Monthly Archives: August 2014

Community Solar: Lincoln Electric System’s SunShares

– from LES SunShares web link: www.les.com/SunShares

The local, community solar project, Lincoln Electric System (LES) SunShares, is an affordable opportunity for all LES customers to be involved in the development of solar-generated energy. The level of LES SunShares participation will influence project size with the highest-value project selected to continue diversifying the LES resource portfolio, while decreasing reliance on fossil fuels.

A 2013 survey indicated many LES customers are interested in, and willing to contribute to, the development of renewable energy resources in and around the LES service area. Results of the survey prompted LES to study the feasibility of a community solar project. LES administrators are evaluating proposals and are authorized to acquire up to 10 megawatts of solar-generated electricity.

Now LES customers can enroll to contribute to LES SunShares and help make a solar farm a reality.

MONTHLY LEVELS OF SUPPORT
SPARK
$3-6 donated to SunShares
Receive the LES SunShares updates and invites to exclusive project events.
SUNBURST
$7-10 donated to SunShares Receive a decal, public listing + Spark benefits.
SOLAR FLARE
Write your own donation. 
If more than $10, receive Sunburst benefits + VIP invite to the ribbon cutting.
BUSINESSES
Businesses may participate starting at just $3/month.
 Receive a window cling and public recognition. If more than $20, receive the media kit + VIP invite to the ribbon cutting.

There are two ways to enroll: By calling 402-475-4211 or completing the online form at www.les.com/SunShares

To download a brochure, click here: https://www.les.com/pdf/sunshares-brochure.pdf

Additional Examples of Utility-Sponsored Community Solar
Lincoln Electric System is among a growing number of publicly owned utilities providing an option for community solar, including:

Sacramento Municipal Utility’s Solar Shares https://www.smud.org/en/residential/environment/solar-for-your-home/solarshares/index.htm

Video about Sacramento Municipal Utility’s Solar Farm, “Locally-grown Solar Power”:
https://www.smud.org/en/video/cc-single-rebranded.html?bclid=769701255&bctid=1674033143

Salt River Project (SRP), one of Arizona’s largest utilities, Community Solar Program http://www.srpnet.com/menu/solar/SRPcommunitysolar.aspx

SRP’s EarthWise Energy builds solar energy projects for nonprofits:
http://www.srpnet.com/environment/earthwise/home.aspx

Streamlined permits speed up solar development in Chicago

by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Two years ago, Dorian Breuer waited six months to get permits to install solar panels on his home on the south side of Chicago.

At that same time, Breuer was in the heat of the battle to close Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants, as a leader of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization.

Today the coal plants are closed and Breuer, along with Jack Ailey, another leader in the campaign, run one of the four companies chosen to implement the city’s Solar Chicago program offering discounted solar installations through a bulk buy.

To continue reading, click here:
www.midwestenergynews.com/2014/08/15/streamlined-permits-speed-up-solar-development-in-chicago/

Notes related to this article:

Kari Lydersen states that, “The Solar Chicago program lets people with single-family homes and duplexes in the Chicago metropolitan area purchase solar installations at a price of $3.49 per watt of capacity, about 25 percent below market rates, according to program officials.”

Nebraskans for Solar knows of at least two local solar contractors whose installation price of $3.49 per watt of capacity is already their standard rate.

Also, our nonprofit continues to work with many other local and national organizations on efforts to reduce the “soft costs” of solar in our state. We collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and local sustainability leaders to help organize and present a Solar Outreach Partnership Workshop, “Solar Powering Your Community” in June 2013. Two of our board members, Michael Shonka and Ken Deffenbacher, were asked to be on a panel presentation about local solar development: http://solaroutreach.org/events/solar-powering-your-community-omaha-nebraska/#.U-4vcShy9SU

Individual members of our organization also continue to work with many others to advocate for and to work on legislation and policy changes at the city and state levels that will remove barriers to solar energy development in Nebraska. These range from requests for changes in city code that will facilitate solar installations and reduce costs–to advocating for a Nebraska Solar Garden Bill that will allow the use of empty, weed-infested city lots for community solar development, providing access to solar energy to 100% of our citizens.

 

New Solar + Storage Microgrid Project to Provide Resilient Power

With support from the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and Clean Energy Group (CEG), Green Mountain Power, a Vermont utility, has broken ground on a major new solar + storage resilient power microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont.

This will be among the first microgrids in the country to be powered exclusively by solar PV, with over 7,700 solar panels on the site, backed up with 4 MW of battery capacity, and absolutely no use of fossil fuels.

The microgrid will be built on a landfill, contributing to the city’s brownfield recovery efforts, and will help to integrate solar generation on the distribution grid; it will also supply resilient power to a public school designated as a Red Cross emergency shelter, powering the shelter in emergencies when the grid is down (Rutland suffers frequent power outages due to storms).

Visit CESA’s website to read the full press release: http://www.cesa.org

Upcoming Webinar: A Solar Storage Microgrid for the Energy City of the Future

CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) will host a webinar on the Stafford Hills Microgrid Project on Friday, August 22 from 12-1 pm Central Daylight Time.

Green Mountain Power has broken ground on its solar plus storage microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont.  This will be among the first microgrids in the country to be powered exclusively by solar PV, with over 7,700 solar panels on the site, backed up with 4 MW of battery capacity, both lithium ion and lead acid types.

The microgrid will be built on a landfill and will help to integrate solar generation on the distribution grid; it will also supply resilient power to a public school designated as an emergency shelter, powering the shelter in emergencies when the grid is down (Rutland suffers frequent power outages due to storms).

This is the first step in a larger plan to make Rutland, VT the “energy city of the future.”  The project is funded in part by grants from the state of Vermont and from U.S. DOE, Office of Electricity, with support from CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership. 

Speakers:
• Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
• Josh Castonguay, Director of Generation and Renewable Innovation, Green Mountain Power
Categories: Technology
Related Project: Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership:
http://www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/

To register for the webinar, click here: http://www.cesa.org/webinars/estap-webinar-a-solar-storage-microgrid-for-the-energy-city-of-the-future/view/2014-08-22