Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network
In their push to upend the economics of rooftop solar, Iowa’s major electric utilities are up against an opponent as politically potent as they are: the state’s pork producers. Hog farmers in the nation’s top pork-producing state have made clear that they don’t want legislators messing with their net metering arrangements. “Their voice is making a huge difference,” said Kerri Johannsen, who directs the Iowa Environmental Council’s energy program. “The things they are doing are definitely a big part of what’s held this bill up.” Continue reading here.
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ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- What The Electric Vehicle Industry Could Learn From Solar Energy, by Vic Shao, Founder and CEO of AMPLY Power, Forbes Community Voice
What I believe eventually accelerated solar energy into the mainstream was a shift in how people financed their solar installations, via power purchase agreements (PPA). By modeling commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging after the success of solar PPAs, I believe the commercial busing and trucking industries can simplify the purchasing process and boost commercial EVs into the mainstream.
- Utilities, charger vendors find interconnection best practices to propel EV growth, Utility Dive
- NextEra: wind+solar+storage the “next phase” with 21 GW available, PV Magazine
NextEra continues to show growth in both projects deployed and its pipeline of solar, wind and energy storage, with solar projects alone growing by 485 MWac.
- Enel Green Power likes bifacial solar panels, PV Tech
The renewable energy firm noted that the deployment of bifacial panels; “kicks off a new era of solar energy, helping to further reduce the costs of this technology and increasing performance. This latest-generation photovoltaic module will allow us to capture light from both the front and back and so achieve more efficient electrical energy production than traditional mono-facial panels. This leads to the possibility of installing a lower number of panels and reducing the surface space used.”
- NEXTracker Inaugurates Expanded Bifacial Solar Test Facility, CleanTechnica
- One more state, two more utilities pledge 100% clean power, PV Magazine
- Washington State Passes Law Requiring 100% Clean Energy By 2045, Greentech Media
- $3 Billion Transmission Project Wins Key Permit in Quest to Bring Wind Power to the West Coast, Greentech Media. Backed by billionaire Philip Anshutz, the 3-gigawatt TransWest Express project is set to start construction next year, after more than a decade of development. First proposed in 2005, TransWest Express would stretch 730 miles from southwestern Wyoming through Colorado and Utah, to its connection to western grids at Nevada’s Hoover Dam. It will be a combination of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and high voltage alternating current (HVAC) systems, capable of carrying up to 3 gigawatts of power when it’s complete.
- New industry research effort on wildlife takes flight with seven new promising projects, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- A Brief History of Solar Panels, by Elizabeth Chu and D. Lawrence Tarazano, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Smithsonian Magazine
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