By Frank Jossi, Energy News Network
Minnesota nonprofits are turning to community solar as a tool to fight poverty. Community solar typically involves households or businesses buying subscriptions to projects owned by a third-party developer. The power generated is credited to subscribers’ utility bills and generally reduces monthly payments. But the model comes with barriers such as credit score checks that can put it out of reach for some of those who have the most to potentially gain. Several Minnesota charities are experimenting with ways to spread the benefits. Read more here.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Midwest utilities embrace big solar, push back on rooftops, E&E News
Once written off as too undependable and expensive for a region where coal was still king, solar energy is being embraced by Midwest utilities at a pace once unthinkable. Consider a map of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) interconnection queue, where there’s almost 200 solar projects — representing about 30,000 megawatts — being developed and waiting to tie into the grid.
- Gas Plant Rejection Brings the Energy Transition Home to Indiana, Greentech Media
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NEBRASKA IN THE NEWS HERE
- Wind energy may flow to Maryville in future, The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Bluestem Energy Solutions of Omaha, Nebraska is partnering with five or six towns in the state. The Future Energy Jobs Act, or FEJA, passed in 2016, requires 4,300 megawatts of new solar and wind power to be built in Illinois by 2030. Illinois is giving out $30 million in incentives to build clean energy-related job training programs and support future employees between now and 2030.
- Gordon City Council Minutes May 9, 2019, Sheridan County Journal Star
City Manager Glen Spaugh updated council on the current solar project. The state electrical inspector has done the final inspection. Once GenPro receives the certificate of inspection they will file it with Northwest Rural Public Power District. City Manager Spaugh also needs to complete some paperwork with NWRPPD. The solar panels are projected to be on line in June.
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