Energy Storage

Plug any old home into the Internet of Things.

Hello Lumin: Get to know this nifty smart circuit, energy management tool

January 27, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

PV systems are 25-year assets, and we probably don’t think enough about how long that is and what it means for a solar installation business. In the last 25 years, we’ve seen PV system prices plummet and energy efficiency become a home appliance expectation. We’re just at the start ofRead More

Hiding in plain sight: The case for rooftop batteries leading the next era of solar + storage

Hiding in plain sight: The case for rooftop batteries leading the next era of solar + storage

January 21, 2020 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Although self-evident in retrospect, game-changing innovations are rarely immediately obvious. Velcro bindings, wheelie suitcases, and the now-ubiquitous InstaPot are all modest examples of refinements to products that existed for decades before anyone thought, “Couldn’t this be better?” The drive for reliable renewably sourced energy is at a similar crossroad. AlthoughRead More

Funding

Battery storage funding leads the way in Mercom’s 2019 Storage, Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency activity report

January 20, 2020 at 3:01 pm Comments are Disabled

Funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity was down in the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors in 2019 compared to 2018, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. Chart: Global VC funding Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Global VC funding (venture capital, private equity,Read More

Humless adds a 4,000-cycle, 5 kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery to its lineup

Humless adds a 4,000-cycle, 5 kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery to its lineup

January 20, 2020 at 11:23 am 1 comment

Humless debuted a new 5-kWh Lithium Iron Phosphate 4,000-cycle battery in its line of energy storage solutions for home and commercial use. The Humless 5 kWh, based on Lithium Iron Phosphate technology, offers the longest life and minimum power loss of any similar Lithium battery on the market today. TheRead More

Sunnova expands into Colorado, New Hampshire and brings storage product to South Carolina

Sunnova expands into Colorado, New Hampshire and brings storage product to South Carolina

January 20, 2020 at 11:09 am Comments are Disabled

Sunnova Energy International continues to enter new states, announcing Colorado and New Hampshire last week. Sunnova also announced the expansion of its Sunnova SunSafe solar + battery storage system offering into the state of South Carolina, making the Palmetto State the 16th market where Sunnova now offers SunSafe. “We areRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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