rise. California met more than 17% of its demand with solar during the six-month period, and solar + wind met 10.4% of the nation’s demand.

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pvMB: Pennsylvania’s new RPS has 100 cosponsors, Utah’s hidden solar potential, more

Hello one and all and welcome to today’s pvMB. On this fine day we’ll be looking at Marin Clean Energy’s $2.8 million net metering paybacks, Utah’s hidden solar potential, Standard Solar’s new community solar e-book and more!

Waste heat is not cool, say scientists

Engineers at the University of Utah have developed a tiny device which they say could increase the performance of PV panels and other electronic devices by converting energy lost as heat back into electricity.

Hot for Hardware – SimpliPhi, Tesla, NEC, Final Mile Solar, and CRYObattery

SimpliPhi offering up sales to deal with California grid shutdowns, Final Mile Solar delivering your hardware with style, Tesla got a solar roof approval, NEC has a cool energy storage warranty, and CRYObattery is available in a 200 MW / 1.2 GWh package at $140/MWh.

Hannon Armstrong jumps into community solar, SRP gives emissions the boot: pvMB 6/6/19

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition of the pvMB. This morning, we’ll be looking at the Sunpower system at a “destination” Porsche dealership, PacificCorp installing a solar + storage sytem in lieu of wires for Rocky Mountain Power, Laura Olton’s appointment to head the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and more!

“Unlimited” capacity hydrogen storage facility developing in Utah

An MOU was signed by Mitsubishi and Magnum Developers in Utah to develop a 1,000 MW power facility at underground salt caverns in Utah that can be used to store renewable hydrogen and compressed air, while also deploying flow batteries and solid oxide fuel cells at the site.

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Facebook drives two big solar projects in Texas and Utah

Construction is starting on a 300 MWac solar project in Texas, as a power contract is signed for a 122 MWac solar project in Utah. The social media giant is involved in both, and both use First Solar PV modules.

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Navajo Nation bill would replace 2.25 GW of coal with renewables

The bill would create a task force to recommend replacement revenue sources by June 7. Transmission lines serving the Arizona coal plant could support gigawatts of solar or solar-plus-storage.

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Ten sunniest states added 1.8 GW of small-scale solar

Contractors in California, Arizona and Texas built almost 90% of this capacity. Policy groups in the 10 states aim for fair rates for solar customers, plus community solar. “Snapshot stories” included.

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