Akon Launches “Akon Lighting America” in Effort to Assist the United States in Becoming a Leader in the Global Sustainable Development Goals

News Release Posted by the Solar Energy Industries Association

NEW YORK– Philanthropist, business mogul and five-time Grammy nominated artist Akon has initiated a partnership to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030 and assisting participating US states to meet their renewable energy goals . . . As of January 2019, Akon Lighting America will begin developing utility scale renewable energy projects throughout the United States and constructing renewable energy solutions for rural and low-income housing communities. Read more here.

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NEW GLOBAL REPORT

Renewable Energy Market to Garner $2,152 Billion by 2025, Reveals Report, Interesting Engineering

A new report published by global market consultancy Allied Market Research is revealing a very promising future for the renewables industry with hydro and ocean power leading the way.


FEATURED EV INITIATIVE

The EV Drive Coalition is working to urge Congress to reform the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit so automakers can continue producing, workers can continue building, and consumers can continue buying vehicles that produce zero emissions. Supporters of EVs and the tax credit have formed this coalition to ensure that EVs remain viable in the United States. Supporters include consumer advocates, environmental groups, free market advocates and automakers, among others. See AlsoFact Sheets

Mayors join call for more solar power

Special to the Norfolk Daily News

 

 

 

 

More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state have signed on to Environment America Research & Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities. Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning is one of two representing Nebraska, along with Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler . . . The number of signatures on the Mayors for Solar Energy letter has more than tripled since December 2017, and Environment America Research and Policy Center expects that number will continue to grow. Learn more here.

Environment America News Release: From sea to shining sea, mayors call for solar
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City seeking proposals for solar project

By Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

The city of Hastings is seeking proposals for a 1.5 megawatt solar farm project. Derek Zeisler, Hastings Utilities director of marketing and energy supply, told members of the Hastings Utility board during their regular meeting Thursday HU will disseminate an RFP on Friday for a solar farm project and is asking for those proposals by Nov. 28. “It seems to be a good size for a good price point,” he said of the 1.5 megawatt size of the solar project, which is similar to the power generated by the Central Community College-Hastings wind turbine. Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: Troy Schaben, Assistant City Administrator, Fremont Department of Utilities. First Fremont Solar Farm, 1.55-megawatts. The city completed a second solar farm of the same size in September 2018 to accommodate strong customer demand.

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Stowe, Okemo resorts to be powered by virtual wind energy, Vermont Biz

Lincoln Clean Energy Photo: Nebraska’s Plum Creek Wind
Farm development, expected to be completed in 2020.

Solar industry job fair: Illinois companies seek to fill openings in fast-growing field

Illinois Solar Energy Association News Release

CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The solar industry in Illinois is encouraging job seekers to attend the Solar Job Fair, set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Organized by the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) and featuring more than 15 solar companies, the event will connect applicants with job opportunities and present information on careers in the solar industry. Illinois solar businesses have immediate openings for sales, installation and other positions. The industry plans to hire hundreds of new workers in the next few months.

Solar already employs thousands across the state and the industry is quickly expanding. Illinois is on track to install thousands of new solar systems by 2021. That opportunity has attracted dozens of new companies to Illinois, creating well-paying jobs and economic activity in communities stretching from Chicago to Carbondale.

Local and national solar energy firms, along with experienced solar industry professionals, will be on-hand at the Solar Job Fair to answer questions and educate job seekers on the various career paths available in the industry.

“Solar companies are hiring here in Illinois and this job fair is part of our work to connect applicants with the companies who need to staff up,” said Lesley McCain, ISEA’s executive director. “Jobs in solar are well-paying and rewarding, and the growth in our industry means workers with the right skills will be in demand for a long time.”

For more information on the event and online registration, visit bit.ly/SolarJobFair
Lincoln, Nebraska-based GRNE, listed in Nebraskans for Solar’s online directory, is among the participating companies.

Solar Job Fair
When: 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15
Where: McCormick Place, West Building, Room 192AB
2301 S King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

The news release is available here.
See Also: Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act

Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference Presentations Now Available

Recordings from the 11th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference are now available on the conference website. Click Here to View Presentations.

