SOLAR+STORAGE

Maxeon Solar Technologies Expands Direct Panel Sales into the U.S. C&I Market Via Collaboration with Omnidian

Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. | February 01, 2022

Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in solar innovation and channels, announced an expanded sales initiative in the U.S. Commercial and Industrial (C&I) solar market. As part of this business expansion, Maxeon will sell Maxeon-branded IBC solar panels together with a Performance Assurance product from Omnidian. This partnership expands upon Maxeon's existing presence in the U.S. utility-scale solar power plant business.

Omnidian, a Seattle-based leading provider of comprehensive protection and performance assurance plans for solar systems, will bundle one-year of Omnidian's Shield Plan with commercial systems larger than 250 kilowatts sold by Maxeon. Omnidian will also offer the option to extend coverage for multiple years. The addition of Omnidian's Shield Plan helps enhance bankability and increase return on investment for PV systems using Maxeon's leading-edge module technology. As part of this collaboration, Omnidian will facilitate access for Maxeon to Omnidian's existing US customer base to quickly expand Maxeon's C&I market footprint.

We are truly pleased to partner with Omnidian to widen our presence in the growing U.S. distributed generation commercial and industrial solar market. With responsibility for the oversight of over 1,800 Megawatts of U.S. solar capacity, Omnidian is a formidable and pioneering force in the industry and has gained extensive expertise in protecting and accelerating investments in clean energy. The combination of their commercial performance guarantee with the proven superior reliability of our solar panels will enhance system bankability and improve our customers' return on investment."

Jeff Waters, CEO of Maxeon Solar Technologies

Omnidian's Shield Plan for Maxeon systems above 250 kW will include comprehensive system protection, preventive maintenance, covered corrective maintenance, professional monitoring, and a cash-back performance guarantee on up to 95-percent of forecasted energy. Omnidian's support includes 24/7 continuous monitoring, proactive service alerts, and intelligent system diagnostics. Omnidian real-time symptom detection technology works around the clock to precisely identify underperformance and each underlying root cause. In the real world, multiple conditions overlap, such as hardware failure, shading, soiling, or weather-related underperformance. Omnidian pinpoints the impact of each, coordinates remediation and confirms resolution. Together with Maxeon's industry-leading modules, Omnidian's state-of-the-art proprietary technology integrates with major monitoring platforms, surveilling individual installations to ensure they meet baseline performance requirements, and quickly identifies underperforming assets requiring field service dispatch.

Subject to customary conditions and exclusions, Omnidian's cash-back performance guarantee transfers certain solar energy generation risks away from the solar asset owner—including weather risk. For developers, the combination of Maxeon's product superiority with Omnidian's industry-leading performance guarantee plans is expected to increase competitive differentiation, bankability for project-financing, and remove significant operational burden and expense from monitoring and maintenance.

"We are proud of the partnership with Maxeon as an industry leader with a long-standing reputation for best-in-class solar panel performance and reliability" said Mark Liffmann, CEO and co-founder of Omnidian. "An in-depth analysis of the degradation of Maxeon IBC panels revealed a significantly lower rate of degradation relative to other manufacturers enabling us to offer plans with lower degradation under this partnership. Together with Maxeon, we're aiming to provide the industry's ultimate peace of mind along with an unrivaled customer satisfaction experience. We are addressing performance risk during the commercial solar purchase decision and giving asset owners Solar Without Fear."

To learn more about the partnership and how it can add value to commercial and industrial solar projects, please visit our website.

About Maxeon Solar Technologies
Maxeon Solar Technologies is Powering Positive Change. Headquartered in Singapore, Maxeon designs and manufactures Maxeon and SunPower brand solar panels, and has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. The company is a leader in solar innovation with access to over 1,000 patents and two best-in-class solar panel product lines. Maxeon products span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,400 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a 35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.

About Omnidian
Omnidian's mission is to protect and accelerate capital invested in clean energy with a cash-back performance guarantee for residential and commercial solar energy systems. Our state-of-the art proprietary technology provides continuous monitoring and real-time system diagnostics to rapidly identify underperformance and the root cause. Omnidian's award-winning team provides proactive service alerts, live customer support and a nationwide network of pre-qualified field service partners. We coordinate remediation and confirm resolution to provide peace of mind for homeowners, commercial and residential asset owners and our Fortune 1000 clients. Omnidian has been named a 'Top 100 Place To Work' for four consecutive years.

