With Tax Credits Extended, Will Wind Compete with, or Complement, Solar?

Congress’ approval late last year to extend tax credits to the wind and solar industries for an additional five years will have two big impacts. First, it will allow for steady continued market growth. Secondly, it will provide solar and wind technology and supply-chain improvement additional time to approach the levelized cost of energy of [...]

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Utilities Will Have Much to Tell About Their Grid-Performance Improvements—and Other Projections for 2016

EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has an interesting story to tell. It has many, in fact. In July 2012, citing just one example, the Chattanooga region experienced one of its largest-ever storms, causing power outages to about 80,000 homes and businesses. EPB automatically restored power to 53 percent of those affected through the use of recently [...]

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Energy Storage Summit Portends a Market Ready for Mainstream Adoption

Through Sept. 30, some 108 MW (94 MWh) of energy storage had been deployed in the U.S. alone this year, GTM Research data show. Compare that with the 38 MW/65 MWh deployed through the same period in 2014, and you can see why the excitement over energy storage is growing as fast as the market [...]

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For Utilities, Microgrids Provide Valuable ‘Security’ Zones

As we’ve reached mid-fall, weather has quickly been changing, creating a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, snow, sleet—even hurricanes and tornados. And with this instability, all of this varying weather has the potential to occur in the same region over the course of hours or days, creating particular difficulty for affected power utilities to [...]

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Extending Tax Incentives Just One Bright Move for Solar

At the recent Distributed Sun New Energy Conference in Washington, D.C., Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, spoke of the need to extend the 30% solar investment tax credit (ITC) to help the fledgling solar market achieve price parity with such legacy generation sources as oil, natural gas, and coal. [...]

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Energy Storage Is a Key Ingredient for All Microgrids

Recently I read where microgrids that generate half their power from solar supposedly don’t need energy storage. It might be true that they don’t need energy storage, but any microgrid developer that fails to include it in a photovoltaic (PV) project will miss out on a wide range of significant functional benefits that would help [...]

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