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12th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference
October 29-30, 2019
Marriott Cornhusker Hotel | Lincoln, Nebraska

Thank you to all of the Sponsors, Exhibitors, Presenters & Attendees of the 11th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference for your dedication to and passion for advancing Nebraska’s wind and solar industry. – Conference Organizing Committee

Nebraska clean energy advocates gain at least two allies on Omaha power board

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network

Nebraska clean energy supporters have two new allies on Omaha’s public power utility board, and a third race still too close to call could give renewable and efficiency champions a clear majority on the eight-member board. Eric Williams and Janece Mollhoff were elected to six-year terms on the Omaha Public Power District board after campaigning in support of clean energy policies. A third clean energy supporter, Amanda Bogner, held a 225 vote lead as of Friday with a recount expected due to the close margin. “We’re embarking on a new age for this power district,” said Michael Shonka, an Omaha solar installer who advocates for clean energy and keeps close watch on the nonprofit utility, which is run by a publicly elected board.
Continue reading here.

Note: Eric Williams is a past president of Nebraskans for Solar and a current board member. He and his twin brother, Scott Williams, co-founded the nonprofit Omaha Biofuels Cooperative in 2008.  Both have been active in environmental and renewable energy advocacy organizations for many years.

In Blow to Pipeline Project, Court Invalidates Trump Administration’s Keystone XL Environmental Review, Blocks Construction

Written by Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska

GREAT FALLS, Mont.– A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration violated bedrock U.S. environmental laws when approving a federal permit for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The judge blocked any construction on the pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review.

The decision is a significant setback for a pipeline that investors are already seriously questioning. TransCanada has not yet announced a Final Investment Decision on whether to move forward and build Keystone XL should it receive all the necessary permits.

Continue reading here.

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Lazards, Lazards, LCOE – what’s the cheapest energy?

By John Weaver, PV Magazine USA

Yesterday, Lazards released its Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) analysis version 12.0 for Energy (pdf), and Version 4.0 for Energy Storage (pdf). The document shows that utility scale wind, solar offer the cheapest absolute electricity pricing – without subsidies. When federal tax subsidies are applied, essentially politically palatable forms of a carbon tax, we see all thin film solar cheaper than all gas, and the majority of crystalline silicon solar cheaper than gas. Rooftop solar for residential and commercial, with its broad price ranges representing the broad classes of projects they cover, shows higher pricing. However, this analysis doesn’t consider the additional benefits including avoided costs achieved with behind-the-meter installations, and as such it isn’t a pure apples-to-apples comparison. Read more here.

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NATIONAL SOLAR EXAMPLES

 

Friends of Venice Library to kick off solar power fundraiser with panel discussion, Herald-Tribune. Iconic nature photographer and environmentalist Clyde Butcher to serve as spokesman.

 

  • Wisconsin importer and distributor invests in solar energy, Fresh Plaza
    Maglio Companies, an importer and distributor of fresh produce, has installed over 1,100 solar panels on the roof of its Glendale, Wisconsin facility. This array is expected to produce an estimated 477,000 kilowatt hours of sustainable electricity each year. This is equivalent to the annual energy usage of 58 average Wisconsin homes.
  • Minnesota company turns abandoned sand pit into a solar garden, Red Wing Republican Eagle
  • State’s largest solar farm nearing production, The Spokesman-Review. Washington’s largest solar farm will begin commercial production next month in this Columbia Basin town better known for its annual Combine Demolition Derby. Nearly 82,000 solar panels have been installed near Lind’s pioneer-era cemetery, resembling a mirage on the dusty landscape. Sensors adjust the angle of the flat, blue panels throughout the day, allowing them to maximize the capture of solar rays.

GREEN CAMPUSES

Carport Solar Array Receives 2018 Innovative Project Award, MSU Today
Michigan State University’s solar carport project received the 2018 Innovative Project Award from the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan. The award recognizes exemplary projects in the region exhibiting features above and beyond the status quo. MSU’s solar carport array is constructed on five of the university’s largest commuter parking lots and covers 5,000 parking spaces.


Learn about more initiatives here: The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges, 2018 Edition

 

INNOVATIVE TRANSIT APP

Transit app raises $17.5M with the help of unlikely investors: automakers, Smart Cities Dive

Solar Shingles News: POWERHOUSE to turn on in December

By John Weaver, PV Magazine

RGS Energy says it expects to deliver its first POWERHOUSE solar shingles in December. RGSE projects revenue from an average POWERHOUSE kit sold to a roofer – 6.3 kW worth, including shingles, inverter, monitoring, non-electrical balance of system components and freight charges to be $19,000. The company expects a 30% gross profit margin on the product, with the overall department making $17 million on $127 million worth of sales. If these $127 million in reservations turn into orders, and the average cost per watt of the kit sticks at $2.80 per watt, then current order queue is approximately 45 MW-DC worth of product. Read more here.

