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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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Eskom launches pilot solar-BESS project in South Africa Primary tabs

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Eskom plans wider rural electrification

South African power utility Eskom has launched a pilot solar-powered microgrid project with lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the country’s Free State province.

The demonstration plant harnesses solar energy and converts it “to a peak of 32 kilowatts electrical energy via photovoltaic panels and power inverters”.

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Tesvolt supplies battery for solar facility on BEST’s doorstep

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

German battery manufacturer Tesvolt has delivered a 4 megawatt storage system to a solar plant in West Sussex, UK, BEST Battery Briefing’s own home county.

The solar facility is on a 35-hectare former landfill site in the village of Westhampnett. Power generated at the 7.4MW solar park is sold on the electricity wholesale market; the 4.4MW lithium-ion battery will generate additional income from price arbitrage, frequency services, and triad management, by which stored power will be retained and then sold during one of the three daily periods of peak demand.

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One of the largest solar+storage portfolios in the US

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:18 -- News Editor
One of the largest solar+storage portfolios in the US

A series of 12 solar-plus-storage projects with a combined capacity of 12MWh are expected to start operating by October in North Carolina – which claims to have “one of the largest solar-plus-storage portfolios” in the US.

The projects, featuring LG Chem’s lithium-ion batteries, will be co-developed by US solar company Cypress Creek Renewables (CCR), construction firm United Renewable Energy (URE) and electric cooperative Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC).

 

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