Energy Storage Developer Buy Texas Windfarms With Major Battery Retrofit Planned

A U.S.-based energy storage developer this week bought itself a portfolio of eight North Texas wind farms.

The move is a sign of the growing status and confidence of the storage sector as well.

Having previously largely developed standalone storage projects or being brought in to assist with storage bolt-ons to generation projects, GlidePath Energy’s proactive play, and the scale of it, is telling.

‘Transformative’: Sonnen to Deliver Community Battery Network With Grid Services Contract

German home energy storage company sonnen fulfilled a long-time dream for its U.S. operation: It will supply battery systems to an entire new residential community, with a contract in place to deliver grid services to the local utility.

Sonnen will install more than 600 ecoLinx batteries in developer Wasatch Group’s Soleil Lofts apartments in Herriman, Utah, a rapidly growing region south of Salt Lake City. The fleet of batteries will total 5 megawatts/12.6 megawatt-hours of storage paired with onsite solar generation.

Johnson Controls Announces Partnership to Increase Amount of Capital Available for Solar and Battery Storage Projects

Johnson Controls recently announced a partnership with Capital Dynamics to increase the amount of capital available for customers in North America working on solar or battery storage projects. The agreement will grant easier access to funding for Johnson Controls customers utilizing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for projects of varying sizes, starting at $1 million, by aggregating them into a larger portfolio of projects.

Through a joint venture with Consolidated Edison, Johnson Controls has already been working to expand the market for solar and battery solutions, and controls to integrate them. This effort, combined with increased funding opportunities through the partnership with Capital Dynamics, positions Johnson Controls to be able to better help customers incorporate behind-the-meter, solar and battery storage into their built environment.

Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids for 900MW of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage, and Grid Services

Hawaiian Electric has issued a long-awaited request for proposals (RFP) for about 900 megawatts of renewable energy and energy storage projects. It’s the utility’s second major round of contracts in the past year seeking to marry variable solar and wind power with the capacity and flexibility of batteries. HECO’s new RFPs are broken into a number of specific projects and specific needs across its three islands, with a mix of different technologies required. This complexity comes from the fact that these RFPs have been structured to help replace two big fossil fuel-fired power plants to close in the next five years

Pacific Northwest Facility to Study Grid Security, Resilience

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been picked as the site of a new national grid energy research facility by the Department of Energy. The proposed project is expected to attract additional funding and researchers to PNNL. The facility would help modernize the nation’s utility grid to make it more resilient, secure, reliant and flexible. Affordable energy storage could help ensure that electricity supplies can recover rapidly if there are malicious attempts to tamper with the grid or if severe weather or natural disasters take down parts of the grid.

Microgrid to Serve as Core of Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

The developer of a $110-$120 million mixed use project in Manchester, Connecticut plans to incorporate a microgrid that taps into opportunity zone federal tax breaks. The Manchester Broad Street Parkade microgrid will include around 1 MW of solar PV,  2-3 MW of natural gas-fired combined heat and power, batteries, and a water heating loop. The microgrid will be capable of operating continuously in tandem with the utility grid or autonomously, in island mode, in the event of grid outages.

How did Massachusetts Blossom Into an Environment Ripe for Energy Storage, Pushing Technology and Business Models to the Cutting Edge?

Today’s energy storage technology can help power the country more efficiently and sustainably, and it’s getting better all the time. However, this resource’s greatest strength—the ability to both take in and let out energy rapidly—can be complicated to properly value. Having an energy storage system provide just one service can be expensive, and it’s a big waste of potential. Enter Massachusetts, where the stars have aligned and the full potential of energy storage may soon be on display, providing not one or two services, but seven or eight with a single project.

APS Issues RFPs for More Renewable Energy

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) announced it is issuing two requests for proposals next month as part of its campaign to bring more solar and wind energy into its portfolio. The two new RFPs will add enough solar and wind resources to power more than half a million homes, about 2,500 megawatts, by 2021, company officials said. Earlier this year, the company also successfully closed two RFPs for large battery installations to store renewable energy to use after the sun goes down.