By Sean Gallagher, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Blog
Since the Stone Age, back when Fred Flintstone fought with Barney Rubble, there has been tension between neighbors. Yet the neighborly spat UC Berkeley Professor Lucas Davis recently blogged about shouldn’t be a fight at all. Solar panels aren’t just good for the people who have them — they’re good for everybody.
Davis claims if a neighbor installs solar panels, it will cost him $65/year in higher electric bills, but his math is wrong. Instead of costing him more, it’s very likely those panels are saving Davis money. Read more here.
More News – Mainly Solar
- Women in power: The future of the sector’s leadership. In a series of conversations with women in diverse power sector roles, Utility Dive explores how the current landscape will impact the future.
- U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $105 Million in New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies
- SolarWorld Asked Trade Officials to Exclude SunPower From Tariffs. Now SunPower Is Buying SolarWorld, Greentech Media
- Solar installations put Ypsilanti, Michigan on the clean energy map, Energy News Network
A volunteer-driven effort to install solar in the middle-class town of 20,000 people has caught the attention of Google and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- YouTube Video – Understanding Solar Power in Ypsilanti: TedX Talk by Dave Strenski
- How Cities and the Military Can Join Forces to Improve Resilience, Add Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge
- Global Solar PV Installations to Surpass 104GW in 2018: Key findings from GTM Research’s latest Global Solar Demand Monitor.
- Renewable Energy World’s 3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists in the World?
Wind Energy News
- AWEA’s Annual Wind Report: New Records, New Rising Star And Good Things To Come, North American Wind Powerm, North American Windpower
- Wind powers forward to reach 30 percent in four states, American Wind Energy Association Press Release. New Mexico emerges as a leader, growing wind power faster than any state.
- Western part of Madison County considered for wind energy, Norfolk Daily News
- Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Research Report: Value Stacking in Minster: A rural village leverages solar, storage and 4 revenue streams. With one award-winning solar-plus-storage project under its belt, the Village of Minster, Ohio — population, just under 3,000 — thought adding a community solar project to its portfolio would be the logical next step. That is, it seemed logical until Dannon, the town’s largest energy user and employer, decided to add a 280,000-square-foot distribution center to its already massive yogurt-making plant, and wanted to power it with clean, solar energy.
- Watch SEPA’s video on Minster’s successful strategies for expanding its solar and storage projects here.
- New Clean Energy Group Report – Jump-Start: How Activists and Foundations Can Champion Battery Storage to Recharge the Clean Energy Transition. This free report explores the top 10 emerging trends for battery storage across all elements of the energy system, and it recommends over 50 actions that should be taken to accelerate battery storage in these topic areas: Click above link to continue reading.
- SEIA Releases Solar Means Business Report
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