Written by Scott Wiater, President and CEO of Maryland-based Standard Solar Posted by Solar Industry Magazine
Although some of the biggest utilities outside of California are still struggling to deal with integrating solar into their portfolios, there are many utilities that get it. Some are large – Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, to name but two. Some are small, such as the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) in Florida and River Falls, Wis., Municipal Utilities. Read more here.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Expanding Solar in Low-Income Communities: Lessons From Denver, Greentech Media
SEIA’s Mike Mendelsohn explains how solar developers can expand the market to serve more customers.
- Leaders from Mars to McDonald’s give voice to the power of partnerships, GreenBiz
- NextEra, Xcel Tout Community Solar Progress In Minnesota, Solar Industry Magazine
During the past four months, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC has brought online five new community solar gardens in southeastern Minnesota. The solar gardens, located as far north as Benton County and as far south as Dakota County, are part of a larger Minnesota community solar garden portfolio totaling 66 MW.
- Tenaska, MidAmerican continue renewables push with new wind farm announcements, Omaha World-Herald
- How a Solar Microgrid Is Helping an Indigenous California Tribe Achieve Community Resiliency: The Chemehuevi are showing us what’s possible. Let’s follow their lead, AlterNet
- California regulators first to allow multiple revenue streams for energy storage, Utility Dive
- New solar farm to generate money for Edgefield County Schools, WRDW
The solar farm cost the school district nothing to build and is generating around $165,000 each year in revenue due to the sale of its power to SCE&G.
- First Solar partners with Arizona utility for peak dispatch solar-plus-storage project, Energy Storage News. First Solar manufactures thin-film PV panels, which it supplies to utility-scale projects.
- PV costs could drop by 50% by 2020, Renewable Energy World
- Carbondale church installs solar energy system, The Southern Illinoisan
- Australia’s solar energy capacity could almost double in one year,View Slideshow, Inhabitat
By Katie Stevenson, News Editor, Northwest Missourian
“Tenaska is developing a 200 to 300-megawatt wind project near Maryville in Nodaway County,” Ten Kley [Director of Strategic Development & Acquisitions at Tenaska] said. “Since we first started talking to landowners in April, we have signed agreements for the majority of the acres needed to construct the project, and we are driving toward completion of our leasing efforts.”
The Tenaska wind farm will boost the local economy, according to Ten Kley. The total estimated construction will cost between $200 million to $300 million but will also increase tax revenue to the local government. Continue reading.
Photo: Tenaska Headquarters in Omaha
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Tenaska energy crucial for Maryville, Opinion, Northwest Missourian
- National Clean Energy Week: What wind power means to rural America, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- Renewable energy works for Iowa: Guest View by Warren McKenna, Manager of Farmers Electric Cooperative in Kalona, Quad City Times
- Mid-Michigan church shows off solar project, answers questions, WILX
- Mich. Utility Flips Switch On Community Solar Garden, Solar Industry
- KVCC wind turbine program still an industry leader after 8 years, Michigan Live
- Through small-scale test runs in Illinois, Ameren experiments with self-sufficient microgrid,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- How advocates helped lead Michigan’s capital city to a future without coal, Midwest Energy News
- Mountain West Transmission Group moves to join SPP, Utility Dive
- Battery Storage Still Needs Solar for Growth: Some solar-charged storage units qualify for federal subsidy, Bloomberg Markets
- First Fully Geothermal Community in US Located in Georgia, Renewable Energy Magazine
- Metro Transit getting 3 all-electric buses in 2019, Wisconsin State Journal
- North Carolina joins climate alliance to meet Paris accord target, Utility Dive
- Solar Panel Tariff Threat: 8 Questions Homeowners Are Asking, Inside Climate News
A 15 percent jump in residential solar system prices would be more likely, based on the latest average price figures from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
- Argentina to extend exemption from custom duties for solar imports until the end of 2018,
PV Magazine International
By Editors of Electric Light & Power / POWERGRID International
The 150 MW Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West, a new solar plant in Southern California capable of powering 55,000 homes, is fully operational. The project supplies power under a 25-year agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ( SDG&E). Tenaska Imperial West is Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska’s second large-scale solar power project to achieve commercial operation and highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to renewable energy. Read more.
By Mark Chediak and Noah Buhayar, Bloomberg Businessweek
When Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought Nevada’s main utility, NV Energy, three years ago, it inherited a lucrative customer base: the neon-lit, air-conditioned casino-hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Now they’re in the midst of a costly split. Lured by the prospect of cheaper, cleaner energy elsewhere, two of the Strip’s biggest power users, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts, told regulators in May they’re willing to pay millions in fees to ditch NV Energy’s services . . . The Public Utilities Commission determined MGM must pay $86.9 million to NV Energy, based on its usage. The company has entered into a power purchase contract with Nebraska-based Tenaska Power Services, which markets natural gas and electric power. “It is our objective to reduce MGM’s environmental impact by decreasing the use of energy and aggressively pursuing renewable energy sources,” MGM Executive Vice President John McManus wrote in a May 19 letter to regulators. Read more here.
By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald
Making money in the energy business isn’t nearly as easy as it was in 2008, when natural gas was fetching more than five times the price it’s bringing today.
But Omaha-based Tenaska didn’t have any investments in wind energy at that time, nor did it have any holdings in solar power, which these days are helping offset margins that have cratered with natural gas prices, the company said.
Doug Perry, Asset Manager for Tenaska, serves as an advisor to Nebraskans for Solar’s Board of Directors.