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PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
PG&E, Tesla
Date: 2020-08-05
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E's electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Upon completion, the facility will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020) Contact: PG&E,; Tesla Powerwall,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Tesla,  Energy Storage,  

Red Bluff Considers Tesla Battery Backup (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-08-05
In the Golden State, the Red Bluff City Council is reportedly considering allowing Tesla to install battery banks at the Red Bluff Waste Water Treatment Plant that could save the city just over $600,000 over 10 years in electricity costs.

Tesla's proposal would install a 1,624 kWh battery at the wastewater treatment plant at no cost to the city. This battery would have an average duration of 4.5 hours with a fully charged period of 9 hours in the case of a power outage. The project would qualify for California Public Utilities Commission Equity Resilience Self-Generation Incentive Program rebates for installing energy storage technology for both residential and non-residential facilities. (Source: Red Bluff City Council, Red Bluff Daily News, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Red Bluff City Council, California Public Utilities Commission Equity Resilience Self-Generation Incentive Program,; Tesla Powerwall,

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

PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric, Tesla
Date: 2020-08-03
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E’s electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Once operational, the Moss Landing substation will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020)Contact: PG&E,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage,  

Australia Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
Hornsdale Wind Farm
Date: 2020-08-03
The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia. The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve, Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hornsdale Wind Farm news,  Wind news,  Energy Storage news,  

Aussie Wind Farm Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2020-08-03
The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia.

The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve; Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  Energy Storage news,  

Switch Plans Nevada Solar Battery Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-07-24
Las Vegas-based data-center operator Switch is planning to construct three solar and battery storage developments in Clark and Storey counties, Nevada. Energy will be collected through thousands of solar panels and then stored in Tesla Megapacks made at the Tesla factory in Storey County. (Source: Switch, KNPR, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Switch, 877-360-6271,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  

PG&E Seeking Battery Energy Storage Project Approvals (Ind Report)
Pacific Gas & Electric
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reports it is seeking California PUC approval for seven battery projects totaling 423 MW -- 1.7 GWh of energy storage capacity -- to meet its share of a statewide procurement that must be brought online by late next year to assure statewide grid stability.

PG&E's proposal represents a major boost to a battery fleet that's already set to be the largest in the world. PG&E's major projects include a 300-MW/1,200-MWh project by Irving, Texas-based Vistra Energy and a 182.5-MW/730-MWh project from Tesla being built near a natural-gas plant in Monterey County.

PG&E is also adding another 100 MW/400 MWh of battery plant from Vistra and three 50-MW/200-MWh systems to the existing 50-MW Diablo Energy Storage project being constructed by LS Power in Contra Costa County. (Source: Pacific Gas & Electric, gtm, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-8004,,; PG&E,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Energy Storage,  

Green Mtn. Power Offers Home Energy Storage Programs (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2020-05-27
The Vermont Public Utility Commission approved two new home battery power backup programs proposed by Green Mountain Power (GMP) -- the Tesla Powerwall and a home owner supplied devise.

The home owner supplied devise tariff program, which was developed in partnership with solar companies and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), offers up to $10,500 in upfront incentives to customers purchasing their own batteries through local installers. At least 500 customers can enroll each year, up to five MW of stored energy annually.

With the Tesla Powerwall tariff program, customers can pay $55 per month for two Powerwall batteries in a 10-year lease, which covers standard installation and an optional five more years at no additional cost, or pay $5,500 upfront. Program participants agree to share their stored energy with GMP during peak energy use times, which lowers costs for all GMP customers. (Source: green Mountain Power, PR, Energy Insider, 26 May, 2020), Contact: Green Mountain Power, Mari McClure, Pres., CEO, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Power Wall,  

Tesla Tops in Moody's Carbon Transition Assessment (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-11-08
EV and energy storage specialist Tesla reports it has topped the list of 20 global auto manufacturer to receive the highest possible score on NYC-based Moody's Carbon Transition Assessments (CTAs). CTAs measures an auto company's ability to transition to a "low carbon future."

Moody's uses a multi-point scale, CT-1 being the highest rating and CT-9 being the lowest, to determine a company's readiness to quickly transition to a cleaner vehicle that will emit zero emissions. (Source: Moody's, TESLARATI, 7 Nov., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  

Tesla Discounts Powerwall Energy Storage Systems for California Wildfire Blackout Victims (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-10-30
In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a $1,000 discount on its solar panels and Powerwall energy storage system to the more than 2 million Californians affected by utility "preemptive" power disruptions and wildfire power outages which are increasingly common in the Golden State.

