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Solar energy is now in the center stage of the United States’ plans for a decarbonized economy, representing 70% of high-probability utility-scale power capacity planned through 2025.

Solar energy is now in the center stage of the United States’ plans for a decarbonized economy, representing 70% of high-probability utility-scale power capacity planned through 2025.  

Solar’s rise to the top as a key energy resource now seems inevitable, but its fate was not always sealed. The technology contributed a negligible amount of power less than ten years ago, and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) did not begin reporting annual net generation of PV until 2014. In that year, solar contributed 27 TWh of electricity to the U.S. grid. Seven short years later, it generated 164 TWh in 2021, multiplying generation six times over. 

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Source: PV Magazine

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Santa Barbara, CA will establish its own virtual power plant through residential solar microgrids using Electriq Power's PowerPod 2 energy storage system.

The City of Santa Barbara, California, will establish its own virtual power plant through residential solar microgrids using the PowerPod 2 energy storage system from Electriq Power.

Santa Barbara County homeowners, regardless of means, will have access to Electriq’s smart home energy storage system, which is recharged by an included solar power system. The system will help achieve the Santa Barbara Home Power Program’s key goal of offsetting 100% of each home’s electricity consumption, providing immediate savings over annual utility costs.

“At Santa Barbara Clean Energy, we are looking to improve local resilience by building local energy generation and storage. The Santa Barbara Home Power Program allows local residents to do just that, while also gaining peace of mind against potential grid outages and rising prices,” said Alelia Parenteau, Acting Sustainability & Resilience Director for the City of Santa Barbara, Sustainability & Resilience.

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Source: Solar Power World

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Canadian Solar Inc announced on Tuesday that the huge Crimson energy storage system, started operations in California.

Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ) announced on Tuesday that the huge Crimson energy storage system, partly owned by its subsidiary Recurrent Energy LLC, started operations in California.

The 350-MW/1,400-MWh complex is touted as the largest battery storage project in the world to reach operation in a single phase. It is also the second largest energy storage system currently operating, according to the Canadian renewables group.

Recurrent Energy holds a 20% stake in Crimson after the sale of 80% to independent portfolio management firm Axium Infrastructure about a year ago.

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Source: Renewables Now

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ESS and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District announced that ESS would supply SMUD with flow batteries with total capacity of 200 MW/2GWh

ESS is an Oregon-based company that manufactures flow batteries that rely on simple, abundant, and inexpensive materials — iron, salt, and water. The secret sauce is the membrane that separates the positively charged liquid from the negatively charged liquid. Last year, ESS entered into an agreement to supply SB Energy, a division of SoftBank, with 2 GWh of flow batteries by 2026. That was a big deal for the fledgling company, but because SoftBank is also an investor in the company, it wasn’t really a sign of full-fledged acceptance from the utility industry.

Last week, that changed when ESS and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District announced that ESS would supply SMUD with flow batteries with a total capacity of 200 MW/2 GWh beginning next year. The utility plans to be a zero emissions energy supplier by 2030 — one of the most aggressive carbon reduction plans in the industry and 15 years ahead of the target set by the state of California.

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Source: Clean Technica

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Luna Battery Storage, a 100MW/400MWh BESS project in CA is now online and serving community choice aggregator Clean Power Alliance.

Luna Battery Storage, a 100MW/400MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project in California which was the subject of a “landmark” debt finance deal, is now online and serving community choice aggregator Clean Power Alliance (CPA).

CPA has contracted for 100MW of flexible energy storage capacity for a 15-year term with AES Corporation, which owns the project and developed it through subsidiary sPower – which was later merged into the parent company, becoming AES Clean Energy.

CPA said last week that it is now receiving the clean energy capacity from the system in the City of Lancaster, Los Angeles County.

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Source: Energy Storage News

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EDF Renewables' Palen Solar site is fully operational consisting of 4 projects totaling 620 MWDC of solar and 200 MWh of energy storage.

EDF Renewables North America‘s Palen Solar site is fully operational and delivering decarbonized energy to the grid. The site consists of four projects totaling 620 MWDC of solar and 200 MWh of energy storage.

The projects, using single-axis tracking technology, are located adjacent to each other on unincorporated land in Riverside County, California, managed by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development.

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Source: Solar Power World

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Tesla’s virtual power plant in California had its first emergency response event by pooling power from Powerwall owners around the state.

Tesla’s virtual power plant in California had its first emergency response event helping the grid by pooling power from Powerwall owners around the state. The event appears to have been a success as the distributed power plant looks like the future.

A virtual power plant (VPP) consists of distributed energy storage systems, like Tesla Powerwalls, used in concert to provide grid services and avoid the use of polluting and expensive peaker power plants.

Last year, Tesla launched a VPP pilot program in California, where Powerwall owners would join in voluntarily without compensation to let the VPP pull power from their battery packs when the grid needed it.

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Source: electrek

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2021 was a “breakout year” for photovoltaics combined with storage projects, which accounted for 67 of the 74 hybrid projects added in the US

Driven by falling battery prices and the growth of variable renewable generation, hybrid and co-located energy projects — mainly solar combined with battery storage — are surging across the United States.

There were 298 hybrid projects in the United States totaling 35.9 GW of generating capacity with 3.2 GW/8.1 GWh of storage by the end of last year, according to the report. Nearly half the projects were solar with storage with the rest a mixture of wind, fossil-fuel generation, nuclear generation and other resources in various configurations.

Some 74 hybrid projects started operating last year, up 32% from 2020 and totaling 6.1 GW, a 21% increase from the previous year, according to the report, which covers projects larger than 1 MW. Many of the projects involved adding batteries to existing generating facilities in California and Florida, the researchers said.

Also, there were 70% more hybrid plants in interconnection queues at the end of last year compared to 2020, the LBNL researchers said.

 

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Source: Utility Dive

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Maldives has reopened a tender process, seeking to procure 40MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in an energy transition project

The Republic of Maldives has reopened a tender process, seeking to procure 40MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in an energy transition project supported by World Bank funding.

The South Asian island nation’s Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology announced the reopening this morning. Eligible bidders have been given until 1pm local time on 27 October 2022 to submit their completed bids but must register with the Maldives Ministry of Finance between 4 August and 20 October first.

Financing support has been approved from the World Bank through its Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration and Sustainable Energy (ARISE) Project for the country and the Maldives government will apply part of that funding towards the cost of making payments to BESS providers under contract.

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Source: Energy Storage News

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Ameresco and SCE’s teams are “working around the clock,” to deliver a 2.1GWh, three-site battery storage portfolio by the end of this year.

Ameresco and Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) teams are “working around the clock,” to deliver a 2.1GWh, three-site battery storage portfolio by the end of this year, according to Ameresco’s CEO.

Energy efficiency and renewables solutions company Ameresco reported its second quarter financial results on Monday (1 August). In a conference call to discuss results, CEO and president George Sakellaris offered an update on the project with investor-owned utility SCE, one of the biggest battery storage buildouts ever contracted.

The company is currently also working on its biggest solar-plus-storage project deal to date. Ameresco has partnered with developer Bright Canyon on Kūpono Solar, which will pair 48MW of solar PV with 42MW/168MWh of batteries in O’ahu, Hawaii. The project will be connected to utility Hawaiian Electric’s (HECO’s) grid.

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Source: Energy Storage News

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