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Solar (and wind) help to keep the AC on in Texas

Oct 31, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Solar, Energy Storage, Texas, Wind Energy, DERs, Climate Change, ERCOT

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A recent report by the state’s grid operator shows that solar and wind helped to meet peak demand on days of peak power demand in August, including the scorching afternoon that set a new all-time record.

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Energy Storage Legislation in Massachusetts

Oct 21, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Real Estate, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Development, Residential Solar, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Boston, Finance, Distributed Storage, Microgrids, SouthCoast MA, Legislation, Solar Incentives, Solar Plus Storage, Decarbonization, Infrastructure, Climate Change, California Fires

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Energy storage and inverters to get you through power outages

Oct 17, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by John Weaver, pv magazine posted in California, United States, Energy Storage, Products, Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Microgrids, Energy Management Systems, Forest Fires, California Fires

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In light of California grid shutdowns due to fire safety, pv magazine USA is reviewing solutions to keep the electricity on.

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Solar Power International 2019 Recap

Sep 30, 2019 5:20:00 PM / by Paul Fischer posted in Property Management, Community, Energy, Education, Solar Development, Property Owners, Solar Capital, Solar Finance, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Time-of-Use, Finance, Andrew Breiter-Wu, Decarbonize, Solar Carport, Solar Plus Storage, Solar Power International (SPI)

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This past week, 20,000 renewable energy professionals flocked to Salt Lake City for Solar Power International and North America Smart Energy Week.  Nestled in the spectacular Wasatch mountains, Salt Lake City was the perfect host for the conference. The people of the city were warm and friendly, and the views were breathtaking. 

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U.S. Power Grid Needs Major Revamping Before Going 100% Renewable

Sep 9, 2019 9:10:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Development, New Construction, Utilities, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Decarbonize, Wind Energy

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Is it possible for utilities to provide 100% renewable energy?

 

Xcel Energy is an electric utility based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It serves more than 3.3 million electric customers throughout Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Xcel has a goal of delivering 100% carbon free electricity by the year 2050. As of 2018, their delivery was 38% carbon free, and by 2030, Xcel hopes to deliver 80% carbon free electricity before reaching their ultimate goal of 100% carbon free by 2050. 

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Solar Plus Storage Programs and Policies for Northeastern States

Aug 12, 2019 7:05:15 PM / by Paul Fischer posted in Commercial Solar, Massachusetts, Policy, Vermont, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, New Hampshire, New York, Boston, Distributed Storage, Tesla, Governor Cuomo, New York City, Legislation, New Jersey, Solar Plus Storage

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Hawaii’s new reality of solar plus storage: under 10 cents

Apr 11, 2019 9:55:00 AM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Utilities, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Hawaii, Tesla, SolarCity, Solar Cost & Prices, PPA

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Hawaii regulators have approved six of eight proposed large solar plus storage projects, with all coming at or under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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Rooftop solar and batteries makes their mark at #BNEFSummit Future of Energy

Mar 31, 2019 11:10:02 PM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Residential Solar, Commercial Solar, United States, Energy Storage, New York, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Installations, SunRun, Puerto Rico, Duke Energy, Distributed Storage, Rooftop Solar, Microgrids

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Sunrun made a splash at the BNEF Summit in New York City at a time when utilities are increasingly struggling to adapt to new realities. But distributed energy resources have a long way to go to play a major role, and we will still need additional energy sources in future power systems.

 Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich. Image: Bloomberg
 

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How Massachusetts’s Commercial and Industrial Facilities can Monetize the New Solar and Storage Incentives

Mar 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Commercial Solar, Businesses, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Boston, Time-of-Use

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Changes to California's Utility Rates are Disrupting the Economics of Commercial and Industrial Solar

Feb 20, 2019 8:44:00 AM / by Colin Neagle, Enel X posted in Commercial Solar, California, Utilities, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Time-of-Use, Demand Management, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

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This article is an excerpt from the new whitepaper published by Microgrid Knowledge and Enel X North America, California’s Changing Time-of-Use Rates: Calculating the Impact on Behind-the-Meter Solar PV and Energy Storage.

 

For utilities, electricity is generally more expensive and complex to deliver when demand is high. To help cover these costs, California’s utilities have traditionally imposed time-of-use (TOU) rates, which created a daily schedule that applies different prices for power based on demand trends on the grid. When demand is highest, prices are highest under TOU rates.

 

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