News & Announcements

Updates on our company, the solar industry and energy storage

Entrance Into Energy Storage A Boon For SunEdison

03/09/2015

Viable energy storage has been long sought after in the renewables industry. While renewable technologies, with solar PV in particular, have been advancing at exponential rates, energy storage technology has been progressing at a painfully slow rate. Fortunately for the solar and wind industry, this is about to change with demand for energy storage skyrocketing. As energy storage becomes increasingly vital for the advancements of renewables and electric cars, innovation in the energy storage sector will undoubtedly skyrocket.

SunEdison Buys Solar Grid Storage for Battery-Backed PV and Wind Power

03/05/2015

Last month, we predicted that one of the country’s big vertically integrated solar companies would make a move into the energy storage business this year by acquiring a U.S.-based storage company. Here’s the first.

SunEdison (SUNE) Stock Higher Today on Solar Grid Storage Acquisition Announcement

03/05/2015

Shares of SunEdison, a U.S. solar panel maker and power plant developer, are up 2.23% to $22.90 in pre-market trading today after the company bought Solar Grid Storage LLC...

SUNEDISON BECOMES FIRST RENEWABLE ENERGY COMPANY TO OFFER SOLAR, WIND, AND ENERGY STORAGE

03/05/2015

SunEdison Acquires Energy Storage Operating Projects, Pipeline, and Project Origination Team from Solar Grid Storage

Exclusive: SunEdison purchases U.S. energy storage firm in fast-growing market

03/04/2015

(Reuters) - U.S. solar project developer SunEdison Inc (SUNE.N) is expanding into the fast-growing market for grid energy storage with the acquisition of a startup that pairs big batteries with solar installations.

How Energy Storage Can Change the Power Dynamic

10/30/2014 GreenBiz

GreenBiz's Garret Hering listens to CEO Tom Leyden speaking on energy storage the VERGE conference: "Just as he did when he worked for solar industry pioneer PowerLight – which was later acquired by SunPower – Leyden is creating detailed value propositions to facilities owners and other potential investors who may think energy storage is too expensive based solely on capital costs."

Solar Grid Storage Awarded SunShot Award for Innovative Approach to Solar + Storage Deployment

10/22/2014 Press Release

Solar Grid Storage LLC has been awarded U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Incubator funding of $968,120 aimed at streamlining solar + storage interactivity with the grid and accelerating deployment of innovative solar + storage systems. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz announced the latest round of SunShot Incubator awards this morning during his keynote address at Solar Power International 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Coming Climate Crash

06/22/2014 New York Times

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson makes a powerful argument for action on carbon emissions.

When the Power Goes Out, Microgrids Keep Electricity Flowing

05/19/2014 Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal highlights our Konterra project as the example of solar & energy storage working together for microgrids.

Reuters Video Interview: Expect Solar M&A, IPOs to Heat Up

05/12/2014 Reuters

Jeanne Yurman of Reuters interviews CEO Tom Leyden outside the SolarTech 2014 conference in New York City on the the future of the solar industry.

Solar Grid Storage Honored as Clean Tech Company of the Year

05/09/2014 Press Release

The Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies presents Solar Grid Storage with 2014 Enterprise Award.

On Earth Day, Preparing for when Mother Nature is at Her Worst

04/22/2014 Solar Grid Storage

As attention is focused on important environmental and energy issues this Earth Day, a recent report on the increasing frequency of weather-related outages on the East Coast underscores the importance of integrating renewable energy and energy storage to strengthen the grid overall

11 Innovative Companies Giving Energy Storage a Jolt

04/21/2014 GreenBiz

Cleantech website GreenBiz highlights Solar Grid Storage in its list of energy storage leaders, calling the PowerFactor™ system that bridges solar and storage a "match made in the heavens."

Forecasting Approach Aimed at Improving Revenue, Making Solar More Grid-friendly

04/08/2014 Penn State News

Solar Grid Storage is excited to be a research partner with the GridSTAR Center, which pulls together an array of leading product and service providers in the fields of renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency.

Energy Show Podcast: In-Depth on our Business Model

Tom Leyden joins Barry Cinnamon on his regular Energy Show podcast on Renewable Energy World to discuss the current opportunities and customer demand for combined solar and grid storage systems.

Solar Energy Storage: Emerging Technologies, Markets and Applications

03/25/2014 SolarPro Magazine

SolarPro's Joe Schwartz interviews CEO Tom Leyden and other leading energy storage companies on the technological and market developments that are creating a bullish industry attitude toward the future of solar energy storage in North America.

