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Electrek is sponsoring the American Solar Challenge! Join Us!

By Sam Weintraub, Electrek Publisher and Editor

We’re proud to announce Electrek is sponsoring the American Solar Challenge this year. The 2018 event (PDF Flyer), which begins next weekend, will see racers take their Solar-powered “cars” from OmahaNebraska to BendOregon loosely through the Oregon Trail. I use quotes because to get the watts/mile equation on these vehicles to within what’s possible with a car footprint solar array, you’ll essentially need 4-wheeled electric bicycles.

The American Solar Challenge (ASC) is a multi-day, 1,500-2,000 mile cross-country endurance rally across North America. The event is typically held every other year during the summer and is open to collegiate level solar car teams from countries all over the world. The routes have varied greatly over the course of the event’s rich history, but they are always designed to provide teams with a great opportunity to demonstrate their solar cars under real world driving conditions and thoroughly test the reliability of all onboard systems.

Click image, below, to link to the American Solar Challenge on Facebook. 

TRACK AND ROUTE / DISPLAY DAY AT LEWIS & CLARK LANDING IN OMAHA

Hosting both the scrutineering and Formula Sun Grand Prix portions of the event will be Motorsport Park Hastings in Hastings, Nebraska. The 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix will be the first at the 2.15 mile track.

Following the track race, teams will move to the starting point of the American Solar Challenge in Omaha, Nebraska at Lewis & Clark Landing. This is where the display day and multi-occupant judging will take place.

Display: July 13, 3:00-7:00pm
Start Line: July 14 at 8:00am

(Nebraskans for Solar will be among organizations sponsoring booths at the American Solar Challenge display day at Lewis & Clark Landing on July 13).

For the road portion of the event, teams can expect a journey covering more than 1,700 miles. The route will cover portions of the Oregon Trail from Nebraska to Oregon; the stops are listed here: ASC 2018 Route Book Download

Additional details are posted on our calendar and here.

Tesla updates Supercharger network with new upcoming stations enabling new routes and city charging

By Fred Lambert, Electrek 

Following the launch of Tesla’s new “urban” Supercharger stations [yesterday], the automaker updated its new “upcoming stations” on its map and it now features the expected locations of hundreds of new stations coming next year. Tesla updated the map earlier this year with its plan to reach 10,000 Superchargers by the end of 2017. The automaker just now reached 900 Supercharger stations with 6,000 Supercharger stalls toward that goal and it has a just as ambitious goal to have 18,000 Superchargers in its network in 2018. Read more here.

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The new guide to the community solar galaxy

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive

While 15 states and the District of Columbia have policies to support community solar, each policy is structured differently and many, when put into practice, have not driven growth. As a result, only five states have active markets. To rectify this, experienced developers in the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) put together a report that aims to help policymakers design community solar programs. Read more here.

Photo credit: Coalition for Community Solar Access

Download Community Solar Policy Decision Matrix: Guidance for Designing Community Solar Programs here.

About the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)
Founded in February 2016, CCSA is a business-led trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar. These programs can also expand access to solar energy to low-income households. For more information on CCSA, visit the website at www.communitysolaraccess.org,

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Microgrid powers new suburban Minneapolis office building

Written by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

On a crowded stretch of one of the Twin Cities’ busiest freeways, a glassy new five-story building announces itself with a large sign saying, “OATI Microgrid.” Inside the building in Bloomington, workers are putting the final touches on the OATI Microgrid Technology Center, which features solar panels, wind turbines, a combined heat and power plant and energy storage. It’s part of a pilot project for Open Access Technology International, a Minneapolis-based company that provides cloud-based software applications for more than 1,600 clients, including independent service operators (ISOs), electric cooperatives, energy traders and utilities. Continue reading.

Photo by Open Access Technology International. A rendering of OATI’s new office building in Bloomington, Minnesota, equipped with a microgrid powered by renewables and CHP turbines.

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