By Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA President & CEO, Greentech Media
As politicians eye 2020 elections, they’re missing a glaring opportunity to deliver a win on climate for all Americans. While a major climate bill seems unlikely in advance of the 2020 election, Congress doesn’t need to wait to take action on our energy future. We already have proven, successful policies on the books that can help.
Earlier this summer, more than 900 solar companies sent a letter to Congress calling for an extension of the 30 percent solar investment tax credit (ITC). Without politically viable options on the table to address climate change, the ITC is the strongest policy we have to create clean energy jobs, invest billions into our economy, and power our country with carbon-free and reliable solar energy. We know the ITC works — it’s a proven bipartisan tax policy that helped create the solar industry we know today. Read more here.
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- States could save consumers billions with solar, by requiring transparent utility modeling, PV Magazine. Utilities routinely make modeling choices that disadvantage low-cost solar in their 15- or 20-year resource plans. With transparent modeling, states and intervenors could easily see those biased choices. And if they also have access to the same model used by the utility, they can fix those errors by running the model themselves, as recommended by a modeling expert. Billions of dollars are at stake.
- California passes law that prevents cities from taxing energy generated by solar rooftop projects, Solar Power World
- Michigan has its first massive energy contract, PV Magazine
Consumers Energy has agreed to a deal with Ranger Power to purchase the output of 100 MW of Ranger’s planned 149 MW River Fork Solar project, the first deal of its kind in Michigan. What’s more is this isn’t the only massive plant potentially coming to Michigan. In fact, it’s the smaller of the two, as in January, Ranger Power was approved by Michigan regulators to develop a 239 MW project in Shiawassee County.
- Despite federal rollbacks, Illinois can write its own climate, clean energy future, Environmental Defense Fund
- 5 States Blazing the Trail for Integrating Distributed Energy Resources, Greentech Media
- Companies Continue To Drive Demand For Clean Energy, Forbes
- How Bad Are Oil and Gas Methane Leaks?, Greentech Media
Interchange Podcast: how industry is under pressure to deal with methane leaks from fracking.
- ASU and Phoenix are working together to meet solar sustainability goals, The State Press
The strong relationship has led to increased solar sustainability in both Phoenix and ASU campuses.
- New shade structure at St. Louis Zoo also generates solar energy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Henry Doorly Zoo Solar Canopy
Morrissey Engineering worked to develop and engineer this project, and SWT Energy was the prime installer.
Located at the Africa Exhibit Skyfari lift landing, this project used bifacial panels that are glass on top and bottom and can actually convert a portion of bottom-side light reflected off surrounding surfaces into additional power. The panels have a 300-watt rating without the boost from the underside, and there are 80 in total.
Tarkio Tech’s opening set for January, KMAland
Officials say Tarkio Tech will help fill the much-needed vacancies in regional industries, and provide critical technical and educational opportunities to rural students in northwest Missouri, southwest Iowa, southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas. Back in March, Interim President John Davis told KMA News the school hopes to grow relationships with area contractors.