Solar power continued to shine last week as yet another NFL stadium announced its solar installations. But solar continued to grow on a community level and utility-scale level as well. So are the complementary services like energy storage, with a new, 3,000 home community in Arizona coming with integrated energy storage and solar.
The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the Atlanta Falcons, sports one of the most radical designs of any football stadium. Its roof opens, much like flower, a fitting inspiration from nature for a stadium that’s seeking LEED Platinum certification. In moving towards that goal the stadium installed multiple solar arrays. The site has 1.3 megawatts (MWs) of solar power and can provide enough electricity to power more than nine Atlanta Falcons home games.
In Prescott Valley, AZ, the new Jasper planned community will have 2,900 homes with solar power and energy storage. The community will serve as a virtual power plant (VPP), providing energy for the grid and taking in more energy from the grid when its producing more energy than needed. The sonnenCommunity project, will have 23 megawatt hours of storage, is being built out to showcase Mandalay Homes’ Discovery Home concept for production homes.
South Carolina’s SCE&G announced one of the biggest build outs for community solar projects last week. It's building out 3 solar farms totaling 16 megawatts of community solar projects for its customers. The projects will allow hundreds of SCE&G’s customers to get the benefits of going solar without putting it on their homes. The projects are being built and operated by Clean Energy Collective which will also manage the subscriptions and sales of the community solar projects.
In Florida, where rooftop solar power has faced issues with utilities fighting against it, utility-scale solar growth remains strong. Last week Florida Power and Light (FPL), the state’s largest electric utility, said it already added 1.25 million solar panels in 2017 and plans to add another 2.5 million solar panels by the end of the year.Tweet