Tesla's Powerwall home battery system for a 2,200-square-foot home retails for roughly $14,100 so, although a timely offer, Musk's discount is far from extravagant. (Source: Tesla, The Verge, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Tesla Powerwall,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  

GMP Expanding Home Battery Energy Storage Pilot (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2019-10-23
Vermont's largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP) wants to turn its pioneering home battery storage pilot programs into permanent and has filed proposals with the state's PUC for two new tariffs -- one for utility-owned batteries and one for customer-owned batteries.

The energy storage tariff would allow customers to lease Tesla Powerwall batteries from GMP and pay either a one-time, upfront fee or a monthly payment. The customer-owned tariff would see the customer lease or purchase a battery from a range of approved providers. The proposed tariffs are extensions of two successful pilot programs that included electric vehicle chargers.

If approved by the PUC, each program will be open to a maximum of 500 customers per year, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Energy News, Oct., 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerwall,  Green Mountain Power,  Energy Storage,  

Tesla Installs Largest Powerpack System in Slovenia (Ind. Report)
NGEN, Tesla
Date: 2019-10-18
Tesla Energy is reporting the installation of a 12.6 MW / 22 MWh Tesla Powerpack system for Slovenia-based energy system solutions company NGEN -- Tesla's largest such installation in Europe. At a cost of approximately $16.5 million, the large-scale energy storage system is the first of many projects by NGEN aimed at providing automated grid balancing services. (Source: Tesla Energy, 17 Oct., 2019) Contact: NGEN,; Tesla Powerpack,

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

Masdar-led Consortium Launches $331Mn Serbian Wind Farm (Int'l)
Date: 2019-10-14
A consortium led by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment, is reporting inauguration of the $331 million Cibuk 1, the largest utility-scale commercial wind project in Serbia and the Western Balkans. The project incorporates 57 GE Renewable Energy 2.75-125 onshore wind turbines totaling 158 MW -- sufficient power for roughly 113,000 homes.

Cibuk 1 was developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana (WEBG), a Serbian company which is wholly owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between Masdar (60 percent), the Taaleri SolarWind I fund, managed by Finnish renewable energy infrastructure fund manager and developer Taaleri Energia (30 pct), and German development finance institution Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (10 pct).

The project supports Serbia's pledge to produce 27 pct of its domestic power needs from renewable energy sources by 2020, while helping to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power generation. (Source: Masdar, Arabian Business News, 13 Oct., 2019) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar,  Wind,  

Tesla Ready to Rent Residential Rooftop Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-08-21
Tesla announced through a series of tweets byTesla CEO Elon Musk, using social media as his messenger, has re-launched its Tesla Solar business by offering "cookie-cutter" solar systems to rent in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Mexico. The rental options range from roughly $65 to $195 per month the following sized unites: Small -- 3.8 kW, ideal for a 1,000- to 2,000-sq-ft home; Medium -- 7.6 kW, ideal for a 2,000- to 3,000-sq-ft home; and Large -- 11.4 kW, ideal for a 3,000+-sq-ft home.

There is no upfront installation cost, no long-term contract, and the monthly rental payment can be canceled at any time. If homeowners want to remove the rented solar system, it will cost $1,500. There is no specification of what happens to the system if homeowners don't want to remove it but also don't want to pay the monthly rental fee. A Powerwall battery unit is not included but can be purchased -- not rented -- separately. (Source: Tesla, Various Social Media, Aug., 2019) Contact: Tesla,

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

Tesla Powerwall, Powerpack Q2 Installations Up 81 pct (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-07-31
Tesla is reporting the deployment of its Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage systems grew by 81 pct to 415 MWh during Q2 compared to Q1 this year. Powerwalls are now installed in over 50,000 sites, Tesla said.

The company generated $368.2 million in revenues from its energy generation, i.e. solar and storage, business during the most recent quarter, up from $324.6 million during Q1, according to a release. (Source: Tesla, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Tesla Powerwall,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Powerwall,  

Notable Quote -- Elon Musk Talks Solar Shingle Prices
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-06-14
"I am very excited about version 3 of solar roof. We have a shot at being equal to a comp shingle roof plus someone's utility cost or being lower than that. That's one of the cheapest roofs available. So you can have a great roof with better economics than a normal fairly cheap roof and your utility bill." -- Elon Musk, Tesla, CEO

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla's next generation of solar roof tiles will be even less expensive than initially announced after Tesla's 2017 merger with Solar City. Today, a standard asphalt shingle roof can cost as little as $4 per square foot. In 2018, the Solar City solar tiles cost about $21.85 per square foot.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale. (Source: Tesla, ZME Science, June, 2019)Contact: Tesla,; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar City,  Solar,  Solar Shingles,  

Tesla Cuts Prices to Bolster Solar City Sales (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-05-10
As previously reported, in an effort to counter sinking installations at its Solar City subsidiary, Tesla has slashed prices by one-third or more in what is seen as a "last gasp effort" to reverse plunging sales.

