California’s solar duck curve coming to Massachusetts

April 25th, 2018

Greentech Media has a great article noting the duck curve flood of mid-day solar generation that’s roiled California’s electricity markets now is coming to Massachusetts.   PV Magazine’s Christian Roselund relays a New England ISO report that on April 21st, New England consumers used more grid electricity while they slept than at mid-day.  Speakers at the recent Energy Storage Association conference in… Read more »

All 57,636 U.S. wind turbines on one map – Love it!

April 25th, 2018

A good day for map nerds:   The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Energy have published an on-line map of a database on every single wind turbine in the United States.   You can zoom in to see individual units in exacting detail — project name, capacity, manufacturer and the year it came online. The interactive site also shows… Read more »

Are corporates ready to invest in solar?

April 16th, 2018

In an April 12th article in PV Magazine, John Harper, writing as a Managing Director of the Tax Credit Advisory Group of Carreden Group, and Mike Mendelsohn, most recently the Senior Director of Project Finance & Capital Markets for SEIA, suggest U.S. corporations should consider investing in solar projects for the strong financial returns, sustainability impacts, and potential benefits for stabilizing and… Read more »

Early stage clean tech venture financing lives.

April 5th, 2018

While financing early-stage clean tech ventures still presents many challenges, new fund-based continue to be established.   In recent months, I’ve seen three in Q1 of this year.   All are being by industry veterans, which bodes well for avoiding starry-eyed enthusiasm about get-rich quick returns. Spring Lane Capital is providing debt capital in the form of “project pools” (typically, $15-30M initially) that… Read more »

$20 million in MA energy storage demonstration grants

December 8th, 2017

Massachusetts announced the winners of the ACES energy storage demonstration grants. $20 million in grants for 26 projects planning up to 85MWh of storage capacity.  The Baker Administration doubled the size of the grant funding in response to the many proposals submitted.  The grants will provide important support for testing multiple storage business models.   Kudos to MA and the awardees! … Read more »