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October 08, 2019

Sungrow Energy Storage System Contracted for Massachusetts Solar+Storage Portfolio

Inverter supplier Sungrow has signed a contract to supply its fully integrated energy storage system to a 15-MW/32-MWh solar-plus-storage project in Massachusetts. The project will participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets after completion and is one of the first solar-plus-storage offerings to contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, setting the benchmark for Massachusetts’ solar-plus-storage projects.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 08, 2019

State of Charge: Five Things to Know About the Energy Storage Market Heading into 2020

The U.S. energy storage market is growing tremendously. Indeed, IHS Markit projects that over 40 GW of energy storage capacity will be installed by 2022, starting from a base of only 0.34 GW installed in 2012 and 2013. This growth of the U.S. energy storage market is driven by several commercial and regulatory factors, including an increase in recent utility-scale power purchase agreements, declining costs of lithium-ion batteries, the availability of state and, to a certain extent, federal incentives for solar + storage projects. Here are the five main factors guiding the market heading into 2020.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 08, 2019

Guam Awards ENGIE 50MWp Solar Project with 300MWh of Storage Attached

Engie has been hired by Guam’s state electricity utility to build two solar-plus-storage plants with a combined capacity of 50MWp/300MWh on the Pacific island. The firm scooped up the project duo in the third round of Guam’s competitive renewable tender program after submitting the lowest bid. The plants will deliver more than 85GWh annually and are scheduled to be operational by 2022, according to Engie.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 08, 2019

Massachusetts' Clean Peak Standard Is 'Common Sense' that Should Spread Across America

The recent flurry of energy storage project announcements from Massachusetts have been driven in part by a “common sense” approach to tackling the dirtiest impacts of fossil fuel generation. Massachusetts was identified by research firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables as one of the leading US states to have “laid the groundwork for supportive storage policies” in recent years, along with New York. Both states, Wood Mackenzie expect, will witness project developments that will contribute to ”substantial growth” US-wide in the early 2020s.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 04, 2019

Oregon Utility Partners with Cities to Achieve Resiliency with Microgrids

Beaverton is the second Oregon city that will embrace microgrids for resiliency, working with utility Portland General Electric (PGE), which says it plans additional partnerships with cities. PGE’s microgrid projects are designed in part to provide resiliency if and when an earthquake hits the Oregon coast. The city of Beaverton will own their new emergency operations center, 300 kW of solar PV, and a 1,000 kW diesel standby generator. PGE will own the 250 kW storage system, which it will use, when available, for frequency control

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Energy Storage in the News

October 04, 2019

'Germany's Largest' EV Battery-Powered Stationary Storage System Will Give Grid Flexibility

A battery storage project using second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries is set to be built in Germany, with an aim of developing an installed capacity of 20MW. The project is being billed as the largest stationary electricity storage system using EV batteries in Germany, following on from an initial 45MW project in France. The stationary storage system is to be built using EV batteries compiled in containers, using both second-life batteries and new batteries stored for future use in standard replacement during after-sales operations.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 03, 2019

PacifiCorp Plans More Solar And Storage, Less Coal

PacifiCorp has released a draft of its long-term energy plan, which continues investments in new wind generation and transmission while adding significant new solar and storage resources. In total, the plan includes approximately 7 GW of new renewable energy and storage by 2025. It calls for nearly 600 MW of battery storage by 2025 and more than 2,800 MW of battery storage by 2038.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 02, 2019

US Energy Storage R&D Legislation Receives Approval in 'Another Milestone'

A legislative package for energy storage research and development (R&D) has been welcomed by the US Energy Storage Association, after receiving approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. An amended version of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act was last week approved by the committee after having been introduced in May alongside the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019.

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September 30, 2019

Redrawing the Network Map: Energy Storage as Virtual Transmission

Energy storage offers a powerful and flexible tool for boosting efficiency and relieving congestion on transmission networks. Fluence’s white paper, ‘Redrawing the Network Map: Energy Storage as Virtual Transmission,’ discusses how to advance storage as a transmission asset and to understand how energy storage can be used to add capacity on transmission networks, enabling network companies to defer or replace transmission upgrades.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 30, 2019

Solar, and Solar Plus Storage Records *Possibly/Probably* Set in California

Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) has announced two power purchase agreements with an average price of 2.2¢/kWh. While the exact pricing on either of the two projects was withheld, it is probable both of these projects have set pricing records for the United States.

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