A much heralded report shows solar and wind will lower wholesale prices, but it also shows a coming evolution in the pricing profile of the grid. These shifts in timing, shape, regularity and length will drive energy storage demand. Read the entire articlehere.
Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrids Installed in Santa Rita Schools, Renewable Energy Magazine Solar PV plus Sharp SmartStorage® energy storage systems have been installed at six sites within the Santa Rita Union School District in Salinas, California. The systems will provide up to seven hours of power at each school during a grid outage and are expected to offset the school’s energy and demand usage resulting in savings on its utility bills.
Pennington, N.J., Dept. Of Public Works Adopts Solar-Plus-Storage, Solar Industry It is one of four similar projects that are in service as part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program, 158 MW DC solar initiative that uses rooftops, parking lots, utility poles and landfills/brownfields for large-scale, grid-connected solar projects.
EnergySage’s Latest Solar Marketplace Intel Report™ Three in four solar shoppers also considering energy storage: In 2017: 74% of solar shoppers who shared their non-solar energy interests with EnergySage stated they were also considering a home battery like the Tesla Powerwall.
Among American adults, 85% support increased reliance on wind power according to new data from the Pew Research Center. That includes 91% of Democrats and those who lean Democratic, and 79% of Republicans and those who lean Republican. Such cross-cutting support for renewables stands in contrast to other forms of energy.
Another recent poll, by the American Conservation Coalition (a college Republican clean energy group) and the Conservative Energy Network, found 79% of millennials “felt that a pro-clean energy candidate cares more about their family’s future.” Likewise, millennials favored wind by a 39 point margin in their survey. Click here to read the entire post.
Iowa-based Ideal Energy is constructing a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, using the NEXTracker NX Flow integrated solar-plus-storage system. The project will be built on University land and, when completed, it is projected to be one of the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state, producing enough energy to cover nearly a third of the University’s annual electricity usage. In addition to those savings, NX Flow will use peak-shaving to significantly reduce MUM’s utility bill during high-demand times. Read morehere.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the progress made by more than 900 public and private-sector organizations that are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy through their participation in the Better Buildings Initiative. Moreover, partners across the Better Buildings Initiative are sharing their innovative approaches and successful strategies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. The 2018 Better Buildings Progress Reportreleased today highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following Wells Fargo’s (NYSE: WFC) $200-billion low-carbon commitment announced last week, its Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance unit today announced the completion of $70 million in tax-equity funding for the Pacific Plains wind projects, including facilities in Indiana, Nebraska, and California. Over the past decade, Wells Fargo has teamed with NextEra Energy on 14 wind projects throughout the U.S. that will collectively generate more than 5 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy each year. NextEraEnergy, North America’s largest renewable-energy power company, developed and built the Pacific Plains wind projects and also operates and manages the new facilities that supply power to local utilities, including:
120-megawatt (MW) Bluff Point wind facility in Jay and Randolph Counties, Indiana
90-MW Cottonwood wind facility in Webster County, Nebraska
46-MW Golden Hills North wind facility in Livermore, California
Walmart to host solar power on 130 more sites, PV Magazine In an announcement last week related to its “Project Gigaton” to reduce supplier emissions, the retail giant announced that it will install solar on another 130 of its stores. This will bring it to a total of 500 locations across 22 states and Puerto Rico.
With the global solar industry expected to reach 100 GW this year, following nearly 20% year-over-year growth in annual installations in 2017, IHS Markit has identified eight solar and energy storage market trends to watch. “Solar Energy and Storage Trends,” a new white paper from IHS Markit, identifies the following significant trends with the most impact on the global solar market: Clickhereto continue.
RE100 signatories to spur $94 billion investment opportunity, Windpower Engineering
The companies currently committed to the RE100 campaign will need to procure an estimated 172 TWh of additional clean energy generation by 2030 to meet their renewable energy targets. If corporations were to meet this demand through PPAs, it could catalyze 87 GW of new solar and wind build, representing a potential $94 billion investment opportunity
One of ACC’s ten Principles of Conservative Environmentalism: “A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship—especially of the natural world—is not fundamentally conservative.” Initiatives include the development of an environmental scorecard of Republicans in Congress.
By Ed Adcock, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them. The overall effects on crops growing in wind farms appear to be positive said Gene Takle, Iowa State agronomy professor. He has led a team of plant and soil scientists along with extension specialists who have been looking into the effects since 2009. They started their work after seeing more wind farms and turbines pop up around the state. The new land use was positive for the landowners where they were located, but the researchers wondered if it was the same for the farmers growing crops. Read more here.