In 2015, the year before it was acquired by Tesla, SolarCity installed 870 MW of solar systems shrinking to 326 MW of installations in 2018 under Tesla's ownership.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems and its often touted solar roof tiles have not yet been produced on a commercial scale.

(Source: Tesla, May, 2019) Contact: Tesla,; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar City,  Solar,  

Tesla, SolarCity Slashing Solar Panel Prices 38 pct (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Solar City
Date: 2019-05-01
Following a reported Q1 slide in solar installations, SolarCity owner Tesla Inc reports it is selling solar panels and related equipment online for up to 38 pct below the national average price, according to New York Times coverage.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion and planned to offer solar panels and home battery storage systems to consumers through its retail stores and online. In 2018, Tesla cut prices on its residential solar systems. The company's ballyhooed and long awaited solar roof tiles that unveiled in late 2016 have not yet been produced on a commercial scale. (Source: Tesla, NY Times, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Tesla,; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarCity,  Tesla Solar,  Solar Roof,  

Tesla Report Benchmarks Company-Wide Carbon Impact (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-04-29
As part of its inaugural sustainability report, electric vehicle and energy storage industry leader Tesla has revealed its carbon impact but has not yet set specific targets to bring down its energy usage or carbon emissions.

According to the report, Tesla Tesla noted it is directly and indirectly responsible for 282,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions across its facilities, energy operations, logistics and charging network, according to its baseline 2017 data. Tesla previously promised to run its operations on 100 percent renewable energy at some undetermined future date.

Download the full Tesla report HERE. (Source: Tesla, April, 2019) Contact: Tesla,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Impact,  

FCA Links With Tesla to Beat European Emission Fines

Date: 2019-04-19
FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signs a deal with Tesla that will allow it to avoid paying fines for exceeding European Union carbon-dioxide emission limits from 2021, the Financial Times has reported. FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations. Under the EU regulations, the average emissions of a company’s new-car fleet in 2021 must be 95 g/km or less – compared with the 130g/km regulation in force today. The EU fleet averages are calculated on the number of cars sold. While Tesla’s European sales are relatively small, its electric-powered Model 3, Model S and Model X will allow FCA to significantly lower its fleet average emissions owing to the fact that they don’t emit any CO2. In a statement, FCA says its “open pool” alliance with Tesla will “optimize the options for compliance that the regulation offer(s).” It adds: “FCA is committed to reducing the emissions of all our products. The purchase pool provides flexibility to deliver products our customers are willing to buy while managing compliance with the lowest-cost approach.” (Source” Tesla, FCA, Wardsauto, 9 April, 2019)

GMP Aims for 100 pct Renewables, 100 MW Energy Storage (Ind Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2019-04-17
Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont's largest utility, reports it aims to reach 100 pct carbon-free resources by 2025 and 100 pct renewables by 2030. The utility also plans to add 50 MW to 100 MW of energy storage capacity over the next decade.

As previously reported, GMP, which serves 264,000 customers, currently rolling out a Tesla residential energy storage program and has two more solar-plus-storage projects pending regulatory approval. (Source: Green Mountain Power, April, 2019)Contact: Green Mountain Power, Jeff Monder,, Josh Castonguay, VP Innovation, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  

Alt. Energy Border Wall Proposed (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Clean Energy
Date: 2019-04-15
The following appeared in the recent issue of Epoch Times: "Border wall debates have raged between political parties and the media in the United States for years. Many Americans are divided over the issue of the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet the heated controversy has generated some innovative solutions from the scientific community. Could science really hold the key to bringing the two sides together (three, including Mexico) while at the same time providing clean sources of energy for all?

"There are at least two dozen scientists from universities across the United States who think so, but wait until you hear the solution they've dreamt up. Imagine a 2,000-mile-long alternative energy industrial park, 62 miles wide, from sea to shining sea along the U.S. southern border.

"The potential envisioned for everything from the economy to fresh water solutions to an abundance of clean energy and, yes, border security present an opportunity worth considering. 'Given that most of the southern border lies in arid or semi-arid regions having high solar irradiation and wind, an energy park along the border is both feasible and desirable,' reads a statement by the Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP), the name of the proposed mega project.

"Solar installations at various points across Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and south of the border would accompany wind turbines stationed near both coasts. 'Areas of strong winds exist in the Gulf and Baja California regions, which are ideal for wind farms,' the report explains.

"Energy produced via wind turbines can be used to power water desalinization plants to provide valuable fresh water to drought-affected areas that have been living beyond their means in terms of ground water use.

"They estimate that 'wind power in the Gulf Coast and Baja California to operate reverse osmosis plants may provide 2.3 million acre-feet of water per year -- enough to satisfy the water needs for all of Texas' manufacturing, mining, livestock, and other power needs.' Which could literally cause the desert to bloom, potentially.

