Monthly Archives: February 2014

LES wants to revamp its renewable energy rates

By Algis J. Laukaitis / Lincoln Journal Star

It’s a homeowner’s dream: Install a solar or wind energy system, use the power you need and then sell the rest to your local utility.

Despite the up-front cost of installing equipment, more homeowners and businesses are looking into making that dream a reality. Others already have.

The city of Lincoln, for example, has installed a $48,000 solar energy system at its police substation at 27th and Holdrege streets, and the Unitarian Church of Lincoln at 63rd and A is adding a geothermal and solar energy system as part of a $2.4 million renovation and expansion project . . .

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LES staff will discuss proposed changes to its rate structure for solar and other renewable energy projects on March 5, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St., Unit 1.

From 7-8 p.m., staff will talk about the recently completed “Value of Distributed Solar Study.”

Downtown Residence Inn project indicates Green Globes certification process is gaining traction

by Cole Epley / World-Herald staff writer

When First Hospitality Group Inc. embarked on the $23 million project to convert downtown Omaha’s old federal building into a Residence Inn by Marriott, officials had a choice of green building standards.

They could have chosen standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED. After all, that’s the path more than 20,000 other commercial projects across the world, including other Marriott hotels, have taken to measure and certify their relative “green-ness” in terms of low environmental impact and energy efficiency.

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Let it Shine: the 6,000 Year History of Solar Energy

Mark your calendars for this free webinar on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 8:00 to 9:00 AM.

With all the recent innovation and explosion in growth, it’s useful to remember that solar is a success story thousands of years in the making. Join UC Santa Barbara professor John Perlin as he discusses facts, findings, and solar fun from his new book, Let it Shine: the 6000 Year History of Solar Energy.

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First solar garden in Minneapolis sold out

McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – David Shaffer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

The first community solar garden on Xcel Energy’s electrical system in Minnesota has been sold out and construction is expected to begin later this year, the developer said Monday.

MN Community Solar, which plans to install solar panels atop a Minneapolis commercial building, said 25 subscribers have signed up to share in the output of the array at a maximum cost of about $950 for a 205-watt unit.

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Clean Energy for Resilient Communities: Expanding Solar Generation in Baltimore ‘s Low-Income Neighborhoods

Written by the Clean Energy Group  


Although the report applies to Baltimore, its detailed policy and financing recommendations can be applied across the country. Among those recommendations are to:

  • Deploy solar with storage at critical community and government facilities that serve low-income, disabled and elderly communities during emergencies.
  • Promote targeted public funds to increase the use of clean energy in those communities.
  • Use existing bond financing tools to finance solar projects in public and community facilities like schools, community centers and senior housing.
  • Address the existing legal obligations of government agencies under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide electricity so the elderly and the disabled can fully access emergency services during power outages.


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