Coast to Coast: Catch Our Team at these Conferences in April

03/21/2014

From California to New York, our team at Solar Grid Storage is literally spanning coast-to-coast to talk solar+storage next month. We are excited to be speaking at a number of industry conferences, and we would love to meet you. If you will be in attendance or in town, feel free to contact the speakers to set up a meeting. Full list of conferences after the jump.

Energy Storage Isn’t Just about Keeping the Lights On

03/07/2014

A power outage at a water pumping station in Washington, DC, led to a boiling water advisory that closed surrounding areas' school cafeterias and impacted local businesses. Could energy storage have helped?

PowerFactor™ is an Opportunity for Utilities - or a Threat

02/28/2014

Fresh off the heels of a new paper that identifies solar+storage as a real and present threat to utilities, a project Solar Grid Storage developed with Advanced Solar Products illustrates this new business model combination in practice.

Tesla’s Challenge to Power Companies Will Benefit “Revolutionary” Solar Grid Storage System

02/26/2014 Business Insider

Business Insider's Rob Wile looks at the energy storage sector and highlights how Tesla's 'gigafactory' will only further cost reductions for Solar Grid Storage's "revolutionary" PowerFactor™ system and energy storage technologies generally.

The Future of Commercial Energy Storage in One Graph

02/06/2014

A new GTM Research report explains how this emerging sector harkens back to the early days of solar energy's explosive growth curve.

Solar Grid Storage: Finding Value In Grid Services

01/21/2014 Forbes

Peter Kelly-Detwiler takes a closer look at our company to explain how the PowerFactor™ system can lower the overall cost and add value to solar developer projects

Builders Tackle Efficiency Challenges With Net Zero Energy

01/21/2014 Law360.com

The LexisNexis legal website Law360.com (paywall) interviews Founder and Senior Vice President Don Bradley on the increasing trend of builders incorporating renewable energy and energy storage into 'net zero' designs. Bradley foresees, "the future of commercial development - singular buildings or groups of buildings that share solar microgrids with large storage capacities to achieve net zero energy status and hedge against outages. 'We are in the midst of helping to define microgrid technologies and the role renewables and energy storage plays [in powering buildings].'”

Top 10 Reasons 2013 was a Good Year for Clean Energy

Laurie Guevara-Stone writes in the Christian Science Monitor about trends in 2013, and cites Solar Grid Storage among the companies that made energy storage 'go mainstream' last year.

Third Party Ownership in Energy Storage: The Scaling of Downstream Storage

12/27/2013 Smart Grid News

Smart Grid News explores industry leaders like Solar Grid Storage that "are beginning to show that the leasing model which enabled much of solar’s distributed growth could find its way to supporting distributed energy storage systems in the near future."

Catching Rays in California, and Storing Them

12/23/2013 New York Times

Solar Grid Storage President Chris Cook is quoted in this New York Times piece on prospects for energy storage in California.

Happy Holidays!

12/19/2013

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from Solar Grid Storage.

What’s the Future of Energy Storage?

12/13/2013 The Motely Fool

Travis Hoium sat down to chat with us about financing energy storage - and the key role of business model innovation to accelerate market adoption.

Video: Cutting Through the Storage Hype at GTM Conference

12/13/2013 GTM Research

At a conference this week, Solar Grid Storage's Tom Leyden participated in a panel discussion to share insights from the company's success in deploying solar + storage.

Clean Energy’s Rise Fuels Push for Better Batteries

12/10/2013

Important takeaway from this Christian Science Monitor's great article on energy storage developments: "Regardless of past trends, the future of storage is moving beyond a focus solely on the technology’s ability to store energy for use when the sun is not shining, or provide back-up power in the case of an outage, to a broader set of services storage offers, many with higher value potential."

Solar Grid Storage Working with Most Respected U.S. Solar Developers to Usher in Grid of the Future

12/09/2013 Press Release

Solar Grid Storage, the leading pioneer in solar storage deployment, has contracted with several of nation’s most respected solar project developers to deploy solar systems that incorporate cost-effective energy storage. Solar Grid Storage projects help stabilize the grid and deliver power even during utility outages. The company’s customers include Advanced Solar Products, groSolar, Standard Solar, Solaire Generation, Solis Partners, Argand Energy, among others – companies responsible for deploying thousands of megawatts of commercial solar installations in the U.S.

