Energy Storage

Eliminate small commercial demand charges with just solar and Extensible’s new HardCap feature

Eliminate small commercial demand charges with just solar and Extensible’s new HardCap feature

January 15, 2020 at 10:58 am 0 comments

Extensible Energy has released new features for DemandEx, its demand charge reduction software that works without energy storage. The most notable improvement is HardCap, an intelligent algorithm that automatically blocks demand spikes over a pre-set kilowatt level. When enabled, HardCap allows small solar PV buildings to limit demand spikes andRead More

Panasonic's EverVolt is one of several heavyweight contenders vying for the residential solar + storage market.

Solar + storage roundup: All the single-vendor systems and strategic partnerships from the last few months

January 14, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Along with the doubling of the U.S. residential solar + storage market last year, new system providers have cropped up like spring weeds, helping to make the consumer decision about which to select a more difficult proposition. Many of these new providers are banking on well-known brands, strategic acquisitions andRead More

U.S. Department of Energy promotes domestic energy storage with new Grand Challenge

U.S. Department of Energy promotes domestic energy storage with new Grand Challenge

January 9, 2020 at 9:17 am 0 comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced the launch of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage. The Grand Challenge builds on the $158 million Advanced Energy Storage Initiative announcedRead More

Wanna drop lead-acid? Everything you need to know to replace a lead-acid battery bank with LFP batteries

Wanna drop lead-acid? Everything you need to know to replace a lead-acid battery bank with LFP batteries

January 6, 2020 at 2:02 pm 0 comments

For homeowners who live off-grid, prepping for winter weather and months with lower solar production means ensuring that their solar+energy storage system is able to produce enough power to endure long, cold nights and periods of inclement weather. Most off-grid systems rely on flooded lead acid (FLA) batteries to provideRead More

Sunnova, bullish on 2020 sales, announces safe harbor purchase and debt facilities to spur growth

Sunnova, bullish on 2020 sales, announces safe harbor purchase and debt facilities to spur growth

December 31, 2019 at 8:06 am 0 comments

Sunnova Energy International Inc. closed an aggregate $150 million in financing through an approximately $95 million revolving asset-based loan facility and a private placement of $55 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes. Sunnova will be using this capital to grow its customer count and battery storage sales, asRead More

The 19 best Solar Builder articles from 2019

The 19 best Solar Builder articles from 2019

December 31, 2019 at 8:06 am 0 comments

Looking back at 2019, if I had to pick a pun moniker for the solar industry (and I do), it wasn’t so much a ‘solar-coaster’ as it was a ‘solar derby.’ Established companies, technologies and ideas were all bashing into each other, forming alliances and finding other competitive edges toRead More

Blue Planet Energy offering $500 rebate on its battery system in response to California power shutoffs

Blue Planet Energy offering $500 rebate on its battery system in response to California power shutoffs

December 17, 2019 at 8:50 am 0 comments

Blue Planet Energy has responded to California’s energy crisis, spurred by recent wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) events, with a sales incentive for battery backup systems for home and business owners. Fire-safe Blue Ion 2.0 batteries from Blue Planet Energy enable power from different generation sources, like solarRead More

New York State to build a large energy facility instead of a previously planned fossil fuel plant

New York State to build a large energy facility instead of a previously planned fossil fuel plant

December 16, 2019 at 9:53 am 0 comments

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority signed a contract with Lincoln Park DG LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GlidePath Power Solutions (GlidePath), to build a 20-megawatt storage project in the Town of Ulster, replacing previously planned projects that would have used fossil fuels to generate power forRead More

Generac’s PWRcell residential storage solution is now ready to order

Generac’s PWRcell residential storage solution is now ready to order

December 9, 2019 at 3:18 pm 1 comment

Generac Power Systems announced that it’s highly anticipated battery storage system and home energy management solution is now available to order by its distribution partners and dealers. Units will begin shipping immediately. If you missed it, here’s our in-depth feature on the company’s strategy for growing this segment. “We’re proudRead More

The power shutoff sales pitch: A plan for solar installers selling storage in California’s PSPS zones

The power shutoff sales pitch: A plan for solar installers selling storage in California’s PSPS zones

December 9, 2019 at 11:09 am 0 comments

  The wildfires and resulting (and ongoing) public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) are leaving thousands of Californians without power and searching for answers. As a solar installer, you are in a prime spot to provide some of those answers in the form of backup storage. “Solar system owners in CaliforniaRead More