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UK Gov. Urged to Reverse Green Homes Grant Claw-Back (Int'l.)
Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
Date: 2021-02-19
In the UK, the not-for-profit Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) is calling for the government to reconsider clawing back £1 billion from the Green Homes Grant program. With Less than 5 pct of the original budget has been spent, the government is saying that unspent money would not be carried over into the next financial year.

REA counters that such a move would negatively impact businesses and consumers in the short-term as well as undermine confidence in future energy conservation and efficiency initiatives. The association believes long-term strategies around heat decarbonisation are also 'imperative', otherwise a policy gap will quickly emerge with the non-domestic RHI coming to an end and put the government's net-zero ambitions in 'serious jeopardy', according to the REA release.

The REA promotes renewable energy and clean technology industries -- biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, energy storage, wind, solar, renewable transportation fuels and others -- to grow a sustainable industry and decarbonise society as part of a circular economy. (Source: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, Dr. Nina Skorupska, CBE, CEO, www.r-e-a.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology ,  


Sunnova Snares Lennar's Solar Installation Business (M&A)
Sunnova
Date: 2021-02-19
Houston-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service providerSunnova Energy International and LenX, a technology-focused subsidiary of homebuilder Lennar Corporation, are announcing a definitive agreement under which Sunnova will acquire Lennar's residential solar platform, SunStreet.

Under the agreement, Sunnova will become Lennar's exclusive residential solar and storage service provider. The strategic partnership will also focus on the development and rollout of innovative energy technologies, such as home storage and community microgrids. (Source: Sunnova, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, alina.eprimian@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova,  Solar,  


Volta Energy Tech. Launches Energy Storage Fund (Ind. Report)
Volta Energy
Date: 2021-02-19
Warrenville, Illinois-based Volta Energy Technologies today announced an initial closing on its venture fund focused on batteries, energy storage, and related hardware and software required to enable the use of lower-cost electric vehicles and renewable power generation.

The new fund closed with $72.6M of committed capital in December and will continue to accept additional capital commitments through the end of Q1 2021. It is complemented by the firm's pledge fund launched in 2017, with the backing of corporate strategic investors Albemarle, Exelon, Equinor and Hanon Systems. Volta is currently seeking investors to participate in the final close of the new fund in Q1 of 2021 -- with the aim of raising up to an additional $150 million.

The firm expects significant impacts from a pipeline of investible deals aimed at lowering battery cost, improving safety, increasing battery longevity, grid energy storage, battery recycling technology, advanced manufacturing processes and others.

Volta Energy Technologies identifies and invests in battery and energy storage technology after performing deep diligence with the support of unparalleled global research institutions. Seeded by strategic corporate investors, Volta connects innovators with investors and relevant industries that are adopting energy storage technology, delivering strategic returns for all. (Source: Volta, PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Volta, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, CEO, www.plusvolta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Volta Energy Technologies,  Energy STorage,  Battery,  


The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-02-19
Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Powe,  Battery,  Energy Storager,  


  • Dominion Plans $72Bn Clean Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Dominion Energy reports it could invest up to $72 billion through 2035 to transition its primary power source from fossil fuels to emissions-free, clean fuel alternatives.

    The company expects to invest $32 billion through 2025 to clean up its emissions profile as follows: $17 billion for zero-carbon generation -- offshore wind, nuclear power life extensions , solar energy and energy storage; $6 billion on electricity transmission and distribution projects such as making its system more resilient to cyber and climate threats; $6 billion on customer growth and other related activities; $3 billion on natural gas distribution modernization and renewable natural gas systems. More than 80 pct of those investments will reduce emissions.

    Specifically, the company noted:

  • $17 billion for offshore wind projects, including an estimated $8 billion to build a 2.6 GW offshore wind project in Virginia that it hopes to complete by the end of 2026;

  • $20 billion on solar projects expanding the company's capacity from 2.2 GW to 13.4 GW by 2035;

  • $7 billion for energy storage projects;

  • $4 billion to extend the life of its zero-emission nuclear power plants;

  • $15 billion on electric grid transformation projects and $9 billion on natural gas distribution modernization projects and renewable natural gas.

    Roughly $72 billion by 2035 would increase the company's zero-carbon power sources from 45 pct in 2020 to 70 pct by 2035 while improving its zero- and low-carbon sources from 90 pct to 95 pct. Dominion is also investing in early-stage hydrogen projects. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev., www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


  • CleanSpark Launches Residential Microgrid Solution (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting the launch of mVoult www.mvoult.com, a stand-alone energy management controller capable of directing the operations of both existing and new energy assets for residential microgrids.

    mVoult will be offered as a smart controller and mobile app specifically designed for residential applications. The Company also plans to launch a fully integrated mVoult branded battery energy storage and controls solution. The home power solution will enable the selection of optional add-ons such as solar integration or back-up generators. The company expects to begin taking pre-orders for both the stand-alone controls and the fully integrated solution in April 2021. Installations of the solution are expected to begin summer 2021.

