Mindy Lubber is CEO and president of Ceres. Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.
This week at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, we, along with our partners across the globe, are showcasing one of the largest-ever displays of investor action, with nearly 400 investors with $32 trillion in collective assets under management taking action in line with what we call the The Investor Agenda. Read morehere.
Tri Global Energy’s Texas wind projects represent 3,464 megawatts (MW), nearly 67 percent of the MW of all wind power projects currently being developed in the state. A total of 29,634 MW of wind projects, including those in Texas, are now under construction in the U.S. Read the entire news release here.
Authorities acknowledge they need months before power returns to some regions. Still, energy experts say the rebuilding effort offers a unique opportunity to outfit the island with the electric grid of the future: a state-of-the-art system built from scratch using renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which would be cheaper to operate and would respond better to the next hurricane. The reimagined grid would rely on the concept of a microgrid, which are localized electric grids that allow communities to keep power even if centralized power plants are not functioning. Click here to read more.
Photo: A woman looks out from her damaged house in San Isidro, Puerto Rico on Sept. 28, 2017.Andres Kudacki for Time Magazine
sonnen to build microgrids in Puerto Rico, PV Magazine The company has already begun shipping energy storage systems to Puerto Rico, and hopes to have the first microgrids up and running in a month’s time.
Photo: A sonnen community in Germany with solar + storage..
“It seems like one of the right things to do with a changing climate and changing aspects of our energy production,” Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers said prior to Monday night’s vote. Traverse City joins Grand Rapids, which has a 100 percent renewables goal by 2025 to power city operations, and Northport, which is also in the northwest Lower Peninsula and has a plan to power the entire communitywith renewables. Read more.
Utility Dive Viewpoint written by Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer for Sunrun and former Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission
As the dust settles from this year’s Presidential election, one thing is clear: nationwide demand for rooftop solar is vibrant. Rooftop solar has always enjoyed strong bipartisan support, with recent polling showing that 85% of voters support rooftop solar . . . Distributed solar is a building block for the grid of the future. Solar fuels demand response, smart inverters, and electric vehicles. “Solar plus storage” will unlock an even greater amount of grid support services, like frequency response, load shifting, peak reduction, reliability-based demand response, and voltage support and dispatch, so long as regulators encourage customers to be part of the solution. Read more.
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California county files community choice aggregation plan, Utility Dive More communities are turning to aggregation programs as a way to take charge of their energy supply, paying the local utility a fee to deliver their preferred power mix at customer rates they determine. And it is not just smaller communities—cities like San Diego are also tackling energy supply programs as a way to source their power from more renewable energy.
Microsoft announces largest wind energy purchase to date, PR Newswire On Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced its largest purchase of wind energy to date with the signing of two agreements. Combined, these agreements represent 237 megawatts of wind energy, which brings Microsoft’s total investment in wind energy projects in the U.S. to more than 500 megawatts.
A north-central Minnesota solar nonprofit is creating a community solar garden for low income residents of a Native American reservation that it believes could become a national model. The 200 kilowatt community solar garden will be built by the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance for low income residents living in the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. It would serve from 100 to 150 families. The nonprofit plans to build the solar garden using money from a $500,000 state grant and then donate it to the tribe. Click to continue reading.
Photo of Jason Edens, Director of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance. Credit: Tom Kelly / Creative Commons
Solar energy has been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected just a few years ago thanks to aggressive market-based deployment efforts around the globe . . . If you are looking for one chart to sum up the whole solar energy miracle, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Chairman Michael Liebreich has one from his keynote addressat BNEF’s annual conference in April titled “In Search of the Miraculous”:
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Solar’s exponentially declining costs and exponentially rising installations (the y-axis is a logarithmic scale).
Zero-net energy Greenbuild Unity Home featuring fully-integrated SunPower home solar solution. Photo Credit: SunPower
SAN JOSE, CALIF. / PR Newswire – Energy-efficient homes of the future have arrived and are growing in popularity. According to a report by McGraw Hill Construction, nearly one-third of new single-family homes in the U.S. will be green by 2016. They are energy and natural resource efficient, designed to reduce overall impact on human health and the environment. An increased number of consumers are going a step further and striving for net-zero energy homes that use renewable energy solutions, such as solar power systems, to offset all or most of their energy consumption. Across the country, the number of net-zero energy residential and commercial buildings doubled between 2012 and 2014 as cited by the New Buildings Institute.