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Flurry of deals in US southeast was among highlights as solar corporate procurement soared between 2018 (5.4GW) and 2019 (9.6GW), BloombergNEF analysts tell PV Tech.
Purchase of 22 contracted and operational projects across three US states is the latest in a series of PV acquisitions by the London-listed investment firm.
Firm expects storage and PV installs to grow ‘at least 50%’ this year after 2019 results show last year was stellar for storage but less so for PV, despite the latter’s stronger H2 2019.
New projections mark major pivot for the agency, which for years had predicted that natural gas would remain the US' dominant source of electricity over the decades to come。
US construction and home improvement company PetersenDean has selected Enphase’s equipment including battery storage for its solar home offerings.
Asset manager Capital Dynamics has purchased the mammoth Eland solar-plus-storage complex under development by 8minute Solar Energy in California。
Canada-headquartered start-up Li-Cycle has claimed a victory in commercialising its lithium battery recycling processes, with a shipment sent to a customer just before the end of last year。
This week's roundup includes energy storage-relevant news from across Solar Media's publishing stable.
Nevada utility NV Energy and Google are plotting a major solar-plus-storage facility outside of Las Vegas in a deal being billed as the largest battery-backed solar corporate agreement in the world.
The evolution of energy storage and decarbonisation’s direction of travel are up for discussion in a podcast first posted just before the end of 2019。
A dramatic twist was added to a legacy pipeline of energy projects serving the town of Ulster, New York, with the local community now set to benefit from a large-scale battery energy storage system, instead of fossil fuels。
A 4.8MW/16.4MWh battery energy storage system supporting the local grid of utility Con Edison in Brooklyn, New York, has begun operation.
A round-up of recent news from renewables developer Savion, energy tech firm Enphase Energy and manufacturers Ingeteam and Pylontech.
Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin wants to be the first disruptive company of the flow battery era, with the expectation that its first devices will go into series production before the end of this year.
Even the US states leading in energy storage market development still have work to do when it comes to adopting the best and lowest-cost grid interconnection procedures, an expert in regulatory affairs at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), has said.
斗地主达人Power shut-offs affecting millions in California, enacted by utilities Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison to prevent wildfires and their spreading, are a “draconian” measure and don’t address the real problems, SimpliPhi Power CEO Catherine Von Burg has said。
The Utah-headquartered firm posts Q3 2019 installs of 65MW and hits cumulative 1.228GW as operational losses jump US$7.9m to US$13.8m year on year.
Retail giant and Silicon Valley firm say they have ‘resolved the issues’ raised by the former, which had linked rooftop blazes to Tesla’s alleged 'negligence’ with PV installs.
Japanese firm says divestment was 'strategic asset recycling' and that 'strengthening of the financial base continues to be one of [Mitsui & Co’s] key initiatives'。
The projects, which will be operated by First Solar's operations and maintenance arm once commissioned next year, are contracted to provide power to Facebook's data centres via a PPA with PacifiCorp。
The Spanish company expects that 1。2GW – or 40% of the total capacity purchased from the American IPP – to be live by 2023。
The deal, which Dominion says is largest ever brokered by a US state government, comprises four different solar projects set to come online before 2023, as well as one wind project。
While an investigation into a recent fire incident at one of its energy storage facilities remains ongoing, representatives of utility Arizona Public Service (APS) will appear onstage with technology provider Fluence to discuss fire safety at an upcoming event in California。
The New York City firm, which specialises in funding solar and anaerobic digesters in the US, said it will use the funding from Newlight Partners, a Soros Fund spin-off, to support projects' pre-construction phase.
The news comes weeks after the technology giant announced a raft of 1.6GW of undisclosed global renewable energy deals, including 720MW of US solar.
Developer's plan to ensure projects can tap into 30% ITC rate before it tapers follows similar move by installer SunPower, which bought 200MW of panels this week。
Interviewed by this publication, James May says things are not as dire as they seem for the firm as it mulls a factory sale to stave off trade war impacts。
Hybrid set to go live in 2022 will help the US island territory wean itself off tanker-shipped petroleum as it works towards clean energy objectives.
