Consumers Energy plans to combine solar and storage in a 4-square-block project in Jackson, Michigan.
Smart grid upgrades may offer less risk in some areas, but experts say conventional transmission projects are still needed in others.
Selling curtailment to the grid could bring in new revenue for customers with on-site solar panels and batteries.
Bowery Farming’s New Jersey factory will include energy storage, solar panels, and on-site gas generation.
In Chicago, a cluster of museums is exploring the case for combining energy systems, but thorny questions remain.