By Kirsti Marohn – Collegeville, Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News
Google proposes to build the 375,000-square-foot data center on roughly 300 acres owned by Xcel Energy next to the Sherburne County Generating Station, the largest coal-burning plant in the Upper Midwest. Xcel will retire two of Sherco’s three generators in the next seven years. Google is working with Xcel to ensure that electricity used to power the data center will come from renewable sources. Continue reading here.
- Google announces plans to build data center in Nebraska; signs point to Omaha area, Omaha World-Herald
- Google And Apple Lead The Corporate Charge Toward 100% Renewable Energy, Forbes
- Emerging Green Tariffs In U.S. Regulated Electricity Markets, World Resources Institute
Nebraska – Omaha Public Power District, Page 17.
HAPPENING IN OTHER STATES
Appalachian Headwaters operates the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective, continuing a long-standing tradition of Appalachian apiculture. They say the Beekeeping Collective has the potential to bring millions of dollars into the region, offering job options and supplemental incomes for hundreds of people.
- IL’s Adjustable Block Program Meets Staggering Interest, Natural Resources Defense Council
The Illinois Adjustable Block Program recently began accepting project applications, launching what has the potential to be a massive build out of distributed generation and community solar projects bolstered by the program’s Renewable Energy Credit (REC) incentives.
Adjustable Block Program Website
Adjustable Block Program Guidebook
- State incentives have solar energy surging in Illinois, Chicago Daily Herald
- Proposal aims to juice incentives for energy storage systems, Deseret News
A proposal before Utah legislators to incentivize the purchase of battery storage systems for solar and/or wind-powered energy systems would be a boon for those who want to become energy independent while lowering their carbon footprint.
- Ford signs deal with DTE for 500,000 megawatt hours of wind energy, Daily Energy Insider
- Just Ask Alaska: Yes, Diesel-Killing Solar Panels Work In The Cold, CleanTechnica
- Shine touts success of Fort Hood solar farm, wants more alternative energy for state, The Kileen Daily Herald. Alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power could turn Texas into an energy-exporting state, according to state Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple.
- The Golden State is officially a third renewable, and it’s not stopping there, PV Magazine
California has passed its 33% renewable energy target two years before the 2020 deadline. The state’s next renewable milestone is at 44% by 2024, a 33% growth in just over five full years.
- Solar energy system installers expect 2019 will be a good year, The Ledger
This is the final year American consumers can receive a 30 percent federal tax credit for having a residential solar energy system installed. That credit will drop to 26 percent in 2020, and 22
percent in 2021, before dropping altogether for residential customers.
ADVICE ON GOING SOLAR
Column: Here’s why I went with solar, by Alan Youngblood / Star-Banner photo editor.
Published by The Ledger
Solar is pretty much a no-brainer. You reduce your carbon footprint while saving money or eliminating your power bill. The federal government has also extended the 30 percent tax credit on everything connected to the installation of residential solar panels through 2019. That means that 30 percent of what you spend on a solar installation comes right off the taxes you owe. Click image to watch YouTube video of the installation in fast motion.
Residential & Business Incentives
Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar systems and small wind turbines: 30% through 2019. Small wind: 100 kilowatts or less. Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
EV / ETHANOL NEWS
- Daimler, BMW ink $1B joint mobility deal, Smart Cities Dive
Automakers Daimler AG and BMW Group announced they have signed a $1 billion-plus deal to merge their ride-hailing, parking and electric vehicle (EV) charging services to create what the companies call “a new global player providing sustainable urban mobility.”
- As Electric Cars Shift Into Mainstream, The Corn Belt Begins To Ponder A Post-Ethanol Future, Harvest Public Media