"Reduced tax zone incentives across the 62-mile strip could bring in massive amounts of business from solar energy innovators like Tesla and others. This subsidy cost could be recouped through selling energy or through taxes. An incentivized project of this size could greatly enhance and accelerate the local economy, and create a huge number of jobs on both sides of the border. More high-paying salaries are also likely to mean increased average quality of life for locals.

"In terms of security, the heavily protected area would serve a dual purpose. The proposed energy infrastructure can be incorporated into and be an integral part of a border security installation, such as a wall or a fence, states the report. 'This technological buffer can in turn also help to protect the energy infrastructure and prevent illegal immigration across the border.'

"At the same time, as parties on both sides of the aisle are starting to see eye to eye on border security, a project like this could tether the far extremes of the Green New Deal with staunch nationalists on the right. It could be just the kind of unifier to seal the deal for all parties, left and right, north and south." (Source: Epoch Times, April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Clean Energy,  

Tesla Constructing 1.9 MW Solar Array in Maryland (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-04-01
Electric Vehile industry leader and Tesla Power Pack energy storage manufacturer Tesla reports it is building a solar array on top of a Frederick County, Maryland landfill.

The solar panels are expected generate up to 1.9 MW of power -- sufficient for about 10 county buildings and roughly 20 pct of the county's overall need under the terms of a 20-year PPA with Tesla. (Source: Tesla, WFMD, 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar,  

Tesla Seeks Purchase of Maxwell Technologies {M&A, Ind. Report)
Tesla, Maxwell Technologies
Date: 2019-02-06
US energy storage and EV specialist Tesla is reporting an all-stock exchange offer for all of ultracapacitor manufacturer Maxwell Technologies Inc common stock at $4.75 per share. More specifically, each share of Maxwell common stock will be exchanged for a fraction of a Tesla common share. The transaction is valued at $218 million, according to media reports.

Maxwell's energy storage solutions are applied in renewable energy, automotive, heavy transportation and backup power and other applications.

The deal os subject to Maxwell shareholder and regulatory approvals. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, Feb., 2019) Contact: Maxwell Technologies, Dr. Franz Fink, Pres., CEO, (617) 236-0500,; Tesla, Tesla Power Pack,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxwell Technologies,  Tesla,  Energy STorage,  

Tesla Touts Microgrids, Solar Energy Storage for Greek islands (Int'l)
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,; Tesla Power Pack,

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

Aussie Tesla Battery Installation Delivers $40Mn Savings (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-04
In the Land Down Under, wind energy developer Neoen is reporting its recently installed Tesla Battery energy storage system at Hornsdale Power Reserve has delivered approximately $40 million in savings over the past year. According to Neoen, the operator of an adjacent wind farm, the battery installation is the largest lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the world.

The Tesla Powerpack system cost $66 million to build, which is a small number in comparison to the amount of funds saved over a mere 12 months. The Tesla system also eliminated the need for a 35 MW local Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS); decreased the South Australian regulation FCAS price by 75 pct; and helped connect South Australia to the National Electricity Market. (Source: Neoen, Jan., 2019) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022,; Tesla Power Pack,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Tesla,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  

United Power Touts Colorado Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
United Power,Engie North America
Date: 2019-01-02
Brighton, Colorado-based electric power cooperative United Power reports it has partnered with Tesla and Houston-headquartered Engie North America for the installation of a 4MW/16MWh battery energy storage system in Firestone.

The Tesla battery system, reportedly be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project ever built in Colorado, will store sufficient power for power 600-700 homes and help United Power save approximately $1 million in annual operational costs. (Source: United Power, Smart Energy, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: United Power, Jerry Marizza, Bus. Dev., (303)637-1300,; Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000,,; Tesla,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  United Power,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage ,  

SRP Adding 1,000MW Solar, Plus Tesla Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Salt River Project
Date: 2018-11-21
The not-for-profit utility Salt River Project (SRP) reports it plans to add 200 MW of solar generation every year for the next five years, adding to its existing 800 MW renewable portfolio. The additional solar energy is in keeping with SRP's plan to have 20 pct green generation through the addition of renewable generation and battery storage.

The plan is part the utility's SRP 2035 long term growth plan, as laid out at the close of its 2018 fiscal year.

By 2025, SRP anticipates 11 pct of its energy needs will be met by solar and avoid another 11 pct of its current supply level from energy-efficiency measures. The utility's energy storage plan includes the purchase of a 25 MW/100 MW-hour battery storage system from Tesla, to be installed at the Agua Fria Generating Station in Glendale, California.

