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8minute, AllianzGI Announce U.S. Solar Transaction (M&A)
8minute Solar Energy
Date: 2019-09-11
Los Angeles-based solar and solar energy storage developer 8minute Solar Energy is reporting the sale of equity interests in the 67 mw-dc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California to Allianz Global Investors. (AllianzGI). The acquisition is AllianzGI's first U.S. solar project purchase.

The 375 acre solar farm will generate sufficient energy for more than 12,000 local homes and businesses once complete in May 2020. Signal Energy is providing the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services for the Lotus project.

Allianz Global Investors is a global investment management firm with offices in over 20 locations worldwide.The company manages more the €500 billion in assets on behalf of institutional and retail clients. It is owned by global financial services group, Allianz SE. (Source: 8minute Solar Energy, PR, Business Wire, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: 8minute Solar Energy, www.8minute.com; Allianz, www.allianzgi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News 8minute Solar Energy,  Solar,  


S. Power, esVolta Partner on Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Southern Power, esVolta
Date: 2019-07-29
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is reporting a partnership with Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered utility-scale energy storage project specialist esVolta LP to develop four energy storage facilities totaling over 86 MW / 345 MWh in Southern California Edison (SoCal) service territory. Southern Power has closed on the investment in one of the four projects, with the other three subject to completion.

esVolta LP is a leading developer, owner and manager of utility-scale energy storage projects across North America. The company's portfolio of operational plus contracted projects totals over 400 MWhs of capacity. The company is supported by a long-term capital commitment from Blue Sky Alternative Investments LLC, and a strategic procurement arrangement with Powin Energy Corporation, according to the company. (Source: esVolta LP, Southern Company, PV Mag, Contact: esVolta, Randolph Mann, President, www.linkedin.com/in/randolph-mann-570b562b, (949) 330 6300, info@esvolta.com, www.esvolta.com; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com

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


Global Solar Energy Storage Market Surging (Ind. Report)
Solar Energy STorage
Date: 2019-07-01
Energy market research firm Technavio is projecting the global solar energy storage market is expected grow by 24.32GW -- 63 pct -- between 2019 and 2023. The year-over year- growth for 2019 is estimated at 48.92 pct with the Asia Pacific region accounting for 44 pct of the growth. The APAC region led the market in 2018, followed by the Americas and EMEA, respectively (Source: Tachnavio, Smart Energy, 27 June, 2019)

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


Iron Edison Picks Nuvation for Solar Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Iron Edison
Date: 2019-06-28
Denver-based Lithium Iron and Nickel Iron battery specialist Iron Edison reports its selection of Sunnyvale California's Nuvation Energy's Low-Voltage Battery Management Systems for use in their lithium iron phosphate battery system for residential solar energy storage applications.

Iron Edison lithium iron phosphate batteries can be used as drop-in replacements to lead-acid batteries in in existing systems or can be purchased as part of a turnkey energy storage solution. (Source: Nuvation Energy, PR, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Nuvation Energy , Micheal Worry, CEO, Joseph Xavier, Director of Marketing, (408) 228-5580, (519) 594-0072 - Ontario Canada Office, joseph.xavier@nuvation.com, www.nuvationenergy.com; Iron Edison, Brandon Williams, CEO, (720) 432-6433, info@ironedison.com, www.ironedison.com

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


AMS, 38 Degrees North Report Solar, Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
AMS
Date: 2019-05-15
San Francisco-based energy management services provider AMS reports it is establishing a solar and storage energy partnership with 38 Degrees North and the $2 billion John Hancock Infrastructure Fund. The partnership acquired an initial set of four battery and solar facilities in California with rights to additional projects in 2019 and 2020.

AMS's financial performance contract addresses customer concerns with traditional solar PPAs by providing a higher degree of certainty that savings will be delivered for the customer. AMS's AI software platform continuously optimizes solar systems, batteries, and retail energy rates to actively respond to evolving energy market conditions and achieve the lowest energy costs over the life of the system. (Source: AMS, PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: AMS, Susan Kennedy, CEO , www.advmicrogrid.com; 38 Degrees, www.38degreesn.com

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


Sungrow Debuts Solar Energy Storage System (New Prod. & Tech.)
Sungrow
Date: 2019-04-22
China-headquartered solar inverter and energy storage system (ESS) specialist Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd reports the official North American debut of its fully Integrated Energy Storage System Solution and DC Coupled PV & Storage System Solutions at ESA's Annual Energy Storage Conference & Expo held recently in Phoenix, Arizona.

