Solar Energy Becoming More Predictable Thanks to Forecasting

Ultimately, the use of forecasting allowed the plant operator to send commitments in line with what is required by the grid operator.

Energy Storage: It's About the Software

Carl Weinschenk for EnergyManagerToday:  Renewable initiatives rely on the ability to save the generated energy for a rainy – or windless – day. It follows that the software driving the pivotal task of managing the energy storage system is of paramount importance, says Gabe Schwartz, the Director of Marketing for Stem, which describes itself as an intelligent storage company that combines hardware and software storage platforms.

The core storage technology itself is important, of course. But the linchpin – the secret sauce – is the way in which that energy is handled once it is generated. “It is not a solar panel…where if the sun is shining you are in good shape,” Schwartz said. “It must shift use from one time to another knowing exactly when most valuable time to do that is and have the ability to act quickly when those opportunities present themselves both to the customer and the grid.”

The market for storage – and the software that drives it — is growing.  Cont'd...

Manage Costs and Risks With Long-Range Probabilistic Weather Forecasts

Deterministic weather forecasts have their place, but probabilistic forecasts are the clear choice for alternative energy companies that take the weather seriously and need long-term data.

MIT Tool Gives the Cost of Installing Solar Panels on Any Roof in Your City

Daniel Oberhaus for Motherboard:  The world, it seems, is falling in love with solar energy. Recent years have seen the increasing adoption of solar power around the world as an alternative energy source for everything from individual homes to the entire energy grid, with the United States’solar capacity having grown to 24 GW, a more than a 17-fold increase since 2008. Part of this rapid growth for solar infrastructure is the result of markedly more efficient solar energy cells, but in spite of these recent technological advances, transitioning to solar power still doesn’t make sense (at least economically speaking) everywhere.

Installing photovoltaic systems can be pretty pricey, and home- and business-owners have to engage in a complex cost-benefit analysis to see if transitioning to solar power is an economically sound idea. The “pain-in-the-ass” factor of such calculations alone might be enough to turn people off of the idea of contemplating installing a photovoltaic system, so the folks at MIT came up with a solution: Mapdwell.

Mapdwell maps the solar potential of entire cities by doing a cost-benefit analysis for every rooftop to determine if installing solar panels on that rooftop is worth the investment. All you do is enter your address into the program, and it will tell you the expected installation costs, the number of years it will take to earn back this investment from your photovoltaic system, the amount of carbon offset by the installation, as well as incredibly detailed installment specs such as the optimal panel tilt and the number of panels that could fit on the roof.  Cont'd...

How One Energy Producer Uses IT Workload Automation to Solve Energy Pricing Challenges

Because weather conditions-precipitation, wind and sun in particular-can have a major impact on both production and demand for any renewable energy producer, Statkraft pays unusually close attention to historical and predictive weather data.

Technology Helps Wind Industry Through PTC Debate

Despite the historic success of tax credits in helping to move renewable energy industries forward, the reality is that these credits might not be renewed. Industries will have to rely more heavily on the savings possible through equipment and technology improvements.

The Smart Campus Project

The campuses involved in the SMART CAMPUS project reached 30% energy savings. The expected result was 20%, so in short the results were 10% better than expected.

Sharp Integrates with Energy Toolbase Software to Streamline the Proposal Creation Process for SmartStorage® Energy Storage Installations

Collaboration enables installers and developers to easily create project proposals including demand kW reduction analysis, PV integration, utility tariff-specific savings, economic analysis, and various financing transactions

CALSEIA Utilizes the Energy Toolbase Software Platform to Analyze Solar Project Economics in Landmark Net Energy Metering Proceeding

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) the state's leading solar trade association, is utilizing the Energy Toolbase software platform to analyze solar project economics in the landmark Net Energy Metering (NEM) proceeding underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Vivint Solar Teams Up With Google In Newly Announced "Project Sunroof"

Vivint Solar teams up with Google to announce Project Sunroof, a new online tool for solar

Google Maps can now tell you if it's worth installing solar panels on your roof

By Loren Grush for The Verge: Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a "treasure map" of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels.

Sunroof uses data from Google Maps that previously had no practical application. For instance, Sunroof uses Maps’ 3D-modeling to calculate the amount of space a building’s roof has for solar panels. The service also analyzes the positioning of the sun over the course of a year, as well as the type of cloud cover and temperature the neighborhood usually experiences. It even considers the amount of shade cast by nearby objects.  Cont'd...

Pick My Solar Launches Solar QuickBid SaaS Platform

Online solar marketplace Pick My Solar expands service offering. New software integration allows homeowners to self-generate custom solar bids; solar companies have access to all-in-one bidding tool.

PV sales process even easier with EasySolar app

One of the keys to successful sales is understanding the customer and a sales approach based on their unique needs. This process can be much easier with tailored software. EasySolar introduced a new customer proposal in its PV design app that will help to present the data even better than up to now.

Technology Supports Global Sustainability

Cloud-based software is one technological advancement that can pay dividends in the development and management of a wide variety of renewable energy projects, from wind farms, solar farms and geothermal plants to hydropower and biomass facilities.

Binsfeld Engineering introduces the TorqueTrak TPM2 featuring digital output signal for the Alternative Energy Industry

Binsfeld Engineering Inc. has announced the release of the new TorqueTrak TPM2 torque and power monitoring system for applications such as wind turbine power generation, hydro-power industry, pumps and compressors.

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