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BESS order boost for storage in Massachusetts

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Canada’s Storage Power Solutions (SPS) has been selected to boost the expanding portfolio of battery energy storage systems in the US state Massachusetts.

SPS has been contracted by Industria Engineering to provide a 3.5MW/8.2MWh BESS for part of a solar-plus-storage project in the town of Grafton.

The new project— which follows a 1.5MW system SPS deployed for Industria Engineering in 2018— will be used to store excess energy from a 4MW front-of-the-meter solar farm, thereby increasing solar harvesting and shifting solar generation to peak loads on the substation.

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Commissioning starts on ‘China’s largest vanadium flow battery’

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Electrolyte tanks installed for the 3MW 12MWh VRB-ESS at the Hubei Zaoyang project

Chinese vanadium redox battery manufacturer VRB Energy has begun commissioning a 3MW/12MWH vanadium redox battery, phase one of its Hubei Zaoyang 10MW/40MWh project, which will be the “largest vanadium flow battery installed in China”.

The system is being installed to integrate a large solar photovoltaic system into the grid at Zaoyang.

VRB’s chief technical officer Dr Mianyan Huang said: “We are delighted to have successfully integrated the first module of a 1MW/4MWh VRB-ESS into the grid, allowing our customer, Hubei Pingfan, to immediately benefit from cost-savings on peak-hour electricity tariffs through energy arbitrage at its industrial park.”

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Georgia in mind for solar-plus-storage

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Eguana residential battery system

Creative Solar USA and Canada’s Eguana Technologies have installed and commissioned a fleet of more than 20 residential energy storage systems (ESS) in the US state of Georgia.

The initiative is part of the state’s ‘Solarize Atlanta and Carrollton-Carroll (SACC) campaigns.’

In 2018, Creative contracted more than 170 solar PV installations under the SACC campaign, for a total capacity >1.2MW. As part of the initial roll out, “two dozen of Eguana’s ‘Evolve’ ESS units were selected by Georgia homeowners as their battery system of choice.

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Green light for Nevada utility’s battery storage projects

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
NV Energy logo

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has given approval for six NV Energy projects in the state— collectively the “largest clean energy investment in Nevada History”— as the utility moves towards its long-term commitment to providing 100% of its energy through renewables.

Three of the projects will be located in northern Nevada, three in the south. The projects represent a direct investment to Nevada of more than US$2 billion, and will bring an aggregate 1,001 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generation to the state.

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Joint Venture for pipeline solar-plus-storage projects

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

8minutenergy Renewables, JP Morgan, and “an affiliate of Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners”, announced that they have entered a joint venture to support 8minutenergy’s 10.7GW pipeline of utility solar-plus-storage projects.

The joint venture will, along with investment from 8minutenergy’s owner and CEO, Tom Buttgenbach, will raise over US$200 million in capital commitments.

“We have been the largest and most successful solar developer in California and have expanded our cost leadership across the US”, commented Buttgenbach. “A testament to our low-cost leadership is the 420MW Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar plant in Nevada, which at 2.3 cents/kWh fixed for 25 years, holds the record for the lowest-price solar PPA in the nation.

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African Development Bank bolsters South's clean energy transition

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a ZAR 3 billion (US$220 million) loan to help realise South Africa’s Redstone Concentrated Solar Power Project.

Located in Humansrus Solar Park in the Northern Cape Province, the 100MW Redstone Solar Power Project is expected to generate 466GWh of energy a year, thereby improving South Africa’s power supply, and assisting the country in its transition away from coal power, which currently makes up 82% of its energy mix.

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Sun rises on US-Japanese partnership for solar-plus-storage

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

US-based solar-plus-storage specialist Sunnova Energy and Japanese sogo sasha (general trading company) Itochu have entered a business alliance “to promote the service and capabilities of solar plus storage solutions in the United States.” Under the agreement, Itochu has made an (undisclosed) equity investment in Sunnova.

The two companies have indicated intentions to evaluate “GrideShare Client”— the AI software of UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa— for use in Sunnova’s solar-plus-storage systems.

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Kokam deploys ‘high energy’ BESS systems in South Korea

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

South Korean battery company Kokam has been selected to provide photovoltaic-connected battery energy storage systems for two projects in the country.

Kokam will deploy its high energy lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (HE NMC) battery technology for the projects, which total 40 megawatt-hours (MWh) of BESS capacity.

The storage systems are needed for renewable capacity firming and energy time shifting, Kokam said.

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Tesla adds battery storage to Gannawarra solar farm

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tesla battery system at Gannawarra Solar Farm

A 25MW/50MWh Tesla lithium-ion battery pack has entered service at the 60MW Gannawarra solar PV farm to create the first integrated solar and storage project in the state of Victoria, and the largest in Australia.

The Gannawarra battery— which was developed by Australian renewables company Edify Energy— is capable of powering more than 16,000 homes through two hours of peak demand. EnergyAustralia will operate the combined solar farm and battery facility.

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Missouri campus tests advanced lead microgrids

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
EcoHouse in MUST EcoVillage

Missouri University of Science and Technology (MUST) has installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at its campus EcoVillage, to test advancements in lead battery energy storage for use as a renewable resource in communities of the future.

The microgrids will supply two student-occupied homes in the EcoVillage— a ‘living laboratory’ of homes designed and created by Must students who competed in the US Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon—with stored electricity from the systems, which run off charging algorithms from a 24-hour, cloud-based control system.

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