NYC replaces fossil power plants with storage and renewables, solar boom stalls in Texas – pv magazine USA

Also on file: an overview of the link between photovoltaic systems and bird mortality, Sunverge was chosen to manage a virtual power plant in Maryland, a solar-powered water filtration system, and more.

Replace NYC peaks with renewable energy + storage? Plant owners say they are working on it: New York City taxpayers have shelled out $4.5 billion in capacity payments over the past decade to keep 16 peaking fossil fuel power plants available, analysis by justice group finds Environmental PEAK Coalition. The group…recommends replacing facilities with distributed energy resources and energy storage that would not emit greenhouse gases. Factory owners say much of this work is already underway. Source: Utility dive

Oil-powered solar boom fizzles in Texas: The oil crash is pulling the rug out from under the hottest US solar market. Developers including 8minute Solar Energy have scrapped plans to build at least 13 solar farms in Texas since crude prices began to fall in March. Analysts warn that others could follow. The canceled projects, which total 2.5 gigawatts, are an early indication that the solar construction boom to meet growing electricity demand in Texas could crumble as drilling slows. “Texas used to be very lucrative,” BloombergNEF solar analyst Tara Narayanan said in an interview. “Now it’s collapsing.” Source: Bloomberg

A group of researchers representing Western EcoSystems Technology, based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, published a study on habitat loss and the potential for collision mortality for birds in relation to solar projects. The study is based on aggregated data from the results of death surveillance studies at 10 solar PV installations across 13 site-years in California and Nevada. The authors found that the average annual estimate of fatalities for PV projects (high-end estimate of 2.49 birds per MW per year) is lower than that reported by another study (9.9 birds per MW per year) . Source: OLP

Maryland-based utility Delmarva Power decided to partner with Sunverge on Delmarva’s Elk Neck Behind-the-Meter Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in Cecil County. The utility will use Sunverge’s DER control and aggregation technology to manage the 55 MW/2.2 MWh VPP, which is used to provide backup power to homes located on a peninsula in the Bay of Chesapeake. The proposal is currently under review by the Maryland Public Service Commission and is expected to generate $2 million in value over 15 years. Source: Power Delmarva

GoSun, a company specializing in solar-powered camping and survival gear, launched the GoSun Flow, a portable solar-powered water purification and sanitation system. According to the company, the GoSun Flow can filter 99.99% of pathogens from water and can function as a portable hand washing station, hot shower and drinking water source. The gadget is available for pre-order now. Source: GoSun

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