Spotlight

First Solar discusses economic benefits to SLO county and local businesses as well as support to local events and organizations. Some examples include construction jobs, 16 million dollars in new tax revenue, local job fairs, and support to local educational institutions.


Other News
SUSTAINABILITY

MGE Increases Energy 2030 Carbon Reduction Goal to 80%

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) | February 01, 2022

Consistent with its commitment to sustainable energy and to global climate science, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) is committing to reducing carbon at least 80% by 2030 as it works toward achieving net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. Under its Energy 2030 framework, announced in 2015, the company set a goal of 40% carbon reduction by 2030, one of the first such goals set by a utility and in alignment with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Since then, the company has said it fully expects to achieve carbon reductions of at least 65% by 2030. In 2019, MGE established its goal of net-zero carbon electricity by mid-century, consistent with climate science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and analysis of the company's goal by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. In 2019, MGE was one of the first utilities in the nation to commit to net-zero carbon by 2050. Since announcing our carbon reduction goals, we have said that if we can move further faster by working with our customers, we will. Today's announcement of our goal to reduce carbon at least 80% by 2030 reflects our commitment to working together to move further faster. We're committed to doing everything we can do today to advance our deep decarbonization strategies as quickly and as cost-effectively as we can while maintaining our top-ranked electric reliability and our responsibility to those we serve." Jeff Keebler, MGE Chairman, President and CEO Ongoing transition away from coal-fired generation In the last year, we have announced the planned early retirement of the Columbia Energy Center by 2025, about 15 years ahead of schedule. MGE is a minority owner of Columbia, which currently provides MGE with about 200 megawatts (MW) of capacity. Columbia provides MGE customers with about one-third of their energy use. While we are replacing much of the coal-fired generation to be retired from Columbia with investments in renewable generation, MGE also plans to purchase 25 MW from the West Riverside Energy Center, with an option to purchase an additional 25 MW. A 50-MW share of this new, state-of-the-art and highly efficient gas plant is expected to produce about 10% of the emissions of MGE's share of the Columbia plant. The West Riverside facility has much lower emission rates compared to coal-fired generation and other older natural gas plants. Investment in West Riverside helps MGE meet the energy needs of our customers with the retirement of Columbia and to dramatically increase the amount of clean energy in our generating mix. Natural gas is a bridge fuel on our path toward a net-zero carbon future. Natural gas plants are an especially efficient backup to renewable energy because they can be dispatched quickly and at times when it's more challenging for wind or solar generation. Additionally, by working with our partners to transition to natural gas as the primary fuel source at the coal-fired Elm Road Generating Station, MGE expects to substantially reduce our use of coal by 2030 and to have no ownership of coal-fired generation by 2035. Growing our use of cost-effective, clean energy Investment in renewable generation will replace much of the capacity needed due to the early retirement of the Columbia plant. We continue to grow our use of renewable energy with the anticipated addition of nearly 400 MW of wind, solar and battery storage between 2015 and 2024. We expect to invest in additional renewable generation beyond what is currently planned. MGE also purchases a portion of the energy it uses to serve our customers from the market. With the retirement of a significant amount of coal generation and the growth of utility-scale renewable projects in the Midwest, we expect market emissions to continue to decrease, which also will help to decrease MGE's overall carbon footprint. Strategies to achieve net‐zero carbon electricity MGE's net‐zero carbon goal is consistent with climate science from the IPCC October 2018 Special Report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To achieve deep decarbonization, MGE is growing its use of renewable energy, engaging customers around energy efficiency and working to electrify transportation, all of which are key strategies identified by the IPCC. About MGE MGE generates and distributes electricity to 157,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 166,000 customers in seven south‐central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy, Inc. The company's roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.

