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Northvolt Produces First Battery Cell on Schedule (Int'l.)
Northvolt
Date: 2021-12-29
Stockholm-headquartered battery specialist Northvolt AB is reporting the production of its first lithium-ion battery cell at its recently commissioned factory in Skelleftea in northern Sweden, meeting its production startup deadline ahead of schedule. The plant's production capacity is expected to increase toward 60 gigawatt-hours per year.

Northvolt aims to shift the balance of battery-making power from Asia to Europe has secured over $30 billion worth of contracts from electric-car manufacturers including BMW AG, Volkswagen AG, Volvo Car AB and Polestar, according to Northvolt. Volkswagen, BMW, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Tesla Inc. are among Northvolt investors. (Source: Northvolt AB PR, Bloomberg 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: Northvolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO, hi@northvolt.com, www.northvolt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northvolt,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


DEWA Solar Park Testing Tesla Battery Energy Storage (Int'l.)
DEWA, Tesla
Date: 2021-10-04
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is piloting a 1.21MW/8.61MWh energy storage system using Tesla lithium-ion batteries at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world's largest renewable energy project, in Dubai. The project is DEWA's second battery pilot at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park .

The pilot is intended to test how energy storage can be used to diversify the utility's energy mix at a time when calls for the decarbonisation of the energy sector are increasing. By using energy storage, utilities are able to expand their portfolio of renewables and thereby move away from fossil-fueled energy generation, the release notes. (Source: DEWA, PR, PEI, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  Tesla Battery,  Energy STorage,  


Dubai Solar Park Tesla Energy Storage Facility Online (Ind. Report)
DEWA, Tesla
Date: 2021-09-27
In the UAE, he Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has activated a 1.21 MW/8.61 MWh Tesla lithium-ion battery energy storage facility at its 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest solar project in the Middle East to date.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is expected to include concentrated solar power (CSP) units and hydrogen facilities when completed and fully online in 2030. Presently, the solar park has 1,013 MW of generation capacity in operation. (Source: DEWA, PR, 27 Sept., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack;DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  Solar,  CSP,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Tesla's Calif. Megapack Battery Megafactory Underway (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2021-09-24
Tesla reports it has broken ground on a new Megafactory to produce Megapack stationary energy storage batteries for Powerwall, Powerpacks and Megapacks in Lathrop, California. The 3 MWh Megapack battery systems is Tesla's third stationary energy storage product after the Powerwall and Powerpack.

A single Megapack unit is container-size with integrated modules, inverters, and thermal systems and 60 pct more energy-dense the Tesla Powerpack, according to Tesla. (Source: Tesla, PR, 22 Sept., 2021)Contact: Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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


Tesla Touting Aussie Powerwall Energy Plan (Int'l. Report)
Tesla Powerwall
Date: 2021-09-22
In the Land Down Under, , Tesla reports it is expanding its Virtual Power Plant and Tesla Energy Plan. The Virtual Power Plant allows Tesla Powerwall owners to maximise energy savings through flexible time of use rates by monitoring and managing Powerwall usage patterns to help ensure the home is powered by the most efficient source.

The Tesla energy plan offers: Monthly Grid Support Credits; Limit of 50 Powerwall discharge cycles per year; Extended warranty, up to 15 years on new Powerwalls; Virtual Power Plant that is purpose built for Powerwall; No Lock in contract energy plan; Minimum 20 pct Back-up reserve during a grid outage, and an Australian Based Customer Service Team Current Tesla Powerwall owners can now join the program or homeowners can buy new Powerwalls to join the program. (Source: Tesla, 17 Sept., 2021) Contact: Tesla, www.save.energylocals.com.au/TeslaEnergyPlan-TOU

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


Photon Delivers Aussie Island Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
Photon Energy
Date: 2021-09-20
In the Land Down Under, Amsterdam, Netherlands-headquartered Photon Energy N.V. is reporting its subsidiary Photon Energy Engineering Australia Pty Ltd has completed and delivered an EPC-contracted hybrid solar PV energy project to the Lord Howe Island Board -- the management agency of Lord Howe Island, New South Wales.