As one of the first on the US market to offer high-power capabilities, ST556KWH-250 features four units of 60kW modules which enables flexible design to customize system capacity and module quantity. The main innovation behind the new ESS solution is its integration with Samsung's latest E3 Battery to obtain a smaller size and higher energy densities, along with minimized on-site labor and wiring. The units can be widely used in multiple applications, including peak shaving, demand response and micro-grid. (Source: Sungrow, PR, Renewables, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Sungrow, Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, +86 551 6532 7834, info@sungrow.cn, www.en.sungrowpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sungrow,  PV,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


Eguana Tech, PurePoint Energy Partner on Conn. Residential Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
PurePoint Energy,Eguana Technologies
Date: 2019-03-25
Calgary, Alberta-based Eguana Technologies reports its Evolve Home Energy Storage System for new or existing residential solar system owners is now available in Connecticut with Norwalk, Conn. headquartered PurePoint as Eguana certified installer.

Evolve is a fully-integrated residential energy storage system that incorporates proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5KW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39kWh in storage capacity. The NEMA 3R wall-mounted package is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. (Source: Source: Eguana Technologies Inc., 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Eguana Technologies, Justin Holland, CEO, (416) 728.7635, Justin.Holland@EguanaTech.com (905) 929-7522, www.EguanaTec.com; PurePoint Energy, Michael Dowling Business Development Manager, Tom Wemyss, VP Bus. Dev., (203) 642-4105, mdowling@purepointenergy.com, www.purepointenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PurePoint Energy,  Energy Storage,  Eguana Technologies,  


Energy Storage Specialist Origis Services Launched (Ind. Report)
Origis Energy
Date: 2019-03-18
Miamai-based Origis Energy USA is reporting the launch of its Austin, Texzas-based wholly-owned subsidiary Origis Services LLC. The new entity will serve the rapidly expanding U.S. solar and energy storage market with a full range of operations, maintenance and asset management and related services.

Origis Services currently manages a 500 MW solar portfolio with integrated operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management services. Expansion underway includes an advanced Remote Operations Control Center located in Austin, TX.

Origis Services provides 24/7 continuous monitoring services utilizing cloud-based solar enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, a seasoned team for responsive incident resolution and extensive reporting capabilities focused on owner’s requirements. (Source: Origis Energy, PR, SCNow, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Origis Energy, www.OrigisEnergy.com, Origis Services, Michael Eyman, Managing Director, Valerie Cops, (786) 693-2624, valerie.cops@origisenergy.com, www.OrigisServices.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Origis Energy,  Solar,  Solar energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Tesla Touts Microgrids, Solar Energy Storage for Greek islands (Int'l)
Tesla
Date: 2019-01-18
Tesla reports it has made a proposal to the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy to modernize the electric grid of several remote Greek islands in the Mediterranean sea with microgrids, renewable energy and powerpack energy storage systems to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

In its proposal, Tesla cited the completion of a similar project on the island of Ta'u in American Samoa. In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system with 60 Tesla Powerpacks. The company has also deployed similar systems in Samoa, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and others. See our July 27, 2018 edition for details of the Samoan project.

Tesla reportedly suggested a pilot project to demonstrate their microgrid system on the island of Limnos. (Source: Tesla, Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, elektrec, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, www.gtp.gr/MinistryfortheEnvironmentEnergyClimatechange; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Microgrid,  Tesla Powerpack,  Energy Storage,  


Liquid Fuel Solar Energy Storage Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Chalmers University of Technology
Date: 2018-11-07
Researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology are reporting development of a "solar thermal fluid fuel" that can store solar energy for a decade or more.

The fluid is a molecule in liquid form composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. When the fluid is hit by sunlight, the bonds between its atoms are rearranged and it turns into an energized new version of itself, called an isomer. Energy from the sun is thus captured between the isomer's strong chemical bonds, where it stays even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is filtered through a special catalyst that converts the molecules back to their original form, warming the liquid by 63 degrees C (113 degrees F).

