Construction begins on world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system

Renewable Energy World

Florida Power & Light Company announced that construction has begun on the FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center , which is expected to become the world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system, according to the company.

IEA: India is on ‘cusp of a solar-powered revolution’

Eco-Business

The energy demand of the world’s third-largest emitter will expand more than any other nation over the next two decades, found the International Energy Agency's India Energy Outlook 2021

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California’s Big 2021 Grid Reliability Decision: Expand Supply or Manage Demand?

GreenTechMedia

California is facing a major decision under a tight deadline — whether it should push for large-scale power plants and batteries to prevent a repeat of its August 2020 rolling blackouts this coming summer, or turn to behind-the-meter resources like batteries and demand response.

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How will COVID impact demand response?

Solar Power World

By EnergyHub Regions impacted by COVID-19 have seen energy demand affected by business closures and quarantine behavior. But overall reduction in demand due to COVID-19 does not mean that utilities are abandoning their demand response goals for the upcoming season. Utilities continue to rely on distributed energy resource programs to provide valuable grid services during this crisis,… The post How will COVID impact demand response?

ZHA unveils solar-powered student residences for HKUST

AGreenLiving

In response to an urgent demand for more student housing at its Clear Water Bay campus, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has tapped Zaha Hadid Architects and local architecture firm Leigh & Orange to design the university’s new residence halls that will house more than 1,500 students once complete in 2023. The digital tools will also ensure passive solar considerations, proper material selection and efficient construction strategies to minimize time and waste.

Even in Coal-Heavy Kentucky, Corporations Can’t Stay Away From Solar Power

GreenTechMedia

In Kentucky, coal still generates the great majority of electricity; 75 percent in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration. Last year, renewable-powered electricity in the U.S. surpassed coal-fired power, and two of the largest coal retirements slated for 2020 are in Kentucky. However, solar developers are inching into the state, teasing out deals and working to gain access to the lucrative PJM market, in part driven by demand from corporate consumers.

Demand Response Industry Asks Feds to Open States to Energy Market Competition

GreenTechMedia

Over the past half-decade, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has consistently won court battles upholding its authority over states to set the rules for how distributed energy resources can play in wholesale energy markets.

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10 Renewable Energy Trends to Watch for in 2021

Green Living Guy

Nationwide lockdowns minimized traffic, lowered the demand for gas, and cut electricity use across the country. At the same time, solar power, wind, and other renewable energy sources stole the spotlight and experienced an upward trend in global growth.

Sungrow Introduces Latest PV & Energy Storage Portfolio at Solar Power International

altenergymag

Sungrow, the world's most bankable inverter brand, presented the latest product portfolio for PV and energy storage applications at Solar Power International (SPI), in a bid to meet the ever-evolving North American energy demand and bolster the efforts in supporting local state-level renewable energy deployment and carbon emission targets

Extensible Energy adds demand charge elimination feature to software

Solar Power World

Extensible Energy has released new features for DemandEx, its demand charge reduction software that works without energy storage. The most notable improvement is HardCap, an intelligent algorithm that automatically blocks demand spikes over a pre-set kilowatt level.

California Renewable Curtailments Surge as Coronavirus Cuts Demand

GreenTechMedia

California grid operator CAISO has been curtailing renewable energy at record levels this year, as the state’s ever-rising share of solar power during daylight hours increasingly outpaces electricity demand. Adding to its challenges, the grid operator is now contending with falling power demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grid operator ISO New England reported 3 percent to 5 percent declines in system demands in the previous week.

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Could The U.S. Automobile Fleet Run On Wind And Solar Power?

R-Squared Energy

with electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) power. on solar power would require a substantial amount of backup power or storage for when the sun isn’t shining. I also knew that my solar PV calculation was subject to many assumptions, and the answer could therefore be 50% too large or 50% too small. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) once calculated that there are about 2,000 square miles of suitable area for PV generation just on U.S.

Vivint Solar: Power Shutoff Disruption ‘Resets’ California’s Residential Market

GreenTechMedia

Public power safety shutoffs have revitalized the California solar market, according to residential installer Vivint Solar. Though the company knocks on “millions of doors a year,” CEO David Bywater said on the company’s Q3 earnings call that recent power outages have pushed all potential customers to reconsider renewables and storage. “These conversations today are not only going solar but consider storage.”

24/7 Renewables: The Emerging Art of Matching Renewables With Demand

GreenTechMedia

A lot of companies and governments are committing to 100% renewable energy. But a target of that scope without considering the timing of energy use isn’t technically or economically optimal. If we really want to make them an effective decarbonization tool, we need to match them to real-time demand. Melissa Lott , a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, joins co-host Shayle Kann for a deep dive into 24/7 renewables.

