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Tesla offers photovoltaic systems for rent for $ 50 / month

At the beginning of this decade, the Solar Lease model, that is, the leasing of surfaces for photovoltaic systems on roofs owned by specialized companies, completely changed the US residential solar m ......

  • United States
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 23 Aug 2019
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Description At the beginning of this decade, the Solar Lease model, that is, the leasing of surfaces for photovoltaic systems on roofs owned by specialized companies, completely changed the US residential solar market. UU. Lease and power purchase contracts allowed companies such as Sunrun, SolarCity, Vivint and Sungevity to provide solar energy to large masses of homeowners in a way that eliminated the problem of large initial project costs and difficult financing conditions associated with the purchase of a facility of up to $ 30,000. This model quickly became the dominant business model But as the loans became more sophisticated and Tesla saw its SolarCity subsidiary move away from its aggressive sales and growth path, this segment contracted. Currently, the space has several successful companies, but the majority of residential solar energy is sold through loans and direct purchases, and market leaders Sunrun and Vivint are plagued by rising customer acquisition costs. As usual, Tesla is charting his own path. In a series of tweets published on Sunday morning, Elon Musk revealed a new strategy: to offer photovoltaic systems for rent. The company offers homeowners facilities priced between $ 50 and $ 195 per month, for systems ranging from 3.8 kW to 11.4 kW of power. On Twitter, Musk has been very optimistic about the offers ability to allow customers to save money, estimating that this will save them around $ 500 a year. The rental option eliminates any long-term contract, but introduces an additional cost of $ 1,500 to uninstall the system at the end of the rental period. Which may explain why other companies have not yet tried this option: a PV system is a semi-permanent element, and it is not exactly easy to remove it once installed. Currently, this type of rental can only be made in the service areas of 20 electric companies in six US states. UU., And the Powerwall battery is not available in the rental agreement. The launch of this offer comes immediately after Teslas decision to sell solar energy through its website, and like the rental option, the online purchase option shows substantial savings by eliminating sales and many types of transaction costs And while Tesla provides a calculator to show customer savings, it remains to be seen if cost savings and ease of transaction alone will allow these options to change Teslas share in the residential solar market. In the second quarter of 2019, Tesla installed only 29 MW of solar energy, a fraction of its market share when SolarCity alone was responsible for approximately one third of the US residential solar market. UU.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/2019/08/20/tesla-ofrece-sistemas-fotovoltaicos-en-alquiler-por-50-mes/
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DEWA to use solar to power new pumped-storage project

The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority will use energy from the gigawatt-scale Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to provide a new hydropower plant with pumped storage capacity. The state-ow ......

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 22 Aug 2019
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Description The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority will use energy from the gigawatt-scale Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to provide a new hydropower plant with pumped storage capacity. The state-owned utility has announced a number of innovations for the project in recent months, including plans for hydrogen and large-scale storage capacity. AUGUST 19, 2019 EMILIANO BELLINI The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has revealed it will use output from its 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park to provide energy for a newly tendered 250 MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station at Hatta, an inland exclave of the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The new hydropower plant will be built at a cost of approximately AED 1.437 billion ($391 million) at the Hatta Dam, which was built in the 1990s to supply the region with electricity and water. “Turbines that use clean and cheap solar power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir,” DEWA said without providing more technical and financial details. “The waterfall from the upper reservoir will generate electricity using turbines when required. The efficiency of the power generation and storage cycle will reach 80% within 90 seconds of the response to demand for electricity,” it further explained. DEWA launched a tender for the fifth phase of its planned 5 GW solar park in late February. The huge project, which combines both the PV and CSP technologies, has currently 413 MW of operational capacity Magnet for innovation DEWA is currently testing a 1.2 MW network-attached storage (NAS) system supplied by Japan’s NGK Insulators at the first section of the Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park – a 13 MW array built by U.S. thin film manufacturer First Solar in late 2013. The NAS battery will be used to stabilize fluctuations in solar power output, in addition to other grid applications such as time-shifting and frequency control, NGK said in June 2018, when the project was launched. DEWA also plans to build a solar-powered hydrogen electrolysis facility at the solar park. “The hydrogen produced at the facility will be stored and deployed for re-electrification, transportation and other uses,” said DEWA Chief Executive Officer Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer in February. Pumped hydro is highly cost competitive as a large-scale energy storage solution, according to a recent report published by the San Diego County Water Authority. The higher capital costs of pumped storage technology versus battery storage, says the report, are outweighed by the longer lifetime of pumped storage, which gives it a lower levelized cost. Another recent study by the Australian National University identified potential sites for off-river pumped hydro projects throughout the world. The researchers noted 530,000 locations that could be suitable sites for 22 million GWh of hydro-pumped storage capacity in the future.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/08/19/dewa-to-use-solar-to-power-new-pumped-storage-project/
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Chinas Fulin drops plan to build battery parts in Chile

Chinas Fulin drops plan to build battery parts in Chile BY: REUTERS 25th July 2019 Chinas Sichuan Fulin Transportation Group has ditched a project to build parts for electric vehicles in Chile, th ......