    CleanSpark, Inc. offers a suite of software solutions that provide end-to-end microgrid energy modeling, energy market communications, and energy management solutions. Offerings include intelligent energy monitoring and controls, intelligent microgrid design software, middle-ware communications protocols for the energy industry, energy system engineering and software consulting services.

    Through its wholly owned subsidiary, ATL Data Centers LLC, CleanSpark also owns and operates a data center that provides customers with traditional on-site and cloud-based data center services. (Source: CleanSpark, Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid news,  Energy Stoarge news,  Energy Management news,  


    TECO 2030, Slattland Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    TECO 2030 ASA,Slattland
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In Norway, Oslo headquartered-based TECO 2030 ASA reports it is partnering with the Rakkestad, Ostfold-based mechanical engineering group Slattland to explore possible cooperation within a range of emission-reducing projects, including hydrogen fuel cells, energy storage, offshore and onshore wind, hydrogen competence development and other opportunities.

    TECO 2030 is an innovative engineering and equipment development company aiming to significantly increase the use of renewable energy, specifically in the form of hydrogen fuel. cells, and reduce the environmental footprint of the shipping industry. TECO 2030 recently announced a partnership with Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Holland to develop zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell propulsion on all types of river vessels, such as push tugs, dredgers, passenger and cargo ships and low-profile coasters, according to the company website.

    Slattland operates in offshore and marine, hydrogen and wind power, carbon capture and energy sectors. (Source: TECO 2030, PR, Green Car Congress, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: TECO 2030 ASA, +47 67 200 300 -- Oslo HQ, (305) 833 6510 -- Miami Office, www.teco2030.no; Slattland, 47 69 22 73 73, www.slattlend.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  CCS,  ,  


    Elon Musk Comments on a U.S. Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
    Elon Musk
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Following up on our 22 Jan coverage -- Elon Musk Offers $100Mn for Best Carbon Capture Tech -- the the battery energy storage, SpaceX and Tesla tycoon announced:

    "I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff," Musk said.

    "If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don`t have a price on it, it is behaving badly," Musk noted.

    "It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better," Musk elaborated. (Source: Elon Musk, DNA, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Elon Musk,  Carbon Tax,  


    $20Mn Battery Storage Project Slated for San Diego (Ind. Report)
    EnerSmart, Eos Energy
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In the Golden State, San Diego-based renewable energy service provider EnerSmart is reporting a $20 million deal with New Jersey-based Eos Energy for more than 10 zinc-based battery storage facilities, seven of which will be in San Diego. These projects will store approximately 3 MW each and will each supply electric power to 2000 homes.

    The electric powere stored in these batteries will go to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The California PUC seeks to add about 2,100 MW of energy storage to the grid by August 2021. . Currently, the peak demand for electricity is at 26,221 megawatts. (Source: EnerSmart, Website, NewsinPaphos, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: EnerSmart, James beach, Partner, www.enersmartstorage.com; Eos Energy, www.eose.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSmart,  Eos Energy,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    Israeli Pumped Hydro Storage Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Ellomay Capital
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Tel Aviv-headquartered renewable energy developer and operator Ellomay Capital Ltd. reports all conditions precedent -- execution of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement and an operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement -- have been met under the conditional license issued to the pumped hydro storage project to be constructed in the Manara Cliff, Israel.

    The EPC Agreement was executed under a "turnkey" contract with Electra Infrastructure Ltd. one of Israel's largest construction companies, and the O&M Agreement was executed with Mekorot Israel National Water Co., The Manara Project is expected to commence construction following receipt of the Israeli Electricity Authority's approval. (Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd., PR, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ellomay Capital Ltd, Ran Fridrich, CEO, Kalia Weintraub, CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, hilai@ellomay.com, www.eelomay.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ellomay Capital,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro,  


    WH Climate Innovation Working Group Launched (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In Washington, the White House (WH) has announced a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance President Biden's commitment to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C).

    The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050. The Climate Innovation Working Group will focus on:

  • Zero net carbon buildings at zero net cost, including carbon-neutral construction materials;

  • Energy storage at one-tenth the cost of today's alternatives;

  • Advanced energy system management tools to plan for and operate a grid powered by zero-carbon power plants;

  • Very low-cost zero-carbon on-road vehicles and transit systems;

  • New, sustainable fuels for aircraft and ships, as well as improvements in broader aircraft and ship efficiency and transportation management;

  • Affordable refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps made without refrigerants that warm the planet;

  • Carbon-free heat and industrial processes that capture emissions for making steel, concrete, chemicals, and other important industrial products;

  • Carbon-free hydrogen at a lower cost than hydrogen made from polluting alternatives;

  • Innovative soil management, plant biologies, and agricultural techniques to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground; and

  • Direct air capture systems and retrofits to existing industrial and power plant exhausts to capture carbon dioxide and use it to make alternative products or permanently sequester it deep underground.

    The Climate Innovation Working Group will also emphasize research to bolster and build critical clean energy supply chains in the U.S. and strengthen American manufacturing and coordinate climate innovation across the federal government, research and universities. (Source: White House, PR, 12 Feb., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Ameresco Supports Wellesley's Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted to replace Wellesley College's Central Utility Plant to support the College's effort to increase energy efficiency, cut operating costs and reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions 37 pct by 2026, as compared to the school's 2010 baseline.

