California Energy Storage Subsidy Extension Passes Assembly

Today solar and energy storage advocates had their second win in less than 24 hours. Following on the dramatic and narrow passage of a bill to mandate 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, another bill which may contain one of the keys to making that happen has passed the Assembly. SB 700 will extend the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2026, which by the estimates of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) will support the installation of nearly 3 GW of behind-the-meter storage.

Wärtsilä Delivers Its First Engine Plus Storage Hybrid Installation Enabling Hungary’s ALTEO Group to Optimize Their Generation Portfolio

The technology group Wärtsilä has delivered its first engine plus storage hybrid installation worldwide and its first Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) energy storage project in Europe, to Sinergy Kft, subsidiary of ALTEO Group, in Budapest, Hungary. Wärtsilä energy storage solutions enable power companies and developers to integrate and optimise a diverse mix of grid resources and deliver flexibility, reliability and resilience for customers seeking best-in-class system performance. The order was booked in Q1 2018 and the project was successfully commissioned on the 22nd of August 2018.

EnSync Energy to Showcase Home Energy System at Solar Power International

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — EnSync, Inc. (NYSE:ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), business models and controls for residential, commercial and utility installations, announced today that the company will feature its Home Energy System (EnSync Home) at the upcoming Solar Power International (SPI) conference.

Germany Reaches 100K Home Battery Storage Installations

A household just outside Berlin has become the recipient of the 100,000th grid-connected residential battery energy storage system in Germany. Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thomas Bareiß attended an official event to mark the system’s commissioning in Eichwalde. Bareiß hailed the event as an “important milestone” that Germany has reached in its energy transition – referred to domestically as the Energiewende.

US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

The project is part of an energy savings performance contract signed between the US Army, infrastructure development firm AECOM and technology provider Lockheed Martin. The 4.25MW/8.5MWh lithium battery energy storage system is expected to help reduce energy demand during peak intervals and reduce the base’s energy costs. John Battaglini, a director with Lockheed Martin Energy, said: “The versatility of energy storage is a key enabler for the military’s aggressive goals of achieving energy resiliency.”

Not-for-Profit Utilities in US Pick ‘Cost-Effective’ Grid-Scale Battery Storage

Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy has confirmed recent press reports that it is building 15MW / 30MWh of battery energy storage, while another not-for-profit, Vermont Electric Cooperative, will build a 1.9MW / 5.3MWh system in its service area. Connexus is part of Great River Energy, an electric transmission and generation cooperative and the second largest utility in Minnesota. Connexus serves about 130,000 residential and commercial properties in its service area. It issued a statement yesterday stating that the “innovative” solar-plus-storage project is now under construction.

NextEra Energy Recognized by Fortune Among Top 25 Companies that ‘Change the World’

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE) today announced that Fortune has ranked the company No. 21 among the top 57 companies globally that “Change the World.” The annual list recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. NextEra Energy is the only energy company from the Americas named to the 2018 list and one of only two electric companies in the world to be included.

RES to Build Solar-Plus-Storage Facility for Texas Utility

RESolve Energy Storage System. Source: Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) August 22 (Renewables Now) – The US unit of UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) said today it has won a contract to execute a solar and energy storage project in Texas for local utility CPS Energy. The project, to be located in San Antonio on the campus of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), includes deploying 5 MW of distributed solar power generating capacity and a 10-MW/10-MWh RESolve lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). Both technologies will be interconnected at distribution voltage on a common feeder.

US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

Global infrastructure firm AECOM says it has begun construction on an energy storage system at Fort Carson, Colo., that will utilize a 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh lithium-ion battery developed by Lockheed Martin to help reduce energy costs and improve resilience at the base. Once completed, the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base, according to the developers. The behind-the-meter system work to reduce peak electricity demand.