The ground-mounted system, which incorporates 3,240 photovoltaic modules totaling 1.328 MWp connected to a 3.712 MWh Tesla Powerpack controlled by a Tesla Microgrid Controller, has been online and producing power for the past six months. ARENA provided $4.5 million im support of the $11.1 million (AUS) project. The Lord Howe Island Board arranged $5.9 million loan for the project and covered the balance of funds from its own capital. (Source: Photon Energy Group, Website, PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Photon Energy Group (Australia), Michael Gartner, CTO, Managing Director, www.photonenergy.com/en; Lord Howe Island Board, Mick Pettitt, Acting CEO, www.lhib.nsw.gov.au

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


Tesla Chops Residential Solar Subscription Service (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2021-09-13
EV automaker and battery energy storage maker Tesla reports the discontinuance of its two year old solar subscription service offering in the US. The service was promoted as "the cheapest possible way for home owners to go solar.".

The solar subscription service enabled homeowners to install solar panel system at no cost and no contract paying a monthly fee to access the solar power generated by the system. (Source: Tesla, The Sentinal, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com/solar

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


RE Royalties Loans $2.3Mn for Ont. Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Switch Power Ontario Battery Operations Corp
Date: 2021-09-10
Vancouver-based renewable energy royalty-based financing specialist RE Royalties Ltd. reports it has entered into a $2.3 million loan agreement with Switch Power Ontario Battery Operations Corp. (OPCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgary-based Switch Power Corporation, to finance OPCO's acquisition of four operational energy storage projects totaling 1.97 MW/4.38 MWh in Ontario.

RE Royalties will receive a 5 pct royalty on all gross revenues received by the Operating Projects for the life of the Energy Services Agreements which have initial terms of 10-12-years with options to extend.

The Operating Projects are adjacent to commercial buildings owned by large property managers or REITs and utilize battery technologies from Tesla and Sungrow to significantly reduce their electricity costs by supplying power during periods of peak demand. (Source: RE Royalties, PR 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: RE Royalties Ltd., Bernard Tan, CEO , 777.8778.374.2000, info@reroyalties.com, www.reroyalties.com; Switch Power, (403) 999-8781, info@switchpower.ca, www.switchpower.ca

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


Revolusun Launches Solar+Storage Incentive Program (Ind. Report)
Revolusun
Date: 2021-08-16
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-based Revolusun is touting its Home Battery Rewards -- solar energy and energy storage program. The five year, multi-island, multiple Grid Service Program for residential customers with a solar system paired to a Tesla PowerWall battery.

The program is for Islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii where roughly 6,000 homes are expected to participate in the program. The program is limited to approximately 4,000 customers on Oahu. Participants will be rewarded with monthly adjustments on their energy bills, or receive payment, for having their batteries available should the Grid need their services. The reward will be applied to their electric bill every month and in cases where people already have low electric bills, some customers will receive a check from the utility. The size of the reward depends on the number of batteries the home has and how available they are for providing grid services.

Hawaii aims to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2040. (Source: Revolusun, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Revolusun, Eric Carlson, 748.8888 , www. revolusun.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

More Low-Carbon Energy News Revolusun,  Solar+Storage,  Tesla PowerWall,  Energy Storage,  


Tesla Battery Powerwall Boss Talks Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
Elon Musk
Date: 2021-04-30
"I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff.

"If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don]t have a price on it, it is behaving badly. It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better." -- Elon Musk, Feb., 2021)

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


Tesla Touts Energy Storage, Rooftop Solar Growth (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2021-04-28
In an earnings call, Tesla reported its energy storage deployments grew 71 pct year-over-year in Q1, 2021, largely due to "the popularity of its Powerwall product." Tesla deployed 260 MWh of storage in Q1 of 2020 and 1,584 MWh in Q4, dropping to 445 MWh in Q1, this year.

Tesla also noted rooftop solar deployments climbed to 92 MW in Q1, its strongest quarter in 2.5 years. Solar roof deployments grew 9x compared to the same period last year. The growth curve slowed, however, from the fourth quarter of 2020 when the company installed 86 MW. (Source: Tesla, PR,27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; Tesla Solar, www.tesla.com/solarpanels

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


GREC Larimer Solar+Storage Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy,Tesla,Platte River Power Authority
Date: 2021-04-05
Kansas City, Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy LLC (GREC) reports its Rawhide Prairie Solar +Storage project with 2-MWh Tesla battery bank connected to a 22-MW solar array is now online in Larimer County, Colorado.

