By Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst &
VERGE Energy Chair, GreenBiz Group
Sarah Golden interviews Shirley Franklin, Executive Board Chair for Purpose Built Communities. Seventy Five North Revitalization Corporation in Omaha is a member of the Purpose Built Communities network.
Purpose Built Communities, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, works with struggling neighborhoods that have suffered from decades of disinvestment. Its model focuses on housing, education and wellness simultaneously with the help of a “community quarterback” — an organization that works to align strategies and services so the benefits of local initiatives compound. The results are astounding. The success caught the eye of investor Warren Buffet, who became a co-founder of Purpose Built Communities to take the model to more neighborhoods. Read more here.
Nebraskans for Solar and Seventy Five North Revitalization Corporation partnered last year on the installation of a demonstration 4-kilowatt solar system on a home in the Highlander neighborhood, a mixed-income Purpose Built Community in North Omaha. (See Solar Examples).
NEBRASKA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Gov. Ricketts Announces Nebraska’s Second Consecutive Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development, Office of Governor News Release
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Southeastern US states to add 15 GW of PV by 2023, PV Magazine
Some states and utilities are driving the growth, while others lag.
- Kansas City poised to adopt the most efficient building code in the country, Energy News Network. Supporters are optimistic that the City Council will adopt a 2021 code expected to increase efficiency by 10%.
- Sante Fe achieves SolSmart Silver designation for fast, affordable online solar permitting, Solar Power World
- Solar Farm, Pollinator Habitat To Be Built On Site Of Former Coal Plant, Indiana Public Media. In honor of National Pollinator Week, Indiana company Inovateus Solar will build a pollinator habitat around its planned 80-acre solar farm in Logansport. The farm will be built on the site of a former coal plant and is expected to generate almost as much power.
- Massachusetts Moves to Follow California, New York in Planning for Natural Gas Phaseout, Greentech Media. The Bay State cannot meet its binding climate targets while continuing to burn fossil gas for heat, state attorney general says.
DER MARKET TRENDS
5 Major Trends Driving the $80B US Distributed Energy Resources Market Through 2025, Greentech Media. A new Wood Mackenzie forecast describes the emerging U.S. markets for distributed solar, batteries, flexible loads and electric vehicles as grid assets.
SEIA NEWS RELEASE
Congressional Leaders Call for Solar Specific Solutions in Economic Recovery Plans
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the House Ways and Means Committee introduced the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act as a part of the $1.5 trillion House infrastructure package released earlier this week. Notably, the bill includes direct pay and outlines a 5-year extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) at 30% through 2025, followed by a two-year stepdown period. The stepdown would begin in 2026 at 26%, move to 22% in 2027 and then drop to 10% for commercial and utility-scale solar projects and 0% for residential solar in 2028.
PV module prices are falling faster than all predictions, PV Magazine
New research from Wood Mackenzie shows that overall system costs for installations using mono PERC modules are set to fall by as much as 20% by 2025.
TRANSITION IN COAL COUNTRY: PART TWO
Coal country faces a healthcare crisis, Energy News Network
“Transition in Coal Country” is a collaboration of the Energy News Network and WyoFile, made possible by a grant from the Just Transition Fund. The series, reported by Mason Adams and Dustin Bleizeffer, examines how the declining coal industry presents immediate and long-term changes for coal communities in Wyoming and Appalachia, how those communities are coping with change, and what they might learn from each other in charting a path to a sustainable future beyond coal.
Part one: What’s next for coal country? / Part three: Coming June 30
- Wells Fargo signs multiyear solar energy deal with Shell as banks continue green push, Utility Dive. Banks are increasingly finding responsible investment is not just good PR, it’s good business. The global responsible loans market totaled $111.5 billion in July 2019, a 40% increase from a year earlier, according to S&P Global Ratings.
- Amazon $2B climate pledge draws praise, skepticism as total carbon footprint rises, Utility Dive
- Q&A: Why McDonald’s is powering up with wind, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
Last year, McDonald‘s joined a growing list of many of the world’s largest companies deciding to power their stores, factories and data centers with wind energy. AWEA’s recent Wind Powers American Business report dives into this full-fledged trend, but for some one-on-one background on why companies are spurred in this direction, I recently spoke with Emma Cox, Renewable Energy Lead at McDonald’s.
- Report outlines financial benefits of EVs over 15-year time frame, PV Magazine
Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle rather than a gasoline fueled vehicle, according to a new report from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL)NREL and INL release details from the study, Levelized Cost of Charging Electric Vehicles in the United States, on June 22.
- DC to LA: Electrify America completes nation’s first cross-country EV fast charging corridor, Utility Dive. Electrify America on Wednesday announced it has completed its first cross-country route, allowing electric vehicle (EV) drivers to travel from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles using a direct current fast charger (DCFC) network spanning 11 states and more than 2,700 miles — with charging stations about 70 miles apart, on average.
- Ford plans to go carbon neutral by 2050, invest $11.5B in EVs, Utility Dive
The Ford Motor Company aspires to achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050, according to the company’s 21st sustainability report released Wednesday. It is working with Ceres and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to set scope 1, 2 and 3 environmental goals in line with the Paris Agreement.
NEWS FROM UNL’S SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES
- Graduate students can now specialize in Conservation Agriculture at UNL
To learn more about UNL’s Conservation Agriculture specialization, visit the IANR Applied Science website.
- SNR’s Shulski to partner with Nebraska Indian Community College to study ecological impacts of 2019 floods