Presentation: Integrating Energy Storage into the Grid

12/06/2013

Solar Grid Storage's Joel Meister spoke on a solar industry webinar to discuss the company's business model and value proposition for solar project developers.

Solar Grid Storage Appoints David Eisenbud as Vice President of Sales

11/18/2013 Press Release

In this role, Mr. Eisenbud will help accelerate the company’s project sales and market expansion.

Op-Ed: Solar with Battery Storage Provides Power in Events like Hurricane Sandy

11/16/2013 Times of Trenon

CEO Tom Leyden pens a timely op-ed in the Times of Trenton: As areas of New York and New Jersey work to rebound from 2012’s catastrophic storm, our leaders should strive to invest in infrastructure that makes us more resilient in the face of future disasters. Taking advantage of the tens of thousands of solar projects already installed over the last several years and accelerating support for new installations — this time with storage — should be a key component of plans for rebuilding.

What Solar Power Needs for a Brighter Future

11/15/2013 Wall Street Journal

Ucilia Wang looks at the big picture regarding the opportunities and challenges for the solar industry, noting how better grid communications and management, among other emerging innovations, will enable solar + energy storage to more effectively modernize U.S. energy infrastructure.

Batteries Included: Solar PV and Battery Storage Microgrid Improves Resiliency and Enhances the Grid

Clearly, the importance of resiliency is part of the national-level conversation, and it seems that more communities are taking notice. Islandable, renewable, resilient microgrids are a promising strategy, yet their widespread implementation in commercial applications is still mostly conceptual...[Solar Grid Storage's] innovations begin to literally “change the game” regarding the economics of hybrid renewable and storage systems, shifting how customers engage with the grid and their utility.

Grid Energy Storage Pilot System Deployed At Philadelphia Navy Yard

Leyden says Hurricane Sandy, which caused widespread and extended power outages when it struck the Northeast in October 2012, has heightened awareness among regional electricity producers and consumers alike about the vulnerability of the grid to extreme weather events.

The Future Of Renewable Energy Can Now Be Found Inside A Shipping Container Off The I-95 Corridor

11/04/2013 Business Insider

Business Insider takes a closer look at PowerFactor™ to consider how energy storage can accelerate deployment of renewable energy.

Reaction to White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

11/01/2013

Solar Grid Storage weighs in on an important new initiative to improve communities' resilience and infrastructure.

Post Sandy, U.S. Pushes Microgrids for Backup Power

11/01/2013 USA Today

USA Today's Wendy Koch takes a closer look at the growing demand for resiliency following Hurricane Sandy. Solar Grid Storage's Konterra system is featured, along with quotes from CEO Tom Leyden.

GridSTAR Dedication: Cloudy with 100% Chance of Energy Storage

10/31/2013

This week, the Solar Grid Storage team was in Philadelphia to help celebrate the opening of the GridSTAR Center at the Navy Yard, that features a PowerFactor™ system. Check out photos and press from the event.

Advanced Energy Storage System Launched at Philadelphia Navy Yard

10/28/2013 Press Release

A battery installed by Solar Grid Storage was brought online this week as part of the new GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center being developed at the Navy Yard spearheaded by Penn State and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the Department of Energy, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Report from SPI 2013 in Chicago

10/28/2013

Storage was one of the hottest topics at Solar Power International in Chicago last week, and Renewable Energy World caught up with Tom Leyden and Tony Clifford to chat about the Konterra microgrid and the benefits of solar + storage.

3 Factors Driving the Marriage of Solar and Energy Storage

Greentech Media asks if the Konterra microgrid project is "a sign of things to come in solar" and draws three lessons from the project to tell a bright story for solar + energy storage.

Solar Grid Storage and AllCell Partner to Help Ensure Grid Stability

10/22/2013 Press Release

Solar Grid Storage today announced the selection of AllCell Technologies as a preferred supplier of large lithium-ion battery systems for their PowerFactor™ solar + storage systems.

Why this Solar Project Is Not Like the Others: Maryland’s MicroGrid Play

“There is a lot of discussion right now and effort from policymakers to find ways to encourage more storage on the grid.” said Tom Leyden, CEO at Solar Grid Storage, in a interview. “The duration of the outage during Sandy caused people to think about how we make our grid more stable and secure.”

A Perfect Day for the Konterra Solar Microgrid Dedication

10/15/2013

Solar Grid Storage joined federal, state, and local officials to dedicate one of the first-ever commercial solar microgrids in the country. See video and photos from the event.