SRP notes that it paid over $150 million in solar incentives to approximately 20,000 customers between August 2004 and April 2018, and $205 million since May 2008 in energy efficiency incentives resulting in an overall 2.14 pct annual incremental energy savings exceeding the 2 pct annual target. (Source: SLP, CleanTechnica, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  

Tesla Solar Roof Production Date Delayed to 2019 (Ind. Report)
Tesla Solar
Date: 2018-10-26
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the planned ramping up of the company's home solar roof product that uses solar cell embedded glass roof glass tiles to generate electricity.

The company began taking orders for the product in 2017 on the assumption the mass production would start that summer. Mass production has now been rescheduled for the summer of 2019, according to Musk's announcement.

According to Tesla, the solar roof product is expected to cost $21.85 per square foot for a 3,000-square-foot roof. (Source: Tesla, C/MET, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: Tesla Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Tesla Solar,  Elon Musk,  

Opower Energy Efficiency Programs Savings Hit 20TWh (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-10-17
Oracle Utilities Opower reports consumer households supported by Opower energy efficiency programs have saved more than 20-terawatt hours (TWh) in cumulative energy savings -- sufficient energy to power San Francisco homes for 10 years, Spain for a month or three million Tesla Model 3s traversing the length of the equator.

Opower's energy efficiency programs, including Home Energy Reports, are part of a larger Oracle Utilities demand-side management product suite that includes Peak Management, Proactive Alerts, and energy management web tools. Working in tandem, these solutions are designed to inform and motivate consumers to better control their home energy consumption and cost, while allowing utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, reduce call center volume, and improve customer satisfaction.

Currently, Oracle Utilities Opower programs are on track to deliver 4 TWh of savings annually, which is equivalent to the power generated yearly by the Hoover Dam, according to Oracle Opower. (Source: Oracle, PR, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Oracle, Kristen Reeves, (925) 787-6744,,; Opower,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Opower,  Oracle,  Energy Efficiency,  

Infigen Wind Project Installing 25MW Tesla Battery (Int'l)
Infigen Energy,Tesla
Date: 2018-08-20
In the Land Down Under, Infigen Energy reports its 278.5MW Lake Bonney wind facility will install a 25MW Tesla grid-scale battery energy storage system in South Australia. According to Infigen Energy, the energy storage capacity will play a crucial role in stabilizing the surrounding region's grid with its flexibility services.

Infigen has secured project funding agreements with the South Australian government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) worth around $38 (AUS) million. South Australia is home to the world's largest battery -- a 100MW system at the Hornsdale wind farm. (Source: Infigen Energy, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Infigen, Energy, Ross Rolfe, CEO, +61 2 8031 9901,,; Tesla Power Pack,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Infigen Energy,  Tesla PowerPack,  ,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  

Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Announced (Int'l. Report)
Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
Date: 2018-08-17
The recently launched Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator reports the following Caribbean regin nations have joined its ranks: Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Belize, Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Suriname, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Panama, Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras. Additionally, more than 40 public and private sector organizations and prominent individuals such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, the Clinton Foundation, Airbnb, Tesla, Sir Richard Branson's The Virgin Group, and others are also onboard.

The Accelerator aims to make the Caribbean the world's first climate-smart zone that will include the implementation of solutions for resilience, renewable energy, development of sustainable cities, oceans, and transportation.

The InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) has committed $3 million in start-up funding plus $1 billion to support innovative solutions focused on low-carbon emissions, sustainable infrastructure, and energy efficiency projects. The World Bank Group has committed $1 million annually for 3 years in in-kind services, in addition to its existing support for the region which adds up to almost $2 billion in projects aimed at strengthening resilience and financial protection against climate disasters. (Source: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, CleanTechnica, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator,

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Tesla Deploys Microgrid Powerpacks in Samoa (Ind. Report)
Tesla Powerpack
Date: 2018-07-27
In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system incorporating 60 Tesla Powerpacks on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa where Tesla back in 2016.

Now Tesla has deployed two more Powerpack projects at the Fiaga Power Station and the Faleolo International Airport on the main island for a total of 13.5 MWh of energy storage capacity. The project reportedly cost $8.8 million and was supported by development partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Japan, Government of Australia, Government of New Zealand and the European Union. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack,

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GMP Powerwall Program Saves Cool $500K During Heat Wave (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2018-07-23
Vermont utility Green Mountain Power is reporting it drew electricity out of about 500 Tesla Powerwall batteries installed in the home of about 400 customers and fed it into the grid during a heat wave earlier this month. This meant GMP purchased less electricity from power plants when the wholesale price of power in New England, which changes every five minutes depending on demand and supply, was particularly high.

This had a double price benefit. It saves on the momentary energy charge, but more importantly it can reduce the utility's payment to the bulk transmission system in New England. That charge is based on usage during the hour of the year when the most electricity was being used. GMP will cut its annual grid costs, explaining a large portion of the nearly $500,000 it says it saved. If a higher peak hour happens later in the year, that number can change.

