CleanTech OC Daily - 6/14/12

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Silver Spring Brings New Smart Grid Partners on Board
Redwood City, CA-based start-up Silver Spring announced a new, expanded and enhanced partner program which now includes 65 partners. The company has 22 million smart meters - 11 million deployed and another 11 million under contract…that’s a major share of the North American smart meter market, as compared to competitors like Itron, Landis+Gyr, General Electric and Elster.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pushed back against Congressional efforts to restrict the military’s exploration of alternative fuels. The debate sparked from an incident in May when the Armed Services Committee included a provision in the 2013 Defense Department budget that would ban the department from buying alternative fuels that are more expensive than conventional fuels.

Battery maker Saft is looking to make batteries a natural extension of a solar panel system. The company sells lithium ion batteries for small and utility-scale solar systems that connect to the grid as well as off-grid buildings. As more clean power is added to the grid more energy storage will be needed - if solar panel systems are paired with batteries they can store energy at the source.

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