  • The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), currently 30%, reduces the cost of the $19,000 POWERHOUSE Kit by $5,700 to $13,300.
  • Established in 1978, RGS Energy is a Real Goods Solar Company that has installed over 25,000 solar energy systems for homes, businesses, schools, government facilities, and utilities across the country, totaling more than 260 megawatts.

MORE NATIONAL / GLOBAL NEWS

Global Floating Solar Capacity Surpasses 1 Gigawatt, CleanTechnica
The new hot trend in renewable energy technologies seems to be to test whether it will float, and a new report from the World Bank published last week revealed that there is currently 1.1 gigawatt (GW) worth of floating solar around the globe and that the market could potentially support up to 400 GW worth of total capacity. Photo: Floating PV Power Plant, Sungrow, in China. How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?, DOE

NEWS FROM OTHER STATES

Voters Raise Nevada Renewables Goal to 50%, NV Energy Has $2B Plans, CleanTechnica. Nevada voters approved a measure (Question 6) to increase the renewable energy portfolio standard for state utilities from 15% in 2025 to 50% by 2030, a goal for which NV Energy is preparing with $2 billion worth of requests for proposals this year. On the other hand, Nevada voters squashed a different electricity utility measure (Question 3) with an equally lofty goal of ending the virtual monopoly for NV Energy in the state, despite substantial groundswell prior to the Nov. 6 vote. The renewable portfolio measure was an initiative backed by NextGen Climate Action, a PAC funded by economic activist Tom Steyer. The measure also was supported by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Sierra Club.

ENERGY STORAGE – FERC ORDER 841

Ahead of biggest energy storage rule change yet, US’ transmission network operators open up markets, Energy Storage News
Transmission system operators in the US have begun making their moves to accommodate energy storage into their wholesale markets, with New England ISO and Southwest Power Pool both making filings in the past month.


RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Stanford researchers develop a rooftop device that can make solar power and cool buildings, Stanford News

A new rooftop device under development will be able to produce electricity from sunlight while also beaming heat directly into space to cool buildings.


INTERESTING ENGINEERING POST

How Does a Solar Power Plant Work?
A solar power plant is any type of facility that converts sunlight either directly, like Photovoltaics, or indirectly, like Solar Thermal plants, into electricity. They come in a variety of ‘flavors’ with each using discretely different techniques to harness the power of the sun. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the different types of solar power plants that harness the sun’s life-giving sunlight to produce electricity.

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WRISE Opens New Doors for Women in Solar and Wind

Kristen Graf, Executive Director of WRISE, says more women in the field is key. Published in the November/December edition of Sierra Magazine.

Growing up, I was a math and science nerd who loved being outdoors. I had great teachers who encouraged me to explore engineering as a path for doing environmental work, and I got excited about renewable energy as a technological solution to climate change. So I went to Cornell to get an engineering degree.

Once there, I was stunned by how few women were in the engineering program. In high school, there were tons of women in my calculus and science classes, and I just assumed that would continue through college. I got involved with the Society of Women Engineers, and promoting women in science and technology became a side passion of mine.

Click here to read more and to watch a brief video, Faces of Clean Energy.
Website: Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)

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CORPORATE NEWS

SOLAR SUNROOFS 

Hyundai & Kia To Begin Offering Solar Sunroofs After 2019, CleanTechnica. Many people have dreamt of combining solar power with electric cars. German startup company Sono is actually doing it with its Sion solar-powered car, but few other companies have gone down that road. Now Hyundai and Kia say they will make solar sunroofs available on some models after 2019.


NEW SONNEN COMMUNITY 

 

Sonnen targets utility contract for Arizona aggregated storage project, Utility Dive. The company aims to equip 2,900 homes with solar panels and a battery to provide peak demand during evenings.

 


MORE ENERGY STORAGE NEWS

SRP, NREL to study residential battery storage use, American Public Power Association

Storage installations will likely grow to about 3,900 MW a year in 2023, up from close to 400 MW this year, according to the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie forecast.