AI model uses smartphone location data to predict power grid usage

Venturebeat | June 18, 2020

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, Microsoft and the University of Washington researchers propose an AI system that uses smartphone location data to forecast electrical load. They say their architecture, which takes into account data from geographical regions both within the U.S. and Europe, can outperform conventional forecasting methods by more than three times. The pandemic shows no sign of abating, and it’s made a striking impact on the global electrical grid. Stay-at-home orders and social distancing meant to slow the outbreak of COVID-19 have resulted in major shifts in load patterns and peak demands. Italy saw a 25% reduction in demand during its country-wide lockdown, and in the U.S., overall power consumption has fallen to a 16-year low.

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Eon acquires stake in residential solar energy firm

Eon | January 07, 2021

Eon has acquired a 49% stake in Eco2Solar, a market leader in residential solar energy for property developers and new-build housing. Eco2Solar works with many of the large home builders across the UK and has installed solar panels on thousands of new homes. This has allowed developers to meet planning and building regulations and build homes fit for the future, as well saving money and reducing carbon emissions for clients and homebuyers. It also installs battery storage and electric vehicle chargers for developers, social housing and commercial buildings. Eco2Solar chief executive Paul Hutchens said: "Eco2Solar is really pleased to have Eon on board. "Together we will be much stronger, and Eon’s international presence and breadth of solutions will enable us to accelerate our vision to make solar standard on all new buildings, as well as creating homes and communities as energy hubs. "Eco2Solar will continue to operate independently and our focus remains the same: to install solar PV, battery storage and other smart electrical technologies for the new build housing market across the UK." Eon UK chief executive Michael Lewis added: "The UK needs to push on at speed if we are to meet our ambitious zero carbon targets. "The houses we live in now and the ones we will build for the future will be key to achieving those goals. "Eco2Solar have proved themselves to be well equipped to support developers in their sustainability needs and they are a great fit with what we are trying to achieve for our millions of customers across Eon; making energy smart, personalised and sustainable in their homes, businesses and across entire communities."

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GREC and Community Energy Complete Construction of 10 MWdc Colorado Solar Projects Portfolio

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company | March 30, 2021

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC ("GREC") announced today that construction has been finished on a 10 MWdc portfolio comprised of five community solar nurseries in southern Colorado. The solar projects were bought in 2019 from Community Energy ("CE"), who likewise remained on to deal with the designing, acquisition, and construction ("EPC") all through the structure cycle. Alongside an underlying EPC supplier, the portfolio likewise accompanied long haul membership concurrences with solid speculation grade offtakes, under Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community ("SRC") program. The five community solar nurseries (Alden, Monte Vista 2, Rock Creek 2, Platteville, and Alamosa Solar South) are situated in provincial regions of the state, and administration a wide scope of supporters. This incorporates a populace of pay qualified families, who get given solar credits through the task, bringing down their electric bills every month. GREC additionally gives the chance to the portfolio's business supporters—which are all school locale, philanthropies, and districts—to save money on their influence bills, without introducing their own housetop exhibits. These business endorsers get solar credits for the energy created by a lot of the solar venture, offering them a less difficult approach to use and support clean force. “We’re glad to have begun our relationship with CE on a project that helps highlight the need for, and benefits of, local solar gardens, while also bringing value to our investors,” said Charles Wheeler, CEO of Greenbacker. “And we look forward to working together again in the future.” “Community Energy has been developing community solar gardens in Colorado since 2013, and is pleased to have worked with the Greenbacker team on our largest portfolio of solar gardens in the state,” said Ben Griffin, Director of EPC and Asset Management for Community Energy, Inc. “These projects will provide very real economic and environmental benefits to the wide range of subscriber customers and communities that are participating.” About Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC is a publicly reporting, non-traded limited liability energy company that acquires and manages income-generating renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and other energy-related businesses. The projects in which we invest, such as solar and wind facilities, sell power under long-term contract to high credit worthy counterparties such as utilities, municipalities, and corporations. About Community Energy Community Energy has developed and financed 2,000 MW of renewable energy power projects across the country, including 1,300 MW of solar power. Community Energy combines power marketing and development expertise to build renewable generation projects economically and at scale. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania and Boulder, Colorado, the Company has been a leading renewable energy developer for more than 20 years, developing many of the first utility-scale wind and then solar projects in the United States.

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WEC Energy Group Announces First Large-Scale Solar and Battery Storage Project

WEC Energy Group | February 17, 2021

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) today proposed plans for another 310-megawatt (MW) solar and battery storage project. Whenever affirmed, the Paris Solar-Battery Park in Kenosha County would be the biggest office of its sort in Wisconsin. The office highlights 200 MW of solar age — which is equivalent to driving 60,000 homes, and 110 MW of battery storage — which can store solar-produced force and release it when the sun goes down, giving clients "sunshine after sunset." "This project is another concrete example of our commitment to build a bright, sustainable future," said Tom Metcalfe, president — We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service. "As the largest renewable energy investor in the state, we know the importance of clean energy. Projects like this maintain reliability, deliver significant savings to customers and support the goals of the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change." The Paris Solar-Battery Park is essential for the organization's arrangements to put $2 billion in new solar, wind and battery storage projects by 2025. Building these offices in Wisconsin will make green positions and help drive the state's economy. Clean energy speculations, similar to the Paris project, are a significant piece of the organization's objective to decrease fossil fuel byproducts 70% by 2030. The organization's more drawn out reach plan is required to save utility clients more than $1 billion over the course of the following 20 years. The organization recorded the battery and solar storage proposition today with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Whenever endorsed, WEC Energy Group utilities We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, would possess 90% of the undertaking. Madison Gas and Electric would claim the other 10%. The venture is being created by Invenergy. Whenever endorsed, development is relied upon to start in 2022 and the undertaking is booked to go into administration in 2023. About WEC Energy Group WEC Energy Group is one of the nation’s largest electric and natural gas delivery companies, with deep operational expertise, scale and financial resources to meet the region’s future energy needs. We focus on reliable service, customer satisfaction and shareholder value.

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