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Here’s why more Wisconsin companies are adding rooftop solar energy panels

By Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

With the just-completed installation of almost 500 solar panels that could offset more than 61 percent of the anticipated energy use of the new building, Lakeland Supply is joining a growing number of Wisconsin companies that are opting to address their power needs with solar-generated electricity.

The most current data from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin shows that between 2008 and the third quarter of 2017, the number of solar photovoltaic installations on commercial and industrial buildings in the state increased almost ninefold, to 1,030 from 118.
Read the entire article and view more photos here.

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EV GROUP BUY PROGRAMS

Group Buy Programs Have Helped Sell Over 3,000 EVs, CleanTechnica

report on EV group buying programs was recently developed by Matt Frommer, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project’s Transportation Program Senior Associate, in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office and Refuel Colorado. He also had assistance from Will Toor and Mike Salisbury.
Image by Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica


SOLAR WINDOW NEWS

Solar Window Technologies invests $25 million in manufacturing lines and hiring, PV Magazine. SolarWindow says its product has a one-year payback, and that a 50-story building facade – 360° covered – would be equivalent to approximately 10-12 acres (1-2 MW) of ground mounted solar power. Competitor Onyx Solar also suggests a less than one-year payback on its solar window product. Onyx also put out a nice PDF which breaks down solar glass efficiency versus visibility, and then gets into the costs of installation.

WRISE Opens New Doors for Women in Solar and Wind

Kristen Graf, Executive Director of WRISE, says more women in the field is key. Published in the November/December edition of Sierra Magazine.

Growing up, I was a math and science nerd who loved being outdoors. I had great teachers who encouraged me to explore engineering as a path for doing environmental work, and I got excited about renewable energy as a technological solution to climate change. So I went to Cornell to get an engineering degree.

Once there, I was stunned by how few women were in the engineering program. In high school, there were tons of women in my calculus and science classes, and I just assumed that would continue through college. I got involved with the Society of Women Engineers, and promoting women in science and technology became a side passion of mine.

Click here to read more and to watch a brief video, Faces of Clean Energy.
Website: Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)

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CORPORATE NEWS

SOLAR SUNROOFS 

Hyundai & Kia To Begin Offering Solar Sunroofs After 2019, CleanTechnica. Many people have dreamt of combining solar power with electric cars. German startup company Sono is actually doing it with its Sion solar-powered car, but few other companies have gone down that road. Now Hyundai and Kia say they will make solar sunroofs available on some models after 2019.


NEW SONNEN COMMUNITY 

 

Sonnen targets utility contract for Arizona aggregated storage project, Utility Dive. The company aims to equip 2,900 homes with solar panels and a battery to provide peak demand during evenings.

 


MORE ENERGY STORAGE NEWS

SRP, NREL to study residential battery storage use, American Public Power Association

Storage installations will likely grow to about 3,900 MW a year in 2023, up from close to 400 MW this year, according to the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie forecast.

Could solar be a better deal than demand response for Iowa customers?

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

An Iowa clean energy advocate is trying to convince the state’s largest electric utility to rethink the way it manages peak demand. Kerri Johannsen, energy program director for the Iowa Environmental Council, thinks MidAmerican Energy could deliver better value for ratepayers by investing in solar instead of its expensive demand response programs . . . Johannsen calculated the cost to MidAmerican’s ratepayers at about $60,347 per megawatt hour. About $48,000 of that was for capacity, or the guarantee of access to power when needed. Continue reading here,

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MORE IOWA NEWS

How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?, U.S. Department of Energy

NEWS FROM OTHER STATES

NEBRASKA’S SOLAR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

SEIA: Nebraska Solar – Data Current Through Q2 2018
Solar Installers: Complete this survey to add your business to SEIA’s database. If you have questions or concerns about SEIA’s Nebraska stats or would like to request that additional solar projects or other information be added to our state’s data, contact SEIA research staff at data@seia.org or 202-469-3735.
SEE ALSO: Solar Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Energy Office. Updated September 28, 2018

100% RENEWABLES NEWS

RE100: Why a successful energy strategy calls for a board-level commitment, PV Magazine Contributor, Anesco
One key topic to grab the headlines during Climate Week NYC was the news that RE100 companies – a group of organizations who have all made a public commitment to go ‘100% renewable’ – are outperforming their peers.