The 150-acre Rawhide Prairie Solar site at the Platte River Power Authority's Rawhide Energy Station will deliver solar output to Platte River under a 20-year power purchase agreement.The project brings Platte River's total solar capacity to 52 MW. The utility is committed to 100 pct non-carbon energy portfolio by 2030. (Source: GREC, PR, CleanTech, April, 2021) Contact: Platte River Power Authority, Jason Frisbie, CEO, www.prpa.org; Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, 888-292-3178, generalenquires@greenbackerreneable energy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com; Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  Tesla,  Platte River Power Authority,  


Nofar Energy Inks Tesla Storage Systems Agreement (Ind. Report)
Nofar Energy, Tesla
Date: 2021-03-19
Tel Aviv, Israel-based renewable energy developer Nofar Energy is reporting a $30 million supply framework agreement with Elon Musk's Tesla to purchase energy storage systems with a capacity of at least 100 MW of power.

Nofar Energy will incorporate the Tesla storage systems into solar facilities with a 150-MW capacity that can be connected to the Israeli national power grid by the end of 2023.

Together with its existing facilities, the move will increase Nofar's accumulated capacity of 1,000 MW. (Source: Nofar Energy, PR, Website, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; Nofar Energy, Ofer Yannay, Chairman, 08-3750060, Fax - 08-3750061, office@nofar-energy.co.il, www.nofar-energy.com

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


Tesla Tapped for Aussie Big Battery Project (Int'l. Report)
Tesla, Neoen
Date: 2021-03-01
In the Land Down Under, Neoen is reporting Tesla will supply its Megapack batteries and software for the new 300 MW/450 MWh Victoria Big Battery energy storage project.

Neoen also reports its total capacity in operation and under construction is currently over 3 GW but expected to reach 5 GW before the year end. (Source: Neoen, PR, TechAu, 27 Feb., 2021) Contact: Neoen, Louis de Sambucy, Neoen Australia MD, www.neoen.com; Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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


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

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

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

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

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


XPRIZE Carbon Removal Winner to Score $50Mn from Musk (Int'l.)
XPRIZE
Date: 2021-02-15
The XPRIZE Carbon Removal will last four years through Earth Day 2025. In the first phase of the competition, 15 teams with the best solutions will get $1 million each. Ultimately, the first-ranked full-scale demonstration wins $50 million -- half of the $100 million as recently promised by Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and Boring Co. CEO Elon Musk.

XPRIZE aims to help scale efficient solutions to achieve the 10-gigaton-per-year carbon removal target by 2050.

The nonprofit organization announced the launch for Earth Day, April 22, and added the winner would be picked four years after that. In the first stage of the XPRIZE Carbon Removal, top 15 teams will be selected within 18 months and receive $1 million each. An additional 25 student scholarships of $200,000 each will also be awarded.

Milestone Awards will kick-start team fundraising for their operating budgets to achieve full-scale demonstrations. The grand prize winner gets $50 million, leaving $20 million and $10 million for the two runnerups. (Source: Elon Musk, Balkan Green Energy News, 15 Feb., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News XPRIZE news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Elon Musk news,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Elon Musk Offers $100Mn for Best Carbon Capture Tech (Funding)
Tesla, Elon Musk
Date: 2021-01-22
Yesterday, Tesla CEO and the world's richest person with a net worth north of $180 billion, Elon Musk tweeted he plans to give away $100 million as a prize for the "best carbon capture technology."

In a following tweet, Musk noted details of the $100 million prize would be released next week. (Source: Elon Musk, 21 Jan., 2021) Contact: Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Tesla,  Elon Musk,  Carbon Emissions,  


Aviva's Perth Solar+Storage Installation Underway (Int'l. Report)
Aviva
Date: 2020-11-20
In the UK, London-headquartered financial services firm Aviva is reporting construction of a solar energy station at its Perth, Scotland office is underway.

