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Putting Solar+Storage to Work for Africa?s Farmers
17 Nov 2017 at 12:22pm

BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October.

Massachusetts Opens RFP for the First 100 MW of ?Smart? Solar
17 Nov 2017 at 9:27am

On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new ?Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART? program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity.

The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany?s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region. 

Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid
15 Nov 2017 at 9:52am

Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.

Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico?s Power Woes
14 Nov 2017 at 8:27am

In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.

Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?
14 Nov 2017 at 8:00am

Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands.

3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief
13 Nov 2017 at 7:19am

Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, ?no news is bad news.?


The Microgrid Imperative
13 Nov 2017 at 3:00am

The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you?ve heard of them: 

Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer
10 Nov 2017 at 10:37am

This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I?ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years. 

Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms
10 Nov 2017 at 9:17am

Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage.

SEPA Requests Industry Players? Input for DERMS Development
10 Nov 2017 at 8:24am

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

How Modern is Your State's Grid?
9 Nov 2017 at 12:34pm
A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system.

Telsa, Green Charge Help PG&E Learn How to Control Aggregated DERs
8 Nov 2017 at 6:46am

Over the summer about 33 customers in Pacific Gas and Electric?s (PG&E?s) territory started a new journey with their utility. PG&E is hoping that through this and other pilot projects, it will learn how responsive batteries, solar PV and smart inverters are when they receive a signal from the utility. 

What Is the Business Case for Energy Storage in Africa?
7 Nov 2017 at 8:57am

A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome?

35 GW of Storage Can Save US $4 Billion by 2025
7 Nov 2017 at 7:38am

If the U.S. can deploy 35 GW of new energy storage by 2025, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) estimates that the return in operational savings from those deployments could surpass $4 billion.

South Australia Eyes Big Wave of New Solar, Storage
2 Nov 2017 at 10:58am

Meeting in the state capital of Adelaide yesterday, the Board of ZEN Energy approved a strategic plan to establish 1 GW of additional dispatchable renewable generation assets. The assets will support long-term electricity supply contracts with South Australia?s large industrial users to provide access to lower cost, reliable and low emission energy.

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