  • Chile
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  • 17 Aug 2019
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Description Chinas Fulin drops plan to build battery parts in Chile BY: REUTERS 25th July 2019 Chinas Sichuan Fulin Transportation Group has ditched a project to build parts for electric vehicles in Chile, the government said on Thursday, leaving in tatters a nascent EV battery industry in the South American nation. Fulin and two other corporate investors won a 2018 government auction
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Source https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/login.php?url=/article/chinas-fulin-drops-plan-to-build-battery-parts-in-chile-2019-07-25/searchString:tender
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Finally, 2 bidders for e-auto and e-rickshaw schemes

Thiruvananthapuram: Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) has received two bids each for e-auto and e-rickshaw projects being implemented under the Smart City project. SCTL, which had to go for r ......

  • India
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 10 Aug 2019
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Description Thiruvananthapuram: Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) has received two bids each for e-auto and e-rickshaw projects being implemented under the Smart City project. SCTL, which had to go for re-tenders in both projects, has received bids from two companies with ARAI test certification, which is issued by Automotive Research Institute of India under the ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises. ARAI was insisted upon by SCTL to gain authorized license for operation in the city. Mahindra and Kinetic are the two firms which are in the fray for bagging e-auto and e-rickshaw projects. The project team has begun technical evaluation of the bids submitted by the firms. “We came across some shortfalls in terms of required documents and the companies have been asked to submit these by July 31. We would be able to complete technical and financial evaluation by August,” said SCTL CEO P Balakiran. As many as 15 e-autos and 15 e-rickshaws will be procured as part of Smart City project. While e-autos are meant to replace those fuelled by petrol and diesel, e-rickshaws will be used for launching shared auto scheme in the city. The e-autos will have a passenger capacity of three persons and e-rickshaws will carry four passengers. SCTL has mandated that e-autos and e-rickshaws shall be battery operated with Lithium battery and that charging cable should be fast-charging enabled. Besides it should have real time GPS tracking system with emergency request buttons. The vehicles should also have facility for generating printed bills for commuters for greater transparency and acceptance. The supplier will be responsible for registration of vehicles with Kerala motor vehicles department. e-rickshaws are expected to ply at a speed below 35km/h while e-autos can move at a speed above 35 km/h. Solar rooftop project, which was also tendered, evoked huge response from the vendors. SCTL has received seven bids for the project. As per the project, solar power plants will be installed and commissioned on designated buildings in the city and operation and maintenance will be carried out by SCTL for a period of five years after the commissioning. The power generated from the solar project will be fed to the respective substation at 440V MV level as per ministry of non-renewable energy guidelines. Meanwhile, SCTL has decided to retender the project to revamp Ponnara Sreedhar Park under Smart Parks scheme as only one bidder responded to the tender.
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Source https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/finally-2-bidders-for-e-auto-and-e-rickshaw-schemes/70451135
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Dominion Energy plans four energy storage pilot studies in Virginia

Dominion Energy plans to invest in and develop four battery storage pilot projects in Virginia. The four utility-scale projects would total 16 MW and be the largest of their kind in the state, Domini ......