The researchers hope this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, water heaters, and similar applications. (Source: Chalmers University of Technology, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Chalmers University of Technology, Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen, +46 761 99 68 55, kasper.moth-poulsen@chalmers.se, www.chalmers.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Luminant Awarded $1Mn for Solar Energy Storage Project (Funding)
Luminant,Vistra Energy
Date: 2018-11-05
In the Lone Star State, the Irving-based utility Luminant is reporting receipt of $1 million in grant funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for construction of the state's largest electricity storage facility. The project will be constructed adjacent to Luminant's 180-MW Upton 2 solar power plant in West Texas. The project's 10-MW battery would be the seventh largest in the U.S., according to Luminant.

This would be the first large battery installation in Texas for Luminant's parent company Vistra Energy, which has already proposed building the world's largest battery in California.

The Upton 2 plant is one of the largest solar facilities in Texas. At full capacity, it could generate enough electricity to power 56,700 average Texas homes. The battery will be capable of generating 42-megawatt hours of the electricity when fully charged. (Source: Luminant, Dallas Morning News, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Luminant, 214.812.4600, www.luminant.com; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality,www.tceq.texas.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Luminant,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Georgetown TX Investing $1Mn in Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
U.S. Mayors Challenge
Date: 2018-11-02
The City of Georgetown, Texas, -- pop. 70,400 +- -- a $1 million winner in the Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge -- reports it plans to use some of the funds to lease 10-15 residential rooftops to install nearly 400 solar panels that will allow the city to collect solar-generated energy which will be will be stored in several strategically located batteries for use during power outages.

This summer, Georgetown became the largest U.S. city to source 100 pct of its energy needs from renewables. The city purchases 144 MWh from the EDF Renewable Energy's Spinning Spur 3 wind farm near Amarillo, and 150 MWh from the NRG Energy's Buckthorn solar plant in West Texas.

The Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge is a year-long competition under which city leaders from across the country develop proposals that would reinvent a city's practices on climate change and other issues. (Source: City of Georgetown, Texas, Community Impact, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge, www.mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org; City of Georgetowm, Chris Foster, Manager of Resource Planning and Integration, www.georgetown.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  Bloomberg U.S. Mayors Challenge,  


Zoo Chooses EDF Battery System to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-10-19
In the Golden State, San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America Distributed Solutions was chosen by San Diego Zoo Global to provide energy storage services to help cut energy costs. The EDF system will utilize a 1-MW/4-MWh battery to mitigate spikes in usage thereby lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by recharging the battery when energy is at its lowest available rates, then discharge the battery power to the Zoo when costs are highest.

The San Diego Zoo will leverage EDF Renewables' performance-based contract whereby EDF is paid based on the actual utility bill savings realized by the Zoo as a result of the battery operation. Accordingly, the Zoo has no fixed payments and bears no performance risk on the operation of the system. The battery solution also acts as a hedge against rising utility rates. EDF Renewables North America delivers grid-scale power:on and offshore wind and solar energy storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage; EV charging and energy management; and other commercial skills and services. The company's portfolio consists of 10 GW of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts. (Source: EDF, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Andrew Goldstone, (858) 521-3300, www.edf-re.com

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


NY Investing $40Mn in Solar Energy Storage Tech (Ind. Report)
Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2018-10-12
In Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the Empire State will invest $40 million to support solar power storage projects statewide.

New York State has set a goal to generate half of its power from renewable energy sources by 2030. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, AP, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Andrew Cuomo,  ,  


Macquarie to Finance Korean Solar-plus-Storage Project (Int'l)
Macquarie Group
Date: 2018-09-12
Aussie banking giant Macquarie Group reports its subsidiary Macquarie Capital Korea has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Goesan County for the financing of a 16MW solar PV project combined with 35MWh of solar energy storage.

Under the terms of the MoU, Macquarie will build the hybrid project and is set to announce the contracted EPC firm soon. (Source: Macquarie Group, RENew Economy, 11 Sept., 2018)Contact: Macquarie Group, www.macquarie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie Group,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


DEWA Tests Solar Energy Storage in Dubai (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-08-06
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting the launch of a pilot project to install and test a 1.2MW/7.2MWh sodium sulphur battery energy storage system (NaS BESS), at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The storage pilot project will be connected to the DEWA grid. connect the storage systems to its grid. The project, in cooperation with Amplex Emirates, supports DEWA's efforts to promote energy efficiency, clean-energy production and energy storage technologies. (Source: DEWA, TradeArabia News Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.aesaid Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  


Azelio Touts Low-Cost Solar Energy Storage (New Prod. & Tech.)
Azelio
Date: 2018-06-18
Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- is reporting the recent launch of a demo unit of its solar energy storage technology. Based on Stirling Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with multi-hour Thermal Energy Storage (TES), Azelio modular technology is suitable for small to very large installations with maintained low cost and high efficiency.

