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Grid Operators Manage Swings in Solar Generation During the Eclipse

Grid Operators Manage Solar Eclipse RTO Insider, August 21, 2017 CAISO and other electric grid operators across the country managed large and rapid swings in solar generation output Monday during the first continent-wide total solar eclipse in nearly a century. ISOs and RTOs were well prepared for the event, especially in solar-heavy California where the

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Solar Eclipse Will Significantly Interfere With Power Production in America

America’s Electrical Grid Prepares For The Shock Of A Total Solar Eclipse Forbes, August 8, 2017 The solar eclipse that will occur on August 21st will have an interesting side effect of shutting off a lot of electricity production in America as it rolls across our ever-increasing number of solar arrays. The shadow from the

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Tesla’s Big Energy Storage News from Down Under

Mathew Gard, ERS, for Zondits There’s big news from down under as Tesla is to deploy 100 MW of storage in South Australia with a special provision: if the installation is not completed within 100 days of contract signing it will be free. Tesla has won a contract to install the storage and integrate it with a

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Renewables Hit Brief Milestone in the Golden State

Mathew Gard, ERS, for Zondits For a few hours on May 13, 2017, 67% of the electricity passing through the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) was from renewable sources. The ISO serves electricity to 80% of the state of California and parts of Nevada. Over the course of the entire day on May 13, 42%

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Cultivating Clean Energy Storage with Beer

From Beer, A Better Battery?   The plan came together — where else? — at the bar. Last April, over pints at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder, Tyler Huggins (PhDCivEngr’16) and Justin Whiteley (PhDMechEngr’16) were honing their idea for “growing” a battery from beer — specifically, from the wastewater discharged by breweries. If successful, their invention would

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To Infinity and Beyond: Tesla’s Glass Solar Tiles Are Guaranteed Forever

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Regular Roofs & Have “Infinity Warranty” Futurism, May 11, 2017 Last night, Elon Musk announced via Twitter that orders would begin today (May 10th, 2017) for his revolutionary solar roof hardware. In another tweet, he promised that ordering would be available in most countries throughout the world.

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The Role of Energy Storage in the Rise in Renewables

How Batteries Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Time, May 1, 2017 All over California, there’s evidence of the state’s goal to lead the country in renewable energy. Enormous farms of shiny solar panels have popped up across southern California, and gigantic wind turbines dot the landscape outside nearly all the major cities. There are less flashy—and

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