March 21st, 2014
This week’s “Top 5” features announced and commissioned storage projects as well as a new subsidy, difficulties for SolarCity’s business model and a new study on storage by the IEA.

0. Clean Horizon exhibits at Energy Storage Europe in Dusseldorf from March 25th to 27th and will be discussing its lead generation, business development and regulatory analysis capabilities. Come meet us at our booth!

1. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced a $100m subsidy for lithium-ion storage. Residential systems are able to claim up to $10k and commercial/industrial systems up to $100k.

2. Younicos partnered with Samsung SDI and Green Energy to win a tender and supply 1MW/1MWh lithium ion battery to Terna, with another 1MW/1MWh in option. The battery is part of a “storage lab” created by the 2012 grid defense plan to secure Sardinia’s grid. If the “storage lab” phase is successful, 24 more MW of storage will be procured for Sardinia and Sicilia.

3. A123 announced the commissioning of a 1MW/2.8 MWh battery in Japan in one of IHI Corporation factories for peak shaving purposes.

4. SolarCity stopped proposing combined PV+storage solutions to its residential clients. The company says Californian utilities are reluctant to accept the connection applications already registered, creating additional applications and fees. The utilities answer that storage is new to them and adjusting to a new acceptance procedure might take some time.

5.The International Energy Agency published an Energy Storage Roadmap.Regards.