    New energy efficient equipment upgrades and installations at the plant will include 4MW of power generation, paralleling switchgear, 800 ton efficient electric chillers, a 600HP firetube pony boiler, a 5-cell cooling tower and a 4,000 ton thermal energy storage system. The plant's electric generators will operate primarily in "peak shaving" mode for increased cost savings and decreased demand on the local utility during peak times of the year. Construction on the Central Utility Plant began in December of 2020 and is slated for commissioning in May 2021. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com, [www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Wellesley Ccllege, www.wellesley.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Cambridgeshire 50MW Battery Storage Plant Underway (Int'l.)
    SNS plc
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the UK, Glasgow-headquartered smart energy infrastructure company, SMS plc reports construction is underway on a 50MW grid-scale battery storage development in Burwell, Cambridgeshire. Work on a second 49 MW site in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, will get underway later this month. The two projects are the first in an initial 270MW pipeline that SMS seeks to build over the next two years.

    SMS, which finances, installs, and manages low-carbon energy assets across the grid, will deliver the projects from initial construction through to ongoing operation, trading, maintenance, and asset management for the expected 40-year lifespan of the batteries.

    The UK currently has over 1GW of storage in operation and an expanding pipeline of projects across the country. (Source: SMS, Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: SMS, Tim Mortlock, COO, +44 0 141 249 3880, www.sms-plc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    Jupiter Power Plans 2021 Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Jupiter Power
    Date: 2021-02-12
    Austin, Texas-based utility-scale energy storage developer and operator Jupiter Power is reporting plans to deploy 652MWh of battery storage during 2021, kicking off a 10GW development pipeline.

    The company, which is backed by energy growth capital investor EnCap Investments, it will construct six standalone battery energy storage projects, including three 200MWh projects and three smaller ones, expected to come online by Q3 of this year in Texas, the eastern seaboard, California and the mid-continent regions of the US. The company has around 10GW of battery storage projects under development that it hopes to construct between 2022 and 2026. (Source: Jupiter Power, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Jupiter Power, Andy Bowman, CEO, info@jupiterpower.io, www.jupiter power.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jupiter Power news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage for Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Corporation reports it has contracted to install a 10MW battery energy storage system at the Eolica Coromuel Wind Farm near the city of La Paz, Mexico. The 50MW wind energy project is under construction by San Diego-based by Eurus Energy America Corp. -- part of the Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group -- which operates wind and solar farms globally.

    Wartsilia will provide a grid-connected battery storage system and long-term servicing to the system including remote monitoring, performance guarantees and replacing and repairing components as needed. Wartsilia will use the Finland-headquartered energy storage system integrator's recently launched GridSolv Max containerised lithium-ion battery storage and run on the company's GEMS energy management software platform.

    Mexico is aiming to reach 30 pct renewables by 2021 and 35 by 2024. (Source: Wartsilia, PR, Energy Storage, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX: +81-3-5404-5301, www.eurus-energy.com; Eurus Energy America, Eurus Energy America, Nick Henriksen, VP, 858-638-7115, 858-638-7125 -- fax; info@eurusenergy.com, www.eurusenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Eurus Energy,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


    Appalachian Power Touts "Largest of its Kind" Pumped Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian Power ,LS Power Development
    Date: 2021-02-10
    In the Old Dominion State, Duke Energy reports it will acquire 400 MW of energy storage from Roanoke-based Appalachian Power's Bath County Pumped Energy Storage Station in the Allegheny Mountains north of Roanoke.

    New York-headquartered LS Power Development holds a 24 pct interest in the Bath County Pumped Storage Station which is touted as the "largest of its kind in the world" capable of producing sufficient power for as many as 750,000 homes, according to Dominion Energy.

    The Virginia Clean Economy Act, a landmark law passed last year by the General Assembly, requires Appalachian and Dominion to invest in energy storage as well solar and wind in order to meet the state's 100 pct renewable power portfolio by mid-century. (Source: Appalachian Power, PR, Roanoke Times, Feb., 2021) Contact: Appalachian Power, www.appalachianpower.com; LS Power Development, (212) 615-3456, www.lspower.com; Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Appalachian Power,  Pumped Energy Storage ,  


    LG Touts S. Korea's Largest ESS Installation (Int'l. Report)
    LG Electronics
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In Seoul, LG Electronics Inc. is reporting completion of South Korea's largest energy storage system (ESS) -- 340- MWh -- on Anjwa Island, South Jeolla Province, some 320 kilometers south of Seoul, in cooperation with KCH Group, Korea Western Power Co. and Top Solar Group.

    Considering that a four-person family in South Korea consumes an average 11.7 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day, the company said the ESS can store enough electricity for some 29,000 households to use for a day.

