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Solar and wind power will drive the value of energy storage, remaking the power grid

By John Weaver, PV Magazine

A much heralded report shows solar and wind will lower wholesale prices, but it also shows a coming evolution in the pricing profile of the grid. These shifts in timing, shape, regularity and length will drive energy storage demand. Read the entire article here.

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Myth Busted: No partisan divide on wind support, young Americans overwhelming in preferences

By Greg Alvarez, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog

Among American adults, 85% support increased reliance on wind power according to new data from the Pew Research Center. That includes 91% of Democrats and those who lean Democratic, and 79% of Republicans and those who lean Republican. Such cross-cutting support for renewables stands in contrast to other forms of energy.

Another recent poll, by the American Conservation Coalition (a college Republican clean energy group) and the Conservative Energy Network, found 79% of millennials “felt that a pro-clean energy candidate cares more about their family’s future.” Likewise, millennials favored wind by a 39 point margin in their survey. Click here to read the entire post.

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Iowa university to install NEXTracker solar+storage power plant

By Chris Crowell, Solar Builder Magazine

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Iowa-based Ideal Energy is constructing a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, using the NEXTracker NX Flow integrated solar-plus-storage system. The project will be built on University land and, when completed, it is projected to be one of the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state, producing enough energy to cover nearly a third of the University’s annual electricity usage. In addition to those savings, NX Flow will use peak-shaving to significantly reduce MUM’s utility bill during high-demand times. Read more here.

RELATED: Massachusetts’ first community solar plus storage project now operational,
by Chris Crowell

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the progress made by more than 900 public and private-sector organizations that are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy through their participation in the Better Buildings Initiative. Moreover, partners across the Better Buildings Initiative are sharing their innovative approaches and successful strategies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. The 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.

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Residential solar power grows 11% in Q1 2018

By John Weaver, PV Magazine USA

Residential solar power grows 11% in Q1 2018

Of potential interest to Nebraska Solar Installers – In his article John Weaver references the following report:

The customer has spoken – 74% want energy storage

John Weaver is a solar developer and installer. He has sold and managed 50+ solar projects, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW, totaling over $25 million. More articles from John Weaver

Wells Fargo, NextEra Energy Join to Boost Clean Energy in California, Indiana, Nebraska

Business Wire Release

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following Wells Fargo’s (NYSE: WFC) $200-billion low-carbon commitment announced last week, its Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance unit today announced the completion of $70 million in tax-equity funding for the Pacific Plains wind projects, including facilities in Indiana, Nebraska, and California. Over the past decade, Wells Fargo has teamed with NextEra Energy on 14 wind projects throughout the U.S. that will collectively generate more than 5 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy each year. NextEra Energy, North America’s largest renewable-energy power company, developed and built the Pacific Plains wind projects and also operates and manages the new facilities that supply power to local utilities, including:

  • 120-megawatt (MW) Bluff Point wind facility in Jay and Randolph Counties, Indiana
  • 90-MW Cottonwood wind facility in Webster County, Nebraska
  • 46-MW Golden Hills North wind facility in Livermore, California

Read the entire news release here.

Photo: Cottonwood 1 Wind Farm in Webster County, Nebraska

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Eight Solar And Storage Trends To Keep An Eye On

By Betsy Lillian, Solar Energy Magazine

With the global solar industry expected to reach 100 GW this year, following nearly 20% year-over-year growth in annual installations in 2017, IHS Markit has identified eight solar and energy storage market trends to watch. “Solar Energy and Storage Trends,” a new white paper from IHS Markit, identifies the following significant trends with the most impact on the global solar market: Click here to continue.

The IHS Markit white paper can be downloaded here.

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American Conservation Coalition (ACC)

  • One of ACC’s ten Principles of Conservative Environmentalism: “A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship—especially of the natural world—is not fundamentally conservative.” Initiatives include the development of an environmental scorecard of Republicans in Congress.
  • ACC Press Release: College Republican Clean Energy Coalition Expands to 30 states

Iowa State University Research Finds Wind Farms Positively Impact Crops

By Ed Adcock, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them. The overall effects on crops growing in wind farms appear to be positive said Gene Takle, Iowa State agronomy professor. He has led a team of plant and soil scientists along with extension specialists who have been looking into the effects since 2009. They started their work after seeing more wind farms and turbines pop up around the state. The new land use was positive for the landowners where they were located, but the researchers wondered if it was the same for the farmers growing crops. Read more here.

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New White Paper: Owning the Benefits of Solar+Storage – Plus More News

By Lew Milford and Robert Sanders, Clean Energy Group

Summary
Current clean energy financing models do not sufficiently serve low-income communities. As a result, solar+storage projects are vastly underrepresented in affordable housing and community facilities, meaning that low-income communities are unable to enjoy the benefits of clean, affordable and resilient power.

This paper describes emerging finance models to address the energy equity challenge and to level the financing playing field. The paper explores additional ownership and financing options for solar+storage projects and low-income communities beyond direct ownership and conventional leasing models. It makes a simple point: there are ownership and financing strategies that can provide many of the economic and other benefits of direct ownership, while overcoming some of the risks and barriers that direct ownership may entail for many project developers. Learn more here.

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Tesla is installing Powerwalls and solar power on 50,000 homes to create biggest virtual power plant in the world

By Fred Lambert, Electrek

The company’s main project has been the 100MW/ 129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia, the largest in the world for now. But now instead of being a large centralized battery system using Tesla’s Powerpacks, the new project announced today is using Tesla’s residential battery system, the Powerwall, to create decentralized energy storage, which basically results in creating a massive virtual power plant. South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced the deal today – the biggest of its kind by far. Learn more here.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla plans to give thousands of homes batteries:
here’s how it would work, by Nick Harmsen, ABC News

South Australia’s Labor Premier Jay Weatherill has unveiled what he expects to be a vote-winning power policy before the March state election — ‘free’ solar panels and Tesla batteries for 50,000 homes. And it’s all thanks to the guy on the right. Yep, it’s the latest gift in the ongoing bromance between Mr Weatherill and billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk, after the pair teamed up to help fund the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery (which is already producing power in the South Australian grid). Read more here.

Facebook Photo: Jay Weatherill and Elon Musk are changing South Australia’s approach to power generation.

Making Sense of Energy Storage: How Storage Technologies Can Support a Renewable Future

Environment America Report

Energy storage technologies can be an important part of that electric grid of the future, helping to assure reliable access to electricity while supporting America’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. To get the most benefit out of energy storage, however, policy-makers and the general public need to understand how energy storage works, where and when it is necessary, and how to structure public policy to support the appropriate introduction of energy storage.

Energy storage can make a valuable contribution to our energy system.

  • Energy storage can capture renewable energy produced in excess of the grid’s immediate needs for later use. In California, solar and wind energy plants were forced to halt production more than one-fifth of the time during 2016 because the power they produced was not needed at that moment.
  • Energy storage can help utilities to meet peak demand, potentially replacing expensive peaking plants.
  • Energy storage can extend the service lifetime of existing transmission and distribution infrastructure and reduce congestion in these systems by providing power locally at times of high demand.
  • Energy storage can improve community resilience, providing backup power in case of emergency, or even allowing people to live “off the grid,” relying entirely on clean energy they produce themselves.
  • Energy storage can provide needed ancillary services that help the grid function more efficiently and reliably.

Read the entire news release and download the report here.

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