By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News
Ontario-based Heliene, Inc. has begun operations in a 25,000-square-foot factory in Mountain Iron, a city of nearly 3,000 people on Minnesota’s Iron Range, and it plans to hire 130 employees by September . . . Minnesota’s growing community solar garden program, the largest in the country, has been a boon for the company, and Illinois may represent the next big market for Heliene. Read more here.
NEBRASKA IN THE NEWS
WEC Energy bets on solar, wind and natural gas. So, what about coal?, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Public Service, the subsidiary of WEC Energy Group that operates in northeastern Wisconsin, and Madison Gas and Electric plan to invest a total of $390 million to buy 300 megawatts of generating capacity — enough electricity for more than 70,000 residential customers — in two solar power projects . . . WEC also plans to invest $424 million in wind projects in Illinois and Nebraska that will sell power to other companies.
MORE NEWS & COMMENTARY FROM OTHER STATES
- Guest Commentary: State’s solar potential just starting to show, The News-Gazette
Solar energy is a bright spot in Illinois’ economy, rapidly creating jobs across the state. And we’re just getting started….
Future Energy Jobs Act
- 40 acres of farmland near Belleville could be turned into a solar farm, Belleville News-Democrat
With soybean prices falling to their lowest levels in years, farming the sun instead of the land is becoming an increasingly attractive, and sometimes more profitable, use of property for some landowners.
- Invenergy partners with Pacific Power to supply solar power to Facebook, Power Technology
- Community solar installation begins in Edina, Sun Current
Cooperative Energy Futures is a local, member-owned energy cooperative. The organization is working to make solar affordable by building large solar arrays on sunny rooftops or open areas throughout the metro. Alongside Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, which helped recruit subscribers for the Edina array, and other partners, the cooperative is a founding member of the Just Community Solar Coalition. The coalition’s goal is to ensure community solar gardens are accessible to low-income households, create local, sustainable jobs, protect the environment and provide a new avenue for how energy is created and used.
FEATURED RESOURCE: LOW-INCOME SOLAR POLICY GUIDE
The Low-Income Solar Policy Guide was originally developed and launched in 2016 by nonprofits GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar, and the Center for Social Inclusion, to help drive the proposal and adoption of new low-income solar policies and programs, both as stand-alone efforts and as part of broader renewable energy programs. GRID Alternatives and Vote Solar are current contributing partners to the Guide. It is meant to be a tool for policymakers, community leaders and others who are working on solar access at the federal, state and local level.
Federal And State Tax Credits
Grants And Technical Assistance
NEW EV ANALYSIS
Electric vs. Diesel vs. Natural Gas: Which Bus is Best for the Climate?, by Jimmy O’Dea, Vehicles Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Global renewables capacity set to surge amid huge investment in China, Power Technology
The world’s renewable energy capacity is set to rise sharply over the next five years, as the world adds more solar power than fossil fuels in 2018.
- A Week In Japan: Meeting Ministers And Celebrating Ambitious Corporate Leadership,The Climate Group. RE100 is gaining momentum in Japan, going from zero to 10 members in just over a year and gaining significant political support. As temperatures hit new record highs in Japan, The Climate Group’s Head of RE100, Sam Kimmins, writes about his recent visit and the growing interest in renewables in a country long reliant on fossil fuels.