Sunpower KBH Collaboration

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:40

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.

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Sunpower KBH Collaboration

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:40
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.

Aston Martin Solar

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:39
Aston Martin earned pop culture still hasn’t fitted its superb production sports cars with electric motors and battery packs. But regarding its racing career, this will change soon as the automaker will adopt some solar panels to aid with track performance.

GDF SUEZ Inaugurates New French Photovoltaic Facility

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:38
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.

Landis+Gyr Reassigns Two Executives

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:30
Landis+Gyr has announced plans to reassign two of the company’s regional executive responsibilities as part of a reorganization to meet the requirements of the firm’s global customer base.

Want to know the past and the future of renewables? Here it is at a glance

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:41
As the accompanying story notes, distributed renewables are a major issue for electric utilities. We thought you might be interested in an infographic from Ventyx that pinpoints some key developments in the renewables sector. For example, while solar gets the headlines, most renewables growth in the past four decades was from wind energy.

Utilities: Take these 4 steps to avoid being crushed by distributed renewables

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:33
Distributed renewable energy generation has been labeled a likely source of “disruptive change” for electric utilities, their “biggest challenge” and more. But there are steps utilities can take to benefit from the renewable energy surge, according to the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Smart Grid Events and Smart Grid Conferences

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:30
Industry events and conferences can help you stay on top of industry trends and technologies and make important contacts. Our calendar is loaded with upcoming events, with links for further details. And be sure to jump to page 2, where you can see the conferences Smart Grid News Chief Analyst Jesse Berst will be attending.

Will microgrids be powered by fuel cells instead?

SmartGridNews - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:27
The fuel cell market has had a rough and tumble history but new research suggests the technology could become a preferred source of electric power for microgrids within just a few years. Click to read some of the latest trends identified by Navigant Research.

Survalent Technology Commissions ADMS For Florida Utility

Renew Grid - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:10
Survalent Technology has commissioned a new advanced distribution management system (ADMS) for Florida-based Ocala Utility Services (OUS). OUS is a community-owned utility that serves around [...]

Energy Department Makes Additional $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Innovative Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects

DOE RSS - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:20
July 3, 2014Energy Department Makes Additional $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Innovative Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects

Washington D.C. — In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation today, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.

Transparency Market Research Announces Addition of Report on the Constantly Growing Global Smart Grid Technologies Market

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:08
...Transparency Market Research Announces Addition of Report on the Constantly Growing Global Smart Grid Technologies Market TMCNet: Transparency Market Research Announces Addition of Report on the Constantly Growing Global Smart Grid Technologies Market ...

PEA to submit B135bn Capex plan to NCPO [Bangkok Post, Thailand :: ]

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 05:46
...transmission system worth 13.6 billion baht and electricity services in remote areas worth 10.4 billion. Next year, the smart grid project will be launched in Pattaya, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai and Phuket. The Capex will also include a renewable ...

What customers really want to hear (it could mean succeed or fail for utilities)

SmartGridNews - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:31
As utilities struggle to engage customers and keep them happy, the cost issue looms large. Yes, power prices should be low, and customers should be able to control how and when they use electricity to keep their costs down. But there’s another part of the equation that matters more if utilities want to compete successfully in today’s new business environment: Choice.

Has the UK already invented the utility of the future?

SmartGridNews - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:16
After a detailed examination, UK gas and electric utility regulators found that the current regulatory model needed to change if utilities were to successfully deliver on the promise of a sustainable energy sector. Guest author Paul Alvarez describes the new UK model and what it is intended to accomplish.

Energy Department Microgrid Competition Seeks Data, Offers Prizes

Renew Grid - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:40
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge, which aims to help collect data regarding microgrids across the U.S. and [...]

DOE Issues Request for Information on Fuel Cells for Continuous On-Board Recharging for Battery Electric Light-Duty Vehicles

DOE RSS - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:22
July 2, 2014DOE Issues Request for Information on Fuel Cells for Continuous On-Board Recharging for Battery Electric Light-Duty Vehicles

The USDOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued an RFI seeking feedback from the research community and relevant stakeholders about fuel cell technology validation, commercial acceleration, and potential deployment strategies for continuous fuel cell rechargers on board light-duty electric vehicle fleets.

BNEF: Two-Thirds Of $7.7 Trillion Investment In New Power Will Go To Renewables

Renew Grid - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:53
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) says it expects $7.7 trillion to be invested globally in new generating capacity by 2030, with 66% of that going [...]

NOAA Teams Up with Department of Energy & Industry to Improve Wind Forecasts

DOE RSS - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:51
July 2, 2014NOAA Teams Up with Department of Energy & Industry to Improve Wind Forecasts

The growth of wind-generated power in the United States  is creating greater demand for improved wind forecasts. To address this need, the Department of Energy is working with NOAA and industry on the Wind Forecast Improvement Project, funded and led by DOE.

DOE Announces Clean Energy Initiative

SmartMeters.com - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:42
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.
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