Azelio's technology uses aluminum alloy as a storage media that does not need refilling to maintain its efficiency, as opposed to common storage technologies using salt or water.

Initially, Azelio is targeting projects in 500 kW to 20 MW range and plans to construct a verification project in Moracco in partnership with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. (Source: Azelio, TradeArabia , 17 June, 2018) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  CSP,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


S. African Solar Thermal Power Storage Project Underway (Int'l)
SolarReserve
Date: 2018-04-11
In South Africa, the Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, a consortium led by SolarReserve and International Company for Power and Water (ACWA), reports the 100-MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project in Postmasburg, Northern Cape Province, is underway. The project has a 20-year PPA with the South African public utility Eskom.

The Redstone project will incorporate SolarReserve's proprietary ThermaVault technology which integrates molten salt energy storage technology as well as heliostat collector field controls and tracking system.

In addition to the Redstone project, SolarReserve developed 246 MW of solar capacity already installed and operating in South Africa, 650 MW bid into expedited round 4.5 of the REIPPPP and a pipeline of over 2,000 MW. (Source: Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, SolarReserve, Power Engineering, 6 April, 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Tom Georgis, Senior VP of Development, (310) 315-2200, www.solarreserve.com; ACWA, +27 11 722 4100, www.acwapower.com; Eskom. www.eskom.co.za

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eskom,  Solar Energy Storage,  Molten Salt Energy Storage,  Eskom,  SolarReserve,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Cypress Creek Touts First Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Cypress Creek Renewables
Date: 2018-03-30
California-headquartered Cypress Creek Renewables reports the use of Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium energy storage solutions for 12 projects totaling $1.5 billion in communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, primarily in North Carolina.

The Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation project includes development, construction, financing and commissioning, and is Cyprus Creek's first foray into solar-plus-storage. (Source: Cyprus Creek Renewables, Energy Storage, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299, info@ccrenew.com, www.cypresscreekrenewables.com; Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, (910) 754-4391, www.bemc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cypress Creek Renewables,  Solar,  Solar Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


POWERSTATION 247 Solar Energy Storage Installed in Fla. (Ind. Report)
POWERSTATION 247
Date: 2018-03-28
San Jose, California-based POWERSTATION 247™, the only U.S. manufactured all-in-one residential, behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage company, is reporting the installation of three POWERSTATION 247 storage systems at CompuTech City's new HQ in Longwood, Fla. The new installation provides up to 52 kWh of solar energy storage to CompuTech City's new 10,000 sq. ft. headquarters.

POWERSTATION 247's patent-pending, plug-and-play energy storage system is designed in Germany and manufactured in the U.S. It is the most powerful behind-the-meter energy storage system currently available and is the only storage system that interfaces with renewables and backup generators for residential and future commercial customers. (Source: PowerStation, PR, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: PowerStation 247, Katherine Potter, (408) 398-6611, kpotter@powerstation247.com, www.powerstation247.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POWERSTATION 247,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


UMass Touts Non-Electric Batteries (New Prod. & Tech)
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Date: 2018-01-03
A team of chemists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports it has developed a polymer-based system that can yield energy storage density more than two times higher than previous systems.

The new system is able to reach an average of 510 Joules per gam with a maximum of 690, while the previous high-energy storage density achieved in a polymeric system was in the range of 200 Joules per gram. According to the researchers, if energy storage density improves, possible applications for the new technology could include solar energy storage. (Source: Univ. Massachusetts Amherst, Scientific Reports, R&D, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Univ. Mass. Amherst, Chemistry Prof. Dhandapani Venkataraman, (413)545-2028, dv@chem.umass.edu, www.umass.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Massachusetts Amherst ,  Energy Storage,  


HSGS Wins USAF Solar Energy Storage, Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
Hannah Solar Government Services
Date: 2017-12-01
Charleston, S.C.-based veteran-owned Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) is reporting receipt of a contract to design, engineer, and construct a microgrid system including a 740 kW DC ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery energy storage system for the U.S. Air Force on their remote Wake Island base in the Pacific. The project is expected to get underway in 2018.