Utility and subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy aims to add 6.3GW of PV and 2.8GW of batteries by 2038, with storage part of ‘low-cost’ calculations for the first time.
斗地主达人U-turn by Trump administration may slow bifacial switch by Southeast Asian makers but will not stop technology from capturing utility-scale market by early 2020s, analysts tell PV Tech。
Escalating US-China trade tensions have seen polysilicon manufacturer record slump in profits, with one facility halted and another now facing potential exit.
Contra Costa Country is aiming to save US$16。5 million over a period of 25 years through the new EV infrastructure。
News in brief from around the world in energy storage.
PPA is part of 1.6GW clean energy spree announced by Google last month and will allow Chicago-based Hecate to deploy 500MW of solar in Lone Star state.
斗地主达人GE Renewable Energy, an arm of the US engineering giant, will supply 100MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) to three projects being developed by Convergent Energy + Power in California.
New four-project portfolio heralds the emergence of New England's solar-plus-storage industry after years of "behind-the-scenes" activity, firm says.
The second draft of the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) energy storage system guidance on fire hazards and safe installation best practices for stakeholders has been published。
GlidePath Power Solutions has acquired eight wind projects in North Texas serving the Southwest Power Pool.
North Carolina’s draft Clean Energy Plan was published last week, including the retirement of 4GW of coal and putting in place measures to drive renewable energy and EV adoption in the US state。
A large-scale energy storage project to be built in Texas will take advantage of the system’s flexibility to deliver multiple services, as opportunities grow in the state’s Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market。
The ‘world’s first dedicated energy storage infrastructure fund’ will invest in California battery energy storage projects, with Macquarie set to sell 50% of a 340MWh tranche to the fund’s owner, SUSI Partners.
Many of the most polluting thermal power plants on the US grid today are also the most lucrative to run, but the service they provide could already be done twice as cheaply using solar and storage, developer 8minutenergy has claimed.
A large tranche of utility-scale solar – and storage – projects in Hawaii has been approved by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC), each quoting a cost per kilowatt hour of US$0.10 or under.
Major US utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is planning to build the world’s largest battery energy storage system adjacent to an existing solar power plant, with plans to roll out multiple other storage systems across the state。
China’s BYD has signed a deal which could see up to 100MWh of its systems deployed in Mexico as part of a distributed energy and large-scale solar buildout by finance group Pireos Capital。
A contract with utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has led to Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) supplying 2GWh of grid services from just 60MWh of energy storage during 2018, with one analyst dubbing the feat an “impressive milestone”。
NextEra Resources will build a 100MW solar farm for Arkansas utility Entergy Arkansas, to include 30MW of battery energy storage, as Entergy seeks to build out solar capacity in the state.
SEIA, Wood Mackenzie: Section 201 disruption drives 7% year-on-year drop in utility solar additions even as contracted pipeline hits all-time records。
Agreements combining solar and wind to become a reality given their ability to mitigate intermittency costs, says WBCSD report.
Land acquisition, corruption and short-termism complicate scaling up solar and others with the speed required by climate change, London event hears.
Energy storage enjoyed another record-breaking year of deployments in the US in 2018, while the residential segment is now “moving beyond early adopters” and into commercial viability, a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables claims.
斗地主达人Enel Green Power North America has started construction on the 497MW Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas. Once completed, the installation is set to be the largest solar facility in Enel’s US portfolio and the largest solar project in the state of Texas.
A new listed-fund in the UK will float next month with the intention of raising finance for US solar projects。
Arizona Public Service (APS) has announced a plan to make solar energy dispatchable into the evening using batteries, calling for the deployment of 850MW of energy storage by 2025.
While market opportunities for energy storage in Texas are considered to be limited, the largest battery project in the state so far, a 42MWh system, has just come online.
Electricity from 100MW of energy storage facilities will be purchased by US public utility company El Paso Electric, following a competitive solicitation process.
Renewable energy fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has started construction on two solar projects totalling 300MW(AC) in the US.