Under the GMP Powerwall program, a customer can buy one of the Powerwall 2.0 batteries for $1,500, less than a fifth of the usual cost, if they let GMP draw electricity from the battery at times. A single Powerwall 2.0 provides 13 kWh of power, which can run an efficient house for a day. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Concord Monitor, 21 July, 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, VP Innovation, (802) 770-3392,,

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Advanced Energy Storage Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Energy Storage
Date: 2018-07-16
According to the Advanced Energy Storage Market report from Research Cosmos, the global advanced Energy storage systems market was valued at $11.79 billion in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.88 pct in terms of revenue from 2017 to 2025.

The Research Cosmos report provides an in-depth analysis of advanced energy systems and provides market size (US$ Million) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR pct) for the forecast period (2016 -- 2024), using 2015 as the base year. The report projects potential revenue opportunity across different segments and provides insights on market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, competitive strategies and profiles leading players in the global advanced energy systems market including: ABB Ltd., LG Chem, Ltd., Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc.

Review report details HERE. Sample Market Brochure HERE (Source: Research Cosmos, July, 2018)5 Contact: Research Cosmos, Kevin Stewart, Global Sales Manager, (888) 709-8757,,

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Tesla, PG&E Developing 1.1 GWh Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-03
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reports Tesla is working with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a massive battery system with a capacity of "up to 1.1 GWh" in California.

PG&E has submitted 4 new energy storage projects to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval today. Three are third-party owned projects to be connected to the PG&E grid. The fourth project is a "proposed utility-owned 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). Tesla would supply the battery packs for the giant project while PG&E has the option to increase the capacity to 1.1 GWh. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 29 June, 2018)Contact: Tesla Power Pack,; PG&E,

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Serbia's First Large-Scale Wind Farm Financing Announced (Int'l)
Green for Growth Fund
Date: 2018-06-08
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Green for Growth Fund (GGF) reports it will provide €32 million for the 158 MW Cibuk windfarm, Serbia's first large-scale wind farm which will be constructed near Belgrade.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have already pledged to provide €215 million for the project, partially through a syndicated loan.

The wind farm is being developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana, owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy developer Masdar and Cibuk Wind Holding, a branch of the U.S.-based wind energy developer Continental Wind Partners.

The GE 57 turbine park will generate sufficient energy for approximately 113,000 households. (Source: Business Insider UK, Reuters, 5 June, 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, Green for Growth Fund,; EIB,; Vetroelektrane Balkana,

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Stationary Battery Storage Market to Hit $35Bn by 2030 (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-06-08
According to the Stationary Battery Storage Market report from Delaware-headquartered Global Market Insights, the Stationary Battery Storage Market is expected to reach $35 billion by 2030. Increasing investments toward integration of sustainable energy technologies coupled with growing deployment of enhanced storage units with high power output will foster the stationary battery storage market. Favorable regulatory framework toward the expansion of grid infrastructure will further propel the industry growth.

Increasing R&D spending toward the development of efficient system along with improved shelf life will positively drive the stationary battery storage market. High discharge rate, reduced weight, comparative efficiency, longer life cycle, reducing cost and high voltage output and some of the key imperative parameters which will boost the product demand, the reports says.

The report identifies notable players across stationary battery storage market as Samsung SDI, Exide Technologies, A123 systems, Johnson Controls, Durapower, Toshiba, GS Yuasa, Tesla, BYD co, Hitachi Chemical, Duracell, Hitachi Chemical, Valence Technology, Uniper, LG Chem, ACDelco, Hitachi Maxell, Panasonic and Roofer Technology.

Download Stationary Battery Storage Market report details HERE. (Source: Global Market Insights, Inc , 7 June, 2018) Contact: Global Market Insights Inc, Arun Hegde Corporate Sales, USA, (302) 846-7766,

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ARENA Touts $7Mn Renewables, Grid Stability Initiative (Int'l)
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting the launch of a $7 million funding initiative designed to test and prove how renewable energy technologies can better provide grid stability and security services.

States like South Australia and Victoria have begun ramping up their renewable energy capacity, and grid managers are beginning to focus on integrating energy storage -- i.e. the mammoth Hornsdale Power Reserve, a 129 MWh Tesla lithium-ion energy storage facility in South Australia, which was turned on for the first time towards the end of 2017.

