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Contest invites Michigan students to pursue solar energy at school

Lauren Slagter, Michigan Live


Michigan students in sixth through 12th grade are invited to find ways to use solar energy in their schools as part of a statewide contest. “My Solar School Contest” is a collaborative project of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor and the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Region, in partnership with Generation 180, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, EcoWorks and the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan Region. More than 5,500 schools across the country are investing in solar installations and educating students about clean energy.

Click here to continue reading. And here for more information on the My Solar School Contest.

Photo by the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor: Students work on a solar energy project at Upland Hills School in Oxford.

State-Backed Community Solar To Help Low-Income Families In Colo.

By Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry Magazine

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On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., joined project partners and volunteers to help install a community solar array that will provide 50% of the power demand for up to 20 qualified low-income families served by Fort Collins Utilities. Last year, the CEO awarded GRID a $1.2 million grant to add low-income community solar with utilities across the state.
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Photo: Governor Hickenlooper

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SEIA’s Solar Means Business 2016 Report: Top Ten Companies

The top corporate solar users in the United States have now installed more than 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar capacity, enough to power 193,000 homes. These Fortune 500 companies have installed solar at nearly 2,000 individual installations nationwide.

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Photo: Target has grabbed the top spot among American businesses that are going solar. Adding more solar this year than any other U.S. retailer, Target now has 147.5 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity.

Click here to view a series of slides and download a summary or the full report.
SEIA ‘s Solar Means Business Map

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Raise the renewable energy standard, because conserving is what conservatives do, Michigan Live
Renewable Portfolio Standards: State & Local Governments, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Time & place: How a new locational DER metric helps utilities defer grid investments, Utility Dive
City of Ames Utility Discussing Possible Solar Power Generation Project, WHO TV
Austin, Texas to require all new homes to have smart thermostats, Utility Dive
Going Green in Kahoka, Northeast Missouri News
Report: The Impacts of Iowa’s Thriving Wind Industry, North American Wind Power

Americans strongly favor expanding solar power to help address costs and environmental concerns

By Brian Kennedy, Pew Research Center

grist-graphicAs the solar energy industry gears up to add more electricity-generating capacity than any other source this year, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that almost nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) favor expanding use of solar power, while only 9% oppose it. That sentiment bridges the partisan divide, with large majorities from across the political spectrum favoring more use of this alternative source. Planned large-scale solar farms are expected to add 9.5 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a government agency that collects and analyzes information about the energy industry.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
EPA: Power plant emissions declined 6.2% in 2015, Utility Dive
EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities
Potholes and Pathways: Highlights from the PACE Strategy Summit at Solar Power International 2016, Renewable Energy World
CivicPACE – referenced in the above article
Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the CivicPACE Program is working to support solar energy deployment by bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to tax-exempt organizations, such as nonprofits, affordable housing, faith based institutions, and schools.
Solarize Michigan shows final home before sun sets on solar program, Michigan Live
Why Some Las Vegas Casinos Are Gambling on Solar,
City Lab
Consumers Energy launches its Solar Gardens program, Michigan Live
Sustainable energy coming to a park near you, Southwest Journal – Southwest Minneapolis’ Community Newspaper

Midwestern cities recognized for pursuing solar-friendly policies

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

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Six Midwestern cities are among 22 communities nationwide that were commended on Monday for taking innovative approaches to streamlining solar development. Their actions were aimed at reducing the “soft costs” of solar installation – the costs outside the actual hardware – and are estimated by the federal Department of Energy to comprise about two-thirds of the price of a solar installation . . . Although federal and state governments generally take the spotlight for offering tax breaks and other incentives aimed at fostering solar, “cities can do a lot about soft costs,” said Gayle Prest, Minneapolis’ sustainability director. Click to read more.

Photo: Sundial Solar / Minnesota Solar Challenge via Creative Commons

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING