BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFStem and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) have announced a pilot project to study the impact of high penetration solar photovoltaics (PV) on the grid. The two-year research project will utilize Stem’s unique high-resolution data collection, cloud-based power system analytics and intelligent energy storage capabilities to reduce electricity costs for customers.
  • Advanced energy CEOs believe that California’s energy policies have put the state on the cutting edge of advanced energy development and innovation, but a variety of obstacles are preventing the state from fully reaping the economic and environmental benefits of advanced energy, according to a new report from Advanced Energy Economy. The findings are based on a series of interviews with 30 CEOs and other senior executives of advanced energy companies located in California or doing significant business in the state.
  • Pristine Sun, LLC and Solar Mosaic, Inc. have executed several agreements to close on post-construction permanent loans on the first phase of a portfolio build-out of solar PV farms in California over the next nine months. Power from the six projects, totaling nearly 6 MW of Pristine Sun’s 250 MW portfolio of mid-to-late-stage California small utility solar projects, will be connected to the grid and sold to PG&E.  This represents enough clean energy to power approximately 6,000 homes.
  • Ecofys has released a comprehensive statement on the use of wind lidar, specifically ZephIR 300, to reduce uncertainty on wind farm developments. The statement reports that “lidar wind measurements have been extensively verified against reliable reference anemometers over many sites” and “there is now industry consensus that lidar is a proven technology for wind resource assessment” referring specifically to the ZephIR 300 which is one of the two systems most tested to-date. It is reported that other lidar systems commercially available would only attain the same status if successful on further verification tests.

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