  • United States
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 09 Aug 2019
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Description Dominion Energy plans to invest in and develop four battery storage pilot projects in Virginia. The four utility-scale projects would total 16 MW and be the largest of their kind in the state, Dominion Energy Virginia reported this week. The utility has filed to seek approval from the State Corporation Commission. "Energy storage is critical to providing continued reliability for our customers as we expand our renewable portfolio," said Mark D. Mitchell, vice president – generation construction. "Battery storage has made significant strides in recent years, in both efficiency and cost. These pilot projects will enable Dominion Energy to better understand how best to deploy batteries to help overcome the inherent fluctuation of wind and solar generation sources." The four proposed central Virginia lithium-ion projects will cost about $33 million to build and offer 5-years’ worth of test data, according to Dominion. They include two battery systems totaling 12 MW at the Scott Solar facility, and two separate 2-MW batteries operating at substations in Ashland and New Kent County. The Ashland pilot project would explore how batteries can improve reliability and save money on equipment replacement such as transformers. The Scott Solar site will offer a demonstration on how batteries can store solar-generated energy and then release it to the grid during high load or low solar output periods. The New Kent County project would examine voltage and loading issues caused by reverse energy flow. "These pilot projects will allow us to analyze the use of energy storage for grid stability support as an alternative to traditional upgrades of grid equipment, such as transformers," noted Joe Woomer, vice president–grid & technical solutions. "Battery storage has the potential to serve a key role in maintaining reliable service for our customers as we work to integrate renewables and improve grid resiliency." Pending state regulatory approval, the pilots would be evaluated over a five year period once operational as currently expected in December 2020. Dominion separately has issued a request for proposals on up to 500 MW of solar and onshore wind power in Virginia. -- -- -- -- -- Energy Storage Breakthroughs will offer three content sessions in the Summit at POWERGEN International happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans. Battery energy also will be a key component of content focused around Decentralized Energy in the Knowledge Hubs on the POWERGEN exhibition floor. Registration is open.
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Source https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2019/08/dominion-energy-plans-four-energy-storage-pilot-studies-in-virginia.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RenewableEnergyNewsRssFeed+%28REW+-+News+RSS+Feed%29
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Dominion plans $33 million battery storage pilot

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy Virginia is planning to spend around $33 million to build four electric power battery storage projects at three sites in central Virginia. Dominion executives sai ......

  • United States
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 09 Aug 2019
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Description RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy Virginia is planning to spend around $33 million to build four electric power battery storage projects at three sites in central Virginia. Dominion executives said in an interview this week that battery storage has the potential to improve the resiliency of the electrical grid. They say it can also help integrate renewables like wind and solar, which the company has pledged to expand. The company is required to propose a battery storage program as part of a 2018 overhaul of the states electric utility regulation. It submitted an application with state regulators Friday. If approved, the projects in Ashland and Powhatan and New Kent counties are expected to be operational in December 2020 and then would be evaluated over five years. They will test different uses for batteries.
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Source https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2019/08/dominion-plans-33-million-battery-storage-pilot.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RenewableEnergyNewsRssFeed+%28REW+-+News+RSS+Feed%29
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Central African Republic: Solar plant construction to begin in Q4

Procurement for a contractor to design, supply and install a 25MW solar power plant with 25MWh battery storage in the Central African Republic is under way and construction is expected to begin during ......

  • Central African Republic
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 06 Aug 2019
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Description Procurement for a contractor to design, supply and install a 25MW solar power plant with 25MWh battery storage in the Central African Republic is under way and construction is expected to begin during Q4 2019, the World Bank Group (WBG) has confirmed to African Energy. The Bangui solar photovoltaic (PV) project is being fully funded by a $48m grant from the WBG’s International Development Association.
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Source https://www.africa-energy.com/article/central-african-republic-solar-plant-construction-begin-q4
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3 offers for electricity supply in Jáchal $ 64 Million

The companies that presented the economic offer were Ingeniería y Construcciones electricos SA, Opelmec SRL and Chiconi Instalaciones SRL. In the Government House, envelopes were opened with offers i ......

  • Argentina
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 02 Aug 2019
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Description The companies that presented the economic offer were Ingeniería y Construcciones electricos SA, Opelmec SRL and Chiconi Instalaciones SRL. In the Government House, envelopes were opened with offers in the framework of the bidding of transformer stations destined to the electrical supply for water wells in Jáchal. The event was held at the Government House and was chaired by Sergio Uñac, accompanied by the Ministers of Infrastructure and Mining, Julio Ortiz Andino and Alberto Hensel, respectively; the head of the Provincial Electricity Regulatory Entity (EPRE), Jorge Rivera Prudencio; the president of OSSE, Carlos Caparrós; and businessmen of the sector. The work that was tendered on this occasion was a 33 kV line and the respective transformer stations, destined to supply electricity from OSSE water extraction wells in the town of Pampa del Chañar, in the Jáchal department. The project is funded by the Ministry of Mining of San Juan through the trust system, whose main objective is to contribute to provincial public infrastructure works, and will be implemented through the Provincial Electric Infrastructure Plan Fund for Socioeconomic Development and Productive (PIEDE). To refer to the subject, Rivera Prudencio used the word, who explained that the work is very significant since it will substantially improve the supply of the entire Jáchal department. With the new line, built on land with less trees, the quality of the service will be totally improved, which will have both lines (the old and the new) for its operation. "The work will be supervised by Energía San Juan and will mark a before and after in the quality of life of the jachalleros," said the official. Hensel then added that “during the summer we had many problems with the cuts in the drinking water supply. Given the urgency of the case, we signed an agreement between EPRE and Mining. This is the main supply aqueduct of Jáchal, since 12,000 people depend on the proper functioning of the Pampa del Chañar well battery. We have completed a pending subject for the people ”. Finally, Uñac stressed that “this is one more work that highlights the coordinated work between Government, EPRE and Energy San Juan to constantly improve the quality of life of San Juan. We have been the province that has received more solar energy projects because it has been working for a long time on the construction of power lines that allow channeling the energy generated in different sectors of the province. If we continue on this path of much public work and incentive to the private sector, we will lower the unemployment rate, which is what we crave for all San Juan residents. ” The companies that presented their economic offer were Ingeniería y Construcciones electricos SA, with a sum of $ 64,406,461 plus VAT, Opelmec SRL with $ 90,167,153.18 plus VAT and Chiconi Instalaciones SRL, with an amount of $ 129,566,773, 51 plus VAT.
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Source http://www.construar.com.ar/2019/07/7562-3-ofertas-para-el-abastecimiento-electrico-en-jachal-64-millones/
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Arizonas APS plans tenders for 400 MW of wind, solar

