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California electricity company East Bay Community Energy has hired Sunrun to install solar and battery systems on 500 low-income housing units in the area before 2022.
The partnership will allow the regional developer to deploy 100MW of distributed solar annually in the US and expand its reach beyond the south-eastern US.
BlackRock took an 80% stake in the new company, Distributed Solar Development, in an undisclosed deal. The new business will design, build, own and operate distributed solar and storage solutions for industrial, commercial and public-service customers.
Close to 1,000 companies from across the US solar industry supply chain sent a letter to Congress this week calling for the extension of the Section 48 and Section 25D solar investment tax credits (ITC).
Georgia Power is set to boost its state’s battery energy storage sector, with the company's plan to own and operate 80MW of battery energy storage unanimously approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC).
The project, financed by US Bank, HSBC, Rabobank and Nord/LB is expected to become operational mid-2020.
Energy-Storage.news received information last week on a handful of successful battery installations at commercial customer sites, from NantEnergy in the US and from Alfen in Europe.
While software has been described by many as the single most important aspect of how an energy networks integrates, manages and then uses energy storage, two industry heavyweights have said that selling software licensing alone was not a viable business model for them.
Infrastructure investment firm Energy Capital Partners has acquired prolific ‘mid-range’ energy storage project developer Convergent Energy + Power in a deal worth "several hundred million dollars".
Insurance helps firm secure fresh debt for Grand Ridge Solar, built earlier this decade and joined by storage facility since 2015.
The Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) arm of independent global private asset management firm Capital Dynamics has formed a joint venture with solar finance and development company Sol Systems.
New Mexico and Tennessee utilities have both released blueprints for new solar, storage and gas infrastructure.
Utility Georgia Power wants to own and operate 80MW of battery energy storage systems in its service area.
Extending timeframes to 2040-2050 and allowing natural gas, nuclear to play role would be key to achieving ‘unprecedented’ redesign of power sector, says firm.
Democrat presidential hopefuls pen letter warning thousands of jobs lie at risk if ITC is withdrawn before alternative support schemes are rolled out.
Bifacial solar modules will be officially exempted from President Trump’s 25% trade tariffs later today.
Cordova, Alaska, is isolated from the grid, but fortunate to be blessed with hydropower resources - and now a 1MWh battery storage system will help this coastal Arctic community increase its self-reliance in a “harsh and unforgiving climate”.
Once again, lithium-ion battery-based solutions have been selected for projects that will “improve overall reliability” of electricity supplies, to enhance the grid and make it more efficient, while also providing backup in case of outages.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Magnum Development, owner and operator of the only known “Gulf Coast” style domal-quality salt formation in the western US, have launched an initiative that will see the start of the development for the Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project in central Utah. Tabbed by MHPS as the world’s largest project of its kind, the ACES initiative will develop 1GW of renewable energy storage.
Two bills that have been introduced in the US to support and accelerate the development and deployment of energy storage are enjoying cross-party support and look likely to pass unopposed, an analyst has said.
A large-scale battery storage system will be built in Texas for the US’ biggest electric utility cooperative, to time-shift solar-generated loads and provide grid services to transmission operator ERCOT.
Assets are up for sale following the bankruptcy of EnSync, a networked smart home solutions provider from the US which has been using battery energy storage to aggregate connected systems for energy trading and other services.
Phase-out plans of US utility giants underscore money-saving potential of cleaner alternatives, says think tank.
Fund management firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has established a new fund to invest in greenfield renewable energy infrastructure primarily in Asia and Latin America, with expectations of reaching US$1 billion by the final close.
Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation has invested in US-based company, GridMarket, which is focused on distributed generation projects using battery storage, solar PV, fuel cells, and combined heat and power.
C2 Energy Capital has signed off on 46 Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and leases with Walmart that will see the company provide renewable energy to the retailer in five US states.
Volume 19 of PV Tech Power has just hit the (digital) shelves and once again the quarterly technical journal from our publisher Solar Media includes ‘Storage & Smart Power’, the dedicated section created and curated by Energy-Storage.news.
