By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine
When we think of hot solar markets, the area covered by PJM Interconnection does not usually come to mind. The 14 states in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest do not have the sunlight that California and the Southwest have. Additionally – New Jersey aside – they do not have the high electricity prices and supportive policy environment for solar seen in states like New York and Massachusetts.
The same could be said of the Midcontinent System Operator (MISO), the grid that covers the heart of the Midwest and stretches in a narrow band south to Louisiana. While MISO has some wind resources, none of the states that it covers have been leading solar markets. All of this is changing. As of the end of July, PV Magazine counted 47 GW of active solar projects in PJM’s interconnection queue, and 57 GW in MISO’s queue.
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ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- U.S. Manufacturers Are Helping Build Our Clean Energy Future, SEIA News Release
- Hoorah! States Pick Up the Federal Slack on Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council.
- Massachusetts leads the nation in shifting to clean energy, CBS News
Massachusetts began creating the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm last year. The state plans to double its wind generation in the next two years, and lawmakers are looking to power the state with 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Some cities in the state are also taking action. Holyoke, with a population of 40,000, last year launched the largest solar facility in Massachusetts after earlier closing the last coal-fired plant in the state.
- Wyoming solar capacity to increase 1,300% under PacifiCorp plan, PV Magazine
The utility’s 2019 draft IRP outlines nearly 11 GW of wind and solar set to go on-line by 2038, complemented by 2.8 GW of battery storage and the early retirement of five coal plants.
- Gov. Northam announces four new solar projects to help solar energy infrastructure, ABC News. The path forward for clean energy is outlined in Executive Order Forty-Three, which was issued last month. The clean energy plan includes ensuring at least 3,000 MW of solar and onshore wind are under development by 2022.
- Native Americans go solar with goal of energy independence, Irish Times
- Fort Collins’ electricity provider wants to quadruple its solar power portfolio, Coloradoan
- Platte River seeks more solar power, North Forty News
RFP issued for 150 MW of additional solar generating capacity.
- Get away to Wisconsin’s Driftless in fall for coffee, beer and unmatched beauty and quiet, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Salem Goodwill to power store entirely with solar energy, WDBJ News
- Hopes rise that proposed solar farm will transform former Sunnyside landfill site, Houston Chronicle
- How Penn State Is Cutting Greenhouse Emissions In Half — And Saving Money, NET
- Here’s How Much Energy These D.C. Landmarks Could Produce With Solar Power, WAMU, American University Radio
Duckworth, Booker File Bill to Reduce Cost of Solar Energy for Poor Families, WTTW U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is the lead sponsor behind a new bill that aims to make solar energy more affordable for low-income Americans. Duckworth and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., recently introduced the Low-Income Solar Energy Act, which would expand an existing energy assistance program while also creating new energy financing programs for the poor.
NEW CESA INITIATIVE
Department of Energy Funds CESA’s Efforts to Scale Up Solar for Low-and Moderate-Income Households, News Release. Montpelier, VT – The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) will lead a wide-ranging initiative to accelerate the development of solar projects that benefit low-and-moderate-income (LMI) households and communities. The “Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project” is being supported by a three-year funding award of $1.1 million from the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. The project team will focus on three distinct subsets of the LMI solar market: single-family homes, manufactured homes, and multifamily affordable housing.
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