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December 09, 2019

Sunnova SunSafe Now Available in Florida Markets

Sunnova Energy International Inc. has expanded its Sunnova SunSafe 1 solar+battery storage system offering into Florida, making the state the 13th market where Sunnova now offers SunSafe. Sunnova also announced the addition of a 15-year financing plan for add-on solar battery storage. This offering is immediately available in all existing Sunnova SunSafe markets.

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December 09, 2019

Oak Ridge National Lab Is Deep Into Second Use Battery Control System Development

Oak Ridge researcher Michael Starke has been leading a project supported by the Office of Electricity’s Energy Storage Program to create and enhance controls for second-use battery energy storage, including testing of a 15 kilowatt system at a Habitat for Humanity home site in North Carolina. Testing is also taking place at an Oak Ridge research house in a neighborhood near the lab.

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December 09, 2019

Orsted Brings 460MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project to Texas Oil Country

Ørsted on Wednesday announced plans to build a 460-megawatt solar-plus-storage project in West Texas, near existing oil and gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin. The storage facility will be relatively modest in size by the standards of the latest projects, at 40 megawatts with one hour of capacity, running alongside a 420 MW AC solar array.

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December 09, 2019

New York City’s biggest: Enel X connects grid-scale battery storage in Brooklyn

A 4.8MW / 16.4MWh battery energy storage system in Brooklyn, supporting utility Con Edisonls grud has begun operation through Enel X and global real estate firm Related Companies. The 16.4MWh front-of-the-meter battery energy storage system deployed by Enel X is the largest in New York City so far, Enel X said in a release today. Hosted by Related Companies at one of its properties in East New York, the batteries will help support Con Edison’s grid in times of peak demand. Con Edison said in July that it is seeking 300MW of energy storage of at least four hours duration.

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December 06, 2019

GM, LG Chem to Announce EV Battery Joint Venture in Ohio

South Korea’s LG Chem said it would invest $916 million in its U.S. subsidiary by 2023 to set up an electric vehicle battery joint venture with General Motors. The facility, expected to be located in the Lordstown area of Ohio, would see an investment of more than $2 billion, with GM and LG Chem expected to invest more than $1 billion each. A GM-LG plant could be the first unionized battery factory in the U.S. Teslas factory and LG Chems battery factory in Michigan do not have unions.

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December 06, 2019

FERC Tariff Approvals Create Big Moment for Energy Storage

US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. Approved for some grid operators in late October and others last week, the tariffs are a response to a previous Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order seeking fair treatment of energy storage in wholesale markets.

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December 06, 2019

New York Permits 316 MW Battery Storage Project, Trading Gas Plant for World’s Largest Battery

New York’s utility regulator has approved construction on a 316-megawatt battery storage plant, a facility that, if built, would provide emissions-free power to New York City and the surrounding region while replacing a significant portion of the city’s fossil-fueled energy. Known as the Ravenswood Development, the project aims to provide 2,528 MWh of power and would operate during peak hours, with enough storage capacity to discharge 8 hours of power during the hours of highest demand.

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December 06, 2019

Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is likely to fall short of its greenhouse gas emission goals if it cannot implement utility-scale storage, according to a new study. More than 70% of the state’s two pumped-hydro storage facilities — with a collective capacity of around 1,800 MW — is currently unutilized due to the lack of market incentives, according to researchers. The lack of utility-scale storage could mean that the state’s grid remains “dirty” even with a high penetration of renewables.

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December 05, 2019

NV Energy to Add 3 Solar and Storage Projects to Southern Nevada

NV Energy received approval from state regulators to add three solar projects in Southern Nevada that should generate enough electricity to power 230,000 homes. On Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved NV Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, which would add 1,190 megawatts of solar renewable energy projects to the state, as well as an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity.

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December 04, 2019

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

The first solar-plus-storage installations started about a decade ago on a small scale in sunny states like California, Hawaii, and Arizona. Now they’re spreading across the country, driven by falling prices of both solar panels and lithium-ion batteries. “This is not just a California, New York, Massachusetts thing,” says Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, an industry group in Washington. She says more than 30 states have renewable storage on the grid. Utilities have proposed and states have approved 7 gigawatts to be installed by 2030.

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