Backed by the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, the combined solar array and energy storage facility will incorporate Tesla Powerpack technology and is expected to eliminate 400 tpy of carbon emissions The surplus energy will go to the battery for later use or exported to the grid. (Source: Aviva, Scottish Construction, 20 Nov., 2020) Contact: Aviva, Nick Amin, COO, www.avia.com; Tesla Powerpack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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


Tesla to Install Another Giant Battery in Australia (Int'l.)
Neoen,Tesla
Date: 2020-11-06
Paris-headquartered Neoen SA reports it will partner with Tesla Inc. to install one of the world's largest lithium-ion batteries in Geelong, Victoria State, Australia after reaching a grid connection deal with the power market operator.

The 300-MW Victorian Big Battery using Tesla's Megapack technology will be double the size of Neoen's Hornsdale site in South Australia, which was the largest facility when it began operation in 2017. The new system will help modernize and stabilize the coal-dependent local grid, which is targeting 50 pct of its power to come from renewable sources by 2030. The new battery is expected to be operational by the end of 2021. (Source: Neoen, PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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


WCSB Plans Alberta Battery Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
WCSB
Date: 2020-10-28
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered privately-held electric power generation company WCSB Power reports it has agreed to acquire and build Canada's largest battery energy storage system through three 20 MW projects in Alberta.

For the project, WCSB has procured three Tesla Megapack Batteries, the first of which will be connected to the grid in Rycroft where it will store and distribute renewable energy as needed. The Megapack can also be used as a microgrid if disconnected from the main power grid. In addition to the Rycrft installation, WCSB plans to install 20 MW Megapack's in Grande Prairie and Buffalo Creek, both of which are expected to be completed in 2021. (Source: WCSB, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: WCSB, (587) 747-4050, www.wcsbpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla news,  Energy Storage news,  Tesla Battery news,  Tesla Power Pack news,  


Amazon Invests in Climate Technology Startups (Ind. Report)
Amazon, Climate Change
Date: 2020-09-18
Amazon, which pledged to have "net zero" emissions by 2040, has named the first recipients of money from the $2 billion Climate Pledge venture fund it rolled out in June to help companies develop climate friendly technologies. The dollar amounts of the each individual investment have not been announced to the following recipients:
  • CarbonCure Technologies, a firm with technology that sequesters CO2 in concrete. (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

  • Pachama, which provides forest carbon offsets and touts use of machine learning and satellite imagery to measure and verify CO2 removal. info@pachama.com, www.pachama.com

  • Redwood Materials, the battery and electronic waste recycling company launched by Tesla's former chief technology officer. info@redwoodmaterials.com, www.redwoodmaterials.com

  • Turntide Technologies, which provides efficient electric motors. 669-224-4377, www.turntide.com (Source: Amazon, PR, Axios, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Amazon, amazon-pr@amazon.com, www.amazon.com/pr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  CarbonCure,  


  • 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, www.pg&e.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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


    Red Bluff Considers Tesla Battery Backup (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    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, www.cityofredbluff.org California Public Utilities Commission Equity Resilience Self-Generation Incentive Program, www.cpuc.ca.gov/sgip; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/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, www.pge.com

    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, www.hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

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


    Aussie Wind Farm Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
    Hornsdale
    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, www.hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

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


    Switch Plans Nevada Solar Battery Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
    Switch
    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, www.switch.com/las-vegas

    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, investor@vistraenergy.com, www.vistraenergy.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

    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, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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


    Tesla Tops in Moody's Carbon Transition Assessment (Ind Report)
    Tesla
    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)
    Tesla
    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, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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    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, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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    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, www.ngen.si; Tesla Powerpack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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    Masdar-led Consortium Launches $331Mn Serbian Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Masdar
    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, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae

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    Tesla Ready to Rent Residential Rooftop Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    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, www.tesla.com/solar

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    Tesla Powerwall, Powerpack Q2 Installations Up 81 pct (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    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, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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    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, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

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    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, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

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    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, www.teslamotors.com; SolarCity Corp., (650) 638-1028, www.solarcity.com

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    Tesla Report Benchmarks Company-Wide Carbon Impact (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    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, www.tesla.com

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    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, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, Josh Castonguay, VP Innovation, (802) 770-3392, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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    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)

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    Tesla Constructing 1.9 MW Solar Array in Maryland (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    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, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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    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, www.maxwell.com; Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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