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Solar Trackers to Introduce Numerous Prospects for Efficient Solar Power Generation

altenergymag

Solar energy has gained the tract in almost every arena. More and more people are adopting solar energy owing to its amazing benefits. However, along with the rising demand for solar panels, the questions regarding the use of panel tracking are escalating as well

Lumin launches new app and whitepaper heading into Solar Power International

Solar Power World

Lumin, a grid edge technology company focused on making ordinary circuits smart and transforming the value proposition of energy storage for homeowners, installers and battery manufacturers, has just marked its third year in operation and continues to see strong demand for its platform across the United States. Asset management Event Coverage News Residential Services Solar+Storage Solar+Storage Applications lumin

Architects envision a green, solar-powered skyscraper

AGreenLiving

Warsaw-based architecture firm FAAB Architektura has unveiled designs for the Vertical Oasis Building, a conceptual skyscraper that would use renewable energy to reduce its carbon footprint. Envisioned for densely populated cities around the world, the futuristic proposal features a conical shape with a facade built of materials designed to harness solar energy. Read the original: Architects envision a green, solar-powered skyscraper.

German bakery builds EV charging park with 114 chargers, solar power and battery storage

Charged

The chargers will be supplied with 100 percent green power, sourced in part from a rooftop photovoltaic installation. German commercial and industrial battery storage specialist Tesvolt will supply 2 MWh worth of energy storage for the project. Tesvolt’s battery storage systems will store energy from the 700 kW photovoltaic installation and two small wind turbines to reduce demand charges associated with peak loads.

Assessing the State of Demand Response Amid California’s Grid Stresses

GreenTechMedia

She’s an expert on utility business models, grid integration, and demand response. She’s going to help us understand the technology and market-design landscape for demand response. Optimize your solar power plant

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Solar Energy World Changes Floridians’ Misperceptions About Solar, Hires Locally to Fulfill Increasing Demand

altenergymag

Although Florida is the "Sunshine State" some residents still don't know all of the benefits of going solar. Solar Energy World (SEW) is investing in Florida's clean energy future by educating ratepayers about the value of solar power. Headquartered in Maryland, Solar Energy World opened in Tampa in June 2019. The company is currently hiring more local installers, engineers and customer service representatives to keep up with demand.

Sculptural, solar-powered home generates more energy than it uses

AGreenLiving

Certified LEED Platinum , the single-family home offsets all its energy use with a 10 kW rooftop solar array and geothermal wells drilled beneath the driveway. Walls of glass, large skylights and outdoor living spaces immerse the residents in the landscape and help bring in natural light and ventilation to reduce the home’s energy demands. Geothermal and solar energy power the energy-positive home. +

All Energy Solar Is Back on Top (Of Roofs), Installing Panels to Meet Solar Demand

altenergymag

The desire for clean, affordable solar power hasn’t waned — even in the face of the COVID crisis

Top Predictions For The Renewable Energy Market in 2021

The Environmental Blog

The global economy of 2020 was primarily shaped by the coronavirus pandemic which greatly affected energy usage, project engagement and investments worldwide. The UK government published the Energy White Paper in December 2020, with a 10-point-plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’.

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Here’s how Australia is substituting coal with wind and solar power

Energy Refuge

Perhaps one of the most pressing needs and a common topic around the world has been: renewable energy. How can countries revert to renewable energy productions, and what repercussions would the switch have? Whereas before Australia’s coal was the main energy producer, now the country has to start looking elsewhere. Fortunately enough, Australia’s land make up is very well suited for renewable energy production. Coal Solar power wind energy

Artificial Intelligence Pushes ‘Commoditized’ Wind and Solar Power Into the Money

GreenTechMedia

renewables generated more electricity than coal, according to the Energy Information Administration. Now that renewable technologies like wind and solar are largely commoditized, investors and utilities are looking for ways to improve their margins, and they're turning to startups in artificial intelligence to do it. There is a current wave of investment underway in digital technologies that are making renewables the cheaper, cleaner, safer energy option.

EIA: Coronavirus Depressing US Power Demand, Slowing Renewables Buildout

GreenTechMedia

Energy Information Administration says — even the fast-growing wind and solar power sectors. electric power sector generation to include the COVID-19 outbreak’s massive economic disruptions. While the oil and gas industries face the greatest risks, EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook also predicts steep declines in commercial and industrial electricity demand, and a significant decline in new generation capacity as a result.

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Extensible Energy releases commercial solar demand management software DemandEx doesn't require batteries to intelligently manage loads

Solar Power World

Extensible Energy has released DemandEx, an inexpensive “virtual battery” for reducing demand charges and increasing ROI for commercial solar projects. The award-winning SaaS solution is easily integrated into new or existing commercial solar systems and can be used to decrease the cost and size of energy storage.

5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power

GreenTechMedia

Onshore wind is now the leading renewable energy technology in the U.S., But all other energy sources are losing ground to solar these days, wind included. Solar accounted for 40 percent of new U.S. After 2020, solar's lead over wind will widen rapidly in the U.S. Large-scale solar is already cost competitive with wind in many states, and analysts believe solar has an easier path toward further cost reductions. ” NextEra Energy.

Taking Control of Your Solar Power With Battery Storage

Mosaic

Residential storage installations have been growing at a quarterly rate of 61% since the start of 2017 according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables , and a survey by EnergySage indicates that nearly three quarters of home solar shoppers are considering adding batteries too. Adding batteries to your home energy system allows you to tap into the power produced by your solar panels when you want (or need) to, instead of whenever the sun shines.