    LG Electronics said it will offer a three-year warranty on all ESS components, including batteries that were manufactured by its LG Group affiliate LG Energy Solution Ltd. The tech firm said a 24-hour monitoring and remote control system is applied to the ESS, as well as LG Energy Solution's battery fire detection and suppression solutions. (Source: LG Electronics, PR, Website, Yonhap. 7 Feb., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Electronics news,  Energy Storage news,  


    TOTAL Purchasing TX Solar+Storage Projects (M&A, Imd. Report)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2021-02-08
    Paris-headquartered french oil and gas giant TOTAL reports it is acquiring four commercial-scale solar+storage power projects in Texas, to meet the electricity demand of its Port Arthur refining and petrochemicals platform and La Porte and Carville petrochemical sites and others. All projects, each with co-located battery energy storage systems, are in industrial areas near Houston with high electricity demand and are expected to come online between 2023 and 2024, according to the release.

    Including this acquisition, TOTAL is now developing close to 4 GW of renewable power capacity in the US. TOTAL has the largest renewable energy portfolio among European oil majors. (Source: TOTAL, Financial Tribune, 7 Jan., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Solar+Storage,  


    SPARKZ Licenses ORNL Battery Production Technology (Ind. Report)
    ORNL, Sparkz
    Date: 2021-02-05
    The US DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is reporting Knoxville, Tennessee-based battery energy storage start-up Sparkz Energy Systems (SPARKZ) has exclusively licensed ORNL's "fast formation cycling" technology that enables the rapid production of lithium-ion batteries commonly used in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. The technology reduces production time significantly and also enhances battery performance, which can lead to reduced costs.

    SPARKZ is presently seeking a location for an R&D and prototyping facility to scale their licensed battery technologies to meet the demands of customers in the mobility and grid sectors, according to the release. (Source: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, www.ornl.gov/partnerships; Sparkz Energy Systems, Sanjiv Malhotra, CEO, www.sparkz.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Battery,  Sparkz,  


    Sunnova Touts New Home Solar+Storage Service (Ind. Report)
    Sunnova
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Houston-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy International Inc, reports the launch of the industry's first 0 pct APR financing program for home solar and battery storage service.

    Under the program, new Sunnova customers may be eligible to go solar for as low as 0 pct APR and $0 down with the purchase of a new Sunnova SunSafe® solar + battery storage system, or .99 pct APR and $0 down for the purchase of solar-only service, including a 25-year Sunnova Protect™ limited warranty . (Source: Sunnova, PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, alina.eprimian@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


    Southern Power Adding Storage at Calif. Solar Sites (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Atlanta-based US wholesale energy provider Southern Power reports it is adding battery energy storage capacity to its 205-MW Tranquillity Solar Facility and the 72-MW Garland Solar Facility, as well as inking 20-year PPAs with Southern California Edison (SCE) for the two sites.

    Both energy storage projects will be owned in partnership with AIP Management and Global Atlantic Financial Group, who already have existing ownership interests in the two facilities. Southern Power will be responsible for operating the storage, building on their operation of both solar sites since they went into commercial operation in 2016. (Source: Southern Power, PR, Feb., 2021)Contact: Southern Power, www.southernpowercompany.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Energy Storage,  


    Powin Raises $100Mn to Compete in Grid Storage Market (Ind. Report)
    Powin Energy
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Tualatin, California-headquartered Powin Energy Corporation is reporting an agreement to that to sell its controlling interest to, and obtain significant equity funding from lead investors Trilantic North America and Energy Impact Partners (EIP).

    The transaction will enable Powin to "accelerate its growth plans, while enhancing its bankability profile and solidifying its position as a leader in the energy storage market", according to the release. (Source: Powin Energy, PR, Website , Feb., 2021) Contact: Powin Energy, 503-598-6659, hello@powin.com, www.powinenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Powin Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy,Momentum Solar
    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification.

    Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Momentum Solar news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    . Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification. Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app, including the ability to go off-grid from the app.. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  Solar+Storage news,  


    ALFEN, Centrica Announce Battery Energy Storage Deal (Int'l.)
    ALFEN,Centrica Business Solutions
    Date: 2021-02-03
    In the Netherlands, battery maker ALFEN reports it has been selected by UK-based energy services company Centrica Business Solutions as a preferred partner to supply 10MW battery energy storage solutions. With this three-year framework agreement, ALFEN further expands its collaboration with Centrica after the recent framework agreement to supply charge points for Centrica and its subsidiary British Gas.

    Centrica Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Centrica, is a leader in building and operating energy storage solutions for various business customers across Europe.

    ALFEN offers comprehensive battery energy storage solutions, both stationary and mobile. The Alfen products are tailor-made for different markets and applications but based on the same design principles to guarantee optimal performance, limited installation time on site, flexibility, modularity and longevity. (Source: ALFEN, Website PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: ALFEN, +31 36 54 93 400, info@alfen.com, www.alfen.com; Centrica Business Solutions, Distributed Energy Solutions, www.centricabusinesssolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALFEN,  Battery Energy Storage,  Centrica,  


    $85Mn Orangeburg County SC Solar Farm Announced (Ind. Report)
    Brewer Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-02-01
    Virginia-headquartered Brewer Renewable Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Seahorse Capital, reports it is advancing plans to construct a new 100-MW solar farm on a combination of cultivated farmland and managed timberland in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The $85 million solar facility will have the option of up to 100 megawatts and 400 MWh hours of energy storage which can provide power to roughly 20,000. The project is expected to be operational in 2023.

