28. March 2016 · Comments Off on How Austin Energy Aims to Reach Solar-Plus-Storage Integration at 14 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Back in December, Texas utility Austin Energy won a $4.3 million grant from the Department of Energy’s new SHINES (Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV) program. The goal: to test integrated, reliable, almost dispatchable solar PV, backed by batteries, thermal energy storage, and flexible demand-side resources, all at the cost of 14 cents per watt.It’s a tall order, involving a combination of utility-owned and third-party-managed hardware, software and communications systems. On the utility side are Austin Energy’s already formidable advanced distribution grid management and control capabilities, as well as a “distributed energy resource optimizer” from Seattle-based startup 1Energy, solar analytics from Clean Power Research, and integration with Texas grid operator ERCOT.

Source: How Austin Energy Aims to Reach Solar-Plus-Storage Integration at 14 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour | Greentech Media

17. December 2015 · Comments Off on 2015 set to go down in solar history · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Could 2015 be the United States solar market’s best year in history? A new report shows that is shaping up to be — with record-breaking fourth quarter projections. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the U.S. installed 1,361 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the third quarter of the 2015, marking the eighth consecutive quarter in which the U.S. has installed more than a gigawatt (GW) of PV capacity.

Source: 2015 set to go down in solar history – SmartGridNews

17. November 2015 · Comments Off on PV premium: More reason consumers will go solar  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

What could make solar PV, the growth of which is already soaring in the U.S. residential home market, even more popular? The value it adds to the home itself. In 2014, the number of home PV systems in the United States totaled more than half a million. Photovoltaics currently add value to homes, according to a new report led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a home appraisal expert that studied six markets.

Source: PV premium: More reason consumers will go solar – SmartGridNews

22. October 2015 · Comments Off on Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

New opportunities for the Internet of Things, or IoT, are growing exponentially. Don’t believe it? Just think of how many times you’ve recently heard the word “smart” to describe a new product. But that’s not the only area where you’ll find the IoT gaining traction. Applications for it are growing in the energy sector as well. California sees the value of developing “smart” solutions. The Golden State, with the SunSpec Alliance, recently launched a $4 million project to “investigate the application of interoperable smart inverters, solar PV, and storage to enhance grid stability and enable higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources.”

Source: Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? — The Motley Fool

28. September 2015 · Comments Off on SolarCity and Partners Announce Smart Energy Homes Pilot Project · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

SolarCity has announced a smart energy homes demonstration project in partnership with the SunSpec Alliance and Southern California Edison, where SolarCity will install rooftop solar PV, batteries, controllable thermostats, and smart inverters on 50 homes in the Southern California Edison territory. The team will demonstrate how smart energy homes, combining numerous distributed technologies, can be deployed and aggregated to advance the electric grid.

Source: SolarCity and Partners Announce Smart Energy Homes Pilot Project | 2015-09-25 | ACHRNEWS