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By Adam Gerza
on 3/27/2018
  • energy storage
  • project development
  • SGIP
After a lot of hype and false starts in the residential energy storage market, things are starting to get real. Recent data definitively shows that storage installation volumes are ramping up in the residential segment. According to GTM Research’s latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report, residential storage grew 248 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, measured in total megawatts installed. In terms of the number of residential grid-tied storage systems deployed, GTM Research counted 914 in all of 2016, which compares to 2017’s deployments of: 255 systems in Q1, 486 in Q2, 810 in Q3, and 1,516 in Q4. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 2/14/2018
  • case studies
  • energy solutions
  • solar energy equipment
From cost-effective solar PV and energy efficiency solutions to customized development and consulting services, South Dakota based GenPro Energy Solutions is facilitating renewable energy projects all around the world. Founded in 2003, GenPro established itself initially by focusing on solar water pumping solutions throughout the Dakotas. Fast forward to today, ... read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 2/13/2018
  • General Interest
  • solar convention
Boston is a historic city known for its red brick buildings, clam chowder, and its undoubtedly loyal Red Sox fans. So, as you can imagine, thousands of people descending upon the city for a solar power convention doesn’t really come to mind when you picture Bean Town. The Energy Toolbase team was one of 80 exhibitors that flooded the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel for Solar Power Northeast, along with more than 1,500 attendees. This year’s convention featured 5 separate tracks of education, including the addition of O&M and energy storage events, along with multiple networking events throughout the day and night. There was a good mix of exhibitors as well, which is probably what made it so intriguing. From solar mounting, software platforms to solar developers and installers, the convention was a one stop shop for solar and storage. read more...
By Jared DeRemer
on 2/1/2018
  • energy storage
  • project development
  • SGIP
The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of new, qualifying technologies including energy storage, wind power, fuel cells, combined heat & power and others. It was big news when the program relaunched in the spring of 2017, with a re-upped program budget that was earmarked primarily for customer-sited Energy Storage Systems (ESS). read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 1/3/2018
  • energy storage
  • project development
  • solar economics
Energy storage has been called a “swiss army knife” because it’s highly versatile, adaptable and can provide many different types of benefits to the grid. This flexibility can be financially rewarding. For example, when storage is deployed in behind-the-meter (BTM) applications, it can be programmed to target different value streams, like ‘peak-demand shaving’, ‘time-of-use arbitrage’, or ‘self-consumption’. These ‘value streams’ are effectively different ways for an energy storage system (ESS) to make money by reducing a customer’s utility bill. read more...