    Orangeburg County has invested more than $500 million in new solar projects total 460 MW over the last three years. (Source: Brewer Renewable Energy LLC, Orangeburg Times-Democrat, 31 Jan., 2021) Contact: Brewer Reneable Energy LLC, Brewer Renewable Energy, LLC , www.linkedin.com › bill-brewer-00176275; Orangeburg County Development Commission, Gregg Robinson, Exec. Dir., 803-536-3333, www.ocdc.com

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    Tesla's 2020 Energy Storage Deployments Jump 83 pct (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2021-01-29
    According to its Q4 and FY2020 earnings report, Tesla's energy storage deployments grew by 83 pct from 2019 to 2020 and surpassed 3GWh in a single year.

    The growth is driven by growing demand for the company's utility-scale Megapack and Powerwall energy storage units. Due to backlog, Tesla's energy storage business has been "supply constrained", yet Tesla is aiming to increase its supply chain and production capacity, the report noted.

    As reported on Jan. 22, With demand surpassing production, Tesla has increased the price of its home Powerwall battery pack by $500 to $7,500 following an October increase from $6,500 to $7,000. The company installed its 100,000th Powerwall home battery pack in 2020, according to Tesla. (Source: Tesla, Q4 and FY2020 earnings report, Jan., 2021) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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    EDF Renewables Acquires EnterSolar (Ind. Report, M&A)
    EDF Renewables North America,EnterSolar
    Date: 2021-01-29
    EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) is reporting its 100-pct acquisition of EnterSolar, a national provider of distributed generation solar solutions to corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. EDF previously held a 50-pct stake in EnterSolar in a strategic partnership they announced on September 24, 2018.

    As a wholly-owned EDF subsidiary, EnterSolar will operate as a part of the Distributed Solutions Group and benefit from a broader range of offerings, including energy storage and smart electric vehicle charging. (Source: EnterSolar, Website News, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: EDF Renewables, Sandi Briner, 858-521-3525, www.edf-re.com; EnterSolar, 917-580-3198, www.entersolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables North America,  Solar,  EnterSolar,  


    KiloVault Offers New 1.2-kWh Lithium Batteries (New Prod. & Tech.)
    KiloVault
    Date: 2021-01-29
    In the Bay State, Boxborouh-based KiloVault is reporting the release of two new 1.2-kWh lithium batteries -- the 1200 HLX and 1200 CHLX which can handle 80 A of continuous charging current and 100 A of continuous discharging current.

    The new battery's light weight make them ideal for off-grid energy storage and other applications. The new 1.2-kWh models can be used in 12-V, 24-V or 48-V configurations and feature Bluetooth communication for performance monitoring. Even after 2,000 cycles at 100 pct depth of discharge, a 1200 HLX or 1200 CHLX battery will retain 80 pct or more of its original 1,200 watt-hour storage capacity, according to the company release. (Source: KiloVault, PR, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: KiloVault, www.kilovault.com

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    UK Solar, Battery Aggregator Plans Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Social Energy
    Date: 2021-01-29
    U.K.-based residential energy aggregator Social Energy reports it is planning an international expansion after receipt of "a significant investment" from Minneapolis-based alternative investment manager CarVal Investors.

    Social Energy offers low-cost energy to residential customers and sells solar and Duracell home battery systems then aggregates their output using an artificial intelligence-based metering system called the Social Energy Hub. Social Energy uses the aggregated capacity to offer services such as demand response and frequency response to U.K. electricity system operator National Grid ESO, and flexibility services to distribution system operators such as U.K. Power Networks.

    About 70 pct of the revenue from these services is split between Social Energy's customers, allowing the energy company to offer a faster payback than residential solar and battery owners would receive with a standard self-consumption model.

    In the U.K., Social Energy claims it can help residential customers save an average of £226 ($310) per year and has 6,300 U.K. customers, according to the company. (Source: Social Energy, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Social Energy, www.social.energy; CarVal Investors, www.carvalinvestors.com

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    AES Commissions California Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
    AES Corporation, Fluence
    Date: 2021-01-29
    The AES Corporation is reporting the commissioning of one of the world's largest stand alone battery energy storage systems (BESS) at the AES Alamitos Energy Center in California. The system will provide up to 400 MWh of energy to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 20-year PPA.

    The installation incorporates Fluence Advancion 5 batteries -- Fluence is a Siemens-- AES JV and a leading energy storage and technology provider.

    AES presently manages projects that are operational, under construction and under development, including the operation of approximately 2.5 GW of renewable energy projects and has a contracted 2.6 GW pipeline nationwide. (Source: AES, PR, Website, Saur, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: AES, Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com; Fluence Energy, Fluence Battery Storage System, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com; Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AES Corporation ,  Fluence,  Battery Energy Storage,  Southern California Edison ,  


    LAVO Offers Hybrid Hydrogen Green Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
    LAVO
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Australia-based LAVO is touting its hybrid hydrogen Green Energy Storage System as a replacement for lithium-ion battery units, which leave a massive carbon footprint during production.

