THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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Enphase Energy Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2020

Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, announced today financial results for the second quarter of 2020, which included the summary below from its President and CEO, Badri Kothandaraman. We reported revenue of $125.5 million in the second quarter…

The Company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter technology and produces a fully integrated solar-plus-storage solution. Enphase has shipped more than 28 million microinverters, and over 1.2 million Enphase systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries.


Climate explained: could electric car batteries feed power back into the grid?

You could charge your electric vehicle (EV) with solar photovoltaic panels (or any other means), and if the EV is not used, the stored energy could be pushed back into the grid, especially during hours of peak demand for electricity when market prices are high. This is known as vehicle-to-grid technology and is seen as the future as we move…


Sun Belle facility completes first of two solar energy projects

Sun Belle Inc. has installed a roof-top solar energy system at its Maryland distribution center, with the capacity to offset more than 35% of its energy needs. The 450 kW solar array system at the 64,000-square-foot Jessup, Md., center covers 33,500 square feet of the roof area, generating enough energy to power 48 homes, according to a news release…

Sun Belle’s investment in rooftop solar capitalizes an underutilized asset — the rooftop of their facility. They have converted this warehouse roof space to a small power plant that can produce clean energy while saving money. It’s a win-win scenario.

Fariborz Majhouiri, Aurora Energy CEO

Green energy and better crops: Tinted solar panels on greenhouses

By allowing farmers to diversify their portfolio, this novel system could offer financial protection from fluctuations in market prices or changes in demand, and mitigate risks associated with an unreliable climate. On a larger scale it could vastly increase capacity for solar-powered electricity generation without compromising agricultural production…

For high-value crops like basil, the value of the electricity generated just compensates for the loss in biomass production caused by the tinted solar panels. But when the value of the crop was lower, like spinach, there was a significant financial advantage to this novel agrivoltaic technique.

Dr Paolo Bombelli, a researcher in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Biochemistry

Enel X: NA Battery storage deployment up 22% over 2019

According to data supplied by Enel X, energy storage resources are being used five times as much this year as they were last year to help reduce peak electricity demand across New York, California, Massachusetts and Ontario this summer. Enel X helps C&I customers reduce energy and make money via utility demand response programs by…


BP built its business on oil and gas. Now climate change is taking it apart.

With climate change bearing down on the planet and the novel coronavirus upending the fossil fuel business, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies on Tuesday mapped out how it plans to navigate the next decade by radically cutting back on its oil and gas business. The London-based BP said that it will transform itself by halting…

This makes BP the first supermajor to spell out, in detail, what the energy transition will actually entail, in practical terms.

Pavel Molchanov, senior energy analyst for the investment firm Raymond James

Google owner issues largest corporate sustainability bond in history

Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has issued $5.75bn (£4.4bn) in sustainability bonds, in what it claims is the largest sustainability or green bond issued by a corporation to date. While the proceeds from green bonds are typically used to fund projects which minimise a company’s environmental footprint, sustainability bonds cover social…


New York is spending $1 billion to help residents conserve energy — and lower their bills

As summer heatwaves converge with a surging pandemic and an impending economic collapse, energy-efficient homes are becoming particularly critical to Americans’ well-being. Millions now face tough choices when it comes to energy usage: The longer they stay home to stay safe from both scorching heat and COVID-19, the higher their utility…

We must ensure that all New Yorkers have access to clean energy and are not left behind in the transition to a green economy, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities who most directly feel the harmful impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.

Governor Cuomo

Transactive Energy Systems for Reliability

It can be hard work developing material with volunteer groups but the SEPA Transactive Energy (TE) working group is developing some interesting products. It is only possible due to the time and dedication of our members who take time out of their busy schedules to help us to push the boundaries of TE thought leadership even further…


Southern California Edison to Test Using Price Signals with DERs

Southern California Edison will use transactive energy management software from Opus One Solutions to improve the dispatch of distributed solar panels using price signals. Opus, a startup based in Toronto, Canada, says its software combines a market management system with a participant interface to engage customers and establish operating…


15 ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANIES BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

Environmental sustainability is one of the most pressing needs of our time. With threats like global warming, rising sea levels, and frequent wildfires, it’s no wonder so many of us feel paralyzed about what to do next. But it’s not all doom and gloom, there are already people in the tech world whose plans for achieving a better future are already underway…


Wall Street Virtual Green Summit Week Announced for October 5 to 9

The Wall Street Green Summit will be held online from Monday October 5, 2020 to Friday October 9, 2020 as a virtual event. The Summit will be held on Zoom each day of that week from 11am to 1pm Eastern Time with 30 speakers over 5 days. The Summit now has a new business partner and new conference website at…


South African chemicals producer seeks bids for 20 MW of PV

South Africa-based chemicals producer Sasol has kicked off a request for proposals (RFP) process to seek independent power producers for two PV plants that will power its operations in Secunda, Mpumalanga province, and Sasolburg, Free State province. Interested independent power producers have until Oct. 2 to submit their proposals…


What Is Next For Energy Storage Technology?

2019 was another blockbuster year for energy storage deployment. One question seems to stay at the forefront: When will we see a real competitor to lithium-ion? While there is no clear front-runner today to knock lithium-ion off its podium, there are many technologies that have the potential to be the next breakthrough…


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