McCook Gazette Editorial
Unfortunately, people who would benefit the most from lower energy bills often cannot afford the improvements to achieve them. That’s where the Nebraska Weatherization Assistance Program comes in. Tuesday is Weatherization Day in Nebraska, spotlighting an effort that has been weatherizing homes for low-income and elderly citizens for more than 42 years.
Eight non-profit community service providers operate the program. Since the Weatherization Assistance Program began, over $204 million went to make energy efficiency improvements in more than 68,800 Nebraska homes affecting the lives of thousands of Nebraskans, many of who are elderly, disabled, and families with children. Learn more here.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
Photo: Walmart Rooftop Solar
- Walmart and SunPower Partner for Solar-Powered Illinois Stores, Energy Manager Today
Walmart has made significant progress towards ambitious goals set more than a decade ago including to be powered by 100% renewable energy, create zero waste and sell products that sustain people and the environment.
- Walmart’s Project Gigaton asks suppliers to collectively eliminate 1 gigaton of emissions by 2030.
- Iowa Investigates Solar And Storage, Solar Industry
- Washington’s largest solar plant comes online, PV Magazine
- New York State is hitting its community solar stride, PV Magazine
- Duke Energy aims to expand solar power to non-residential customers without large upfront investment, PV Magazine
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS & TRAINING PROGRAMS
- DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office awards money to train electric utility workers in grid integration, Solar Power World. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been selected to receive a $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to train the next generation of electric utility workers. The award, the largest of 53 DOE workforce development grants, will be used to develop the data science and analytical skills needed to manage the more integrated grid of the future.
- Solar Jobs Update: Even Better Than You Think (With #CleanTechnica Interview)
- Federal government gives Philadelphia $1.25M solar grant, The News & Observer
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Philadelphia a $1.25 million grant to fund solar training education programs.
- University of Delaware to offer Offshore Wind Skills Academy, Windpower Engineering Development. This is the first offshore wind skills training program in the United States to focus on professionals and managers seeking to enter the industry.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University want to push solar panel lifespans to 50 years, Solar Power World. A team of solar energy researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio has been awarded $1.35 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to continue its work toward increasing the efficiency and lifetime of photovoltaic modules—specifically aimed at pushing their lifespan to 50 years.