NEW REPORT

Renewables 2018: Market analysis and forecast from 2018 to 2023, International Energy Agency
Solar PV capacity is forecast to expand by almost 600 GW – more than all other renewable power technologies combined, or as much as twice Japan’s total capacity, reaching 1 terawatt (TW) by the end of the forecast period. Despite recent policy changes, China remains the absolute solar PV leader by far, holding almost 40% of global installed PV capacity in 2023. The United States remains the second-largest growth market for solar PV, followed by India, whose capacity quadruples.

AWEA FACT CHECK

No, wind turbines do not cause global warming,
Into the Wind, AWEA Blog

Two researchers, David Keith and Lee Miller, released a new paper [Thursday] and their findings are problematic for several reasons. Furthermore, certain media outlets are misreporting what the paper actually says. 

Can a three-story building really get all its energy from its own solar panels?

By David Brooks, Concord Monitor

People tend to over-estimate how much electricity is put out by solar panels, so I was very dubious when I heard that a 29-unit apartment complex coming to West Lebanon would get all of its energy, including heating and cooling, strictly from panels on the building. There’s no chance that’s correct, I told myself, secure in my poorly informed certainty. Somebody misunderstood something, I said; I’ll double-check and set the record straight. Shows how much I know.

“There are more and more people who realize this isn’t rocket science. They have to change some practices,” said Bill McLay, an architect whose advocacy for energy savings includes his book, The New Net-Zero about design and construction methods for buildings that create as much energy as they use. Continue reading here.

Image: Architect’s rendition of Tracy Street Community Housing in West Lebanon. Courtesy Twin Pines Housing


The New Net-Zero
, Published by Chelsea Green

Publisher’s Excerpts
Preface and Chapter Two – Defining the New Net Zero
Chapter Three – The Roots of Net Zero Design

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MORE NEWS FROM STATES & REGIONS

CORPORATE RENEWABLES PROCUREMENT 

CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS

Schuette goes to bat for ExxonMobil; brief calls climate change ‘unsettled science’, Bridge Michigan
The company has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. ExxonMobil now states on its website: “The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect. There is a broad scientific and policy consensus that action must be taken to further quantify and assess the risks.”

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ENERGY STORAGE NEWS

Grid-connected battery energy capacity grew 68 percent last year

Kevin Rabinovitch, Mars: “Every Movement Needs A Group Of First Movers And We Believed We Had The Capability To Step Up”

As a new RE100 leadership paper sets out guidance for companies everywhere to show leadership on renewable electricity, The Climate Group talks to Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Vice President of Sustainability, Mars  – the first US company to step up and join RE100, back in 2014. Continue reading here.

RE100 Guide for Corporate Suppliers
When RE100 reached its 100 members milestone one year ago, the nonprofit called on companies to engage their suppliers on renewable energy and produced a guide on how it’s done.

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ENERGY LOBBYING NEWS

Fossil interests, utilities spend almost 10x more than renewables industries on lobbying

INSPIRING NATIONAL SOLAR EXAMPLE
Solar Power to Help Provide 50K Meals Annually to the Lawrence Community
By Tom Duggan, The Valley Patriot

Bread & Roses, a community kitchen in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is keeping their energy local with their new solar panels installed by ReVision Energy from North Andover. The solar array, completed this past month, is a 6.7-kilowatt system consisting of 46 rooftop panels that will generate approximately 23,000 kilowatt hours per year while also offsetting 24,000 pounds of carbon pollution annually. ReVision Energy, an employee-owned company, was excited to partner with the local non-profit in an effort to transition away from fossil fuels and towards more socially-conscious, sustainable energy.

