Tigo Powers Solar-Battery, Off-Grid Home

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Solar

Tigo Energy along with PV installer Renewable Energy Services (RES) has developed one of the largest residential solar microgrid installations in the world located on the Bakkan Hale property in Hawaii. Earl Bakken, inventor of the first battery-powered pacemaker and founder of Medtronic, is behind the solar-battery project that will be equipped with 176kW ground mounted PV moduels powered by …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Solar

Green Charge Networks & ChargePoint Partner

Joanna Schroeder Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy Storage

Green Charge Networks and ChargePoint have forged a partnership in the electric vehicle (EV) space. The two companies will combine EV charging with EV charging stations. The companies cite combining energy storage with EV charging will eliminate the high cost of demand charges caused by spikes in power usage. This challenge is oftentimes a barrier for EV charging installation. “We …

Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy Storage

Koolbridge’s Smart Load Tech Heads to NCCETC

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Smart Grid, Solar, Video

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University has signed a five-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with North Carolina-based Koolbridge Solar, Inc. NCCETC will work with Koolbridge to test their Smart Load Center technology, a smart circuit breaker panel for integrating a photovoltaic and energy storage system with a home’s or commercial building’s loads and …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Smart Grid, Solar, Video

Yellowstone Distributed Energy Project Powers Up

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Electricity, energy efficiency, Energy Storage, Solar

Old hybrid batteries have a new home on the range. Toyota has flipped the switch on a project that is reusing 200 old battery packs from Toyota Camry hybirds. The Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, now not only features buffalo, but an innovative distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with re-used Camry Hybrid battery …

Alternative energy, Electricity, energy efficiency, Energy Storage, Solar

Black & Veatch Commission Microgrid

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Geothermal, Microgrid, Natural Gas, Solar

Black & Veatch has commissioned its new microgrid system that provides power to the Rodman Innovation Pavilion located at the company’s Kansas World Headquarters. The microgrid uses a combination of natural gas, solar energy, geothermal and battery storage, and is the first of its kind in the state. It can operate as an independent power source or in support of …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Geothermal, Microgrid, Natural Gas, Solar

Tesla Partners with College of Marin

Joanna Schroeder automotive, Clean Energy, Energy Storage, Solar

During a presentation at Tesla Design Studios in Los Angeles the company unveiled a new Tesla battery that has home, commercial and utility-scale storage applications. College of Marin is the first community college to partner with Tesla to install the new battery storage products on campus. The college received $5.3 million in government incentives to help cover the costs of …

automotive, Clean Energy, Energy Storage, Solar

Utilities Show Appetite for Solar & Energy Storage

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Solar, Utilities

A new paper released from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that North American utility companies focused on two sectors in 2014: advanced energy storage and solar. Analysts tracked 52 clean energy requests for proposals (RFPs) released in 2014, and found that solar dominated the field with more than 27 RFPs, and that Western states sought the most …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Solar, Utilities

Green Charge Networks & Flextronics Partner

Joanna Schroeder Energy Storage, Utilities

Green Charge Networks has partnered with Flextronics to provide “on-demand” manufacturing of Green Charge’s GreenStation intelligent energy storage system at its customer innovation center in Milpitas, California.  The company says California’s investor-owned utilities are seeking to deploy energy storage solutions at an accelerated rate. This includes energy storage capacity installed “behind the meter” on-site at commercial and industrial companies, a …

Energy Storage, Utilities

SolarReserve Flips the Switch on South African Solar Project

Joanna Schroeder Electricity, Energy Storage, International, Renewable Energy, Solar

SolarReserve has flipped the switch on what they call the largest solar project in South Africa. The 96 MW Jasper solar power project completed construction two months early and is producing at full capacity. The solar farm is located in South Africa’s Northern Cape in a solar park that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project which came …

Electricity, Energy Storage, International, Renewable Energy, Solar

Green Charge Networks Closes $56M Capital Raise

Joanna Schroeder Electricity, energy efficiency, Energy Storage

Green Charge Networks has closed a $56 million capital raise. K Road DG is providing funding and strategic management services to the company to enable them to accelerate deployment of GreenStation, under Green Charge’s Power Efficiency Agreement (PEASM). According to the company, the funding round is the largest amount of capital raised by any company in the intelligent energy storage …

Electricity, energy efficiency, Energy Storage