Although having 'Tesla' in your headline is always a solid way to generate more clicks, I'm purposely leaving it out this time to highlight a very different topic:
Over the course of the last year, news of community solar projects have been trickling in from both sides of the pond. Seldom creating a massive buzz compared to other industry news, this development has, quietly but determined, kept on going, with articles popping up in a steady pace every few weeks. In the last couple of days we had Nottingham (article below), US Solar in Minnesota (pv tech) and Moixa's support of social housing clients in the North-West (solar power portal). The UK in particular can politically be a challenging place to keep schemes supporting public and social housing solar going. Nevertheless is is uplifting news that the use of solar and energy storage in the battle against fuel poverty is still a force to be reckoned with.
What is expected to be Europe’s largest community battery is set to be installed at an innovative regeneration scheme in Nottingham, with a 2MWh Tesla battery to be deployed in September as part of a housing scheme alongside community solar. The £100 million Trent Basin project is a new housing development built at the site of an inland dock previously derelict for around two decades. It is expected to deliver 500 homes over five phases with 375kW of rooftop and ground mounted solar and the Tesla battery to be installed by EvoEnergy.