In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun offers insight on how battery energy storage has the potential to change the energy landscape.
Photo: Andy Haun, senior vice president and chief technology officer, microgrids, Schneider Electric
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How Dispatchable Wind Is Becoming a Reality in the US, Greentech Media. Analysis from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables’ new report, The Potential Wind-Plus-Storage Roadmap, introduces new policies from select states.
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CONSUMER REPORTS SURVEY
Most Americans in Coal-Reliant States Prefer Renewables, CBS News, Posted on Real Clean Energy. A large majority of Americans in coal-heavy states favor increasing renewable energy use. Most would also be willing to buy solar panels for their own use, and a plurality would be willing to pay an additional $5 a month to get energy from fully renewable sources, according to a survey from Consumer Reports
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS
100% renewables city won $1 million to capture and store solar energy. Here’s what happens next: The city of Georgetown is going one step farther to become energy-independent. After winning a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge city officials said they plan to lease rooftop space on homes to install solar panels as well as additional space to install storage batteries that will allow the city to collect and store solar-generated energy.
- Businesses Are Switching To Renewable Energy In Staggering Numbers, AltEnergy Magazine
Countries around the world and individual states and regions are establishing renewable energy infrastructures and setting up 100% renewable energy targets (and some have already reached their 100% renewable targets).
- Game On! 60 Gigawatts Of Renewable Energy By 2025 — #CleanTechnica Interview
Alex Klonick, who works with the Business Renewables Center at the Rocky Mountain Institute, explains how the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance effort is fostering the acceleration of renewable energy development.
- Longmont meeting attendees want 100 percent renewable energy, even if it costs more, Times-Call Local News
- 10 Southern California municipalities commit to 100% renewables through CCA program, Solar Power World. A total of nine cities and one county have opted to power their communities with 100% renewable electricity through Clean Power Alliance, a new Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
- Redmond to use one hundred percent renewable energy, Redmond Reporter
The city is partnering with Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct program.
- Facebook Benefits From 375MW Data Centre Solar Power Deal In Alabama, Data Economy. Facebook has committed to support all of its data centres and offices with 100% of renewable energy by 2020. Through the partnership with TVA, the company’s first Valley-based facility will be powered with 100% renewable energy, split between two locations subject to appropriate environmental reviews.
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Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News
Kansas City Power & Light’s plan to return federal tax savings to customers also includes measures to encourage renewable energy purchases, community solar and reduce energy usage. The package includes a green tariff, demand response aggregation and new rate designs available to about 800,000 electricity customers in the Kansas City area. Missouri utility regulators are expected to approve the plan soon. The measures also provide policy certainty for the City of Kansas City to move ahead with some of the ambitious clean energy goals it articulated just over a year ago. Continue reading here.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES & PUERTO RICO
- Organic Valley to share its solar power with nearby communities, La Crosse Tribune
LA FARGE — Organic Valley is moving beyond its initial goal of achieving 100 percent renewable power at its corporate facilities in La Farge and Cashton to share solar power with 13 Midwest communities and energy credits with a California-based natural soap company.
Photo by Prairie Restorations Inc: Organic Valley will build and seed pollinator-friendly solar farms, such as this one near Downsville, Wisconsin, which has a flowering meadow under and around its panels.
- Free beer for going solar: Montana brewery teams up with electric coop for community panels, Independent Record
- Solar array by Missoula Electric finds eager partner in KettleHouse Brewing,, Missoula Current
- Clean Power Flows for Portland Brewer, reNEWS
- Clif Bar begins work on region’s largest solar power system, Magic Valley
- Fort Collins, Colorado to go 100% renewable by 2030, PV Magazine
The city becomes the 9th in Colorado to adopt a 100% renewable energy transition mandate.
- Power play: Solar energy developers sought for properties on South, West sides, The Real Deal
A new Chicago program aims to turn brownfields into energy generators.
- Solar heats up in S.C. as business installations surge, Charleston Regional Business Journal
- The Magic Kingdom Is Going Green, New York Times
We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?
Hawaiian Electric selects 7 solar-plus-storage projects for a combined 260 MW of renewable energy, Pacific Business News
Zero energy homes makes cents – as Vivint builds in Rhode Island,
RMI has released an economic analysis of Zero Energy homes, suggesting their economics meet industry standards and stay within homeowner appetites for larger investments, while Vivint Energy has built such a home in Rhode Island
The Sun Haven: Solar-Powered, Net-Zero Energy Home in Lincoln
Lincoln-based GRNE Solar teamed up with Wilderness Construction to build this net-zero energy home, with solar on the roof and outlets for electric vehicles in the garage. The home, called the Sun Haven, is located at 6077 Chartwell Lane in Lincoln. Through the use of solar power this home will produce as much energy as it consumes. YouTube Video: Drone View of The Sun Haven
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- Over 1 GWh of Energy storage deployment by utility type and market segment
- Overviews of 10 projects showcasing diverse energy storage applications
- Easy to grasp summary of every state-level storage mandate and incentive
FYI FOR SOLAR SYSTEM OWNERS
Is It Necessary to Clean Solar Panels?
Mr. Green shines a light on the answer, Sierra Magazine
By Chris Peters, Omaha World-Herald
“The whole idea is you’re off-grid, you’re completely sustainable, you have your own water, you grow your own food,” said Cathy Krueger, the owner. “It attracts a certain type of person.”
The earthship concept was created in the 1970s by architect Mike Reynolds in New Mexico. “Gunsmoke” actor Dennis Weaver, a noted environmentalist, built one in the ’80s.
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Photo: Cathy Krueger’s earthship home is believed to be the first in Nebraska. Earthships rely on the sun and cool air from the ground to maintain temperaratures around 70 degrees. They also collect rainwater and generate energy with solar panels. Credit: Brendan Sullivan / The World-Herald
News Release Excerpt
Sandhills will soon break ground on a new facility on its 68-acre global headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska. The announcement comes on the heels of a recently constructed IT facility, completed in October. The new 42,000-square-foot building, called the Cyber Center, will house 240 employee workstations, a reception area and café space, as well as classrooms and other training facilities. The new addition is part of a larger trend of sustainable, companywide growth for Sandhills . . . Constructed largely of recycled and reclaimed materials, the facility will be gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program (www.usgbc.org/leed). The design incorporates state-of-the-art technologies that increase water and energy efficiencies through the use of solar panels, light harvesting sensors, and motion sensors that control plumbing and electricity. The new facility will also feature one of the most advanced heating and cooling system designs in the world: a closed-loop, geothermal well field confirmed by the EPA to operate at greater efficiency than oil furnaces, gas furnaces, and air source heat pumps.
Read the entire News Release here.