Read More

ECONOMY

CATL launches CTP 3.0 battery "Qilin," achieves the highest integration level in the world

CATL | June 23, 2022

On June 23, CATL launched Qilin, the third generation of its CTP (cell-to-pack) technology. With a record-breaking volume utilization efficiency of 72% and an energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg, it achieves the highest integration level worldwide so far, capable of delivering a range of over 1,000 km in a breeze. Focusing on the very nature of electrochemistry, CATL continues its endeavor to push beyond the boundaries of innovations in system structure. In 2019, CATL launched the world's first module-less battery pack CTP, taking the lead in achieving a volume utilization efficiency of over 50%. Together with overall breakthroughs in the core process, algorithm and materials, CATL redefines battery structure design with "Qilin," which is named after a legendary creature in Chinese mythology. Function Integration. In the CTP 3.0 battery, the internal crossbeam, liquid-cooling plate and thermal pad have been integrated into a multifunctional elastic interlayer. It also features built-in micron bridges inside the interlayer, which flexibly accommodate the changes inside the cell, improving the battery reliability throughout its full life cycle. The integrated energy unit, which is composed of the cell and the multifunctional elastic interlayer, builds a more stable load bearing structure perpendicular to the driving direction, thus enhancing the shock and vibration resistance of the battery pack. Reshaping system structure. Powered by its precise computing and AI simulation capabilities, CATL explores the boundaries of battery design involving the battery's full life cycle application scenarios. The ingenious bottom sharing design allows the smart arrangement of various components including structural protection, high-voltage connection and a protective vent for thermal runaway, further increasing the battery capacity by 6%. Meanwhile, the CTP 3.0 battery satisfies the criteria of the battery safety tests required by national standards such as the bollard test. Disruptive Water Cooling Design . By placing liquid cooling functional parts between adjacent cells, the trailblazing large-surface cell cooling technology increases the heat transfer area by four times, cuts thermal control time in half, and supports a hot start in 5 minutes and fast charging in 10 minutes. It enables the cell to cool down rapidly in extreme circumstances, effectively preventing abnormal thermal conduction among cells. Moreover, it has achieved thermal stability and thermal safety for all chemical systems, making it compatible with materials with higher energy density. From the material, cell to system structure, the systematic engineering mindset runs through the whole chain of research and development in CATL. Supported by the above-mentioned technological innovations, the CTP 3.0 battery can increase the energy density to 255Wh/kg for ternary battery systems, and 160Wh/kg for LFP battery systems. With the same chemical system and the same pack size, it can deliver 13% more power than the 4680 battery, accomplishing an all-round improvement in range, fast-charging, safety, service life, efficiency and low-temperature performance. The CTP 3.0 batteries, or Qilin, are expected to be mass produced and come on the market in 2023. From simulated computing in the micro world to artful streamlining inside the battery structure, CATL remains focused on technological ingenuity and independent innovation, aiming to promote the overtaking of fossil fuel vehicles by electric ones.