Project funding is from the Department of Defense (DoD) Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP). Typically, projects funded under the ECIP are designed to implement energy cost savings and energy resiliency projects at DoD installations. A microgrid provides a more resilient source of energy for remote locations such as Wake Island.

(Source: Hannah Solar Government Services, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Hannah Solar Government Services, (843)-718-1866, info@HSGS.Solar, www.hsgs.solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hannah Solar Government Services,  Solar PV,  Microgrid,  


Summerside Solar Installation Exceeds Expectations (Ind. Report)
Samsung Renewable Energy Canada,ACOA,City of Summerside
Date: 2017-11-22
In Atlantic Canada, the City of Summerside, P.E.I., is reporting the power generation from a recently installed solar energy and storage system online at Credit Union Place has generate close to 13 MWh of electricity, offsetting 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, far in excess of projections.

The city partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy Canada and its electrical utility Maritime Electric on the $3 million project which Samsung sees using as a testing ground for operating solar energy storage at an industrial scale. The city of Summerside and the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA) each invested $1.5 million in the project while Samsung contributed in-kind support. (Source: City of Summerside, CBC, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Maritime Electric, www.maritimeelectric.com; Samsung Renewable Energy Canada, www.samsungrenewableenergy.ca; City of Summerside, https://summerside.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Samsung Renewable Energy Canada,  


BYD Plans HV B-Box Energy Storage System U.S. Launch (Ind. Report)
BYD
Date: 2017-09-15
Shenzhen, China-headquartered energy storage technologies specialist BYD Co Ltd reports it plans to launch its high-voltage B-Box home energy storage system (ESS) in the U.S. later this year. The company's first B-Box energy storage system installation in Germany employs nine battery modules for a combined capacity of 11.52 KWh.

BYD's B-Box is ideal for residential rooftop solar energy storage and can minimize the amount of solar energy sent back to the grid and negate the impact of costly peak time electricity tariffs, according to the company. (Source: BYD, Sep 12, 2017) Contact: BYD, Julia Chen, +86 (7) 558 988-8888, www.byd.com

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


Hawaii's MECO Tops in Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Maui Electric ,Smart Electric Power Alliance
Date: 2017-06-16
In the Aloha State, the Smart Electric Power Alliance has ranked Maui Electric Co. (MECO) in the top 10 out of 412 national utilities for connecting the most new solar watts in total and per customer to the grid.

Energy storage projects on MECO grids include a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at the company's Wailea Substation in South Maui and projects with the independently owned Auwahi and Kaheawa wind farms on Maui and the Lana'i Sustainability Research solar farm. A BESS is currently being tested on Molokai, the utility added.

In 2016, 37 pct of the electricity used by MECO customers came from renewable resources, including private solar power, wind and hydroelectricity, according tp MECO. (Sourse: Maui Electric, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Maui Electric, (808) 871-9777, www.mauielectric.com; Smart Electric Power Alliance, www.sepapower.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance ,  Maui Electric ,  Energy Storage,  Solar Energy Storage,  


Honolulu Simplifies Energy Storage Permitting Process (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Solar Energy Association
Date: 2017-06-16
The Hawaii Solar Energy Association (HSEA) reports that energy industry stakeholders and the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting have improved and hastened residential battery storage permit processing.

Elemental Excelerator, the Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii and the HSEA collaborated on the effort to improve the permitting process. In May, permits were issued for 163 PV systems with battery storage capabilities. (Source: Hawaii Solar Energy Assoc., Pacific Bus. News, 13 June, 2017)Contact: Hawaii Solar Energy Association, www.hsea.org; Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii, www.dercouncil.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaii Solar Energy Association ,  Solar Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Sunverge, PetersenDean Offer Solar Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
Sunverge Energy,PetersenDean Roofing & Solar
Date: 2017-05-15
San Francisco-headquartered Sunverge Energy, a provider of intelligent residential and business energy storage systems, and national solar installer PetersenDean Roofing & Solar have announced a partnership to provide energy storage systems to homeowners in the Golden State.