    The Green Energy Storage System for residential solar systems can store more than 40 kWh of electricity which is supposedly enough for days of off-grid power for an average household. Measuring 66 x 49 x 15.7 inches and weighing 714 lbs, the system's Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to monitor and control energy usage remotely. (Source: LAVO, Website, PR, Men Gear, Jan., 2021) Contact: LAVO, Alan Yu, Pres. www.lavo.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Hydrogen news,  Solar news,  


    Hawaiian Rooftop Solar Installations up 55 pct (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) is reporting a 55 pct jump in new customer sited rooftop solar systems in 2020 compared to 2019.

    In 2020, 5,965 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui Counties up 55 pct from the 3,840 systems in 2019. Of the new systems, 4,624, or 78 pct include battery storage.

    At the end of 2020, there were 87,848 private customer systems generating 968 MW connected to HECO's five island grids, including 9,751 with energy storage. In total, about 3.7 million panels are in use.

    With this increase, 36 pct of single-family homes on Ohu, 29 pct in Maui County and 21 pct on Hawaii Island have rooftop solar.

    For customers who cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar, HECO will soon launch its shared community solar program to extend the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy to a wider range of residents such as renters and customers with low-to-moderate incomes. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Peter Rosegg, 808.371.7474, peter.rosegg@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Hawaiian Electric,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


    Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage System in Scotland (Int'l.)
    Wartsilia,Scottish and Southern Electric
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Wartsila Energy reports it is supplying its GridSolv Max advanced energy storage system to Scottish and Southern Electricity plc (SSE) Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) Lerwick Power Station in the Shetland Islands.

    The 8 MW/6 MWh system will facilitate the integration of wind turbine-generated electricity into the grid, providing further stability to the entire energy system. The project is being delivered under a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract that provides modular storage for the core hardware assets of the system, including a 10-year service agreement, which includes maintenance for the software and hardware system components, as well as remote support and management.

    Wartsilia's GridSolv Max is a standardised solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets within our energy storage systems. The innovative architecture simplifies installation and integration across any energy storage application or deployment size, according to the Wartsilia website. (Source: Wartsilia Energy, Website, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Wartsilia Energy, Bent Iversen, Senior Bus. Dev., +358 10 709 0000, Fax +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com/energy/explore-solutions/energy-storage; Scottish and Southern Electric, www.ssen.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsilia Energy Storage,  Scottish and Southern Electric,  


    Maui College Reaches Net-Zero Energy Status (Ind. Report)
    University of Hawaii Maui College
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii Maui College is reporting its campus in Kahului is now powered by 100 pct renewable energy and has achieved net-zero energy status through a combination of solar photovoltaic energy, distributed energy storage and energy efficiency measures.

    Distributed energy storage and energy-efficiency were instrumental in the school reaching its goal. The also school installed more than 3,300 photovoltaic modules with 13.93 MWh of battery storage and is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Mauo, a subsidiary of Pacific Current.

    The state of Hawaii has committed to achieve 100 pct renewable energy by 2045 and a collective goal for the university system's 10 campuses to be "net-zero" by January 1, 2035. (Source: University of Hawaii Maui College, PR. 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: University of Hawaii Maui College, www.maui.hawaii.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar PV,  Energy Efficiency ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Armada Power, NRTC Partnership Announced (Ind. Report)
    Armada Powe, NRTCr
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered Armada Power is reporting a partnership agreement with Herndon, Virginia-based NRTC to extend innovative energy-efficient technologies to rural America.

    NRTC is a member-driven, technology-focused cooperative that supports more than 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 states. NRTC's products and services include integrated smart grid and utility solutions, advanced energy, broadband infrastructure and managed network services, wireless technologies, and others.

    Armada Power manufactures and incorporates smart technologies into a secure platform that optimizes individual devices through secure, real-time, two-way communication into a larger, aggregated, controlled, and responsive grid tool. (Source: Armada Power, PR, 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: NRTC, Greg Bartolomei, Pres., Smart Grid Solutions , Chris Martin, VP of Member & Industry Relations, cmartin@nrtc.coop, www.nrtc.com; Armada Power, Dave Myers, Marketing Manager, 614-918-7493, dmyers@armadapower.com, www.armadapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Armada Power,  NRTC,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Storage,  


    Borrego Pivots to Utility-Scale Renewables Focus (Ind. Report)
    Borrego
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In the Golden State, San Diego-based Borrego, a leading developer, EPC and O&M provider for large-scale renewable energy projects throughout the U.S., has unveiled a reorganized corporate structure and strategy focused on utility-scale solar and energy storage opportunities.

    Borrego implemented most of the organizational changes in 2020. The three business units -- development, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M) -- have already begun operating independently and competing for business in the marketplace, drawing on each other's strengths when needed. The development and EPC businesses also set up utility-scale divisions last year.

