A major utility in western Wisconsin has announced plans for a new solar farm in Jefferson
County. Dairyland Power Cooperative plans to purchase 149 megawatts of solar energy from the Badger State Solar project. That’s almost six times Dairyland’s current solar investment and
would more than double the state’s solar production, The new partnership would create one of the largest solar farms in Wisconsin. The solar farm would be built by development company
Ranger Power on private land in the towns of Jefferson and Oakland. Read more here.
Washington, D.C. is abuzz with the Green New Deal, but my bet is that the most pivotal energy legislation enacted this year comes from red and blue state houses across the nation.
Can 100 Percent Renewable Energy Cope With a Polar Vortex?, Sierra Magazine Iceland has an electric power sector that is 100 percent renewable, and it has more extreme cold than the United States. If they have solved the problem, we can too. – Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford and the guy who created science-based, 100 percent clean energy roadmaps for the world.
US Corporations Driving Up Demand for Renewable Energy, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Below is a partial roundup of just a few notable recent purchases and commitments by US companies. Many of these companies have made public commitments to powering their operations with 100% renewable energy; so many, in fact, that there’s a new term for them: RE100 Companies.
By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association
Public power cities Austin, Texas, Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 11 were included among the list of final winners in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. Launched in June 2018, the American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million program designed to catalyze efforts in 25 cities “to tackle climate change, promote a sustainable future for residents and help deliver on the America’s Pledge initiative to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement,” according to a Bloomberg news release. The other two cities named as winners in the challenge on Jan. 11 were Albuquerque, N.M., and Denver, Colo. Read more here.
Minnesota youth call for urgent action on climate from new governor, Midwest Energy News A coalition of groups led by the clean change youth organization iMatter and Climate Generation’s Youth Environmental Activists have created an umbrella organization, Minnesota Can’t Wait, that offered lawmakers a 10-point “Green New Deal” platform. The initiative calls for generating all power from renewables, creating a statewide smart grid and ceasing construction of pipelines, including the controversial Line 3 Enbridge project. The youth organization wants to end investment in any fossil fuel infrastructure and continue to make Minnesota a national green economy model.
One Planet: What’s the path to a clean energy future?, KALW San Francisco, NPR Morning Edition. The conversation on this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series is with Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Woods Institute for the Environment, and co-founder of the Solutions Project. He says there is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy covering all sectors including transportation, agriculture, and electricity.
Bifacial gets the big money, PV Magazine There’s much work going on in the research of bifacial. In November, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) 53 investments in the sun DNV GL was awarded $200,000 for a bifacial module energy modeling validation study. Also as part of this program, Case Western University was given a chance to research a 50 year glass on glass solar module lifetime – the type of product that bifacial modules are. Meaning 50 year power purchase agreements are coming!
Illinois is experiencing a boom in solar energy projects stemming from the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act, a 2016 law that sets a target of getting 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 . . . At the end of the 2nd quarter of 2018, Illinois ranked 34th, up from 43rd in 2017 in solar capacity. The state has only 97.84 MW of installed solar power. Rankings and installed solar capacity are about to change for the better, so much so that Illinois could end up being the Midwest’s leader in solar energy in a matter of a few years. Read more here.
Photo: Shedd Acquarium in Chicago. The 265-kilowatt solar project is a highlight in itself—it is the largest installation at any cultural institution in Illinois—but it’s only the first step of Shedd’s plan to cut energy usage in half by 2020.
Clean Energy Group has redesigned their Resilient Power Toolkit to make it easier to locate the resources you need to understand resilient power system technologies, their economics, and how to approach developing a new resilient solar+storage project.
“We’re always refining our toolbox of resources and making new additions, like our recent permitting and interconnection guide and a storage guide for homeowners from Solar United Neighbors. If you know of useful resources missing from our toolkit or are looking for something you can’t find, send us an email.” – Seth Mullendore, Vice President, Project Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
The system is reportedly the largest commercial rooftop Solar PV installation in Hanford and the largest solar system to be installed, to date, on a shopping mall in the state. The system is estimated to generate almost 3,000,000 kWh of electricity annually – enough energy to serve approximately 450 homes. Learn more here.
YouTube Video: Click here for an aerial view of the bifacial solar panels on the Hanford, California Shopping Mall.
Photo: University of California, Berkeley’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in the College of Engineering. Credit: Sunpreme
NEBRASKA PROJECTS USING BIFACIAL SOLAR PANELS
Henry Doorly Zoo Solar Shade Canopy
Morrissey Engineering worked to develop and engineer this project and SWT Energy was the prime installer. It is 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 300W rating without the boost from the underside and there are 80 in total.
Custom Solar Canopy
This custom-designed canopy by Dixon Power Systems features glass-on-glass bifacial solar modules allowing sunlight to pass through individual solar cells, harvesting sunlight on both sides. Integrated into the homeowners’ deck, the canopy provides shade similar to standing under a tree. The structure is made from cedar with steel brackets that are also custom designed and built by Dixon Power Systems.