Sunverge Systems energy management platform allow customers to capture the power they generate from their rooftop solar and automatically use it when demand and energy prices are highest. Nationally PetersenDean installs about 2,000 American-made rooftop solar systems per month. (Source: PetersenDean and Sunverge, PR, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660, www.sunverge.com; PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, (800) 564-0362, petersendean.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunverge Energy,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Ice Energy Touts Solar+ Thermal Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Horizon Solar Power.Ice Energy
Date: 2017-03-31
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power, a Temecula, California-based solar installer, have completed the installation of a solar-plus-storage system at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in California’s Coachella Valley.

The project features 73.6 kW of solar panels and five Ice Energy Ice Bear 30 integrated heating, cooling and energy storage systems that have replaced the center's outdated HVAC system. During the day, the solar PV supplies the energy needs of the center, including charging the Ice Bears. In the evening, the Ice Bears provide up to four hours of cooling using a fraction of the electricity normally needed, according to Ice Energy.

According to Ice Energy , California's Self-Generation Incentive Program, combined with Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, enabled the center to install the solar-plus-ice-storage system with minimal up-front investment. (Source: Ice Energy, 29 Mar., 2017) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232, info@ice-energy.com, http://ice-energy.com; Horizon Solar Power, (844) 765-2780, www.horizonsolarpower.com

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Tesla's Hawaiian Solar Energy Storage Plant Online (Ind. Report)
Tesla, SolarCity, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
Date: 2017-03-15
Tesla, SolarCity, and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) are reporting completion of a joint solar and battery energy-storage array in Hawaii. The facility, which includes 55,000 solar panels and 272 Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion battery packs, will be able to provide solar power to KIUC on demand, 24 hours a day.

KIUC has a 20-year has inked a PPA for electricity from the project at 13.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. (Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal, Green Car Reports, Others, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, David Bissell, Pres., CEO, www.kiuc.coop; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., Lyndon Rive, Pres., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  SolarCity,  Kauai Island Utility Cooperative,  Solar,  Solar,  Solar Energy Storage,  


Xcel Launches $4M Denver Solar Energy Storage Pilot (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy, Sunverge Energy
Date: 2017-02-20
In Denver , Xcel Energy reports it is partnering with battery vendors Sunverge Energy and Northern Reliabilityl in a $4 million, two-year pilot program that will test the value of storing solar energy in banks of batteries in city's Stapleton neighbourhood.

The pilot project aims to understand how energy storage can help manage the impact of high concentration of rooftop solar energy on a feeder in the Stapleton neighborhood This includes accommodating more solar energy on the grid, while storing excess solar power.

For the project, San Francisco-based Sunverge Energy is providing six in-home batteries and control software while Waitsfield, VT-based Northern Reliability is supplying six, utility-scale batteries. The batteries are expected to be installed in the fall and to comprise two 18-kW batteries, two 36 kW batteries and two 54 kW batteries. (Source: Xcel Energy, Various Media, 14 Feb., 2017) Contact: Xcel Energy, Beth Chacon, Dir. of Grid Storage and Emerging Technologies, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660, www.sunverge.com; Northern Reliability, (802) 496-2955, northernreliability.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Sunverge Energy,  


Adara, Aquion Partner on Intelligent Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Adara Power,Aquion Energy
Date: 2017-01-23
Milpitas, California-based lithium-ion solar energy storage systems supplier Adara Power, is reporting that its iC3 Platform now supports Aquion Energy's Aspen Batteries, which feature Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) technology.

The Adara iC3 Platform adds intelligent controls and cloud connectivity to Aquion's environmentally-friendly batteries to deliver a complete energy storage system that is remotely monitored and dispatched for grid-connected applications. The iC3 Platform also enables the Aquion Energy Aspen Batteries to be deployed for aggregated demand response programs and to meet utility and local regulations requiring remote programability. The iC3 Platform integrates battery and inverter controls with cloud-based software and a robust IoT connectivity solution.

Adara Power's Energy Storage Solutions are designed to support consumer self-consumption and enable a resilient renewable energy grid, according to the company. (Source: Adara Power, PRWeb, benzinga, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: Aquion Energy, http://aquionenergy.com; Adara Power, Neil Maguire, CEO, (408) 391-9360, www.adarapower.com

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APS, AES Announce Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service, AES Energy Storage
Date: 2017-01-20
Arizona Public Service (APS) and AES Energy Storage are reporting an agreement under which AES will provide a pair of 2-MW AES Advancion to APS solar energy storage arrays to be deployed as part of the APS Solar Partner Program (SPP) and represent AES' first installation in Arizona.

