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Dispatchable solar coming to Kaua’i

Publication: PV Magazine

When we at pv magazine look at places that are pushing the limits of what solar can do, there is no place that we look to like Kaua’i.

Sure, there are small islands and off-grid facilities where all needs are met with solar and batteries, and there are larger regions (California comes to mind) that also integrate relatively high levels of solar on the grid. But for the combination of the portion of demand met with solar (nearly 23% in 2017) and the scale (562 square miles, 66,000 residents), there is no place that we know of that has pushed the envelope as much as Kaua’i.

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East Hampton Moving Closer to Completion of Solar Farm

Publication: CBS New York

Long Island Town’s Goal Is To Have 100 Percent Of Community-Wide Electricity Needs Supplied By Renewable Energy Sources

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A large solar farm on Long Island’s South Fork is close to completion. That means residents in one town are closer to their clean energy goals. One particular two-acre parcel of land was once a dumping ground for East Hampton’s brush. Now, it’s a key piece in the town’s multi-year plan to have 100 percent of community-wide electricity needs supplied by renewable energy sources.

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Energy Storage Proves Key to Delivering Natural Gas Advantages

Publication: Market Watch

Southern California Edison and General Electric recently retrofitted a 50 megawatt (MW) gas turbine with a 10 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). The system now has faster response, both starting and ramping. In 2017, American Electric Power and the Finnish company Wartsila added a 4 MW BESS to a hydroelectric plant. New revenues are generated with the faster response in the PJM market for two forms of ancillary services, having closed the gap for responsiveness to command signals.

In 2018, AES Corporation won a power purchase agreement (PPA) tender from Southern California Edison for 1,284 MW of combined cycle capacity with 100 MW of BESS capacity. Greater performance from the system allowed lower PPA prices. The combined cycle plant is expected to come online in 2020, with the BESS to follow in 2021. Projected reductions in capital
costs for the BESS enabled this success.

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Energy for a Changing World

Publication: CEO-NA

For Andres Gluski, CEO of energy player AES, technology is the key to future success.

When Andres Gluski took over as president and CEO of The AES Corporation (AES) in 2011, the Arlington, Virginia-based energy company had a reputation as one of the best builders and operators of coal plants in the world.

Seven years later, amid rapid transformations within both the industry and the company itself, AES is a cutting-edge provider of all types of energy as well as a global leader in technology and innovation.

Indeed, this ongoing evolution was precisely the opportunity Gluski was attracted to when he first took charge.

I saw that AES was a rather unique company in terms of the markets that it covered,” Gluski says. “It truly was an international company. And I saw a unique opportunity to really focus the company, make it more efficient, and also move it into leading technologies and integrate them into our operations.”

AES is a Fortune 500 company that generates and distributes electrical power in fifteen countries and employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide.

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Solar, hydro power make for big increase in clean power usage at St. Lawrence University in Canton

Publication: North Country Now

CANTON — St. Lawrence University has entered into a new long-term solar energy agreement which will significantly increase the amount of clean energy used to power the campus.

St. Lawrence has partnered with AES Distributed Energy and agreed to a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 2.9 megawatt photovoltaic (PV) solar system just outside of Watertown. The PV system, which came online July 18, is expected to produce more than 3 million kilowatt hours per year of clean and renewable energy for the next 20 years.

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As Economics Improve, Solar Shines in Rural America

Publication: IEEE Spectrum A five-year effort by electric cooperatives to expand the use of solar energy in rural parts of the United States is coming to a successful conclusion. Under the Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) program, which was run by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) under a cost share arrangement with the U.S. Energy Department, rural electric co-ops are on track to own or buy 1 gigawatt of solar power generation capacity by 2019. As of April, more than 120 co-ops had at least one solar project on line. Of those, half said they have plans to add more solar generating capacityThe accomplishment is no small feat. The consumer-owned structure of co-ops means that they can’t make direct use of federal tax credits, which have helped to spur solar adoption among investor-owned utilities. Co-ops often have had to come up with innovative financing arrangements to make the numbers work. In particular, solar adoption has benefited from big drops in the cost of solar PV cells in recent years… read more

Big solar-plus-storage project will be one of Hawaii utility’s lowest-cost power sources

Publication: Energy Storage News

Hawaii’s KIUC, the top-ranked US utility in 2017 for energy storage deployment per customer by SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance), will pay less than US$0.11 per kWh for power from a new solar-plus-storage facility.

A power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed by the electric cooperative with project developer and constructor AES Distributed Energy for 25 years, brokered at a price of US$0.1085 per kilowatt-hour. The utility said the facility will become one of its “lowest-cost power sources”, with 19.3MW of solar paired to 70MWh of battery energy storage capacity.

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Kauai utility moves ahead with Tesla, AES storage on road to 70% renewables

Publication: Utility Drive

As recently as 2011, more than 90% of KIUC’s energy was coming from diesel generation. But with a big boost from battery storage the island is now accelerating its plans to transition away from fossil fuels. In February, the KIUC board updated the cooperative’s energy goal to 70% renewable energy by 2030. The state as a whole is targeting 100% renewable energy by 2045.

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