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Utility Adds 2.5 MW Of Demand Response Capabilities With Very Unusual “Batteries”

November 2nd, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) recently added 2.5MW of grid services to its grid, allowing it to store energy during peak solar and wind production periods, and did so without any traditional batteries, flywheels, or pumped hydro. Even better, the hardware required is very minimal, and in fact, most of it already exists in every residential grid in the world


Heat (The Elephant In The Room)

October 30th, 2019 | by Gerard Reid

I came across a very interesting statistic the other day from the IEA's Renewables 2018 report. The statistic is that 50% of total energy consumption globally is used for the production of heat for our homes, industry, and other applications


Solar+Storage Killer App From DR Microgrid (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

October 16th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

One of the stealth technologies that was unveiled at the recent Solar Power International trade show in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago is the plug-and-play solar+storage+nanogrid solution from start-up DR Microgrid, of Santa Ana, CA. It looks like a killer app because it is the only other system of its kind on the US market except that of Sonnen, which is more expensive, says DR Microgrid President AJ Perkins


Electricity Resilience In Florida: Hurricane Dorian vs. Tesla Powerwall

September 28th, 2019 | by Danny Parker

As a researcher at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa, Florida, I’ve lived with hurricanes my entire professional career. Each year is like a bad lottery since Florida is a hurricane magnet. Given the paths of past hurricanes, there’s plenty of reason for concern. Living in the state in September suggests a shooting gallery experience — with these hits by major storms, but a lot of near misses


The Span Panel Makes Adding Solar & Storage A Plug & Play Affair

September 19th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Span.IO is bringing intelligence to the home base of a home's electrical system with a new smart electrical panel that was designed from the ground up with home solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, and smart home tech in mind. The product was envisioned, designed, and engineered by a team of former Tesla engineers that brought the Powerwall to market, led by Tesla's former Head of Product, Arch Rao


Tesla Dealer Loophole Ideas

September 14th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Tesla is not allowed to sell its cars in some states of the USA. That is, it can't open "dealerships." Sometimes, even service centers are prohibited. That is unfortunate for Tesla and its (prospective) customers. But as many people are aware, all laws have loopholes


An Inside Look At The Components That Go Into A Tesla Solar Roof Installation

August 8th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

July ushered in the start of the real action for our Tesla solar roof, as the installation kicked into high gear. The first materials arrived at the house and the team prepared to install the solar roof on our new home. Before we get into the installation, let's talk about the components that make up of one of Tesla's solar roofs


Solar Modeling & Monitoring Granularity Boost Efficiency

August 6th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The days of over-designing and over-building solar power plants to make up for unforeseen generation losses are gone. This is largely thanks to the emerging solar strategy of pursuing every tenth of a percent of system performance by better understanding the impact of equipment specifications, plant monitoring, and maintenance on the Performance Ratio, and therefore on the bottom line


The Bosch Phantom Quickly Provides Home & Business Energy Insights

July 31st, 2019 | by Kyle Field

At CES this year, Bosch showcased a new energy analysis tool called the Phantom. It is a small device not much larger than a Raspberry Pi, but it packs an oversized toolkit that Bosch believes can help owners identify opportunities to save money on their electric bills


Electric Vehicles, Renewables, & The Changing World Dynamic

June 22nd, 2019 | by Robert Dee

Every time someone buys or leases an EV, fossil fuel's stranglehold lessens. That's the cost differentiation between EVs and ICEs. The individual benefit, as I am enjoying, is autonomy and the opportunity to have free electricity for cars and homes. EVs are thinking people's cars, yes, and it takes planning and work, but we'll have a better life and planet for it



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