On March 9, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a new pricing structure (Cases 15-E-0751, 15-E-0082) for distributed energy resources, designed to promote community solar projects statewide and to gradually phase out net energy metering. The commission also directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.
As a result of the order, rooftop solar may decline after 2020 and community solar has been fostered.
In North Carolina, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has “seen the light” on sustainability – voting unanimously on March 7 to swap out 47,000 light fixtures in its school district with LED bulbs, to construct a 5-MW solar farm on 25 acres of local brownfield land, and to create a full-time staff position In to oversee local environmental efforts, according to a report by the nonprofit news service Carolina Public Press.
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will continue to dominate the stationary energy storage sector, according to Lux Research. The dominance is not total, however. Lux found that a new approach, current generation flow battery technology, “has an economic case for certain very large and long-duration applications.” The … Read more…
The Stapleton neighborhood in Denver has the largest concentration of rooftop solar in the city. That’s why Xcel Energy is using its North Central Park and Eastbridge neighborhoods for a $4 million, two-year pilot program that will test the value of storing solar energy in banks of batteries, according to a February 15 report by the ABC-TV news affiliate, The Denver Channel.