Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News
Kansas City Power & Light’s plan to return federal tax savings to customers also includes measures to encourage renewable energy purchases, community solar and reduce energy usage. The package includes a green tariff, demand response aggregation and new rate designs available to about 800,000 electricity customers in the Kansas City area. Missouri utility regulators are expected to approve the plan soon. The measures also provide policy certainty for the City of Kansas City to move ahead with some of the ambitious clean energy goals it articulated just over a year ago. Continue reading here.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES & PUERTO RICO
- Organic Valley to share its solar power with nearby communities, La Crosse Tribune
LA FARGE — Organic Valley is moving beyond its initial goal of achieving 100 percent renewable power at its corporate facilities in La Farge and Cashton to share solar power with 13 Midwest communities and energy credits with a California-based natural soap company.
Photo by Prairie Restorations Inc: Organic Valley will build and seed pollinator-friendly solar farms, such as this one near Downsville, Wisconsin, which has a flowering meadow under and around its panels.
- Free beer for going solar: Montana brewery teams up with electric coop for community panels, Independent Record
- Solar array by Missoula Electric finds eager partner in KettleHouse Brewing,, Missoula Current
- Clean Power Flows for Portland Brewer, reNEWS
- Clif Bar begins work on region’s largest solar power system, Magic Valley
- Fort Collins, Colorado to go 100% renewable by 2030, PV Magazine
The city becomes the 9th in Colorado to adopt a 100% renewable energy transition mandate.
- Power play: Solar energy developers sought for properties on South, West sides, The Real Deal
A new Chicago program aims to turn brownfields into energy generators.
- Solar heats up in S.C. as business installations surge, Charleston Regional Business Journal
- The Magic Kingdom Is Going Green, New York Times
- How an architect is using solar power to prevent Puerto Rico’s next disaster, The Architects Newspaper
- We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?, Microgrid Knowledge
Zero energy homes makes cents – as Vivint builds in Rhode Island,
RMI has released an economic analysis of Zero Energy homes, suggesting their economics meet industry standards and stay within homeowner appetites for larger investments, while Vivint Energy has built such a home in Rhode Island
The Sun Haven: Solar-Powered, Net-Zero Energy Home in Lincoln
Lincoln-based GRNE Solar teamed up with Wilderness Construction to build this net-zero energy home, with solar on the roof and outlets for electric vehicles in the garage. The home, called the Sun Haven, is located at 6077 Chartwell Lane in Lincoln. Through the use of solar power this home will produce as much energy as it consumes. YouTube Video: Drone View of The Sun Haven
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FYI FOR SOLAR SYSTEM OWNERS
Is It Necessary to Clean Solar Panels?
Mr. Green shines a light on the answer, Sierra Magazine