The new $7 million ($5.23 million US) in funding seeks to further develop new technologies that can provide grid stability and security services as well as support projects such as system strength provision, frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), fast frequency response (FFR), inertia provision and measurement, and other services that may enhance system security. The Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia was a beneficiary of funding from ARENA to trial frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) (as was the 168 MW Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania which is still underway) and is now registered for six of eight FCAS markets in Australia. The project will provide valuable insights into the cost-benefit of using pre-curtailment to provide FCAS services from a new technology source. (Source: ARENA, CleanTechnica, 16 May, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773,,

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Gore Street Cuts Energy Storage Fund Listing Target (Int'l)
Gore Street Energy Storage
Date: 2018-05-04
Following up on our March 16th coverage, London-headquartered private-equity firm Gore Street Capital plc reports it is lowering its expectations and now aims to raise £35 million ($47.7 million) for its Energy Storage Fund, considerable down from its original £75 million listing.

The fund will invest primarily in UK utility-scale energy storage assets or North America and Western European energy storage projects. It will not invest in projects under development. Its seed portfolio of 18 MW includes three assets using batteries by NEC Energy Solutions Inc and Tesla. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Renewables, May, 2018) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290,

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California Ready to Mandate New Home Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-05-04
In Sacramento, the The California Energy Commission (CEC) is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020. If approved as expected, the Golden state would be the nation’s first state to mandate solar energy.

The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:

  • The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after Jan. 1, 2020;

  • Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels;

  • Solar arrays can be smaller because homes won't have to achieve true net-zero status;

  • Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would qualify for "compliance credits" allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system;

  • Provisions will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption.

    The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings." (Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Solar,  California Energy Commission,  

  • Mercedes Abandons Residential Energy Storage Challenge (Int'l)
    Mercedes-Benz Energy
    Date: 2018-05-02
    Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH reports it is surrendering its planned challenge to Tesla for the U.S. residential energy storage market on the grounds that the Mercedes energy storage product was too expensive for the market. Mercedes Benz had partnered with residential solar installer Vivint for the Mercedes-Benz Energy venture.

    According to Mercedes, their energy storage batteries were "overengineered" as a vehicle battery pack and not a stationary home battery pack" and thus "proved too expensive to compete for the sedentary home energy storage role." Mercedes's proposed modular battery system offered between 2.5 kWh to 20 kWh in energy capacity priced between $,000 and as high as $13,000 after installation, compared to Tesla's 14 kWh Powerwall 2 priced at $7,500 installed.

    Audi and Nissan have also announced plans to enter the residential energy storage market.(Source: Mercedes Benz, pvbuss, May, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack,; Mercedes-Benz Energy,

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    Neoen Closes on 194 MW Aussie Wind-Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Following up on our Jan. 10 coverage, French renewable energy company Neoen is reporting financial closure on the $350,000,000 (AUS) Bulgana Green Power Hub project combining 194 MW of wind and 20MW/34MWh of energy storage in Victoria, Australia.

    The project, which will incorporate Siemens Gamesa Rwind turbines and Tesla batteries for an expected annual power output 740 GWh, will sell power to an area greenhouse operation and to the grid under a Support Agreement with the State Government of Victoria.

    The project supports the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) under which the state aims to reach a 40 pct renewables share by 2025. (Source: Neoen, Renewables Now, Others, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022,; Hornesdale Power Reserve, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Siemens Gamesa,  

    Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-02-28
    According to the just released Advance Energy Storage -- Laying Platform for Efficient Electricity Delivery And Management report from Energias Market Research Pvt. Ltd., the global advance energy storage market is expected to grow from $8.8 billion in 2017 to $17.6 billion in 2024 -- a CAGR of 9.1 pct from 2018 to 2024.

    Factors propelling the growth of market include electric energy storage for energy arbitrage and increasing investment in modernizing the grid for robust and resilient electricity delivery system.

    The report segments the Advance Energy Storage market by technology : mechanical; electrochemical; -- electrical; chemical; biological and others. The report also segments the Advance Energy Storage market by application. The report notes the key players in Advance Energy Storages Market are Alevo, AES, GE, Altair, LG Chem, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc., Hitachi,Ltd., Calmac, ABB Ltd. are among others. It also notes that North America represents largest region for the growth of Advance Energy Storages market.

    Global Advance Energy Storage Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation & Forecast 2024 details are HERE. Source: Energias Market Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energias Market Research, Manas Nagi , Bus. Dev., (716) 239-4915,,

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    ConEdison, Tesla Partner on Powerpack Installations (Ind. Report)
    Tesla,ConEdison,Orange and Rockland
    Date: 2018-02-19
    In the Big Apple, New York's largest electric utility, Con Edison, reports it has partnered with Tesla to propose a series of Powerpack energy storage installations in collaboration with Orange and Rockland (O&R), a Con Edison subsidiary.

    The Project will develop and test methods of mitigating barriers to energy storage implementation. The demonstration project batteries will consist of a 4MW/8MWh portfolio of aggregated batteries located at individual battery sites behind-the-meter of commercial and industrial customers and co-located with distribution-connected remote solar projects. The battery installations will be developed, designed, installed, operated and maintained by Tesla.