Cleaner air and sunny skies drive all-time UK solar power record

Business Green

Significant decline in air pollution and cool, sunny weather sees UK solar generate all-time high of 9.69GW on Monday. Cool, sunny weather and the low air pollution levels caused by the coronavirus lockdown have helped drive a new all-time solar power record in the UK, with solar farms generating a peak of 9.69GW of electricity for the grid on Monday afternoon. At a time when most of us are working remotely, we can say that solar is truly keeping the WiFi on.".

Wind Energy Is More Beneficial Than Fuel

The Environmental Blog

Wind energy is well-known for its capability to cut electricity costs for consumers as it replaces the produced fuel with wind energy free of charge. Due to this factor, wind energy is strongly beneficial compared to traditional energy sources and power generators.

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UK provides £27m green loan to solar-powered water project in Ghana

Business Green

The UK government has agreed to provide a £27m green loan to support the use of solar energy to sterilise drinking water for rural communities in Ghana, using technology developed by UK-based firm Aqua Africa, it announced today.

Public safety power shutoffs and equity resiliency incentives – a perfect storm for home battery demand

Solar Power World

By Kevin Mulvey, Manager of Product & Technology, Energy Toolbase The behind-the-meter energy storage market posted another year of record growth in 2019, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report. In Q3 2019, energy storage deployments grew 93% versus Q3 2018, with behind-the-meter projects accounting for 55% of the total storage market.… Batteries and Storage Components Featured Solar+Storage

‘It’s Like a Snow Day Every Day’: Coronavirus Threatens Commercial Renewables Demand

GreenTechMedia

As that reality sets in, it could take the shine off one of the brightest spots for the renewables market: corporate demand. Experts say it’s still too early to draw conclusions about the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on power demand, let alone the secondary effect on demand for wind and solar. “How much will the boost in residential demand offset the decrease in commercial demand?

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Amid Depressed Power Demand, Duke Sticks to Plan to Double Renewables Base

GreenTechMedia

Duke Energy is standing behind its plan to double its renewable energy base to 16 gigawatts by 2025 despite the depressing effect the coronavirus outbreak is having on its utilities. In April the picture darkened further: Duke's total electricity sales fell 5 percent, dragged down by a 12 percent slide in demand from industrial customers that was only partially offset by higher-than-usual residential sales. power utilities, with 7.4

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WILL FOOD WASTE FUEL VEGAS?

Green Living Guy

Firstly and as GreenMatters.com reports: It takes a lot of energy to power Las Vegas. These high electricity demands have made it difficult for the city to achieve 100 percent renewable power.

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Clean energy and markets are the solution (not scapegoat) for California’s blackouts

GreenBiz

Clean energy and markets are the solution (not scapegoat) for California’s blackouts. Record heat for several days across parts of the state strained the power grid so much that it started rationing electricity, for the first time in almost 20 years. Energy & Climate.

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The energy storage market is blowing up in the United States 2021 Trends in Solar

Solar Power World

In addition to puzzles and alcohol, one product that saw a significant boost in sales during the pandemic was the energy storage system. With more people looking at their homes as sanctuaries in need of reliable electricity, the demand for residential battery backup is on the rise.

California Demands 3.3GW of New Resources by 2023 to Meet Looming Grid Shortfall

GreenTechMedia

California regulators have approved a 3.3-gigawatt "all-source" procurement that will pit new renewables, energy storage, demand response and other clean resources against natural gas-fired power plants in a race to meet what could be a major shortfall in grid capacity in the next four years. CCAs already have been signing new renewable energy contracts at a rapid clip. gigawatts of renewable power purchase agreements, almost all of it utility-scale solar.

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Why Oil Demand Won’t Follow Coal’s Death Spiral

R-Squared Energy

Both were aided by legislation aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. This made it economical for power plants to switch from coal to natural gas. Power produced from natural gas has lower associated carbon dioxide emissions. The second was tremendous growth in the availability of cheap renewables like wind and solar power. Since 2007, consumption of renewable power in the U.S. Consumption of renewable power in the U.S.

A fossil fuel demand peak is fast approaching, but will it come soon enough?

Business Green

A new report from McKinsey predicts global fossil fuel demand 'will never return to its pre-pandemic growth curve', but warns the world is still on track to badly miss its climate goals.

Climate Assembly UK demands 'strong and clear' government leadership on net zero

Business Green

The UK should end sales of fossil fuel cars within 15 years, rapidly scale up wind and solar power capacity, curb growth in air passenger numbers, use carbon labelling on consumer products, and encourage people to eat less meat and dairy in order to achieve its 2050 net zero emissions goal.

Op-ed: We need to build a new energy future to prevent grid blackouts

Solar Power World

The heat wave caused the heavy use of air-conditioning, combined with the unavailability of some power plants to meet the demand (and a number of… The post Op-ed: We need to build a new energy future to prevent grid blackouts appeared first on Solar Power World.