Record wind farm construction underway at close of second quarter

American Wind Energy Association News Release

U.S. wind farms surpass 90 GW with strong demand from Fortune 500 brands and utilities.

WASHINGTON — A record amount of wind energy capacity is now under construction at wind farms across America, according to second quarter results released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Strong demand for low-cost wind power from utilities and other buyers, including major corporations like AT&T and Walmart this quarter, continues to drive the industry’s growth.

“Wind power’s job creating engine just kicked into a higher gear,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “And all Americans will benefit as the record number of wind farms under construction begin delivering new revenue to rural communities and affordable homegrown energy to consumers.” Read the entire news release here.

Download AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2018 Market Report

SMALL AND COMMUNITY WIND ENERGY NEWS & RESOURCES

NEWS RELEASE: AWEA hires Jennifer Jenkins to launch national distributed wind program

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SEPA EV RESOURCES

CleanChoice Energy Offers New Renewable Energy Broker Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Magazine

CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company providing 100% clean electricity to customers across the country, has launched the CleanChoice Energy Broker Program . . . The new program will initially be available to partners serving Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Read more here.

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MORE NATIONAL NEWS

  • Energy Storage Gets Its Day in Congress, Greentech Media
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee invited experts to testify on what federal storage policy should look like.
  • Show me the money: The business opportunity for grid-interactive buildings, GreenBiz
    Studies by NREL and Clean Energy Group estimate that demand charges above $15/kW make battery storage economic, and GTM Research claims that by 2021, $11/kW demand charges will make battery storage economic. A recent study (PDF) by NREL found that “some of the country’s highest demand charges were found to be in states not typically known for high electricity prices, such as Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, and Georgia.” If you haven’t checked your bill recently, check again.

ADDITIONAL CLEAN ENERGY NEWS

NEW REPORT
Report details ‘bottom-up’ climate strategies for cities, states, Smart Cities Dive

OP-ED
Philadelphia finds a new way to support low-income solar, PV Magazine
In this op-ed for pv magazine, Bentham Paulos examines how Philadelphia is using Solarize to bring the benefits of solar to low-income residents.

TRANSMISSION PROJECT NEWS
Missouri Supreme Court gives new life to $2B Grain Belt Express transmission project, Utility Dive. The proposed 780-mile transmission line would move wind energy from western Kansas to utilities and customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states. 

NV Energy Contracts to Build More Than 1,000MW of New Solar, 100MW of Battery Storage

Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

The plan represents the largest clean energy investment in Nevada’s history—as the state contemplates moving to an open, competitive retail electricity market. Read more here.

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2018’s Most Efficient Solar Panels

New Wind Farm Activity In Missouri Shows How States Can Leapfrog Over Natural Gas

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica

Natural gas has been the fuel of choice to replace the aging fleet of coal power plants in the US, but lately renewables have been flexing their muscles, too. In the latest development, the energy company Ameren is counting on the acquisition of a new 400-megawatt wind farm in Missouri to help fill the void left by a slew of upcoming coal power plant retirements.
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Microgrids for Social Justice, Cities, Schools and Even Furniture

Wind power poised for record year, despite initial tax law concerns

By Peter Maloney, Top Floor Power, Utility Dive

  • The number of contracts signed for wind power projects hit a record of 3,500 MW in Q1 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association, signaling that 2018 should be a strong year for the renewable resource.
  • There are now 33,449 MW of wind projects under construction or in advanced development in the U.S., a 40% increase from last year and the highest level since AWEA began compiling the metric at the beginning of 2016.

Read the entire article here.

Nebraska Wind Projects, AWEA

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,415 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 778
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 22 (Projects above 10 MW: 15)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 732 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW

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MORE WIND & SOLAR NEWS

MICROGRID NEWS

Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge
Capitalizing on its experience in distributed wind, solar and cogeneration systems, the company has moved into hybrid, commercial, industrial and community microgrids that range from under 2 MW to in excess of 5 MW.

ENERGY STORAGE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE CAUCUS NEWS

Three Republicans join climate change caucus, The Hill

GREEN TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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