Monthly Archives: August 2017

It’s time for solar, wind and energy storage to jointly campaign for 100% renewables by 2050

Opinion by Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza  PV Magazine

Solar, wind and energy storage industry communicators and advocates, it’s time for us to jointly and individually state a very public goal of attaining 100% renewable energy in the United States by 2050. Read the entire opinion here.

Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza is senior strategy adviser for Kiterocket’s renewable energy practice and a communications consultant for other solar and renewables brands.

Staying below 2 degrees is “possible and practical” says RMI

Video: How the smart grid is changing the job market in Illinois

By Craig Duff, a Chicago-based video journalist whose work has appeared on The New York Times, NBC News and MSNBC.
This video explores how evolving grid technology, as well as new and existing state policies, have contributed to clean energy job growth in Illinois.

Watch at Midwest Energy News or YouTube


Michigan State University taps parking lots for renewable energy and big savings

Michigan Radio

MSU is covering parking spaces (5000 of them) with solar panels to provide shade, reduce emissions, and save money. Pictured is about 10% of the project during early construction in June.

Read more here.

Photo by Wolfgang Bauer

Weekend of fun at SolFest in Hastings

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While many communities are holding eclipse events this weekend, not many are doing it as big as Hastings. They are celebrating the celestial event with a full weekend festival. Read more.


UNK will purchase more than half of the electricity from Nebraska’s largest solar farm in Kearney

By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

Operators of the state’s largest solar farm have yet to publicly market shares of the community solar project being built at Kearney’s technology park. But six months before Chicago-based SoCore Energy completes the project in Kearney, organizers have already landed a high-profile taker that will purchase more than half of the electricity generated by the $11 million project. The University of Nebraska at Kearney expects to get about 12 gigawatts of electricity a year from the 5.8-megawatt solar farm through its purchase of about 3,600 “shares” in the project. Continue reading.

Photo: Jon Watts, left, UNK’s vice chancellor for business and finance, with Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse. The solar farm is being built in Kearney. Credit: UNK Communications


University of Minnesota makes long-term commitment to clean energy

By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

By next year more than 20 percent of the electricity needs of the University of Minnesota will be powered by renewable energy. Over the course of the last several months, the university has inked a 10-year subscription to a new green tariff program developed by Xcel Energy. It joins a list of clean energy investments that includes a much bigger deal to purchase power from four community solar gardens for a combined total of 24.5 megawatts (MW) and construction on its own 2.25-MW solar program. Continue reading.

Image: Solar array on the University of Minnesota campus.



It’s a wrap: Best moments from the first #AmericanWindWeek

States Are Using Social Cost of Carbon in Energy Decisions, Despite Trump’s Views

By Peter Fairley, Inside Climate News

Policymakers and regulators in several states, including New York, Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado, are using the social cost of carbon to measure and reduce CO2 impacts from their power grids. Some are using it to compensate rooftop solar panel owners who feed low-carbon power in the grid. Others use it to incentivize nuclear power and renewable energy. Their efforts, aimed at reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, come as Congress and the Trump administration try to restrict its use. Read more here.

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In his article, Peter Fairley references CDP’s Carbon Price Report: Embedding a carbon price into business strategy – 1,200+ companies disclose to CDP their plans or current practice of placing a price on their carbon emissions as an approach to managing carbon risk. 140+ of these companies are taking this approach further, by embedding a carbon price deeper within business strategies and operations to help take tangible action on climate change.

CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts:


Major Texas Wind Developer Makes First Move Outside The Lone Star State

Dallas-based Tri Global Energy (TGE) will begin building Nebraska’s
100MW Sugar Loaf Wind Energy Project this year.

By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower

When asked why Nebraska was selected for its latest wind venture, TGE told NAW in a statement that it has “received interest from communities across the U.S.” and that Sugar Loaf “represents an opportunity to work cooperatively with the community and local partners.”

“The community and partners share TGE’s core values and desire for economic development in rural communities,” the company explains. Read the entire article here.

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Public invited to tour new Kearney Center at Central Community College on Thursday

CCC’s new Kearney Center a real gem
Kearney Hub Opinion

The 11 a.m. ribbon cutting will be followed by tours through 8 p.m. [New facilities in Kearney] include structures and installations such as the Health Science Education Complex at UNK, the 400,000-square-foot distribution center at Baldwin Filters, and SoCore’s 53-acre solar array that will be Nebraska’s largest when it goes online in January. Read more here.

Central Community College Address1215 30th Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska 68845


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Oil and Gas Companies Discuss Diversification at the Offshore Wind Executive Summit

By Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World

Wednesday in Houston at the Offshore Wind Executive Summit, representatives from Statoil, DONG Energy, Avangrid/Iberdrola and US Wind explained why their companies decided to move into offshore wind after working in offshore oil and gas for decades.

Meagan Keiser, legal counsel for Statoil said that just this year her company launched a new division called Statoil New Energy Solutions with the aim of building a profitable renewable business. “So, my team is now working full-time in renewables,” she said. Click here to read more.