The SmartMeter News Service
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SunPower announced a new collaboration with its longtime partner KB Home (NYSE: KBH) to install innovative energy storage solutions at certain KB Home locations in California as part of a pilot program. SunPower currently offers its high-efficiency solar power systems to purchasers of new homes in more than 150 KB Home communities; this new pilot program expands the partnership and demonstrates this new technology’s ability to store solar power generated during the day for use during power outages.
GDF SUEZ has inaugurated a photovoltaic facility with a capacity of more than 100 peak MW in Besse-sur-Issole. The project is among the most powerful solar farms in France, capable of producing more than 20 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough electricity to meet the power needs of 11,000 people, four times the population of the town.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced a $3.2 million National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy that will create a countrywide support network designed to serve the clean energy small business and entrepreneur community and advance innovative clean energy technologies developed by universities and federal laboratories.
A unique study by University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers used snow during a Minnesota blizzard to provide new insight into the airflow around large wind turbines. The data will be used to improve wind energy efficiency, particularly in wind farms where airflows from many large wind turbines interact with each other. The study was published in the Nature Communications scientific journal.
A new study from the Northeast Group forecasts that the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries will spend billions of dollars over the next decade to modernize their electric grids and add solar generation resources. The investment over the next ten years will include a cumulative $9.8 billion for smart grid infrastructure to enable the incorporation of $27.9 billion in new solar resources. The Northeast Group estimates MENA countries can save between $1and $3.5 billion annually by redirecting domestic energy consumption towards exports.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has presented Silicon Valley Power (SVP) its 2014 Public Power Wind Award for their innovative use of wind resources from three Iberdrola Renewables wind farms. A panel of wind, public power, utility, government, and national laboratory experts determined the award from among seven nominated public power utilities in the United States.
New research indicates that more construction companies are going green. McGraw Hill Construction’s “Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market” report surveys builder and remodeler members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and details “the evolution of green building for single family homes from boom to bust to recovery…and includes new data on multifamily housing to provide a comprehensive review of the sector.”
Silver Spring Networks has extended its speed-to-value smart infrastructure program to municipal utilities. The company is also delivering its smart street light solution to enable smaller municipalities leverage advanced smart city technology. The solution will lower operations and management costs, reduce energy usage, and improve the reliability of public lighting infrastructure.
Shadow Energy Minister Jonathan Reynolds recently visited E.ON’s Smart Metering Centre of Excellence in Bolton to learn how smart metering will help end estimated billing, eliminate the need for visits from meter readers, and enable customers to track their energy use in real time. Reynolds also listened in on customer service calls.
The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) commended the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft regulations to address CO2 emissions and for the agency’s recognition that there are numerous ways to introduce greater efficiency into the United States’ electricity system to help reduce its carbon footprint.
Less than a year after the launch of the Smart Dubai initiative, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it now offers full smart services. The goal of the initiative is to make Dubai the “smartest” city in the world with all its services and utilities run by integrated and connected smart systems. In addition, DEWA has a 94.3 percent customer satisfaction rate, the highest of any country.
CLP India has given the Suzlon Group a notice to proceed (NTP) for a 100.8 MW wind power project, which will use 48 units of Suzlon’s S97-2.1 MW wind turbines featuring doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) technology. When completed, the project will increase CLP India’s wind power portfolio to approximately 1000 MW.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has selected FirstFuel Software to deliver a continuous engagement program using advanced analytics to help scale energy efficiency delivery. The program is part of California’s IDEEA365 initiative, which is designed to help investor-owned utilities adopt new ideas and technology that can improve the quality of energy efficiency delivery.
Trina Solar Limited will supply 60MW of PV modules to Xinyi Solar for its utility scale and agricultural greenhouse solar projects in Anhui, China. Xinyi Solar has selected 5MW of Trina Solar’s TSM-PC05A modules, 30MW of TSM-PC14 modules, and 25 MW of dual glass TSM-PDG5 solar panels, which will be used for roof bracing for an agricultural greenhouse located within Xinyi Solar’s power plant in Anhui province.