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Tesla Updates Supercharger Map For 2017 (Plans)

By James Ayre, CleanTechnica

Tesla has updated its Supercharger maps on its website to reflect current expectations for buildout in 2017. Going by the current map, also currently being constructed (and soon to open) are stations in Calgary, eastern Nebraska, western Kentucky, northern Colorado, coastal South Carolina, Las Vegas, and one near the Olympic peninsula in Washington state. There also appears to be a plan to install one in Honolulu in Hawaii. There are no plans for any Supercharger stations in Alaska, though, from the looks of it. Read more here. 

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Omaha’s public bike-sharing system is set to nearly double in size by 2019, by Kelsey Stewart, Omaha World-Herald

Heartland B-cycle has partnered with the City of Omaha to nearly double the size of the public bike-sharing system by 2019. B-cycle will add 36 stations and 150 bikes. Organizers hope to have the first round of new equipment, which includes 20 bikes, installed in Omaha next year, said Ben Turner, executive director of Heartland B-cycle. The program will help meet many goals related to the city’s master plan, particularly in providing multiple modes of transportation,
said Derek Miller, the city’s transportation planner. Read more.

B-cycle stations are solar powered, keeping this green transportation emissions-free. 

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Farms, businesses have good solar options, advocates say

By Nancy Madsen, St. Peter Herald

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The time has never been better for adding solar power, developers and renewable energy experts said during a discussion and tour organized by the Minnesota Farmers Union. “Prices of solar have really come down so that utility-scale solar is at grid parity with other sources of generation in 47 states,” said Chris Meyer, southeast regional coordinator with state-created Clean Energy Resource Teams. Continue reading.

Photo: Ralph Kaehler, vice president of business development at Novel Energy Solutions, standing next to a 10-kilowatt array at the Brian Vetter farm in rural Kasota.  Credit: Nancy Madsen/St. Peter Herald

SOLAR FINANCING PROGRAM NANCY MADSEN WRITES ABOUT IN HER ARTICLE
Novel creates a payment plan based on what the tax credits and incentives are, with the remainder covered by what the property owner’s electricity bill is. The property owner will wrap up payments after about 10 years. “You’re using money you’re already spending,” Kaehler said. 

NEBRASKA RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY FINANCING PROGRAMS & OTHER INCENTIVES: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) 

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American Electric Power Ohio seeks developers for large-scale solar energy projects

By Tom Knox, Columbus Business First
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AEP committed to building 900 megawatts of wind and solar powered projects in the state as part of a December agreement with the Sierra Club . . . The Columbus company’s Gahanna subsidiary, AEP Ohio, said it would carve out 400 megawatts of solar-powered projects, with preference for the Appalachian part of the state that today is reliant on coal, and 500 megawatts of wind projects. Read more here. Photo Credit: Tom Knox

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Community solar systems popping up across rural America, by Jonathan H. Harsch, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
PSE&G wants to cover more landfills with solar panels, by Andrew Maykuth, The Inquirer Daily News. New Jersey’s “Public Service Electric & Gas Co. asked state regulators Wednesday to allow it to spend $275 million to install 100 megawatts of solar panels, nearly tripling the capacity of its landfill and brownfield solar farms.”
Orange Button Initiative launches solar energy project working groups, SolarServer