By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News
Illinois Solar for All gives developers the right to sell renewable energy credits for the energy they generate from solar installations they own and operate on the property of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies or other entities. The credits are more valuable than others created under the Future Energy Jobs Act, which helps solar developers deliver guaranteed savings to customers who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of solar. And there are no upfront costs to the customers. Read more here.
Senior Services Plus Photo: Two solar installations, including one on its main facility in Alton, Illinois, will help Senior Services Plus save about $25,000 per year.
THE WIRE – OPPD BLOG
OPPD CEO talks about solar path at conference, by Jason Kuiper
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- First Solar advises contracting for solar capacity, not MWh, to enable flexible operation, PV Magazine. Nearly all solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) to date involve compensation in terms of dollars per megawatt-hour (MWh) produced—an inflexible approach of maximizing generation that needs to evolve, because a more valuable approach is to operate solar flexibly. That’s the message from a brief paper by First Solar, Evolving the Solar Procurement Paradigm. Operating solar flexibly—for example, operating a solar plant with headroom in the late afternoon to permit ramping—can save a utility money and permit more solar on the grid, as found in a study by the consulting firm E3 and Tampa Electric.
- Michigan utility’s first brownfield solar project highlights promise, challenges, Midwest Energy News
- Alliant Energy Joins Midwestern Utility Peers With a Big Solar Plan, Greentech Media
The utility-scale solar market is gathering pace in the industrial Midwest as costs drop and the ITC runs out of road.
- Want to save lives, money or both? Harvard says install solar, PV Magazine
- Solar (and efficiency) are driving down peak demand in New England, PV Magazine
- ♪ Just a spoonful of solar panel cleaning, helps the revenue go up – the revenue go up! ♪, PV Magazine
Paris Pullout Won’t Derail State & Local Climate Progress, Natural Resources Defense Council
[Yesterday] the Trump administration began the legal process for withdrawing from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, submitting a letter of intent to the UN Secretary-General. The withdrawal will take effect one year from the date the letter is sent, which will now be November 4, 2020—the day after the 2020 presidential election. On its face, the withdrawal move cedes U.S. leadership on climate to other countries and punctuates the short-sightedness of an administration that consistently prioritizes polluters over people. But Trump cannot disrupt the striking momentum seen in states and cities across the country that are taking up this mantle and both moving toward cleaner, more affordable energy and making progress toward meeting the U.S. Paris carbon reduction agreement goals.
Time to Act on Climate—with Tax Policy!, Natural Resources Defense Council
Growth in US green economy dwarfs that of fossil fuel industry, contributed article by Lucien Georgeson and Mark Maslin, GreenBiz. Our study estimates that revenue in the global green economy was $7.87 trillion in 2016. At $1.3 trillion, the United States made up 16.5 percent of the global market — the largest in the world. Our analysis also suggests that in the United States, nearly 10 times more people were employed in the green economy and its supply chains (9.5 million) than employed directly in the fossil fuel industry (roughly 1 million) — that is, miners, electricity grid workers, infrastructure manufacturers and construction workers. This wide gap comes despite the U.S. fossil fuel industry receiving huge subsidies, estimated at $649 billion in 2015 alone.