By Mark Jaffe, Special to the Colorado Sun
Denver wants to do it, as do Fort Collins, Pueblo and Breckenridge. Aspen has already done it, and Colorado Gov.-elect Jared Polis wants the whole state to do it by 2040: run on 100 percent renewable energy. There is even a push by incoming congressional Democrats, led by U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Casio-Cortez, of New York, to set a national 100 percent renewable energy goal as part of a “Green New Deal.” U.S. Rep.-elect Joe Neguse, who will take Polis’ seat in the House, has signed on to the plan. Read more here.
Xcel Energy Photo: Wind turbines in Limon, Colorado.
MORE NEWS FROM COLORADO & OTHER STATES
- New governors could mandate 34 GWac more solar, wind by 2030, PV Magazine
- Solar, wind power growing in Michigan, Tri-County Times. The plan includes adding 5,000 megawatts of solar energy through the 2020s.
- Solar energy team receives award, Farmers Advance
EAST LANSING, MI – The “Shining a Light on Agricultural Solar Energy Development” team received the 2018 Gordon Guyer Collaborative Programming Award from Michigan State University Extension.
- Solar powers business: the companies behind the Midwest’s largest rooftop solar installation, PV Magazine. When Magid Glove and Safety decided to install the Midwest’s largest rooftop solar installation, Illinois Solar Energy Association members got to work making it happen.
- Public Utilities Commission approves 50,000-acre wind farm in southeastern South Dakota, Park Rapids Enterprise
- GE & Juhl partner to build the first-of-its-kind solar & wind hybrid project, Windpower Engineering & Development
- Study: Minnesota Could See Huge Growth In Solar, Wind Power Without Costing Taxpayers, CBS Minnesota
- Smart Columbus offering $3K EV rebates to taxis, Uber, Lyft and other rideshare drivers, Columbus Business First
- Massachusetts’ SMART to go live today, PV Magazine
As of noon today Massachusetts’ SREC-II program will close, and the window to apply under the SMART program will begin, which is expected to result in a flood of applications.
- Contractors Corner: Scenic Hill Solar wants to help corporations and municipalities meet solar goals, Solar Power World. Former Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter was so impressed with the advances in solar energy during his time in government and on the boards of various technology companies that once he left office, he started a solar company in Little Rock. In 2016, Scenic Hill Solar opened as a C&I and municipal solar developer focusing on projects up to 40 MW.
- Comcast installs solar at New Hampshire HQ, PV Magazine
The system has an annual capacity of 500,000 kW hours and features EV charging stations.
- Hawaiian Electric embraced by activist investor focused on renewables, PV Magazine
Citing Hawaii’s potential to reach 80 percent renewables by 2030, saving $6.5 billion in the process, the investment fund’s founder says Hawaiian Electric “has the potential to be the utility of the future.”
- Making community solar programs a reality, Guest Opinion, Santa Fe New Mexican
The writer, Ron Flax-Davidson, a resident of Santa Fe, is the chairman and chief executive officer of PNE USA Inc., an independent power producer and developer of wind and solar facilities.
COST OF SOLAR POWER
- What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy, Vox
- Explaining the plummeting cost of solar power, MIT News
Researchers uncover the factors that have caused photovoltaic module costs to drop by 99 percent.