By Anne Marie Hunger, Kansas City Star
The community dedicated to the animals at Lee’s Summit Animal Control extends beyond the staff and volunteers who meet their needs. Advocates and activists focused on the long-term future of the shelter help ensure it can continue to care for more than 4,000 animals a year. 18-year-old Zach Burton is one of those activists.
In 2016, Burton approached city officials with a plan to promote green energy in Lee’s Summit through a solar power project. Burton has worked with the city, architects and energy professionals over the past two years to bring his project to fruition at Lee’s Summit Animal Control. Read more here.
Photo: The 96 solar panels at the shelter will reduce energy expenses by over $135,000 over the course of 25 years.
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NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Buffalo elementary school gets second life as solar-powered community hub, Curbed
- Mankato businesses shed light on going solar, The Free Press
- As L.A. temperatures rise, so does interest in cleaner air and cleaner energy, Environmental Defense Fund
- State Funds Solar Projects for Low-Income Brewster Residents, CapeCod.com
BREWSTER-Thanks to a $250,000 grant awarded to Cape Light Compact and Habitat for Humanity from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, six solar photovoltaic systems were placed on multiple new low-income homes in Brewster.
- A Journey Toward the Utility of the Future, Transmission & Distribution World
The goal of enhanced resiliency drives ComEd to deploy microgrid technology.
- Energy company helps Archdiocese of Louisville spread the solar spirit, Louisville Business First
- Tribe Seeks Energy Sovereignty With Solar Microgrid, Eco-Village & Utility, Microgrid Knowledge
EXCELLENT ARTICLE BY KAREN UHLENHUTH
Nebraska tribe becomes a solar power leader on the Plains, Energy News Network
FEATURED NATIONAL NEWS
- How much does it cost to bail out uneconomic power plants?, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- Cheers to clean power adopters, activists and evangelists, GreenBiz
- How Co-ops Transformed the Solar Landscape in Just Five Years, Power Magazine
By the end of 2019, the combined capacity of cooperative solar is expected to surpass 1 GW.
Global Tech Giant Fujitsu Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity And Invests In Clean Energy Technologies, The Climate Group. IT giant Fujitsu has joined RE100 with a commitment to source 100% renewable electricity by 2050, with an interim target of 40% by 2030. Alongside investments in renewable energy technology, Fujitsu is also investing in its people. The company has been actively conducting seminars and events with an environmental focus for employees around the world. By educating staff on clean energy, Fujitsu aims to raise global awareness of renewable power.
RENEWABLE ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM
DOE rolls out $2B loan guarantee program for renewable energy on tribal lands, Utility Dive
Under the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program, the DOE can guarantee up to 90% of the unpaid principal and interest of a loan made to a federally recognized Indian tribe for energy development.
- To Unleash Wholesale Distributed Generation, We Must Streamline Interconnection, Greentech Media. Large rooftops and parking lots can cost-effectively host solar generation right where the energy is needed, with no costly transmission lines or environmental impact.
- Nebraska’s interconnection standards’ grade remains an “F”, while our state’s net metering has earned a “B”. Source: Freeing the Grid, produced by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and Vote Solar, with analysis provided by EQ Research.
Net Metering / Interconnection Recommendations
- ACEEE: Rural households pay 40% more on energy than urban counterparts, Smart Cities Dive
- U.S. Solar Panel Market Size Worth USD 22.90 Billion By 2025: Hexa Research, PR Newswire
- How Big Batteries at Data Centers Could Replace Power Plants, Scientific American
NET-ZERO ENERGY / COMMUNITY SOLAR NEWS
- Rise of net zero energy homes could boost utility-led community solar, Utility Dive
- Community Solar Can Help Meet Zero Net Energy Goals, Natural Resources Defense Council
ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
- Tesla Powerwalls and PowerPacks save Vermont $500,000 during heatwaves, PV Magazine
Green Mountain Power suggests 500 distributed Tesla Powerwalls plus two larger energy storage facilities have saved its customers $500,000 this summer during peak demand hours.
- CPS Energy sees storage as key element of energy transition, American Public Power Association. San Antonio, Texas-based public power utility CPS Energy is pursuing a so-called “Flexible Path” approach to energy, one that incorporates new energy storage technology to guide its ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewables. “We want to look into new technology, innovation,” says CPS spokesman John Moreno. “We want to reduce our dependence on coal.”