    The $5.6 million project is expected to pay for itself quickly by creating over $700,000 in value per year in the New York ISO energy, capacity and ancillary services markets. (Source: Tesla, ConEdison, ElecTrek. 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Orange and Rockland,; Tesla Power Pack,; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpack,  Con Edison,  Energy Storage,  

    Tesla, NS Power Partner on Centralized Powerpack Demo (Ind. Report)
    Tesla Powerpack,Nova Scotia Power
    Date: 2018-02-19
    Reporting from Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced it is partnering to create "the Intelligent Feeder Project" with the installation of Tesla Powerpacks and Powerwalls to create an "intelligent grid".

    The project combines a central grid-size Tesla Powerpack battery system at the utility's Elmsdale, substation with 10 previously deployed Tesla residential Powerwalls at homes in the community of Elmsdale, which is partially wind energy powered. (Source: Nova Scotia Power, ElectRek, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Jill Searle, Project Manager,; Tesla Powerpack,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpak,  Energy Storage,  Nova Scotia Power,  

    Tesla Solar Products Coming to Retailer Home Depots (Ind. Report)
    Tesla,Home Depot
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Beginning this July, this year, 800 of retailing giant Home Depot's more than 2,200 stores will feature Tesla solar panels, rooftop solar systems, and Powerwall storage batteries. Tesla will set up and staff the in store displays. Tesla's rooftop solar system sells for roughly $10,000 to $25,000,and the Powerwall energy storage battery gors for approximately, according to the company's website. $7,000. (Source: Tesla, CleanTechnica, 1 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tesla Powerwall,; Tesla Solar,

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    Aussie Energy Storage Tender Attracts 19 Expressions of Interest (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-29
    In the Land Down Under, 19 companies have reportedly responded with proposals to a 25 MW -- 45 MW battery energy storage system request for expressions of interest (EoI) in Northern Australia.

    Northern Territory's state-owned power company Territory Generation announced the call for the Darwin - Katherine Alternative Energy Storage System Project earlier in January. It will be accepting proposals for different configurations with at least 30 minutes of storage in the third quarter of 2018.

    The respondents include Tesla Inc., Alstom Grid Australia, Infigen Energy, Mitsui & Co Australia, Carnegie Clean Energy, Energy Made Clean and other Australian and foreign firms. (Source: ABC Australia, Various Media, Jan., 2018)

    Lanzatech, TeslaGen Announce AI Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-01-26
    San Francisco-based enterprise software developer TeslaGen Biotechnologies reports LanzaTech will license its cloud-based "informatics" solution to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities into its design process. It's hoped that the newly announced collaboration will extend waste-to-fuel specialists LanzaTech's biological design platform, in turn accelerating the design process.

    LanzaTech's process uses patented microbes to convert carbon-rich wastes into renewable fuels and chemical products through gas fermentation. According to the company, the process can be applied to municipal waste, as well as wastes and residues from the steel, manufacturing, oil refining and chemical production industries.

    TeselaGen's team of molecular biologists, computer scientists, physicists and engineers hail from the University of California, Stanford, Harvard, and both Catolica University and the University of Chile in Santiago, according to the company website. (Source: TeselaGen Website, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: TeselaGen Biotechnology, Mike Fero, CEO,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

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    UMass awarded $1.1 Million to work with Tesla Energy to build Large Battery Storage System
    University of Massachusetts,Tesla Energy
    Date: 2018-01-25
    n Dec. 7, a $1.1 million state grant was awarded to the University of Massachusetts by the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage Project to work with Tesla Energy to build a large battery at the Central Heating Plant on the west side of campus. The grant is part of a statewide project which aims to improve the energy storage market in Massachusetts, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Tesla Energy, with additional help from the UMass Campus Energy Extension, plans to build and design a one megawatt/four megawatt-hour lithium ion battery storage system to be built across the campus power plant, according to a press release from the University. The main goal of the project is to reduce the demand of high energy and costs on campus. the University used 140,558,629 kilowatts per hour of energy – an overall 10.5 percent increase from 2012. Currently, UMass obtains 15 megawatts of energy from cogeneration – the use of steam or other types of heat that is a by-product of electric power – at the Central Heating Plant and five megawatts from solar voltaic generation. One of the battery storage systems main functions is to reduce the need to purchase energy outside the power grid and balance constraints on the heating plant and solar arrays. The UMass Amherst Physical Plant plans to operate the battery system while UMass CEE will provide operations analysis and research support. The entirety of the project is estimated to take 15 years. In order to meet all of its research goals, Tesla Energy plans to provide $80,000 worth of education initiatives for staff and students such as paid internships, career mentorships, lectures and curriculum designed around solar and energy stronger. According the UMass website, the University has been able to reduce its carbon footprints by 27 percent since 2002. (Source: Tesla Energy, Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tesla Energy

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