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Podcast audio: SolarEdge’s first battery launch and how solar is ‘now a real contender’

By Andy Colthorpe, Energy Storage News

Here’s the extended audio version of our recent interview with Lior Handelsman, co-founder and VP for product and marketing strategy, talking for the first time in depth about the forthcoming launch of a battery system under the SolarEdge brand.

Lior spoke with Andy Colthorpe, Energy-Storage.news‘ editor, about how solar and storage can be competitive with fossil fuels, how SolarEdge is maintaining its own competitive advantage as well as some exclusive inside info on the company’s forthcoming residential battery energy storage systems. Listen now on Google podcasts, as well as Apple podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify & Anchor.fm (embeds below) and anywhere else that hosts quality pod. Read more here.

Image by Solar Media: SolarEdge’s AR demo of the capabilities of solar, batteries and other DERs.

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Fortune’s Change the World List for 2019

Here’s our fifth annual list of the best of them, selected in collaboration with our expert partners at Shared Value InitiativeClick here to read more about the list and how we chose the 52 companies. Click here to read about this year’s Sustainability All Stars. And click here to see six small companies whose technology is on the cusp of delivering world-changing breakthroughs.

How a utility became the world’s largest renewable developer

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News Reporter, Energywire

“There’s going to be enormous change for this industry; I don’t think the industry
has come to grips with it.” – Jim Robo, NextEra Energy Inc. CEO

“We have been able to turn NextEra Energy Resources into a Fortune 500 company from scratch; that’s taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears,” John Ketchum, the company’s CEO, said at a June investor conference with Wall Street analysts. The company plans to have as much as 34 gigawatts of wind, solar and storage projects by the end of 2022, up from the 18 GW it has now, said Jim Robo, CEO of parent company NextEra Energy Inc.

The U.S. market for wind, solar and storage is at its strongest and showing little signs of a slowdown. The appetite for renewables is starkly different from when it took the company 15 years to sign deals for 10 GW of wind and solar. Now it can do that in just 24 months. And 40% of those solar deals are connected to storage. Read more here.

This plane can fly 500 miles, powered entirely by hydrogen

By Adele Peters, Fast Company

On a Friday afternoon a few months ago, a small six-seater plane soared over fields near Hollister, California. From the outside, it looked entirely normal. But instead of running on jet fuel, it was being powered by hydrogen. It was the largest zero-emissions plane to ever fly without support from fossil fuels.

ZeroAvia, the startup that designed the hydrogen-fueled electric powertrain inside the plane, has been testing the technology over the past year and emerged from stealth today. In 2022, it plans to begin supplying the powertrain for use in planes with as many as 20 seats, on flights up to 500 miles long. Read more here.

Resource for More Information
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy

Photo by ZeroAvia: The technology could see early adoption in places like Norway, where the government plans to move to 100% zero-emissions flights by 2040, but the whole industry is moving toward solutions to reduce emissions.

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PUMPED HYDRO STORAGE

Montana Developer Ready to Build Modern-Day Pumped Hydro Storage, Greentech Media
A former Navy prosecutor turned Montana-based clean energy developer wants to build the first pumped hydro storage facility the U.S. has seen in years. Battery installations are growing at a steady clip, but good old pumped hydro storage, which lifts water into elevated reservoirs for later use in generation, still utterly dominates the field. The 21.6 gigawatts of installed pumped hydro provide 97 percent of utility-scale storage on the U.S. grid, according to the National Hydropower Association.

Solar energy, storage project planned for Burt County

Special to the Norfolk Daily News

TEKAMAH — Burt County Public Power District’s board and management are moving forward with a storage-plus-solar project, which is to be built within Burt County’s service territory. The distribution-connected generation project will be a combination of solar energy and a battery storage system. The 6 megawatt hour storage system will enable the interconnected renewable energy generation facility to become a dispatchable resource. Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: American Public Power Association

Southwest Power Pool moves to boost reliability, storage amid CEO resignation

By Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Board of Directors on Monday approved 21 stakeholder policy recommendations on critical issues, such as enhancing reliability and cost allocation for new transmission. The SPP’s Holistic Integrated Tariff Team (HITT), made up of 15 stakeholders, offered recommendations to prepare the regional transmission operator for the grid of the future, including improvements to the wholesale energy market.

The transmission operator’s generation portfolio has changed dramatically over the past decade, with 50 GW of wind, 28.5 GW of solar and 5.7 GW of storage in its interconnection queue as of June. Stakeholder recommendations focused on this reality, asking SPP staff to create a white paper on energy storage and the future impacts of a battery storage buildout. Read more here.

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Introducing Megapack: Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Tesla News Release

For utility-size installations like the upcoming Moss Landing project in California with PG&E, Megapack will act as a sustainable alternative to natural gas “peaker” power plants. Peaker power plants fire up whenever the local utility grid can’t provide enough power to meet peak demand. They cost millions of dollars per day to operate and are some of the least efficient and dirtiest plants on the grid. Instead, a Megapack installation can use stored excess solar or wind energy to support the grid’s peak loads. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Tesla

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FARM ENERGY NEWS

Can the Sun Cool Sows?, contributed by the University of Minnesota, Pork Magazine
Food retailers and consumers worldwide are pressuring food producers (farmers) to reduce the use of fossil fuels and lower the carbon footprint of their production systems. Over the last couple years, researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) have been involved in a project entitled “Greening of Agriculture”. This project focuses on methods to reduce the use of fossil fuels in production agriculture.

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2019 Midwest Farm Energy Conference  Resources: Power Point Presentations (PDF) and YouTube Videos

Corporate Solar Investments Surge in United States, Report Finds

Solar Energy Industries Association News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tech giant Apple is now the leading procurer of corporate solar in the United States with nearly 400 megawatts (MW) of total installed capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Means Business 2018 report. This report puts the power of corporate commitments to clean energy on display, as the world’s largest and most-recognizable companies turn to solar energy in historic numbers.

This 7th edition of the Solar Means Business report notes that each week 6.6 million people visit a Walmart store with onsite solar, Amazon’s solar installations offset the CO2 equivalent of more than 200 million miles of truck deliveries, and Apple’s solar facilities generate enough electricity each year to charge more than 60 billion smartphones. For more key takeaways, graphics, rankings and the report’s underlying data, go to SEIA’s digital Solar Means Business 2018 page at www.solarmeansbusiness.comRead the entire news release here.

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The billion-dollar battery boom, PV Magazine
Corporations are buying up batteries and investing in their companies like it’s going out of style.

Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

Highview Power News Release

Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions, has contracted Tenaska Power Services Co., the leading provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the United States over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

Javier Cavada, president and CEO of Highview Power, said: “Highview is proud to work with Tenaska Power Services to develop our first projects located in the United States. They are well-respected and have an impressive track record of managing large energy assets. Tenaska’s capabilities and leadership in this market make them the ideal provider to help Highview Power scale our technology in the United States.” Continue reading here.

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GWh-scale liquid-air battery offers storage at half cost of lithium, Recharge News
A UK technology company has unveiled a “cryogenic” energy storage system that it says can store gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy at half the cost of lithium-ion batteries. Highview Power says its scaleable zero-emissions CRYOBattery technology, which uses liquid air as its storage medium, could potentially replace natural-gas peaker plants that help to balance the grid. A 10-hour, 200MW/1.2GWh system offers a levelized cost of storage of $140/MWh, the company says. By comparison, analyst Lazard puts the price of a similar lithium-ion gas-peaker replacement facility at $285-581 per MWh.

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About Highview Power
Highview Power is a designer and developer of the CRYOBattery™, a proprietary cryogenic energy storage system that delivers reliable and cost-effective long-duration energy storage to enable a 100 percent renewable energy future. Its proprietary technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and can deliver anywhere from 25 MW/100 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy and has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. Developed using proven components from mature industries, it delivers pumped-hydro capabilities without geographical constraints and can be configured to convert waste heat and cold to power.

About Tenaska
From modest beginnings in 1987, Omaha-based Tenaska has forged a solid reputation as an industry leader, adept at responding to unique customer challenges and new market opportunities. One of the largest private, independent energy companies in the United States, Tenaska is well regarded for its integrity and commitment to excellence. Customers, partners and investors work with Tenaska again and again because its employees give every project the highest priority and still conduct business like a young company with something to prove.

From SolSmart: Solar and Storage Guide

Solar + Storage: A Guide for Local Governments is the latest in-depth resource from the SolSmart program. This issue brief outlines the benefits and uses of solar and storage, how to analyze the feasibility and economics of storage within a community, and much more. Community interest in solar energy coupled with storage is increasing, as storage technology rapidly becomes more cost effective and its benefits are more broadly recognized.

The guide outlines: 1) The benefits of solar and energy storage for the electric grid and local governments; 2) Uses of solar and energy storage by local governments; 3) How to understand the feasibility and economics of storage within a community; 4) Key elements to include in requests for proposals (RFPs) involving energy storage; and 5) Resources for communities interested in implementing solar and energy storage. Read it here.

New study: Solar power delivers much more than just clean energy

Environment America News Release

Americans benefit from solar panels in important ways that are often overlooked by policymakers, according to The True Value of Solar: Measuring The Benefits of Rooftop Solar Power, a new study released today by Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group.  States should assess all those benefits when determining their energy policies and incentives.

“Power from the sun is a boon to the environment, protects our health from dirtier power options and gives us a shot at leaving our kids a better world,” Susan Rakov, chair of Environment America Research and Policy Center’s Clean Energy program, said. “We need to appreciate what solar energy is really worth, and base our public policies on it.” Read more here.

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