    As part of this strategic shift, each of the company's businesses has a goal of operating at gigawatt scale by 2024. In order to accommodate the industry trend to larger-scale projects, Borrego also transformed its strategic sales approach in 2020 by shifting its emphasis from single-transaction, smaller, behind-the-meter projects to supporting long-term partners. (Source: Borrego, Website News, PR, 23 Jan., 2021) Contact: Borrego, Mike Hall, CEO, www.borregoenergy.com

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    Indian Thermal Energy Storage Firm Scores $900,000 Funding (Int'l)
    Inficold
    Date: 2021-01-25
    Noida, India-based thermal energy storage technology startup Inficold is reporting receipt of $900,000 in grant funding from the Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund, the UK charity Shell Foundation and others to expand its thermal energy storage manufacturing, sales and servicing capabilities.

    Inficold has developed inverterless solar integration for refrigeration systems, which reduces the overall system cost and improves solar utilisation. Inficold plans to ramp up production by over 10 times and is developing other sustainable cooling solutions in air conditioning space. (Source: Inficold, PR, Cooling Post, 24 Jan., 2021) Contact: Inficold India, info@inficold.com, +91-782 981 0381, www.inficold.com

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    UK Battery Energy Storage JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Eelpower, SUSI Partners
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In the UK, London-based Eelpower is reporting a JV with Zug, Switzerland-based SUSI Partners to construct and operate a pipeline of new battery storage assets in the UK. The JV's first project -- a new 50MW battery storage project at Dunsinane, near Dundee, Scotland -- is slated to get underway next month.

    Eelpower is investing in lithium-ion batteries from BYD. SUSI purchased 40MW of Eelpower's existing electricity storage assets, which along with the new assets will continue to be managed by Eelpower. (Source: Eelpower, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Eelpower, Mark Simon, CEO, info@eelpower.co.uk, www.eelpower.co.uk; SUSI Partners, Marco van Daele, Co-CEO and CIO, www.susi-partners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  SUSI,  


    Recurrent Energy Breaks Ground on One of the Largest Solar+Storage Projects in U.S. (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar,
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. reports its wholly-owned utility scale solar project developer subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC has completed the sale of the Slate project to Goldman Sachs Renewable Power.

    The Slate project is a 300 MW solar plus 140.25 MW / 561 MWh storage project located in Kings County, California, and has begun construction.

    Canadian Solar's majority-owned energy storage subsidiary, System Solutions and Energy Storage will provide the project's battery storage integration solution. The project has signed PPAs with five different off-takers -- four solar and energy storage and one solar-only.

    Recurrent Energy, which functions as Canadian Solar's U.S. project development arm, has approximately 5 GW of solar and storage projects in development in the U.S. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: Rercurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Canadian Solar, www.canadiansolar.com

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    Generac Beefs-Up Energy Storage with New Division (Ind. Report)
    Generac
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Waukesha, Wisconsin-based US power product manufacturer and supplier Generac is to unite a number of recently-acquired companies to establish a new energy storage business arm. The new division will combine: Maine-based behind-the meter battery storage technologies manufacturer Pika Energy; Enbala Power Technologies, and Neurio Technology -- all of which were previously acquired by Generac -- with Generac's existing connectivity business to create a combined Energy Technology (ET) division to be headed by Russ Minick.

    Generac lauched its PWRCell home energy storage product last Jan. and released a new EX lithium-ion battery module in October, 2020. (Source: Generac, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Enbala Power Technologies, 262-544-4811, www.generac.com; Pika Energy, Ben Polito, CEO, www.pika-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Pika Energy,  


    Tesla Powering Up Powerwall Price (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2021-01-22
    With the demand outpacing production, Tesla has increased the price of its home Powerwall battery pack by $500 -- following an October price increase from $6,500 to $7,000 -- to $7,500.

    The company installed its 100,000th Powerwall home battery pack in 2020, according to Tesla. (Source: Tesla, elektrek, 17 Jan., 2021)

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    Recurrent Breaks Ground on Major Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Recurrent Energy
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. reports its wholly-owned utility scale solar project developer subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC has completed the sale of the Slate project to Goldman Sachs Renewable Power. The Slate project is a 300 MW solar plus 140.25 MW / 561 MWh storage project located in Kings County, California, and has begun construction.

    Canadian Solar's majority-owned energy storage subsidiary, System Solutions and Energy Storage will provide the project's battery storage integration solution. The project has signed PPAs with five different off-takers.

    Recurrent Energy, which functions as Canadian Solar's U.S. project development arm, has approximately 5 GW of solar and storage projects in development in the U.S. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar, Rercurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Canadian Solar, www.canadiansolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Recurrent Energy news,  Energy Storage news,  Solar+Storage news,  


    Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Acquires 25-MW Facility (M&A)
    Gresham House
    Date: 2021-01-18
    London-headquartered Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc is reporting the acquisition of a 25 MW battery facility from Enel Global Thermal Generation SRL and has completed a 10 MW extension, expanding its portfolio to 350 MW.

    The Tynemouth battery-only project is situated in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, North East England, and was purchased from Enel Global Thermal Generation SRL.(Source: Gresham House, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Gresham House Energy Storage Fund, www.greshamhouse.com

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    Conn. Energy Storage Proposal Includes Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Conn. Green Bank
    Date: 2021-01-18
    Last week in New Britain, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority proposed a nine-year program of upfront incentives that will reduce the cost to purchase and install a storage system, which is typically paired with solar. The batteries must be tied to the grid and pre-programmed to automatically store and dispatch solar energy during summer peak periods.

