By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News
Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects that pairs wind and solar to create a hybrid power source. It’s a rare combination now, but one that’s expected to become more common because of its potential to cut costs while providing a more consistent flow of clean energy. Invenergy is starting with a 175 megawatt wind farm. Within the wind farm, it plans to build a 150 megawatt solar farm. Together, they would produce enough electricity for about 175,000 homes. The wind and solar energy complement each other. Learn more here.
Photo: Invenergy’s Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Virginia 10-year energy plan includes 5 GW of renewables, EVs, grid modernization, Utility Dive
- Solar Industry Welcomes 2018 Virginia Energy Plan and Commitments to Expand Solar Energy, SEIA News Release
- University of Richmond to match energy usage with solar generation, PV Magazine
- Another Colorado Community Commits To 100% Clean Energy, Solar Industry
- Fort Collins will aim for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030, The Coloradoan
- Holy Cross seeking clean energy redemption, PV Magazine
The Colorado co-op has adopted a plan to get 70% of its electricity supply from clean sources by 2030, almost doubling its current 39% and far outpacing its required 10%.
- Nodaway County moves forward with wind farm, Northwest Missourian
Your appliances can save the grid (and allow more solar), PV Magazine
A new report by Wood Mackenzie finds a surprising amount of potential demand flexibility in U.S. homes, which can make the job of integrating more solar and wind easier. Among the many dramatic changes happening in the U.S. electricity sector is entrepreneurs, utilities, policymakers and most importantly consumers waking up to the possibility of flexible demand, through the use of “smart” appliances, electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries.
- Informed utility customers want more renewable energy — and utilities do too, Electric Light & Power
- Commitments to renewable energy are a great start — what comes next?, GreenBiz
This essay was contributed by one of the NGOs that make up the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a consortium dedicated to growing large buyer demand for renewable power and helping utilities and others meet it. You can find the other articles here.
- GameChange Solar says 2018 shipments to exceed 1.5 GW, Renewables Now
- SunPower becomes biggest US solar panel builder with SolarWorld purchase, Utility Dive
- October solar policy snapshots, Solar Power World
- ‘Green’ Home Improvements Can Pay Off: Appraisal Institute, PR Newswire
- A New Take On Energy Conservation In The Heartland, Daily Yonder
Rural counties in Northeastern Iowa are capitalizing on an old model of local control to harness their energy future.
- With Volkswagen payout, states have $2.7 billion to boost EV adoption, Axios
- 10 Year Extension To US EV Tax Credit Proposed, CleanTechnica
- All-Electric Volvo Trucks Coming To California Next Year, Forbes
ENERGY TRANSITION NEWS
ONLINE SOLAR CAREER PLATFORM
The Solar Training Network manages AmericanSolarWorkforce.org, a comprehensive online platform to help solar companies recruit qualified candidates; allow solar job seekers to find career and training opportunities; and help the entire industry build a strong and diverse solar workforce.
The Solar Training Network is a program led by The Solar Foundation and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. This online tool, revised and improved version of an earlier online platform, was unveiled last week at Solar Power International in Anaheim, California.
DOE spent more than $500M on dead projects, E&E News
Nearly half the $2.7 billion in fossil research money spent by the Department of Energy over the last seven years supported nine carbon capture demonstration projects, the majority of which were canceled or withdrawn, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.