For Corporations Acquiring Renewables, It’s Not All About Price

A growing cadre of do-it-yourself enthusiasts is turning its attention to residential energy storage.

For these aficionados, Tesla's $3,000 Powerwall fails to impress. Instead, they're building their own DIY versions -- for a fraction of the cost.

Jehu Garcia, Peter Matthews and Daniel Römer are leaders in a movement that uses social media to show how you can build home battery packs from laptop batteries.   

Garcia, whose YouTube channel has almost 113,000 subscribers, is working on an industrial-scale DIY battery system with 1 megawatt-hour of storage capacity. His video announcement of the project has been viewed more than

As the swell of corporations relying on renewables continues to grow, a new study shows that price remains the main motivator for businesses to close the deal -- but it’s not the only determining factor.

“It’s more than just price. It’s value, and corporates have their own definition of value,” said Steve Vavrik, Apex Clean Energy's vice president of business development. “Our takeaway, and what the survey shows and what we see day-to-day, is the decision is more complex than ranking a series of prices on a spreadsheet.”

The report, from Apex and GreenBiz Group, shows that corporations are considering more than the

For Corporations Acquiring Renewables, It’s Not All About Price

We're having a bit of a moment for "resiliency" in the U.S.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have forced a conversation about climate resiliency for coastal communities. Meanwhile, the Energy Department has made grid reliability and resiliency central to its mission.

This brings us to an important resiliency tool: microgrids. 

Microgrids became a major part of resiliency plans in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. We’ll look at how that’s influencing the conversation today in the wake of Harvey and Irma. We'll also get a snapshot of how microgrids in Texas fared during the storm.

This week, GTM

In recent years, the U.S. solar industry has made significant progress in diversifying the workforce. But it would have only taken a glance across the expo floor at Solar Power International (SPI) this week to know that males, and white males in particular, have an outsized presence in the sector. 

The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census for 2016 found there were more than 260,000 solar workers across the country in 2016. Of the 51,000 jobs added last year, women made up half.

That is a great achievement and should not be underappreciated. But while the industry has hired more women in recent years,

Data from up to around 22,500 smart meters provides one of the most advanced analyses of rural microgrid use to date.

The data revealed by smart meter developer SparkMeter, which specializes in microgrids for emerging markets such as Cuba, Nigeria and India, shows that the microgrid setups tend to deliver only small amounts of power and make only small amounts of money.

While SparkMeter’s product portfolio contains meters of up to 200 amps, the company has found the maximum load per user is usually capped at a low level in most rural settings.

Peak loads, meanwhile, are usually much less than the

Renewables Are Expanding at an Astounding Pace. But It’s Still Not Enough to Meet Climate Goals

In advance of our NY REV Future conference on September 26 and 27, the GTM Research team illustrates major themes from New York’s ongoing utility reform through four projects taking place across the state.

Smart-meter deployment is modernizing the grid

In 2016, Con Edison contracted for 3.6 million smart meters. These meters and the communications network serving them will provide the communication infrastructure and field data necessary to support advanced analytics.

If you are interested in advanced metering infrastructure, you can read more here and get deeper analysis on current and future deployments across the globe here.

The Western

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An Oregon startup develops a pressure reducing valve that also generates electricity
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An Oregon startup has developed a system for converting the energy of water moving through large, underground lines into electricity and says the technology eventually may be used on a residential scale.

InPipe Energy's system takes the place of conventional flow-control valves that are currently used by water agencies to regulate flow and water pressure. Gregg Semler, the company's president and CEO, says the InPipe system uses a combination of software and hardware components to make electricity as it restricts water flow.

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