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.
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.
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 Acquires Energy Storage Operating Projects, Pipeline, and Project Origination Team from Solar Grid Storage
(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.
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 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.
Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson makes a powerful argument for action on carbon emissions.
The Wall Street Journal highlights our Konterra project as the example of solar & energy storage working together for microgrids.
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.
The Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies presents Solar Grid Storage with 2014 Enterprise Award.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
A new GTM Research report explains how this emerging sector harkens back to the early days of solar energy's explosive growth curve.
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
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].'”
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.
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."
Solar Grid Storage President Chris Cook is quoted in this New York Times piece on prospects for energy storage in California.
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from Solar Grid Storage.
Travis Hoium sat down to chat with us about financing energy storage - and the key role of business model innovation to accelerate market adoption.
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.
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, 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.
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.
In this role, Mr. Eisenbud will help accelerate the company’s project sales and market expansion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Insider takes a closer look at PowerFactor™ to consider how energy storage can accelerate deployment of renewable energy.
Solar Grid Storage weighs in on an important new initiative to improve communities' resilience and infrastructure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 today announced the selection of AllCell Technologies as a preferred supplier of large lithium-ion battery systems for their PowerFactor™ solar + storage systems.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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!
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 quickly growing and expanding its team. Learn more and apply today!
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.”
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.
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 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.
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, 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.