With duck curves on the prowl and curtailment on the rise, there are dangers stalking utility-scale solar’s natural habitat.
Solar developer 8minutenergy wants to ward off these threats with large-scale energy storage. The company spent the past year quietly picking up staff with years of experience developing storage at California utilities, and recently revealed the new practice with a pipeline of 1 gigawatt already in place. That quantity, though not yet finalized, dwarfs the 221 megawatts deployed across the U.S. last year.
8minutenergy worked its way up to 10th place on GTM Research’s list of U.S. utility-scale solar developers. Now the team wants to incorporate storage into its expertise with wrangling land rights, interconnection and utility off-takers. Initial geographical targets include California, the Southwest, ERCOT and the Southeast.
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