Solar Energy Storage and Battery News

Johnson Controls partners with Capital Dynamics to increase funding for solar or battery storage projects
Johnson Controls announced a partnership with Capital Dynamics to increase the amount of capital available for customers in North America working on solar or battery storage projects. The agreement will grant easier access to funding for Johnson Controls customers using a Power Purchase Agreement for projects of varying sizes, starting at $1 million, by aggregating them into a larger portfolio of projects.
Aug 26, 2019 // Storage, Capital Dynamics, storage, North America, Johnson Controls, Brandie Williams, Benoit Allehaut
Major solar-plus-storage project greenlit in New South Wales
After a long wait, RES has received state development approval for a major 200MW/10MW solar-plus-storage facility in New South Wales.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Australia, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, new south wales, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Tarleigh Park farm, Curra Warra farm
Indian university to operate solar microgrid pilots
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has issued an expression of interest to set up three solar-backed microgrid projects in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The deadline for submissions for prospective developers is Aug. 30.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, India, Asia, Indian Institute of Technology, microgrid, Uttar Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd., Synergy Systems and Solutions
North Carolina energy plan looks to clear remaining regulatory hurdles for solar
Existing solar power policies in North Carolina will go under review as part of the state’s draft Clean Energy Plan. Published last week, it includes the retirement of 4GW of coal and the proposal of measures to drive renewable energy more broadly as well as boosting EV adoption in the US state.
Aug 21, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, North Carolina, solar pv, ssfusa, Duke Energy, Clean Energy Plan, boosting EV, Stephen De May, North America
MoU for vanadium redox flow battery collaboration in Australia
Australian Vanadium and Metrowest Power Systems have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to look at energy storage opportunities in Australia using vanadium redox flow battery technology.
Aug 21, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, Australia, Oceania, Vanadium and Metrowest Power Systems, memorandum, vanadium redox flow battery, EPC Metrowest Power Systems, VSUN Energy, Vincent Algar, VRFB, CellCube Energy Storage Systems, Pangea Energy, Pangea Storage Project
ANZ, CEFC deepen ties to help businesses invest in PV, EVs, storage
Australian banking and financial services giant ANZ has extended its collaboration with Sydney-based Clean Energy Finance Corp. via an additional $67.7 million financing commitment to help the nation’s businesses cut energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. The bank is also offering financial discounts for upgrades and new investments in solar PV, energy storage, electric vehicles and other technologies.
Aug 21, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, Australia, rooftop, solar pv, Sydney, Oceania, Clean Energy Finance Corp., ANZ, Isaac Rankin, Energy Efficient Asset Finance program, Ian Learmonth
Mali launches tender for solar-plus-storage
The country’s agency for rural electrification is seeking proposals for a 1.3 MW solar project and a 1.5 MW/2 MWh storage system.
Aug 21, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, solar-plus-storage, Africa, Mali, Amader, Islamic Development Bank, Akuo Kita Solar
Is a California solar+storage boom about to happen?
The California Independent System Operator has warned state regulators that there could be a 4.7 GW capacity shortfall in 2022, in the early evening hours of the annual peak demand events of September. The grid operator has suggested the alteration of water cooling laws, as well as increased procurement of resources.
Aug 21, 2019 // Storage, Grids, Solar, California, USA, California Independent System Operator, grid operator, California Public Utilities Commission
Olympics power firm Aggreko challenged to cut carbon
The global firm which helps keep the lights on at the Olympics and Glastonbury music festival says it is being challenged by customers to cut carbon.
Aug 17, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Solar, storage, Aggreko, carbon, Robert Wells
UPC/AC Renewables invest in 550 MW of pumped hydro and solar in Australia
AC Renewables, the energy arm of Philippines’ Ayala Corp, and Australia’s UPC Renewables have agreed to buy 51% in a 250 MW pumped hydro project and a neighboring 300 MW solar project, both located in South Australia.
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, Australia, AC Renewables, UPC Renewables, pumped hydro project, Bridle Track Solar Farm, Rise Renewables, PHES plant, Anton Rohner, Brer Adams
Lithium-ion batteries still set for US tariffs on September 1
The energy storage market is set to be the latest affected by Trump’s trade war as lithium-ion batteries were excluded from the group of Chinese imports for which the U.S. president announced tariffs would be delayed until December 15.
Aug 16, 2019 // Storage, Tariffs, Policy, USA, storage, TESLA, China, Trump, lithium-ion, Energy Storage Association, Nevada Gigafactory
Sunnova partners with PetersenDean Roofing ahead of California residential solar mandate
US solar and battery storage service giant Sunnova is partnering with roofing and solar contractor PetersenDean Roofing & Solar to help Californians prepare for the state’s new residential solar law.
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Storage, California, USA, storage, Sunnova, PetersenDean Roofing & Solar
Montana Developer Ready to Build Modern-Day Pumped Hydro Storage
Absaroka Energy and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners plan to update an old storage technology for the 21st century. All they need is a customer.
Aug 14, 2019 // Storage, USA, storage, Absaroka Energy, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Montana, Carl Borgquist
Australia’s CEFC teams up with bank to fund solar, EV batteries
Australia’s green bank has found a funding partner for a new programme to support solar and electric vehicle (EV) batteries, days after pledging to back less-mature technologies more decisively.
Aug 14, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, storage, Australia, Clean Energy Finance Corp, rooftop, Oceania
‘New and strange properties’ provide a boost to energy storage
MIT scientists have developed a class of liquid electrolyte with properties they say could open up new possibilities for improving the performance and stability of lithium batteries and supercapacitors.
Aug 14, 2019 // Technology, Storage, storage, MIT, T. Alan Hatton, Xianwen Mao