The AES Energy Storage arrays will provide sufficient storage capacity to power 1,000 homes. The pair of 2-MW Advancion energy storage arrays are expected to become operational in early 2017.

APS anticipates Arizona's energy needs will be approximately 25 percent higher by 2025. The company plans to meet 50 percent of that growth with renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Source: AES, Electric Light & Power, 17 Jan., 2017) Contact: , AES Energy Storage, www.aesenergystorage.com; Arizona Public Service Co., www.aps.com

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ARENA Supporting Solar Energy Storage Trial (New Prod & Tech)
Institute for Sustainable Futures,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2016-11-28
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is supporting Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) University of Technology Sydney test trial of how smart inverters can work alongside rooftop solar and home energy storage to cut residential energy costs, improve power supply reliability, and hasten Australia's transition to renewable energy. Over 150 households in NSW and Victoria will participate in the trial.

ARENA is contributing $1.87 million to the ISF trial project. (Source: ARENA, PR, 25 Nov., 2016)Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, www.arena.gov.au; Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, +61 2 9514 4950, www.uts.edu.au

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TrinaBEST, MPower Tout Solar Energy Storage Partnership (Int'l)
TrinaBEST,MPower
Date: 2016-10-21
Followingup on our Sept. 7th coverage, Changzhou, China-headquartered PV module supplier Trina Solar reports that its TrinaBEST (Battery Energy Storage by Trina) subsidiary is partnering with Australian battery energy storage specialist MPower. TrinaBEST will work through MPower to distribute residential energy storage products and custom-built solar energy solutions in Australia and New Zealand.

TrinaBEST, through MPower, will be distribute its latest system approach Lithium Iron Phosphate products: PowerCube 2.0 (with the option of 7.2kwh or 9.6kwh), PowerCube mini (4.8kwh) and AC coupled engineered PowerBox, to the Australia and New Zealand energy storage solutions (ESS) market. (Source: TrinaSolar, TrinaBEST, PR, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Trina Solar Ltd., Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com; MPower, +61 2 8788 4600, info@mpower.com.au, www.mpower.com.au

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Aquion Energy, Fusion Power Launch Solar SmartStorage System (New Prod & Tech)
Aquion Energy
Date: 2016-10-07
Pittsburgh-based saltwater batteries and energy storage specialist Aquion Energy, Inc., manufacturer of Aspen systems, and Australian power and energy systems integrator Fusion Power Systems are reporting the launch of the fully integrated Titan SmartStorage residential solar energy storage solution in the Land Down Under.

The Titan SmartStorage system combines clean and cost-effective Aquion Energy Aspen saltwater batteries with an Australian-made, purpose-built inverter and charge controller that is designed and built to withstand Australian conditions. the system outperforms traditional battery systems and is ideal for off-grid applications, solar self-consumption, and storing solar energy for nighttime use, according to the company. The systems are modular and scalable for maximum flexibility. Fusion energy storage systems are free of toxic chemicals, 100 pct recyclable, noncombustible, and completely fire-safe. (Source: Aquion Energy, MarketWires, 3 Oct., 2016) Contact: Aquion Energy, Tim Poor, Commercial Officer, www.aquionenergy.com; Tim Poor, Commercial Officer Fusion Power Systems , Nathanial Allen, CEO, www.fusionps.com.au

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CCL Launches Hybrid Solar Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
CCL Components
Date: 2016-10-07
In the UK, Glasgow-based solar compnants supplier CCL Components is reported the launch of the Powerplus portable hybrid power system for the off-grid energy market.

The flexible battery system can be used alongside, or in place of, existing power generators and contains its own Power Assist mechanism. This allows the Powerplus to switch between itself and generator power in response to fluctuating power loads to protect the entire system from damage.

With an ability to accept a solar input, the system can be used as a completely fuel-free power generator, depending on load profile. The Powerplus can deliver an average of 30-50 pct cost savings against conventional power generation models, according to the manufacturer. (Source: CCL Components, , Solar Power Portal, 23 Oct., 2016) Contact: CCL Components, Paul Brooks, +44 800 091 4148, www.cclcomponents.com

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