An institutional investors group representing $1.8 trillion in global assets recently asked the country’s 20 largest publicly traded energy generators to commit to achieving net-zero carbon emissions. While the challenges inherent in this shift to a decarbonized grid should not be understated, a number of innovative solutions are available to utilities to support their efforts. Read more here.
Target pushes suppliers to go green, too, Minneapolis Star Tribune Target will give its suppliers until 2023 to set forth a plan to reduce carbon pollution at their
facilities as well as from the energy they purchase to power their operations. By 2020, the
retailer plans to install solar panels on the rooftops of 500 stores.
University moves forward with renewable energy plan, The Maine Campus On March 25, the University of Maine System board of trustees authorized the spending of up to $5.7 million to continue negotiations for a plan to shift the Orono campus from use of fossil fuels to renewable energy.
The Illinois “Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act” is real, PV Magazine The strangely-titled bill has been filed in Illinois, with an aim to transition and repurpose coal plants currently at risk of closure to solar+storage facilities. Vistra Energy, which owns both coal plants in this list and solar+storage facilities elsewhere, is pushing the legislation . . . In Arizona, a bill aimed specifically at replacing a 2.25 GW coal power has been submitted. The bill would establish a task force to provide to replace the revenue and support displaced workers.
Schatz Leads Senate Dems On Climate Change: ‘The Crisis Of Our Generation’, Honolulu Civil Beat. The Hawaii senator is chairman of a new committee on the climate crisis. He talks about what that means . . . “Nebraska just got hit by historic floods that are going to cost over a billion dollars to their economy,” Schatz said. “When you see the impacts of climate change and severe weather in your community, and it harms your farm or your home or your family, it becomes real and it becomes personal. You want to take action.”
As those fighting climate change look toward grand government schemes such as the Green New Deal, little Holyoke, Massachusetts, is showing how to make the kinds of on-the-ground transformations needed to win the war. How this city of just 40,000 went from having the last coal-powered plant in Massachusetts to laying claim to its largest solar farm might prove a valuable blueprint as more cities and states set goals for 100 percent renewable energy. It wasn’t easy, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight. But thanks to a lot of foresight and the recognition that the time had come to actively prepare for a future quite different from the past, Holyoke made a series of conscious decisions that are already paying off. Watch the video here.
The Conservative Texas Mayor Leading the Charge With Renewable Energy Talks About the Green New Deal, PBS Frontline Mayor Dale Ross: I think that I can speak to experience on Georgetown; when we first did the … contracts on renewable energy, it was predictably a business deal, but what we’ve realized since then [is] there’s tremendous economic benefits and there’s also environmental benefits that speak for themselves. There are a lot of companies in this country that have robust green policies and they want to be a part of cities and communities that are supportive of those robust policies.
Trending: Taking the Carbon, Waste Out of eCommerce, Sustainable Brands Between Amazon and Etsy’s carbon-neutral ambitions, and more and more options for circular shipping containers, the millions of tons of emissions and waste generated by e-commerce could soon be a thing of the past.
WIKI-SOLAR: WORLD’S LEADING SOLAR POWER OWNERS & DEVELOPERS
OVERVIEW – Utilities join the party as solar power goes mainstream, Renewables Now. The list of the world’s top solar power plant owners released by Wiki-Solar.org shows that leading energy utilities are building significant solar portfolios . . . Independent power producers (IPPs) hold a relatively lower share, now the utilities are more active, but are still building significant portfolios. Infrastructure funds like GIP and Berkshire Hathaway in the US are prominent. Wikimedia Commons Photo.
With climate change a hot topic and the Green New Deal providing a possible pathway for progress, solar power may be a more viable — and profitable — source of energy than ever before . . . Network News Wire holds no shares of any company named in this news release. Read more here.
North Dakota’s first commercial solar energy project gets OK, Grand Forks Herald The [200MW] Harmony solar project, 15 miles west of Fargo, is estimated to generate $24 million in direct economic impacts over 20 years, including $5.7 million in revenues to school districts and $2 million to the county over the period, according to Geronimo Energy of Edina, Minn., a renewable energy developer.
