By Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal
All told, the five projects will add 40,000 solar panels to the region and produce enough electricity to power 2,500 average households, the Engineering Division said. Also, the projects have been designed to establish more than 50 acres of pollinator-friendly habitat, which will be planted beneath the solar arrays. The city’s investment supports its renewable energy goals, included in the “100% Renewable Madison Report.” Read more here.
Photo Credit: Dan Barron, Organic Valley, an RE100 company.
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Solar proving fruitful on farmland: A Solar Power World special feature
Feeding a growing population and meeting renewable energy demands has brought farmers and solar developers into partnerships centered on land designated for agricultural uses. The wide-open acres of American farmland accounts for just under 40% of the landmass in the United States, making them sought after for PV systems for many reasons. Photo Credit: Hyperion Systems
- Previously Posted: Harvesting Solar Could Help Small-Scale Farmers Improve Sustainability, KCET
- As Foreign Investment In U.S. Farmland Grows, Efforts To Ban And Limit The Increase Mount, by Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Successful Farming. The data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that foreign investors control – either through direct ownership or long-term leases – at least 28.3 million acres, valued at $52.2 billion.
- Kansas is on the front lines of the fight for solar rights, Solar Power Rocks
- Harnessing solar energy and the benefits, Telegraph Herald. Contributed article by Larry Steffen, vice president of sales at Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque.
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- What makes Starbucks’ latest clean energy transaction unique, GreenBiz
“LevelTen continues to provide valuable niche services to C&I customers by leveraging their innovative software platform,” said the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) in an emailed statement. LevelTen is one of REBA’s founding members. “Today’s announcement with Starbucks further demonstrates its ability to create new business models and could enable smaller companies to enter the clean energy market by simplifying the contracting process.”
- We’ve Got 20 Million Reasons to Push Harder, by Bryce Smith, LevelTen Energy Blog
Bryce Smith is the founder and CEO of LevelTen Energy. Prior to LevelTen, Smith co-founded OneEnergy Renewables, a national developer of utility-scale solar projects.
Grain Belt Express one step closer to construction after regulators approve sale, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved Chicago-based Invenergy’s acquisition of the Grain Belt Express transmission line.