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Solar-Home Systems & Mini-Grids: Same, Same But Different!

September 4th, 2019 | by The Beam

SHS are micro-power plants with integrated energy storage that provide electricity to individual buildings or households. SHS typically provide DC power that can be used without any problems for lamps and mobile phone charging. For newly electrified households, these are typically the main power needs. The electricity from SHS is not fully comparable to AC power that we know in developed countries


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


Tesla Energy Goes Mega

July 29th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Less than two years ago, Tesla built and installed the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in Hornsdale, South Australia, using Tesla Powerpack batteries. Since then, the facility saved nearly $40 million in its first year alone and helped to stabilize and balance the region’s unreliable grid


Value Of Solar Debate Accelerates In Minnesota

June 5th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The cumulative value of residential solar installations for utilities is comprised of two different parts: the generation of electricity to the grid, and the avoided cost of building new generation. While the former is fairly straightforward and owners are compensated through net metering or other rate schemes, the latter is difficult to assess and thus far homeowners have received little compensation


CleanSpark Tunes Up Microgrid Design & Operation

May 29th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

CleanSpark, based in San Diego, is a microgrid manager, using intelligent analytics for design and decision making, along with advanced controls for 24/7 operations. The company began testing its solution on a local residential system that was located just far enough off the grid that the utility would have made interconnection a very expensive option


Energy Resilience In The Roaring Fork Valley

May 21st, 2019 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

On the evening of July 3, 2018, a wildfire broke out a half mile from the Rocky Mountain Institute office in Basalt, Colorado, in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley. This fire—dubbed the Lake Christine Fire—spread to engulf more than 12,500 acres and came within minutes of shutting down power to the upper Roaring Fork Valley



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