By Jennifer Bailey, Commercial-News, Danville, Illinois
Illinois passed The Future Energy Jobs Act in December 2016. This legislation went into effect June 1, 2017. Under this legislation, the state created a new Community Solar program that will allow any customer of ComEd or Ameren to subscribe to a community solar garden, according to Solar in the Community which is a joint project of the Illinois Citizens Utility Board, The Accelerate Group and the Environmental Defense Fund . . . Under Illinois’ community solar program, “subscribers” can enter into an agreement to support a solar energy installation in their community — on the rooftop of a local school or community center, for example.
Read more here.
Future Energy Jobs Act
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LOCATING CLOSED LANDFILLS & OTHER LOCAL BROWNFIELDS
EPA’s RE-Powering Mapper is an online interactive web application that allows users to visualize key information on renewable energy potential at specific contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites.
Using screening criteria developed in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), EPA has pre-screened more than 130,000 sites for their renewable energy potential.
Access the updated RE-Powering Mapper here.
Learn more about EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative here.
MORE GOOD NEWS FROM STATES
This old coal plant is now a solar farm, thanks to pressure from local activists, Fast Company. In Massachusetts, one town fought to stop
pollution–and ensured a just transition for workers at the coal plant. For more than half a century, a coal plant in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts spewed pollution into the air. Now, the plant is closed, and 17,000 solar panels and a battery storage system–the largest in the state–send clean power to the grid. Photo by Toxics Action Center
- PacifiCorp study prompts review of coal-fired power plants in six states, including Utah, Deseret News
- After the fires, solar power advocates seek greater role in California electric grid, San Francisco Chronicle. California has taken great strides to expand the use of solar power, with new laws that require panels on most new homes and promote the installation of energy storage
systems. But the state could still do much more, according to the California Solar & Storage Association.
- Nevada utility’s approved 100MW plan is first big step towards 2030 storage goals, Energy
- US utility files $576 million digital transformation strategy, Smart Energy International
Dayton Power and Light has filed a proposal with the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to
implement its digital transformation strategy. The projects will improve grid robustness and
efficiency through increased integration with distributed resources including electric vehicles charging infrastructure, community solar, energy storage and microgrids. The filing is aligned
to the PowerForward Roadmap issued by the PUCO in early 2018.
- Aurora pledges to run only on renewable electricity by 2030, Journal Times
Advocate Aurora Health has announced its intention to power its 500-plus sites, including
27 hospitals, using only renewable electricity by the year 2030.
- Coalition Rolls Out 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda for 2019, SEIA News Release
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- A Clean Energy Revolution Is Rising in the Midwest, with Utilities in the Vanguard, Inside Climate News
- What the Rise of Local Energy Means for Businesses, Institutions and Communities, Microgrid Knowledge
- Solar development at universities: beyond the grid
In this guest post for PV Magazine USA, Jason Slattery and Jessica Tyler
of GEM Energy look at the issues and opportunities involved in installing solar on university campuses.
- Staring down tariffs and rollbacks, US renewables rang in a record year, Utility Dive
Building on more favorable clean energy economics and the resulting increases in corporate clean energy uptake, three main factors suggest 2019 could be a game changer, writes Winston Vaughan, Senior Manager for Renewable Energy at Ceres.
Commercial Solar Outlook: A Q&A with GE Solar, Energy Manager Today
From import tariffs to corporate sustainability goals, 2018 was a big year for the commercial solar industry, with no signs of slowing down in 2019. To understand what’s on the horizon for the commercial solar market, we asked Ellen Roybal, Managing Director
of Strategy & Market Intelligence for GE Solar, for her take on the industry.