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Is California dreaming? Energy storage’s role in reaching 100% renewables

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By Andy Colthorpe

This year’s Solar Power International trade show dedicated what seemed like
almost as much space to energy storage as solar. As Andy Colthorpe reports, this is likely a strong
indication of the way the world is adopting renewable energy, particularly California, where storage
looks set to play a key role in helping the Golden State realise its green ambitions

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The solar industry endured an eventful 2018 with the US establishing its trade tariffs on module imports and China hitting the brakes on deployment, yet, through sheer determination, everyone ended the year feeling fairly optimistic. There is lots of cause for hope in 2019. Module prices are down for the timebeing, seeding subsidy-free markets. We are on the cusp of technological gains that can tilt that balance even further in solar’s favour. Traction with energy storage is clearing up grid headaches and creating new sources of revenue. Our ultimate 2019 briefing addresses all this and more. Our regular Storage and Smart Power section, meanwhile, includes an in-depth look at California’s vibrant market as decrees turn into deployment.

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