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Solar firm moves into ESS market as incentives and market grows 232% QoQ

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 14:50 -- Paul Crompton

US solar firm Nexamp is joining the battery energy storage system industry with deployment of 51MW of capacity across six sites in New York and Massachusetts.

It is the first time the company has deployed energy storage projects after it was awarded 40% of the capacity in the first block of the NY-Sun program— a component of the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’. 

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NV Energy outlines new BESS investments for Nevada

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:49 -- John Shepherd
NV Energy outlines new BESS investments for Nevada

Nevada utility NV Energy has unveiled proposals to build an additional 590MW of lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in the state along with 1,200MW of new solar photovoltaic capacity.

NV is asking regulators to approve a total of three projects in the south of the state towards the utility’s target of doubling its renewable energy generating capacity by 2023.

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Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:19 -- Hugh Finzel
Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Indian power distributor BSES Yamuna is to partner Panasonic in rolling out pilot solar power microgrids with battery storage at four separate locations in East Delhi.

Each microgrid will comprise 5-7kW of rooftop solar generation and 7-10kWh of lithium-ion battery storage. 

The pilot plants set up at BSES offices in East Delhi reported that, following installation, locations sourced 92% of their power from the microgrid, and only 8% from the grid itself.

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Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:27 -- Hugh Finzel
Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Energy storage systems from Californian start-up Electriq Power are being installed in homes in Arizona as part of an energy costs saving scheme.

Electriq has partnered with Mattamy, which describes itself as North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, to offer ‘PowerPod’ lithium-ion battery storage systems as part of an “advanced energy programme” to reduce electricity bills.

Under the programme, the PowerPods are coupled with solar-panel roofing on Mattamy homes to reduce household emissions and bills.

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Battery system at heart of microgrid in Micronesia

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Palau, Micronesia

The government of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Palau has signed an agreement to install a battery system at the heart of a solar and storage microgrid.

The agreement with Engie Electro Power Systems (Engie EPS) will see the creation of the 100-megawatt ‘Armonia’ microgrid— comprising 45 megawatt-hours of battery storage and a 35MW solar photovoltaic project to be integrated with existing diesel generating facilities.

Engie EPS general manager and CEO, Carlalberto Guglielminotti, claimed the microgrid “would not be just one of the largest storage-enabled solar projects in world, but a pioneering showcase for the whole global energy sector”.

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Germany marks solar BESS ‘milestone’

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:58 -- John Shepherd
German Solar Association image

Germany has welcomed the “milestone” installation of the country’s 100,000th grid-connected residential battery energy storage system.

Solar-battery storage projects will become “increasingly important” in pushing ahead with Germany’s energy transition (energiewende) policy, the German Solar Association (BSW) quoted parliamentary state secretary to the federal economic and energy minister, Thomas Barei, as saying.

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German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong
German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

German automotive components firm ElringKlinger is to launch its first battery production facility after clinching a deal worth “several hundred million euros”.

ElringKlinger told BBB the fully-automated facility had been planned for some time and would be “primarily used” to develop and produce modular lithium-ion battery systems for “fully-electric” solar vehicles under a contract awarded by Germany’s Sono Motors.

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'Lebanon eyes solar projects' with BESS

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:48 -- John Shepherd
'Lebanon eyes solar projects' with BESS

Lebanon is reportedly issued a call for developers to build a series of battery energy storage systems in the country as part of a solar power project.

The Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has called for expressions of interest to develop 300MW of grid-connected photovoltaic projects with battery storage.

 

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Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:56 -- John Shepherd
Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Proposals that pave the way for a battery storage facility of up to 20MWh to be built alongside a solar farm in Western Australia have taken a step forward.

Australian firm Carnegie Clean Energy has been given the go-ahead to negotiate a lease to build the battery and a solar plant of up to 100MW at the site, 26km southwest of Kalgoorlie.

 

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Will regulator thwart green energy bid?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Will regulator thwart green energy bid?

Plans to invest $200 million in a lithium-ion storage facility in the US hang in the balance in a row over ‘price protectionism’ and the use of renewable energy to charge the batteries.

Franklin Energy Storage Projects has said the proposed Idaho facility— which would include four 25MW battery storage units— qualifies for a 20-year contract under a federal law promoting alternative energy.

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