By Sarah Golden, GreenBiz
If you’ve heard Jigar Shah talk, it won’t surprise you that he has a couple opinions about a couple things. And his track record shows he might be onto something. The co-founder of Generate Capital has been following and shaping the clean energy sector for decades. His weapon of choice: financial mechanisms to open up new clean energy options.
Among Shah’s claim to fame is founding SunEdison in 2003, where he designed the first no-money-down solar contract, and heading up Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room to support entrepreneurs working on climate solutions. He’s also shot into earned podcast fame with his no-nonsense style on “The Energy Gang.” I had a chance to chat with Jigar and talk about his communication style, his inspiration and what the private sector can do to leverage clean energy more and better. Continue reading here.
- Nevada: America’s innovation state, Guest Column, Las Vegas Sun
The writer, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, is the first woman from Nevada and the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate. She previously served as Nevada’s attorney general.
- The CEOs of nearly 200 companies just said shareholder value is no longer their main objective, CNBC. The Business Roundtable, a group of chief executive officers from major U.S. corporations, issued a statement Monday with a new definition of the “purpose of a corporation.”
- Industry Rep. Makes The Case For More Solar Energy In Illinois, WNIJ and WNIU, Northern Public Radio. Brian Haug leads the solar energy division of electrical construction company Continental Electric. He’s also President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association. He spoke with WNIJ during a ribbon cutting for a solar array at a private business near Hampshire. Haug said the Future Energy Jobs Act gave a big boost to solar projects large and small, but added more could be done. He cited the solar arrays slated to supply so-called “community solar.”
News From Other States
- South Carolina is entering the solar big leagues, PV Magazine
Cypress Creek has put the state’s largest solar plant online at 106 MWdc and started construction of another 100 MW, as the state’s market opens up following passage of the Energy Freedom Act.
- Appalachian Power rolls out 100% Renewable Option for VA customers, WFXR TV
- NextEra’s Gexa Energy To Bring 100% Renewables To Residential Plans, Posted by Solar Industry Magazine. Gexa Energy LP, a retail electricity provider in Texas, plans to transition all of its residential plans to 100% renewable energy with no extra fees for customers, the company claims. Gexa is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, which operates more than 17 GW of wind and solar generation in North America.
- Solar Panels are on the Table for an Iowa School District, KAAL TV
- Portland school board approves solar energy project, Press Herald
A student-driven effort to counteract climate change led the board to approve a resolution directing the superintendent to enter into a power purchase agreement with an offsite solar project.
Into the fray, The Durango Telegraph
Over the past several years, rural electric cooperatives like La Plata Electric Association, which are also members of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, have been looking for ways to increase the amount of renewable energy they can produce locally. However, under their contracts with Tri-State, that local energy production has been limited to just 5 percent of the total power they use. This has caused some rural coops to consider other options.
Tri-State’s 43 member distribution systems (18 in Colorado, 11 in New Mexico, 8 in Wyoming and 6 in western Nebraska) directly supply electricity to rural residences, farms and ranches, cities, towns and suburban communities, as well as large and small commercial businesses and industries. Combined, they serve more than 1 million consumers in nearly 200,000-square-mile area. Nebraska Members
Cooperatives are democratic organizations governed by their members who actively participate by making decisions through voting. Tri-State’s board of directors is made up of one representative from each of its 43 member distribution systems, and each of its members function under a similar structure.