FERC ruling a ‘significant step’ towards wholesale market participation for energy storage

A unanimous vote taken by the US regulator FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) which would allow energy storage and other distributed energy resources to play into wholesale markets has been hailed as a “significant step” forward.

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FPL deploys the US’ first DC-coupled grid-scale battery at Florida solar farm

Utility Florida Power & Light claims that a just-completed battery addition will increase output from a large-scale solar farm in its home state, thought to be the first time a DC-coupled solution has been used at this scale in the US.

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First Solar partners with Arizona utility for peak dispatch solar-plus-storage project

Vertically-integrated solar energy company First Solar will be involved in the first megawatt-scale battery system announced in Arizona since it was revealed the state could put a 3,000MW energy storage deployment target in place.

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Tesla’s PV installs continue rapid decline to 87MW in Q4 2017

Tesla reported another major decline in its residential solar installations for the fourth quarter of 2017, while a supply shortage for its residential energy storage system ‘Powerwall 2’ has created a customer backlog of solar and storage installs of more than one year.

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As hardware production ceases, S&C Electric’s focus is on system integration

A spokesman for S&C Electric has confirmed the company will no longer be producing its power conversion system (PCS) for energy storage systems but will remain in the market as a system integrator.

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Younicos repowers another US wind farm’s legacy energy storage system with lithium-ion batteries

Younicos will carry out another project to retrofit lithium-ion batteries in replacement for an existing lead acid battery system at a wind farm, this time in Hawaii.

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Arizona’s 3GW energy storage target, ‘Clean Peak plan’ part of a ‘wake up call’ to other states

A 3,000MW energy storage target, proposed in Arizona as part of a grid modernisation policy, recognises the role of the technology in reducing the need for fossil fuels to stabilise the grid, a consultant has said.

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California regulators at ‘essential starting point’ to enable revenue stacking

Steps taken in California to enable energy storage systems to provide multiple services and to ‘stack revenues’ are “an essential starting point” for the industry, the head of California’s Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) has said.

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Mercom: VC funding for battery storage almost doubled last year

VC funding for energy storage projects increased significantly, while debt and public market financing remained “steady” during 2017, Mercom Capital has found.

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Utility PPA secured for first community solar-plus-storage project in Massachusetts

The addition of energy storage has made a 1MW community rooftop solar project in Massachusetts viable, after a long-term PPA was secured with a local utility.

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