Gov. O’Malley and Chairman Wellinghoff Celebrate Completion of MD’s First Commercial Solar Microgrid

10/15/2013

Governor O'Malley joins together with FERC Chairman, Standard Solar, Konterra and Solar Grid Storage to dedicate Maryland's first commercial solar microgrid at a mixed use development.

FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff to Join Governor O’Malley at Oct. 15 Konterra Dedication

10/11/2013

Media Advisory: Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will be special guests at project dedication with Solar Grid Storage, Standard Solar and the Maryland Energy Administration.

Meet Solar Grid Storage, A Startup Mixing Batteries and Solar

10/04/2013 GigaOM

A young startup is building a business around installing solar panels and batteries. Innovation in the energy industry isn’t just about new technologies, it’s about new business models, too.

Engineering.com Interview with CEO Tom Leyden

09/30/2013 Engineering.com

Tom Lombardo interviews CEO Tom Leyden about the integration of renewable energy with energy storage systems, as well as the business model Solar Grid Storage has developed to make it easier for companies to go solar with a back-up power option.

Company Profile: Solar Storage Batteries Could Help Shorten Outages, Increase Resiliency

09/26/2013

NJ Spotlight profiles Solar Grid Storage, its upcoming projects in New Jersey, and the key to building a more resilient grid after Hurricane Sandy.

Standard Solar and Solar Grid Storage Collaborate to Complete Pioneering Commercial Solar Microgrid

09/24/2013 Press Release

Standard Solar and Solar Grid Storage today announced that construction is complete on the solar microgrid project at Maryland-developer Konterra's headquarters. The project, announced earlier this year, is a grid-interactive energy storage system co-located with a new 1,368 panel photovoltaic (PV) array, creating one of the nation's first commercial scale microgrids. The canopied solar array, which includes two electric vehicle charging stations, will be dedicated by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on October 15. For press inquiries, please contact Susan DeVico at 510-339-1527 or SusanDV@aol.com.

Vote for our Konterra System in Solar Builder’s Project of the Year Poll

Our Konterra solar microgrid project with Standard Solar is a nominee for Solar Builder Magazine's Project of the Year Award. Readers can vote in the online poll until September 30!

Report: Commercial Segment Set To Lead Solar Energy Storage Market By 2017

A new report by market research firm IHS projects that global installations of photovoltaic storage systems for commercial use will rise to 2.3 GW in 2017, up from 3.2 MW in 2012. Led by growth in the United States, the commercial sector will become the largest segment of the global solar energy storage business by 2017.

Solar Grid Storage is Hiring!

08/21/2013

Solar Grid Storage is quickly growing and expanding its team. Learn more and apply today!

SVP Don Bradley Applauds Penn State’s Innovative Partnership Between Industry and Academia

Solar Grid Storage Founder and Senior Vice President Don Bradley is quoted in this release applauding the unique combination of businesses and academic programs at Penn State's Navy Yard complex in Philadelphia, which will use Solar Grid Storage's PowerFactor250™ system. Bradley notes that, “It’s through these efforts that contemporary technologies deployed at the GridSTAR Center will eventually become mainstream.”

GridSTAR Net Zero Energy Demonstration Project Under Way at Navy Yard With Solar Grid Storage

08/13/2013 PSU News

A powerful collaboration of researchers, manufacturers and economic development officials are embarking on a groundbreaking demonstration project for smart-grid, net zero energy buildings called the GridSTAR Center — a Smart Energy Campus initiative at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

A Republican Case for Climate Action

08/01/2013 New York Times

EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.

Duke Energy Shelves Major Nuclear Project in Florida

08/01/2013 Yahoo News

Duke Energy Corp said on Thursday it will not proceed with a $24 billion nuclear power project in central Florida because of licensing delays and doubts about cost recovery, but may use the site for nuclear power generation in the future.

CEO Tom Leyden Weighs in on Obama’s new Climate Change Proposal

07/01/2013 YouTube

A group of climate change experts, including Solar Grid Storage CEO Tom Leyden, weigh in the new climate change proposal by President Obama. Other experts in the discussion include: Frank Cipolla, Dee Dee Benkie, David Pringle, Suzanne Hunt...

Standard Solar to Install One of the First Commercial Solar Micro-grids With Solar Grid Storage

06/27/2013 Wall Street Journal

Standard Solar, a leader in the full-service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric systems, in partnership with Solar Grid Storage, today announced the installation of a grid-interactive energy storage system co-located with a new photovoltaic (PV) array, creating one of the nation's first commercial scale micro-grids.