Australian Solar Plant to Have World’s Largest Power Storage Capacity

A roughly $1 billion solar energy project in Australia will employ one of the biggest power storage facilities in the world, with Japanese and Western companies contributing funds. As part of this, a 250-megawatt plant in the state of South Australia will use a 100MW lithium-ion battery storage system. The storage capacity will be on par with a wind farm battery system from Tesla in Australia, now the largest of its kind on the planet. Power generated at the forthcoming plant will be sold to local utilities.

Storage Trio Targets Asia-Pacific

Fluence Energy, Jera and Lyon Group are joining forces to develop energy storage projects in the Asia-Pacific region. The trio will first focus on a portfolio of solar and storage facilities in Australia at Cape York in Queensland, Riverland in South Australia and Nowingi in Victoria. At Riverland a 253MW solar farm will be integrated with a 100MW storage facility, while at Nowingi a second 253MW photovoltaic facility will be linked to a 80MW battery scheme. The Cape York project will feature 55MW of solar and 20MW of storage. Other target markets include Japan, where Jera has about 66GW of installed electricity generation.

Utility-Scale Solar is Key to New England’s Energy Future

hile the economic outlook in New Hampshire has been strong this year, with median household incomes up and unemployment down, there are challenges to continued growth. Perhaps one of the biggest is the cost of energy in the Granite State. We reached out to Chris Stewart, co-founder of Manchester-based Granite Apollo, to learn about what those challenges are, what some of the solutions may be, and what New Hampshire businesses and consumers alike may see in the near future.

Rivals Rise Up to Threaten Tesla’s Battery Business

Batteries to run cars. Batteries to store solar power. Batteries … to prevent blackouts. Everywhere you look in the field of battery technology, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) seems to be there already. The company’s even building a battery gigafactory in the Nevada desert to keep its battery empire well-supplied, and one of the reasons for this is that Tesla is rapidly outgrowing its origins as a car company, and finding new ways to make money by building huge, utility-scale energy storage complexes to help electricity companies shore up the stability of their electric grids. It’s a lucrative business — and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) wants in.

California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

California has opened the door for residential microgrids in all new homes with the recent release of 2019 building standards aimed at improving energy efficiency. residential microgrids Issued by the California Energy Commission, the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require solar photovoltaics for all new homes. They also provide new home builders with incentive to include energy storage and to focus on demand response opportunities — all common elements of residential microgrids.

How Businesses are Benefiting from Hawaiian Electric’s Virtual Power Plant

As utilities face increasing pressure to cut back on fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy sources, many are turning to new technologies — including hardware, software and artificial intelligence — that can help them integrate and control distributed clean resources such as rooftop solar and batteries. One idea is to create so-called virtual power plants, an emerging energy and grid services tool that looks and feels more like an online network than a traditional power plant.

New Jersey Governor Signs Historic Clean Energy Legislation

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed three solidified his state’s commitment to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The initiative take critical steps to improve renewable energy programs, maintain nuclear energy and expand green energy employment. “Today, we’re taking another step forward in rebuilding New Jersey’s reputation as a leader in the development of clean energy sources while fulfilling a critical promise to foster our state’s energy future,” said Murphy. “Signing these measures represents a down payment to the people of New Jersey on . . .

UT Austin Develops Single-System Solar Energy Storage Technology

Most current solar energy systems utilize storage outside of the generators that create the power. In other words, two separate systems are required to ensure successful operation. But experts from UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a way to integrate solar power generation and storage into one single system, effectively reducing the cost by an estimated 50 percent. The UT project will develop the next generation of utility-scale photovoltaic inverters, also referred to as modular, multifunction, multiport and medium-voltage utility-scale silicon carbide solar inverters.