July 30 (Renewables Now) - Regional electric utility Arizona Public Service Company (APS) on Monday announced plans to launch tenders for up to 150 MW of solar and 250 MW of wind power capacity. The ......

  • United States
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  • 01 Aug 2019
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Description July 30 (Renewables Now) - Regional electric utility Arizona Public Service Company (APS) on Monday announced plans to launch tenders for up to 150 MW of solar and 250 MW of wind power capacity. The company will seek bids in two separate Requests for Proposal (RFPs), which will be issued by September 15, 2019. The first one will target proposals for APS-owned solar resources that will be put into service by 2021. The photovoltaic (PV) schemes need to contain an option for battery storage integration, APS said. The second solicitation will seek proposals for wind power plants with targeted commissioning as soon as possible, or 2022 at the latest. The tenders will be held to support APS’ goal of expanding its renewable energy portfolio to around 2,500 MW by 2021, which will be enough to supply roughly 500,000 homes in Arizona. According to its website, the portfolio currently includes biomass, biogas, solar PV, concentrated solar power (CSP), wind and geothermal power plants. The two competitive rounds will be overseen by an independent monitor. Phoenix-based APS, which serves about 2.7 million people in Arizona, said it will provide additional information about each tender in the coming weeks.
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Source https://renewablesnow.com/news/arizonas-aps-plans-tenders-for-400-mw-of-wind-solar-663464/
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Govt grants £94m funding for quantum technologies research hubs

The UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore has announced £94m funding for four quantum technologies research hubs in the country, aimed at helping researchers in finding new commercial opportunities for q ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 30 Jul 2019
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Description The UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore has announced £94m funding for four quantum technologies research hubs in the country, aimed at helping researchers in finding new commercial opportunities for quantum technologies. According to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the four quantum technologies research hubs based at Birmingham, Oxford, Glasgow, and York are set to bring in transformation in sensing and timing, computing, imaging, and communications. The government investment in quantum technologies research will be made through UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It marks the second phase of funding under The National Quantum Technologies Programme, which was launched in 2013. UKRI chief executive Mark Walport said: “The UK is leading the field in developing Quantum Technologies and this new investment will help us make the next leap forward in the drive to link discoveries to innovative applications. UKRI is committed to ensuring the best research and researchers are supported in this area.” Some of the technologies that are being developed will help fire fighters to see through smoke and dust, construction projects to image unmapped voids such as old mine workings, computers to solve computational problems that were previously unsolvable, and cameras that will allow vehicles ‘see’ around corners. The University of Sussex is a major academic partner of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, led by the University of Birmingham, and also the University of Oxford led Quantum Computing Hub. Quantum physicists at the University of Sussex, by using quantum magnetic sensing technology, have captured live images of the inside of a working electric car battery from the outside for the first time. Skidmore said: “Our world-leading universities are pioneering ways to apply quantum technologies that could have serious commercial benefits for UK businesses. “That’s why I am delighted to be announcing further investment in Quantum Technology Hubs that will bring academics and innovators together and make this once futuristic technology applicable to our everyday lives.” The Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing has secured £23.5m of the funding to continue developing real-world applications by leveraging the power of quantum physics. The focus of the hub will be magnetometry, geophysics, navigation, timing and underpinning technology with an objective to reducing the size, weight power and cost of future sensor systems.
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Source https://www.governmentcomputing.com/central-government/news/quantum-technologies-research-funding

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