Having bested coal generation and gas peaker plants, solar-plus-storage is now competing with gas in other parts of the generation mix.
Southern California Edison, one of the US’ top-ranking utilities for energy storage capacity already deployed, has signed contracts for seven more projects, totalling 195MW in its California service area.
US$400 million of funding pledged by New York’s state Governor Andrew Cuomo last week towards his “comprehensive climate agenda” will include US$280 million in support for energy storage.
A large-scale energy storage project to be built in Texas will take advantage of the system’s flexibility to deliver multiple services, as opportunities grow in the state’s Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.
The ‘world’s first dedicated energy storage infrastructure fund’ will invest in California battery energy storage projects, with Macquarie set to sell 50% of a 340MWh tranche to the fund’s owner, SUSI Partners.
Many of the most polluting thermal power plants on the US grid today are also the most lucrative to run, but the service they provide could already be done twice as cheaply using solar and storage, developer 8minutenergy has claimed.
A large tranche of utility-scale solar – and storage – projects in Hawaii has been approved by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC), each quoting a cost per kilowatt hour of US$0.10 or under.
Major US utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is planning to build the world’s largest battery energy storage system adjacent to an existing solar power plant, with plans to roll out multiple other storage systems across the state.
China’s BYD has signed a deal which could see up to 100MWh of its systems deployed in Mexico as part of a distributed energy and large-scale solar buildout by finance group Pireos Capital.
A contract with utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has led to Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) supplying 2GWh of grid services from just 60MWh of energy storage during 2018, with one analyst dubbing the feat an “impressive milestone”.
NextEra Resources will build a 100MW solar farm for Arkansas utility Entergy Arkansas, to include 30MW of battery energy storage, as Entergy seeks to build out solar capacity in the state.
SEIA, Wood Mackenzie: Section 201 disruption drives 7% year-on-year drop in utility solar additions even as contracted pipeline hits all-time records.
Agreements combining solar and wind to become a reality given their ability to mitigate intermittency costs, says WBCSD report.
Land acquisition, corruption and short-termism complicate scaling up solar and others with the speed required by climate change, London event hears.
Energy storage enjoyed another record-breaking year of deployments in the US in 2018, while the residential segment is now “moving beyond early adopters” and into commercial viability, a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables claims.
Enel Green Power North America has started construction on the 497MW Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas. Once completed, the installation is set to be the largest solar facility in Enel’s US portfolio and the largest solar project in the state of Texas.
A new listed-fund in the UK will float next month with the intention of raising finance for US solar projects.
Arizona Public Service (APS) has announced a plan to make solar energy dispatchable into the evening using batteries, calling for the deployment of 850MW of energy storage by 2025.
While market opportunities for energy storage in Texas are considered to be limited, the largest battery project in the state so far, a 42MWh system, has just come online.
Electricity from 100MW of energy storage facilities will be purchased by US public utility company El Paso Electric, following a competitive solicitation process.
The Commonwealth of Virginia’s new energy plan has called for 3GW of solar and wind installations by 2022 as well as grid modernization to handle both solar and wind totalling 5GW by 2028.
Renewable energy fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has started construction on two solar projects totalling 300MW(AC) in the US.
Known historically for its oil and in the present day for deploying large amounts of wind energy and latterly for deploying batteries at wind farms, the US state of Texas is less well known for solar-plus-storage projects.
US solar developer Cypress Creek Renewables has received a US$200 million investment from the Singapore-based firm Temasek.
Facebook’s Prineville Data Center in Oregon will be supported by 100% renewable energy from 437MW of new solar developments in partnership with Pacific Power, including two projects totaling 100MW in the Prineville area.
Texas IPP Vistra Energy has contracted energy storage integrator FlexGen to install a 10MW / 42MWh energy storage system (ESS) at the 180MW Upton 2 Solar Power Plant in Texas.
NV Energy has chosen US-based developer 8minutenergy Renewables to develop the 300MW(AC) Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm in Clark County, Nevada, next to a retiring coal plant.
UPDATED: Oregon-based utility Portland General Electric Company (PGE) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) seeking 100 average megawatts of renewable energy capacity.