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Norfolk mayor takes position with wind energy development firm

By Nick Gebhart, Norfolk Daily News

Norfolk mayor Josh Moenning recently stepped away from his
executive director’s position with the 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska coalition to head up a group he helped found last year. Moenning now
serves as the director of New Power Nebraska, a company that
promotes the development of the wind energy industry in Nebraska.

In addition to his mayoral duties, Moenning continues to serve on the board of directors of 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska, which has worked to promote expressways throughout the state, including the completion of Highway 275 from east of Pilger to south of Scribner. But a main focus for him now is New Power Nebraska and its efforts to educate people about the benefits of wind energy, Moenning said. Continue reading here.

New Power Nebraska Website

FEATURED EDITORIAL

California solar panel mandate bears watching, McCook Gazette
The editorial raises several excellent questions, including:
What if my home is in a shaded location? What if solar panels don’t fit the architectural design — and I simply think they’re ugly? How are solar panels disposed of once they’re no longer used?

The following resources are offered to help address the above questions:

COMMUNITY SOLAR OPTION

California’s rooftop solar mandate provides for the option of
community solar for homeowners with shaded roofs or other issues.
See: California’s rooftop solar mandate will normalize clean energy, Fast Company. At the end of 2018, California gave final approval for new
building codes that will require every new home built in the state to
come equipped with rooftop solar, or source power from a community solar array–starting in 2020.

More and more of our cities and towns are creating community-scale programs and projects and evaluating them, potentially positioning them to be able to offer this option, as well, should our state develop a rooftop solar mandate. Nebraska towns and cities that have built
community-scale solar, or are in various stages of planning or developing a project, include:

Ainsworth, Central City, Chadron, Fremont, Gothenberg, Grand Island, Hastings, Hemingford, Kearney, Lexington, Lincoln, Loup City, Norfolk, Omaha / Fort Calhoun, O’Neill, Pawnee City, Schuyler, Scottsbluff, South Sioux City, and Venango.

Click on the following resource to read news stories and other information about this statewide development: Community-Scale Solar, Nebraskans for Solar

Nebraska’s Major Utilities’ Community Solar Programs

NPPD’s SunWise Program
NPPD customers can request community solar for their town or city by submitting the SunWise Community Interest Form here, potentially helping to grow community-scale solar in our state.

OPPD will soon be offering a community solar program to its customers. Read more here.
Everyone interested in learning more about it is invited to:
Nebraskans for Solar’s March Event: “OPPD’s Community Solar Program,”
March 13, 2019, 7 p.m. at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, Rooms 230/231.

LES Community Solar Facility
LES Community Solar Brochure

SOLAR ROOFING

Solar roofing offers an option that some homeowners may perceive as more aesthetic than rack-mounted systems.
See: World’s largest roofing company launches residential solar arm, PV Magazine. Standard Industries has announced the launch of GAF Energy, a subsidiary which will interface with local roofing contractors to sell its DecoTech Solar roof system.
News Release: Standard Industries Launches GAF Energy To Transform Rooftop Solar Industry

PV RECYCLING

 

As community and rooftop solar grow in Nebraska, PV recycling will increasingly become an attractive business opportunity in our state. See: The PV Recycling Market – Scroll down to market reports and resources.


THE COSTS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY 

NextEra: solar and wind plus batteries will be “massively disruptive” to conventional generation, 
by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine. NextEra CEO Jim Robo’s exact math is that even after the
federal tax credits expire, wind will be 2 – 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, large-scale solar will be
2.5 – 3 cents, and storage will add .5 – 1 cent. This would put these resources slightly below the
current cost of natural gas-fired generation, without the uncertainty around fuel prices that is
inherent to gas.

ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST

Energy Department Announces Battery Recycling Prize and Battery Recycling R&D Center

Department of Energy News Release, January 17, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced the launch of a Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize and the establishment of an associated Battery Recycling R&D Center. These efforts aim to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology used in consumer electronics, defense, energy storage, and transportation applications.

“America’s dependence on foreign sources of critical materials undermines our energy security and national security,” said Perry. “DOE will leverage the power of competition and the resources of the private sector, universities, and the National Laboratories to develop innovative recycling technologies, which will bolster economic growth, strengthen our energy security, and improve the environment.” Read the entire news release here.

Image Credit: Tesla

THE LITHIUM-ION BATTERY MARKET 

Global lithium-ion battery market expected to exceed $60B by 2024: report, Utility Dive
Global Market Insights released a report Monday estimating that the lithium-ion (li-ion) battery global market size will exceed $60 billion by 2024.

THE PV RECYCLING MARKET  

Prescient & Strategic Market Research, May 2018
The global solar panel recycling market is estimated to be valued at $80.7 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $269.8 million by 2023, witnessing a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 22.0% during the forecast period. Increasing adoption of solar power as a source of energy and favorable government regulations supporting sustainable development are the key factors driving the market growth. Solar panels are made up of glass, aluminum, synthetic materials, silicon, and other metals, which can be separated through the process of recycling, after the completion of the panels’ lifecycle.
Read a summary of the report here.

IRENA Research Report, June 2016
A study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), End-of-life management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, estimates that recovered raw materials alone from solar modules could be worth $450 million by 2030, and $15 billion by 2050.

PV RECYCLING INITIATIVES

SEIA National PV Recycling Program
Members of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) are committed to responsible end-of-life management and are proactively developing collection and recycling
processes for the solar industry. Many SEIA member
module manufacturers already operate take-back and recycling programs for their products. By creating a member-based program that aggregates the services offered by recycling vendors and PV manufacturers, SEIA is making it easier to select a cost-effective and environmentally responsible end-of-life management solution. This effort also enables others in the industry to access recyclers for their disposal needs. See Also:  SEIA Factsheet: PV Waste 101: The Solar Industry’s Proactive Plan for Waste Management (PDF)


Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute 
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories:
material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

 


PV Cycle USA
SunPower Corporation is the founder and on the board of directors of PV Cycle. The business has a worldwide program in place to cover the costs for de-installation, collection, reuse and recycling for all purchased and leased systems under the warranty period.

 

Product Stewardship Institute – Solar Panels
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) provides
technical assistance and monitors and advocates for
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) solar panel stewardship legislation, using as models Washington State’s Solar Power Incentive Law and lessons learned from more than a decade of recycling programs in Europe. PSI seeks to educate their members and other stakeholders about the need for new collection and recycling infrastructure. In January 2018 PSI hosted their first webinar.

WASHINGTON’S PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE STEWARDSHIP AND TAKEBACK PROGRAM

Washington became the first state in the nation to enact a solar stewardship bill (ESSB 5939) in July 2017. One section of the bill, Chapter 70.355 RCW, created the state’s Photovoltaic Module Stewardship and Takeback Program. The Department of Ecology’s process must be fully implemented and stewardship plan guidance completed by July 1, 2019. Manufacturers must prepare and submit a stewardship plan to the department by January 1, 2020, or within thirty days of its first sale of a photovoltaic module in or into the state. Beginning January 1, 2021, no manufacturer may sell or offer for sale a photovoltaic module in or into the state unless the manufacturer has submitted to the department a stewardship plan and received plan approval.