Do solar consumers create a cost-shift to non-solar users? PV Magazine
In this op-ed, Solar Reviews’ Andrew Sendy takes apart the cost-shift argument that utilities make when trying to get regulators to dismantle net metering, and looks at why they would push this myth on the public, P’V Magazine
U.S. energy storage begins to take off, PV Magazine Despite a lackluster Q4, GTM Research predicts that the U.S. energy storage market is going to boom in 2018, driven by both policy support and falling prices.
By Lew Milford and Robert Sanders, Clean Energy Group
Summary Current clean energy financing models do not sufficiently serve low-income communities. As a result, solar+storage projects are vastly underrepresented in affordable housing and community facilities, meaning that low-income communities are unable to enjoy the benefits of clean, affordable and resilient power.
This paper describes emerging finance models to address the energy equity challenge and to level the financing playing field. The paper explores additional ownership and financing options for solar+storage projects and low-income communities beyond direct ownership and conventional leasing models. It makes a simple point: there are ownership and financing strategies that can provide many of the economic and other benefits of direct ownership, while overcoming some of the risks and barriers that direct ownership may entail for many project developers. Learn more here.
Valuing Resilience Can Change the Breakeven Point for Solar-Plus-Storage, Greentech Media
A new study by researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in collaboration with Clean Energy Group, a Vermont-based nonprofit, finds that “accounting for the cost of electric grid power outages can change the breakeven point for PV and storage system investment.” In a summary of a paper submitted for publication, the authors write that “even though a PV and storage system might not appear to be economical under traditional cost-benefit calculations, placing a value on the losses incurred from grid disruptions can make a PV and storage system a fiscally sound investment.”
100+ Cities Now Powered by at Least 70% Renewables, EcoWatch A growing list of cities and municipalities is leading a renewable energy revolution that their national governments either cannot—or will not—address. More than 100 cities around the world now get at least 70 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower, according to new research from the non-profit CDP. That’s more than double the 40 cities reporting they were powered by at least 70 percent clean energy in 2015.
The company’s main project has been the 100MW/ 129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia, the largest in the world for now. But now instead of being a large centralized battery system using Tesla’s Powerpacks, the new project announced today is using Tesla’s residential battery system, the Powerwall, to create decentralized energy storage, which basically results in creating a massive virtual power plant. South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced the deal today – the biggest of its kind by far. Learn more here.
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Elon Musk’s Tesla plans to give thousands of homes batteries: here’s how it would work, by Nick Harmsen, ABC News
South Australia’s Labor Premier Jay Weatherill has unveiled what he expects to be a vote-winning power policy before the March state election — ‘free’ solar panels and Tesla batteries for 50,000 homes. And it’s all thanks to the guy on the right. Yep, it’s the latest gift in the ongoing bromance between Mr Weatherill and billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk, after the pair teamed up to help fund the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery (which is already producing power in the South Australian grid). Read more here.
Facebook Photo: Jay Weatherill and Elon Musk are changing South Australia’s approach to power generation.
Energy storage technologies can be an important part of that electric grid of the future, helping to assure reliable access to electricity while supporting America’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. To get the most benefit out of energy storage, however, policy-makers and the general public need to understand how energy storage works, where and when it is necessary, and how to structure public policy to support the appropriate introduction of energy storage.
Energy storage can make a valuable contribution to our energy system.
Energy storage can capture renewable energy produced in excess of the grid’s immediate needs for later use. In California, solar and wind energy plants were forced to halt production more than one-fifth of the time during 2016 because the power they produced was not needed at that moment.
Energy storage can help utilities to meet peak demand, potentially replacing expensive peaking plants.
Energy storage can extend the service lifetime of existing transmission and distribution infrastructure and reduce congestion in these systems by providing power locally at times of high demand.
Energy storage can improve community resilience, providing backup power in case of emergency, or even allowing people to live “off the grid,” relying entirely on clean energy they produce themselves.
Energy storage can provide needed ancillary services that help the grid function more efficiently and reliably.
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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Won’t Turn Tables On Renewables Revolution, Forbes The cost of solar energy, which has fallen by 73% since 2010, is forecast to fall by a further 50% by 2020, leading to it sitting alongside onshore wind as the cheapest forms of energy in years to come. This is leading corporates to buy record amounts of clean power through renewable energy power purchase agreements . . . The integration of renewable energy into the world’s electricity networks will be aided by the rapid advance of electric vehicles, which provide demand for renewable capacity outside peak times and can also act as a form of energy storage when demand is high.