Read More

ENERGY

TGG extends asset monitoring and dispatch to battery storage for Conrad Energy

TGG Solutions | October 28, 2021

28 OCTOBER –YORK, UK – TGG Solutions, the partner of choice to flexible power asset owners for asset monitoring and dispatch, has successfully completed a project with Conrad Energy to apply its flagship iON platform to a 40MW battery storage asset for the first time. Located in Bedfordshire, and rated at 40MW, Conrad Energy’s project is the first of many planned battery storage assets in its portfolio and marks the first time the iON platform has been used for non-thermal generation assets. Chosen for its flexibility, TGG’s iON solution offered Conrad Energy the right mix of efficiency while still retaining the value of being hands on with trading optimisation. Developed primarily for small-scale thermal generation including gas peaker plants, iON is a unique asset monitoring and dispatch solution that empowers asset owners without requiring that they relinquish any control over trading functions or install equipment on-site. Built with flexibility in mind, it is perfectly suited for operating the next generation of dispatchable energy assets, such as battery storage, that will enable the energy transition. Steve Moody, Head of Trading at Conrad Energy, comments: “We opted to use iON in the first place due to its flexibility – too many other systems try to take trading optimisation of your hands in the name of efficiency, but for us that would be giving up a major source of value. When we expanded our portfolio to include battery storage, it was natural for us to want to bring the assets onto the platform. The TGG team was more than happy to help and adapting the platform was a smooth process.” With the functionality now built into the platform, TGG is already in discussions for onboarding more battery storage assets onto the iON platform in the near future. Chris Cody, CEO and co-founder, TGG Solutions, comments: “We were never concerned about iON’s suitability for the next generation of dispatchable energy assets, but this is an important milestone for us nonetheless. Our company was born in the early days of the energy transition, providing the tech for companies supporting the shift to renewables through balancing provision. In that sense, we have always been on an energy transition trajectory, and this feels like a natural step.” Rhys Kirk, COO and co-founder, TGG Solutions, adds: “We firmly believe the sector needs a tech option that doesn’t try and take away control in the name of simplicity. As new and nuanced different kinds of distributed energy resources proliferate, the most successful businesses will be those that find a way to compete in the details, so giving up control can mean giving up a precious source of margin. Conrad Energy understands this, and we’ve had a rich working relationship as a result. We look forward to supporting them with whatever comes next as they help to balance the grid.” About TGG TGG is an agile partner for flexible power asset owners in a dynamic energy environment. With the rise of renewables, the smart grid and decentralised assets, the power sector moves fast nowadays – and so do we. We’re the partner for doing automatic dispatch and monitoring right and doing it right now. TGG is a UK-based, globally mobile team of experts who are passionate about power, tech and problem-solving. Our founders bring to bear more than 15 years’ power industry experience and more than 35 years with the OSIsoft/Aveva PI System, ready to solve your challenges. Diane Parlapiano diane.parlapiano@aspectusgroup.com +44 75231 15891 About Conrad Energy Radically transforming the way the energy market works, Conrad Energy is delivering a path toward the future of a flexible low carbon economy. A full-service independent power producer (IPP) and energy supplier, Conrad Energy is delivering fast and flexible power generation and innovative services to the National Grid. Conrad Energy has a highly skilled team of over 100 and is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital. More information can be found at www.conradenergy.co.uk or please contact Victoria Fielding-Kirby on Victoria.Fielding-Kirby@energycreative.co.uk or 07512 708311.

Read More

SOLAR+STORAGE

Solar is Bankable: so what does the Future of Energy hold

Solarplaza | February 15, 2022

The 'Future of Energy' conference - hosted in Amsterdam on 11 & 12 April 2022 - will unite over 500 decision-makers from the global renewable energy value chain to discuss and shape the future of energy generation and consumption in emerging economies. Solarplaza and FMO will host the event, building upon their successful collaboration in the three preceding 'Making Solar Bankable' conferences. In 2016, event organizer Solarplaza and the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO joined forces to organize the inaugural edition of 'Making Solar Bankable', focusing on emerging markets. True to the title, these events explored ways to instrumentalize capital, scale up solar development, and accelerate the energy transition in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. By the third edition in 2020, one thing had become crystal clear: solar is bankable across the globe. There is an abundance of capital available to drive renewable energy development. The key challenge, however, is to connect reliable partners and viable projects to the capital at hand. Solar energy will play a crucial role in the energy strategies of the future but will have to be enhanced by adjacent technologies and societal developments in order to guarantee widespread and equitable energy access. The restart of the event as the 'Future of Energy' conference means that the scope of the event will stretch beyond solar development, and will venture into the domains of energy storage, distributed energy, hybrid wind applications, and green hydrogen. It also means the focus will move beyond the energy generation phase, and will touch upon challenges related to energy transmission and distribution, which - especially in emerging markets - provide their own sets of infrastructure-related challenges. A small grasp of the confirmed program includes sessions like 'International Market Outlook' with Elizabeth Press (IRENA); 'The Promise of Green Hydrogen' with Thierry Lepercq (Soladvent); and 'The Innovation Process' with Jonathan Furr (INSEAD). The 'Future of Energy' will unite a mix of 500+ representatives from top developers, financial institutions and investors, service providers, and asset owners for two days packed with world-class keynotes, in-depth panel discussions, and bountiful networking opportunities. Anyone active in renewable energy project development and management in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe will be sure to walk away with key market insights and strategic understanding of the future of energy; the relevant business connections to empower their business; and the crucial inspiration to get to work!

Read More

Spotlight

First Solar discusses economic benefits to SLO county and local businesses as well as support to local events and organizations. Some examples include construction jobs, 16 million dollars in new tax revenue, local job fairs, and support to local educational institutions.

Resources