By Ariana Fine, Solar Industry
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual cost breakdown of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems. U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System and Energy Storage Cost Benchmark: Q1 2021 details installed costs for PV systems as of the first quarter of 2021.
Costs continue to fall for residential, commercial rooftop, and utility-scale PV systems – by 3%, 11% and 12%, respectively, compared to last year. In a change from previous years’ reports, balance of systems costs have increased or remained flat across sectors this year. However, this increase in balance of systems cost was offset by a 19% reduction in module cost, causing overall costs to continue their decade-long decline. Continue reading here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
ACP CEO Heather Zichal statement on President Biden signing The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, American Clean Power Association
“The American Clean Power Association applauds President Biden and bipartisan Congressional leaders for making a historic and long overdue investment in America’s infrastructure. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a major victory for Americans that will make unprecedented investments to modernize and enhance the nation’s electrical grid and provide consumers with more opportunities to receive reliable, zero-carbon electricity across the country. An overwhelming majority of voters — 93% — believe that clean energy is important to the country’s energy future, and the bipartisan support for this legislation is a powerful example of what we can get done for American clean power when our leaders come together.”
- What the US Infrastructure Deal Does for Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge
- SEIA Strengthens Staff with Energy Storage and Grid Modernization Expert, Solar Energy Industries Association
- Solar project now powers five New England colleges, PV Magazine
The arrangement links colleges in a 20-year power purchase agreement that mirrors corporate-style renewable sourcing strategies.
- Could Solar Gardens Boost Traditional Farming with Renewable Energy?, Interesting Engineering
SALT CREEK SOLAR
Nebraska’s largest solar farm planned east of Lincoln is looking to clear final zoning hurdles, Updated November 10, 2021, Lincoln Journal Star. Ranger Power’s application is the first “industrial-scale” solar project proposed in the county.
Salt Creek Solar (PDF), Ranger Power Resource
A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for tomorrow, November 17, before the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission.
NET ZERO ENERGY HOMES
Energy-Efficient Isn’t Enough, So Homes Go ‘Net Zero’, New York Times
Demand for residences that produce as much energy as they consume is being spurred by climate concerns, consumer appetite and more affordable solar technology.
Photo by GRNE Solar: The Sun Haven, a net-zero energy home in Lincoln, Nebraska.
See “Solar Examples” for more information.
CONSERVATION NEBRASKA NOW HIRING
The term of service is December 1st, 2021 through August 31st, 2022.
The AmeriCorps position can be utilized to satisfy an internship requirement for college.
Any interested party should send a resume to Amanda Gangwish, Conservation Nebraska’s Program Director, at email@example.com