May 6 Energy News

May 6, 2015

Opinion:

¶ “Why Tesla Batteries Are Cheap Enough To Prevent New Power Plants” Last year, analysts for Oncor Electric Delivery Company calculated the break-even point for utility-scale storage batteries at $350 per kWh. Tesla’s Powerpack, the big sister of the Powerwall home battery, will come at a cost of $250/kWh. [Forbes]

Tesla utility-scale batteries.

Tesla utility-scale batteries.

¶ “Tesla Powerwall: What you need to know” As more solar energy is adopted, a dedicated battery to store the energy makes a lot of sense. Tesla’s Powerwall battery promises to be able to take homes and businesses off the grid. Here’s a sanity check on how realistic it is, and what it means for the energy market. [TechRepublic]

¶ “Oil Prices Are Rebounding Now, But A Permanent Plunge May Be Coming” Oil and gas will likely be with us for centuries to come as the stuff that makes products from plastics to petroleum jelly. But better batteries could lead to the end of oil and gas for much of its current uses—transportation and power. [Forbes]

World:

¶ The UK’s largest operator and owner of solar PV assets, Lightsource Renewable Energy, has announced that it is offering up to £40,000 per MW for introduced sites. The developer is hoping to uncover new solar farm sites with suitable grid connections and a strong possibility of quick planning permission. [Solar Power Portal]

Flat Holm solar array, Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Cardiff Council Flat Holm Project. Wikimedia Commons.

Flat Holm solar array, Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Cardiff Council Flat Holm Project. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Chinese firm Shenergy Co Ltd said Monday it will create a $20.9 million joint venture with a Shanghai-based company, looking to add 70 MW of wind power capacity in the city. To that end, the company’s renewables arm Shanghai Shenneng New Energy Investment Co Ltd will own 60% of the company. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has signed agreements with the Solar Energy Corporation of India for four solar PV power projects with a total capacity of 600 MW. The projects will be set up under the Indian government’s push to add 20 GW of solar capacity through ultra mega solar power projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Solar power in Japan is close to becoming profitable, says the country’s leading renewables watchdog, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation. Since 2011, when the country’s 43 nuclear reactors were idled; Japan has added 25 GW of renewable power, of which solar energy accounts for 80%. [pv magazine]

US:

¶ Gulf Power received unanimous approval from the Florida Public Service Commission of an agreement that will make the utility a leading purchaser of wind generation among Florida utilities. The agreement is the first of its kind in the state. The project, called Kingfisher Wind, will be built in central Oklahoma. [NorthEscambia.com]

Wind farm in Oklahoma.

Wind farm in Oklahoma.

¶ The second-ever comprehensive Clean Jobs Illinois Report found that there are 104,449 clean energy jobs in the land of Lincoln. Jobs counted were those connected with electric or alternative transportation fuels, greenhouse gas management, energy efficiency, wind power, geothermal, or solar power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Rapid growth in small solar is changing production and use patterns, leading to calls to change net metering policies. Two Arizona co-ops have petitioned the Arizona Corporation Commission to reduce premium rates co-ops pay small-scale solar providers for power to reflect wholesale power costs. [Electric Co-op Today]

¶ Pattern Energy announced this week the closing of financing on the 150 MW Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project, to be located in Benton County, Indiana. The project has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement with Amazon to provide energy for local Amazon Web Services data centers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Kearsarge Energy, based in Watertown, Massachusetts, has completed the largest Massachusetts operating SREC II Solar PV Project. The 4.9 MW DC ground-mounted Kearsarge Southwick is the company’s 13th solar project, and increases its Massachusetts track record to 37 MW of completed Solar Facilities. [Digital Journal]

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