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New numbers show solar plus storage technology, on the strength of 20%-plus annual price drops over the last 4 years, is on the verge of turning into a billion dollar market by 2018, Utility Dive just reported.
“This $6 billion energy market is a huge opportunity,” said
Because storage can be used to provide
Businesses also have
Credit: Clean Coalition (used with permission)
Capitalizing on these attributes, Sahm White said,
Residential-scale solar plus storage systems do not yet offer high enough returns to drive a market because the cost of batteries remains high,
“Economics is the million dollar question,” explained
“C&I is a use case for storage that you can make pencil economically now,” he said. “Where there are high demand charges for peak period electricity use, they can be 15% to 50% of a bill. Storage instantly can chop off those demand charges. And coupled with solar, storage is even a better deal because you can attack the kilowatt-hours.”
“The 25 kilowatt-hour lithium ion batteries are costing about $100,000 deployed,” he said. “But a Nissan LEAF with a
“With that data,’ Keating said, “we can attack finance costs. If you can’t price the risk, you can’t finance it at any reasonable cost and if you can’t understand the actuary data or exchange data between partners, you can’t price the risk.”
There is no “compelling” reason for residential uses of storage “because they have net metering and virtual storage in the grid,” Keating explained. But at some point, SunSpec-validated
“It tends to work where distributed generation is economically viable and where customers that have high demand charges also have peaky loads,” he told Utility Dive.
That tends to be C&I customers, Sahm White said. They also often have
These factors are crucial because they make stored energy at C&I sites a potential way to flatten
Anticipated value of energy storage on CAISO grid in 2020
Solar and storage are coming together at just the right time, Keating said, because in places where the penetration of distributed generation is high like Spain, Germany, Hawaii, and some feeders in California, utilities are beginning to “tap the brakes” on growth. “
Storage can help DR providers shave demand peaks and mitigate for overgeneration from rooftop solar
Credit: SunSpec Alliance via the Clean Coalition (used with permission)
“Storage is only economic today in a handful of circumstances but we are at the tip of the iceberg,” Higgins said. “
The next opportunities will be storage at C&I locations that help them manage their own demand charges and shifting energy use, allow them to
By 2018, he added, storage will be able to help meet EPA Clean Power Plan requirements.
“Utilities everywhere are starting to say energy storage makes sense and paired with distributed resources can be cost effective,” Higgins said. “They are also beginning to recognize it helps optimize the rest of the generation fleet.”