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New Community Solar Projects Deliver Affordable Green Energy to Local Homes and Businesses

Nelnet Renewable Energy, a Nelnet company specializing in community solar subscriber acquisition and management services, today announced that they will manage services for five new community solar projects planned or under construction that will provide a total of 20 MW of local, clean energy – and energy cost savings – to customers in…

With community solar, there are no start-up costs, so people of all ages and demographics can afford to make a positive change for the environment. Plus, there’s the added benefit of monthly energy cost savings for those who subscribe to local projects.

Jeff Noordhoek, chief executive officer of Nelnet

New York Issues Largest Green Energy Solicitation In U.S.

New York has requested proposals to expand its wind and solar power capacity by 4,000 megawatts. That’s the largest renewable energy solicitation in the U.S. The new plans call for $400 million in green energy projects, including a 2,500-megawatt expansion to the offshore wind farms to the south and east of Long Island. Doreen Harris with the New York…


Microsoft Joins Transform to Net Zero Coalition, Moves on Green Energy

Microsoft and other major companies launched the Transform to Net Zero initiative this week with the goal to accelerate progress toward a net-zero-carbon-emissions future. Coalition members — A P. Moller-Maersk, Danone, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Natura, Nike, Starbucks, Unilever, and Wipro — also pledged to achieve net-zero emissions no…

No one company can address the climate crisis alone. That’s why leading companies are developing and sharing best practices, research, and learnings to help everyone move forward.

Microsoft President Brad Smith

Redflow batteries to add VPP capabilities

As digitalization continues to grow within generation, distribution and transmission, Brisbane-based battery supplier Redflow has upped the ante on its smart grid capabilities. Under a new collaboration with Melbourne-based smart energy system company carbonTRACK, Redflow zinc-bromine flow batteries will be beefed with virtual…

This delivers an important strategic capability by enabling Redflow batteries to become a part of a broader suite of energy assets that can be efficiently monitored, coordinated and controlled. The investment we have made in our Battery Management System (BMS) is a critical enabler which will allow us to deliver VPP capability with carbonTRACK.

Redflow Managing Director and CEO Tim Harris

Elon Musk says Tesla Energy set to be as big as electric vehicle business

Elon Musk said Tesla’s energy business will end up as big as its flagship automotive arm, as its Megapack utility-scale battery operation turned profitable. Tesla launched Megapack last year as its commercial entry to the grid-level storage market, with each unit offering up to 3MWh of storage. The US group said Megapack was profitable in the…

I think long term, Tesla Energy will be roughly the same size as Tesla Automotive. How big is the energy sector? Bigger than automotive.

CEO Musk

InterChange to Install Largest Solar Power System at any Cold Storage Warehouse in Virginia

InterChange Group has signed an agreement with Secure Futures Solar of Staunton to install and operate solar panels on its new cold storage warehouse in Mt. Crawford, located just south of Harrisonburg. The facility’s solar array will generate a total capacity of 1.3 megawatts of power, more than any solar power system installed at a cold storage…


Ukraine to install first grid battery

Ukraine energy company DTEK is working with Honeywell to implement the country’s first utility-scale battery storage pilot. The 1MW/1.5 megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery will be installed at DTEK’s Zaporizhzhya power plant. The system will be installed and commissioned during 2020 and 2021. The battery storage system, based on Honeywell’s Experion…


Sell energy back to the grid? Future Audi EVs might allow this

Audi is investigating the potential for vehicle-to-grid charging systems for its future electric cars. Working with energy infrastructure company Hager Group, Audi has developed an E-Tron Sportback prototype capable of vehicle-to-grid charging. The prototype is being used to test how energy stored in an EV’s battery could be sold back to…


Opus One Solutions deploys first transactive energy management software at Southern California Edison for a DOE demonstration project

Opus One Solutions, a leading provider of transactive and distributed energy management software, announced today an agreement to deploy its GridOS Transactive Energy Management System (TEMS) for a demonstration at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. This is the first transactive…

Utilities need a way to effectively accommodate more clean, distributed energy on their grids as the push for decarbonization of the industry accelerates. A market-based approach, which brings time-varying prices to resources based on their location, helps achieve these goals while opening up new revenue streams for utilities and their customers.

Mark Hormann, Vice President, US Sales at Opus One Solutions

2019 Microgrid Installations Reach Record High

According to new research from Wood Mackenzie, 546 microgrids were installed in the U.S. during 2019 – more than during any previous year. Three organizations – PowerSecure, Enchanted Rock and The American Red Cross – installed a combined 67% of these projects. Though the systems installed by PowerSecure and Enchanted Rock were…

Most of the systems installed last year were below 5 MW. This is part of a larger trend we are seeing. The market has shifted from being led by projects above 5 MW pre-2017 to smaller systems starting in 2017.

Isaac Maze-Rothstein, a Wood Mackenzie research analyst and author of the report

New Japanese-backed solar company bets on Mexican energy market

Kiwapower, a new Japanese-backed Mexican solar company, said on Wednesday it hopes to build scores of small-scale solar plants in the next two years that could generate investment of tens of millions of dollars as it enters the Mexican energy market. Financed by Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp and Mexican firm Becquerel Capital…

I think if we do 100 to 200 plants in the next two years we’ll be very happy.

founding partner Santiago Morales

UTE Joins Energy Web to Transform Energy Sector with Blockchain

In its efforts to become a global leader in digital innovation and rapid energy-sector decarbonization, Uruguay’s grid operator Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE) has announced its partnership with Energy Web (EW). The partnership will allow UTE to leverage the blockchain-based solutions offered by Energy Web…


Lithium Australia’s Soluna achieves first battery storage sales, LieNA® closer to commercialization

Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has reported first sales and installations of the Soluna Australia battery storage systems, with managing director Adrian Griffin claiming the systems are the most advanced available within Australia. The company’s 50% owned Soluna Australia received its first product shipment earlier this month, allowing sales and…

Through the ability to recover additional lithium from waste streams, the mining cost is spread over significantly higher production tonnages.

managing director Adrian Griffin

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