On the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets

first_imgOn the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The first quarter of 2016 saw 18.3 megawatts of grid-interactive energy storage installed in the U.S., up 127 percent year-over-year and marking the largest first quarter in the history of the nation’s energy storage market, according to GTM Research’s Q2 2016 U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report. Historically, California has dominated residential energy storage deployments in the U.S. In Q1 2016, however, GTM Research observed growing deployments in a number of emerging state markets across the U.S., including Kentucky, Nevada, Utah and Vermont. While these individual markets are still quite small, collectively they accounted for the largest share of residential energy storage deployments in Q1 2016, surpassing even California and Hawaii. Energy storage system vendors are beginning to expand into “nontraditional” markets where few, if any, deployments have occurred before. Activities in these new markets speak both to customer interest and improving economic cases for storage. It’s unlikely that any of these state markets will come close to rivaling states like California or Hawaii in the near future, but nevertheless we’re witnessing an expansion of energy storage influenced by factors including new business cases for behind-the-meter storage.In particular, interest in aggregation of behind-the-meter assets is growing. Several U.S. utilities have already partnered with energy storage system vendors to pursue business models that offer the opportunity to leverage a fleet of residential energy storage systems to provide grid services. Green Mountain Power in Vermont begun shipping Tesla Powerwalls early in 2016, offering the option for customers to allow utility access to the systems in exchange for electricity bill credit; Green Mountain Power plans to utilize these storage systems to reduce capacity and transmission costs, as well as to provide energy arbitrage. Additionally, Sunverge has partnered with Glasgow Electric Plant Board in Kentucky to explore opportunities to leverage residential storage to provide services to the grid. Sunverge and SunPower are also working with Con Edison in New York to deploy residential storage as part of a virtual power plant trial project within the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) program with the goal of exploring a new business model for utilities.Full item: The Growing Opportunity for Residential Energy Storage in the USlast_img read more

Honor Flight treated vets like heroes

first_imgI was a hero, if just for one day, all because of the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.Buses full of Vietnam-era veterans pulled up to the Albany airport escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders. Inside the airport were a band, speeches and more greeters. What a send-off. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We flew to Baltimore and boarded buses to tour the monuments in D.C. Traffic was no problem because a motorcycle policeman ahead of us used his lights and siren to move the cars to the shoulders and let us pass. At the intersections, a police cruiser stopped traffic. We never had a red light all day.First stop was the Vietnam Memorial, where we laid a wreath and “Taps’ was played; then we looked for the names of soldiers we knew who had fallen. From there we were taken to Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Don’t make a sound if you go there. We stayed the longest and took the most pictures at the World War II Memorial. Each monument evokes a different emotion. The grand tribute of the World War II Memorial celebrates a victory. Long perfect rows of markers at Arlington turn your thoughts inward. The black granite of the Vietnam wall reflects the futility of everything that went wrong in Vietnam.To visit all of them in one day would be impossible unless you were on the Leatherstocking Honor Flight. The planning and execution was unbelievable. For 90 of us, the first group of Vietnam-era veterans, the Honor Flight gave us a day we will always remember. The Patriot Guard Riders were there to see us off in the morning and greet us when we returned.Thank you to the Leatherstocking Honor Flight organization for giving us this gift and to all the donors who make it possible. “Thank you for your service” was the phrase of the day, the day we were heroes.Paul DonahueNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more