    Customers who allow the utilities to actively dispatch their storage systems during demand response events would also receive compensation in the form of an annual performance incentive. The incentives are intended to drive the deployment of 580 MW of storage by 2030.

    The proposal, which allows for third-party ownership of the storage systems and leasing programs, directs the Conn. Green Bank and the the state's utilities to study how best to deliver systems to customers in economically distressed and environmental justice communities, in medical care facilities, in facilities deemed "critical" by public officials, and to those who live at the grid edge and typically experience longer outages.

    Under the proposal, upfront incentives, which will be administered by the Conn. Green Bank, will be set in three-year cycles. During the first cycle, the incentive would average around $3,750 per customer to start, with the highest incentives for low- to moderate-income households, then gradually decline in four step-downs to an average of $1,750. (Commercial and industrial customers are eligible as well.) The utilities will be able to recover the cost of the program through rates. (Source: Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, 860-827-1553. www.portal.ct.gov/PURA; Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey Dykes, VP Financing Programs, 860-563-0015, www.ctgreenbank.com

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    Notable Quote from the National Biodiesel Board
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2021-01-15
    "Biodiesel is 'ready to go' and adoptable. The reliability and dense energy storage capacity of liquid fuel simply cannot be replaced for many vital sectors. Diesel fuel powers the heavy-duty trucks, trains, vessels, and aircraft essential to our economy. Diesel also powers agriculture and construction equipment vital to providing human necessities. Diesel powers most equipment needed for public safety such as ambulances, firetrucks, the military, snow removal, and emergency backup for electrical generation.

    "While we expect that numerous strategies can reduce the total volume of liquid fuel consumed for transportation, we will need liquid fuel for certain purposes for at least several decades." -- Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP of Federal Affairs , Nov, 2020. Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board news,  Biodiesel news,  


    JV to Develop 12 U.S. Solar+Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    TOTAL, 174 Power Global
    Date: 2021-01-15
    TOTAL and wholly-owned Hanwha Group affiliate 174 Power Global, based in Irvine California, are reporting an agreement to form a 50/50 JV to develop 12 utility-scale solar and energy storage projects of 1.6GW cumulative capacity in the US.

    The 12 projects -- located Texas, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming and Virginia -- will be transferred from 174 Power's development pipeline. The first project began production in 2020, and the remainder will come on stream between 2022 and 2024. (Source: TOTAL, 174 Power Global, Joint PR, 14 Jan., 2021) Contact: 174 Power Global, Henry Yun, CEO, 949-748-5970, marketing@174powerglobal.com, www.174powerglobal.com

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    Wartsila, Fluence Supplying Battery Storage to AGL (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila, Fluence,AGL
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In the Land Down Under, Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila and Washington, DC-based Fluence Energy are reporting receipt of contracts from Australia's largest private renewable energy investor AGL to supply up to 1000MW of grid-scale battery storage between them.

    As previously reported, AGL, has committed to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024. In 2020, AGL announced plans to build batteries at Loy Yang A power station in Victoria (200MW), Liddell power station (150MW) and Broken Hill (50MW) in New South Wales and Torrens Island (250MW) in South Australia. (Source: Wartsila, Fluence, renews, Jan., 2021)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, gwest@agl.com.au, www.agl.com.au; Fluence Energy, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL,  Energy Storage,  Wartsila,  Fluence,  


    ENGIE, Neoen Partner on French Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Engie, Neoen
    Date: 2021-01-13
    ENGIE and Paris-hardhearted independent renewable energy developer Neoen report they are partnering to construct "Horizeoa", a 1GW solar farm with battery storage capacity at Saucats in the Gironde region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The facility will supply a green hydrogen production unit and a data centre.

    The Horizeo project is designed as a true low-carbon energy platform combining mature solar energy with electricity storage batteries. The project is intended to demonstrate that it is possible to accelerate the energy transition in France by directly offering competitive renewable energy to companies, according to the release. (Source: ENGIE,rebiz news, Jan., 2021) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com; ENGIE EPS, +39 02 49541830, info@engie-eps.com, www.engie-eps.com

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    NTR Renewable Income Fund Snares French Wind Farm (Int'l. M&A)
    NTR,Eco Delta
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Dublin, Ireland-based Infrastructure fund manager NTR is reporting €90 million acquisition of the 22-turbine, Artigues et Ollieres wind farm in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region of France.

    The project was acquired from independent French developer Eco Delta by the €500 million NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II, which focuses on wind, solar and energy storage in Europe.

    The acquisition brings renewable energy assets under management by NTR through its two funds to 550 MW of wind and solar projects in Ireland, France, Sweden, Finland and the UK. (Source: NTR, PR, IPE, Jan., 2020) Contact: NTR, NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund, Manus O'Donnell, CIO, +353 1 206 3700, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com; Eco Delta, www.ecodelta.fr/en

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