Solar arrays to be built in three Illinois municipal-run electric territories, Energy News Network Demonstration solar projects like the ones just announced — which incur minimal cost for the agency and municipalities — are a chance for the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency and its members “to get real experience in developing a project and studying the solar energy output of the facilities.”
NextEra has signed a lease for 2,500 acres in Pierce County with brothers Ryan and Aaron Zimmerman, who have a 345-kilovolt Nebraska Public Power District power line running through their land. The brothers told the Energy News Network website that they previously had an agreement with a smaller solar company a couple of years ago. Read more here.
FPL brings online 298 MW of solar parks in Florida, Renewables Now The company, which is a unit of NextEra Energy Inc, last month unveiled plans to add over 30 million solar panels totaling 11,000 MW in Florida by 2030 and said it will make “unprecedented new investments” in energy storage projects.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia “hosts over 4,000 solar panels that produce more than 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power more home games than the Falcons play during the regular season! It is the first sports facility in U.S. history to receive a Platinum LEED certification, the highest “green” rating a building can achieve.”
Check out SEIA’s Solar in Sports report to see if your favorite teams are taking advantage of solar.
SOLAR AS A SERVICE NEWS
The Time For Home Solar Is Now, Sponsored Post, CleanTechnica Sunrun’s solar as a service model allows households to access clean solar energy from as little as zero dollars down, with no debt and no maintenance worries.
Yesterday, Lazards released its Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) analysis version 12.0 for Energy (pdf), and Version 4.0 for Energy Storage (pdf). The document shows that utility scale wind, solar offer the cheapest absolute electricity pricing – without subsidies. When federal tax subsidies are applied, essentially politically palatable forms of a carbon tax, we see all thin film solar cheaper than all gas, and the majority of crystalline silicon solar cheaper than gas. Rooftop solar for residential and commercial, with its broad price ranges representing the broad classes of projects they cover, shows higher pricing. However, this analysis doesn’t consider the additional benefits including avoided costs achieved with behind-the-meter installations, and as such it isn’t a pure apples-to-apples comparison. Read more here.
Wisconsin importer and distributor invests in solar energy, Fresh Plaza Maglio Companies, an importer and distributor of fresh produce, has installed over 1,100 solar panels on the roof of its Glendale, Wisconsin facility. This array is expected to produce an estimated 477,000 kilowatt hours of sustainable electricity each year. This is equivalent to the annual energy usage of 58 average Wisconsin homes.
State’s largest solar farm nearing production, The Spokesman-Review. Washington’s largest solar farm will begin commercial production next month in this Columbia Basin town better known for its annual Combine Demolition Derby. Nearly 82,000 solar panels have been installed near Lind’s pioneer-era cemetery, resembling a mirage on the dusty landscape. Sensors adjust the angle of the flat, blue panels throughout the day, allowing them to maximize the capture of solar rays.
Carport Solar Array Receives 2018 Innovative Project Award, MSU Today Michigan State University’s solar carport project received the 2018 Innovative Project Award from the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan. The award recognizes exemplary projects in the region exhibiting features above and beyond the status quo. MSU’s solar carport array is constructed on five of the university’s largest commuter parking lots and covers 5,000 parking spaces.
With the global solar industry expected to reach 100 GW this year, following nearly 20% year-over-year growth in annual installations in 2017, IHS Markit has identified eight solar and energy storage market trends to watch. “Solar Energy and Storage Trends,” a new white paper from IHS Markit, identifies the following significant trends with the most impact on the global solar market: Clickhereto continue.
RE100 signatories to spur $94 billion investment opportunity, Windpower Engineering
The companies currently committed to the RE100 campaign will need to procure an estimated 172 TWh of additional clean energy generation by 2030 to meet their renewable energy targets. If corporations were to meet this demand through PPAs, it could catalyze 87 GW of new solar and wind build, representing a potential $94 billion investment opportunity
One of ACC’s ten Principles of Conservative Environmentalism: “A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship—especially of the natural world—is not fundamentally conservative.” Initiatives include the development of an environmental scorecard of Republicans in Congress.