Rooftop solar company Sunrun presented a case for solar + storage having the highest benefit of offsetting utility infrastructure requirements, citing researchfrom Crossborder Energy. The research used data from APS in Arizona, where a settlementwas reached on March 1 regarding rate designs for solar customers. Sunrun also cited recent research by Berkeley that calls into question arguments made by solar critics that rooftop solar increases retail rates. Continue readinghere.
The grid is undergoing a transformation leading to greater utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). DER devices include batteries, PV, and even aggregated hot water heaters or building lighting systems. At the core of this transformation are the services that these DER can provide to the grid. Presently each device type is siloed into its market or program, and the same services can receive different compensation based on what device is providing it.
The Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) is leading an effort to solve the technical challenges to compare very different DER devices on their ability to supply each grid service. In this webinar, guest speakers from the GLMC will discuss the drivers behind this research, the technical problems that need solving, and their progress so far in the areas of battery and photovoltaic systems.
“We want to be an example of how this can be done and how it can pay for itself,” said Gary Mummert, a member of the congregation’s Green Team. “We hope to incentivize and encourage other congregations in the Danbury area to join us.”
“One of our values is to respect the web of all life, which means planet Earth, humans,
animals — all life,” he said. “The reason I do this is because I have grandchildren and I know one day they’ll say, ‘Grandpa what did you do when you knew about climate change?’ and I want to have a good answer for them.” Click here to read more.
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Gary Mummert talks about the solar energy initiative the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, Connecticut has undertaken. The congregation just had its solar system go online, making it the first congregation in the city to be solar powered. It is also joining Solarize With Faith, a new state program that offers incentives to congregation members that install solar on their own homes.
3@3’s new video topics include an innovative utility program in Vermont to help its customers go off-grid, the importance of quality in the renewable energy industry, and how low PPA prices for solar projects impact the industry. Presenters: Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research.
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We all know the science. The United States and the world as a whole must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent or more by 2050 in order to significantly reduce the risks posed by unabated climate change. Intensifying droughts and heatwaves, inundation of coastal economies brought on by sea level rise, and increasing wildfires and extreme weather events across the United States are only some of those intensifying risks. While an 80 percent reduction may sound like a Herculean task, a new report from the Risky Business Project, From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy, finds that achieving that reduction is both technically and economically feasible—and creates a huge business opportunity. Read more here.
Image: Wind farm in Idaho. Credit: Energy.gov/Wikimedia Commons
In the U.S. today, wind power accounts for about five percent of all electricity generation, but a new project aims to change that. A $300 million installation off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, takes the renewable energy technology out to sea. Gov. Gina Raimondo anticipates the project is the beginning of a new industry, but some locals are skeptical. Mike Taibbi reports.
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Fossil Fuel Divestments Now Represent $5.2 Trillion, Climate Central Investing heavyweights are moving their assets and funds out of fossil fuels at a record pace. A network of local governments, pension funds, faith organizations, philanthropies and wealthy individuals representing $5.2 trillion in assets have committed to — and in some cases already started — divesting from fossil fuel companies, according to a report released on Monday.
A new NRDC study finds that higher electricity costs occur in states that fail to invest in clean energy. NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh describes the study.
According to the data, the least-renewable friendly states saw bigger residential per kilowatt-hour rate increases from 2000 to 2015 than states that increased their clean energy portfolios. For example, residents of Iowa, which has increased its percentage of generation from renewable sources more than any state since 2000, pay only 0.6 cents more per kilowatt hour, adjusted for inflation, than they did in 2000, when renewable energy development was still in its infancy . . . The impact of efficiency initiatives on utility bills between the most and least energy-efficient states is stark. Read more.
Colorado-based nonprofit Solar Energy International (SEI) is part of a nationwide effort to retrain mining, oil and gas workers. Solar Ready Colorado, an SEI initiative that’s being funded by a $401,000 matching grant from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, aims to fill skills gaps among workers in traditional energy fields . . . “We have people coming from 120 different countries and all 50 states,” [Chris Turek, director of marketing and alumni relations] said. “If you come to our Colorado training facility, you will see a global audience.” Some 45,000 workers have completed programs at the nonprofit training school. Read more.
Photo: U.S. Air Force veteran Noah Wichmann started a solar installation business in Hotchkiss, Colorado after completing training through Solar Energy International.
Credit: Andrew Hetherington.
The solar industry is booming, and there’s a lot to keep track of. From system configuration to energy storage, O&M (Operations and Maintenance) and beyond, the job of Franklin Beach Energy’s Managing Director Carter Wall is never really done. Sustainable woman Carter discusses her career, trends in solar, tips for contractors, faulty O&M contracts, preventative maintenance and workforce diversity. Click to continue reading.
Written by Mahesh Bhave, author of The Microgrid Revolution. Article published by Renewable Energy World
The possibility exists that the U.S. may miss the boat relating to Electricity 2.0 because of the absence of a vision, strategy, and investments in microgrids. The U.S. must participate actively in the microgrid space for several reasons: Continue reading.
As the solar energy industry gears up to add more electricity-generating capacity than any other source this year, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that almost nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) favor expanding use of solar power, while only 9% oppose it. That sentiment bridges the partisan divide, with large majorities from across the political spectrum favoring more use of this alternative source. Planned large-scale solar farms are expected to add 9.5 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a government agency that collects and analyzes information about the energy industry. Continue reading.