By Kelly Pickerel, Solar Power World
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Solar Group Buy (also known as Solarize)
programs have helped 482 property owners in four states add 3,815 kW of solar electric generating capacity to their homes, farms, organizations and businesses, more than doubling
the organization’s solar group buy results to date.
MREA’s Solar Group Buys come at no cost to the partnering jurisdictions and organizations
except for staff time. Each program included a competitive process led by local advisory
committees to select the solar installation firm that would serve their respective program.
Read more here.
Photo: Eric Marshall installed solar through MREA’s 2016 Solar Bloomington-Normal program. Credit: Eric Marshall
MREA’S 30TH ANNUAL ENERGY FAIR IN CUSTER, WISCONSIN
June 21-23, 2019. Register by February 15th to save 10%.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
The Solar Revolution Is Coming—But Not to Everyone, Popular
Mechanics. A new study shows that the benefits of solar power are skipping over communities of color.
- Report looks at community solar for low-income customers, American Public Power Association
- MN West sees bright future for renewable energy, Marshall Independent
Renewable energy trends are better than they’ve been in a decade, and Minnesota is known as a state that’s blazing the trail. Minnesota is well-positioned to remain a leader in renewable output. It ranks eighth in wind energy and 15th in solar energy.
- Former California Governor visits Olympia to push renewable energy, Peninsula Daily News
Former California Gov. Jerry Brown visited Olympia to support Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate change proposals. Just hours before the late Thursday visit last week, the state Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee had conducted a hearing on one of the largest bills in Inslee’s climate package. If Senate Bill 5115 is passed, Washington state would transition to a completely renewable energy economy by 2045. California passed a similar bill last year.
- Bundling small capacity solar: How Bloomberg, Salesforce made VPPA’s work for them, Utility Dive. The contract is intended to serve as “a template for the market going forward,” LevelTen’s CEO Bryce Smith said, to allow smaller buyers to participate in the renewable energy market.
- Previously Posted: Bloomberg, Cox Enterprises, Gap Inc, Salesforce and Workday Close All-New Renewable Energy Aggregation Deal
- PV Info Link: Jinko the largest module maker of 2018, PV Magazine Germany
This year, PV Info Link is predicting 112 GW of new solar capacity will be installed – a rise of 20 GW on last year’s figure – and the market share of the ten largest PV manufacturers will stay around 70%. Monocrystalline solar modules will account for almost 60% of total sales and PV Info Link expects sales of special modules to increase.
SOLAR MICROGRID NEWS
Solar Microgrid To Power Indoor Farm All Year Round, CleanTechnica
Schneider Electric currently has more than 300 microgrid projects on the go in the US, and is using its EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor software platform for cloud-connected, demand-side energy management. It’s integrated into the system to enable a look at current electric rate tariffs and optimization of energy usage – but does so faster than any human could.
MORE BUSINESSES IN THE NEWS
‘Blowin in the Wind’ is the soundtrack for ad promoting brew’s enviro credentials. Anheuser-Busch InBev last year set a goal to ensure that by 2025 all of the electricity it purchases globally will come from renewable sources.