The brief reduction in PV power production will give utilities a chance to test modeling and prepare for the future

Monday's solar eclipse will be a field day for the country's astronomy buffs as the moon completely blocks the sun in a swath stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. For utility grid operators, the event will be much more than a good show — it will be a chance to see how well they're prepared for power fluctuations in a solar energy future.

The eclipse starts just after 9:00 a.m. in Oregon, according to a NASA website devoted to the event, with the sun completely obscured during a roughly 2-minute window beginning at about 10:20 a.m.

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If the temporary blotting out of the sun next week magnifies an inherent weakness of solar power, it also plays to the strengths of energy storage.

Advanced energy storage technologies have the ability to charge or discharge at a moment's notice to shore up the needs of the grid. Whether or not the market structures exist to fully capitalize on those abilities is another question.

There's little grid storage to speak of directly on the path of totality, where the sun will be entirely covered for a period of two and a half minutes on Monday. That swath cuts southeast from Oregon to South Carolina.

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative may appear to be moving slowly to the outside observer. But for the utilities, regulators and technology providers carrying it out, it’s innovation at a breathtaking pace.

After all, an ambitious overhaul of a state’s energy markets and utility grid operations and planning paradigms doesn’t happen overnight -- or without a few unforeseen roadblocks derailing a project or two. 

Greentech Media’s New York REV Future 2017 conference next month will bring together policymakers and utility and technology executives working on this statewide transformation. (And remember, all GTM Squared members get access to our live stream!)


Elite Software says its software works on smartphones, tablets, and internet-connected computers

A software company specializing in products for builders has released an online program that performs three important calculations used in the design of HVAC(Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Collectively, the mechanical systems that heat, ventilate, and cool a building. systems: Manual J, Manual D, and Manual S calculations.

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You’ve probably heard about the solar eclipse that will pass across the U.S. on August 21.

But if you’re in the solar industry -- whether a manufacturer, contractor or service provider -- you're no doubt aware of a much more significant eclipse: the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) case on imported crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules.

You may think that this industry eclipse is not a big deal, or someone else’s problem. You’re wrong. It’s time to break out your Peril Sensitive Sunglasses.

Suniva and SolarWorld are seeking tariffs of $0.40/watt on all imported solar cells, and a minimum price of $0.78/watt on

The U.K.'s December capacity market T-4 auction took place at the center of a perfect storm for energy storage.

Factors including 15-year contracted revenue, the ability to stack value streams with enhanced frequency response contracts, and requirements for only 30 minutes of committed capacity combined to drive a remarkable success for storage -- resulting in 500 megawatts of new-build energy storage clearing the auction.

In a new report, GTM Research modeled out the lifetime project economics of a hypothetical 10-megawatt, 30-minute storage system participating in the U.K. capacity market and found that the system could yield a 11.1 percent internal rate of return

Google's Mountain View headquarters

It’s been 10 years since Google shifted its attention from bits and bytes toward the world of therms and electrons.

It started with a wide-ranging investment and R&D initiative, called RE<C, designed to make renewables cheaper than coal. That initiative was abandoned in 2011 after engineers realized they were tackling the wrong problems.

Today, new renewables are far more competitive than coal. But the economic shift didn't play out in the way Google imagined.

In the proceeding decade, Google has since dabbled in pretty much everything -- power electronics, home energy analytics, smart thermostats, residential geothermal, flying wind, solar lead generation, autonomous

Study: We’re Still Underestimating Battery Cost Improvements

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (seemingly unwittingly) gave an interview this week in which he said America is locked in "an economic war with China."

Bannon mentioned arcane sections of the 1974 Trade Act to penalize China for alleged steel and aluminum dumping. Could solar be on the list, too?

Bannon's comments suggest he's also paying attention to Section 201 of the trade act -- which is the foundation of Suniva and SolarWorld’s case for slapping severe penalties on imported solar cells and modules from Asia and the rest of the world.

Those companies, plus dozens of other heavy

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