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South Sioux City to add 1.5MW battery to store solar power

By Mason Dockter, Sioux City Journal

SOUTH SIOUX CITY — The city of South Sioux City will become a “demonstration site” for the storage of electric power generated by the city’s 1,200-panel solar installation. A large-scale battery with the capacity to store 1.5 megawatts of power will be installed by Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. this winter, City Administrator Lance Hedquist said.

The unit carries a price tag of about $1.8 million, but Hedquist said the cost will be whittled down by state funds and tax credits. He said the battery will probably have the appearance “of a semi trailer without wheels,” and will be located by the city’s 21-acre, 2.3 megawatt solar panel site . . . Hedquist has said the city plans to fully phase out of its wholesale power contract with NPPD by 2020. Read more here.

Photo: South Sioux City’s solar array generates enough energy to provide 5% of South Sioux City’s electrical needs. This is the first Nebraska project for California-based developer Solar City. Credit: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal
News Story: Solar is South Sioux City’s latest investment in renewables, Sioux City Journal

Solar Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels for Many Small Businesses

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

Solar power is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the country, and now mom and pop shops can take part in the boom.

SolarCity has devised an an affordable solar power option for small businesses, allowing them to pay less for solar power than they pay the utility. Photo credit: Flickr

SolarCity has devised an an affordable solar power option for small businesses, allowing them to pay less for solar power than they pay the utility. Photo credit: Flickr

Solar panels are usually seen on the roofs of residential buildings, schools, large companies or government institutions, but now, SolarCity is expanding its services to small and medium-sized businesses, or SMBs, the company announced. This move essentially allows local businesses to cut ties to their utility and save money against rising electricity costs with renewable energy.

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Solar Shines as Sellers Sometimes Pay Buyers to Use Power

By Naureen Malik, Bloomberg Business

Move over, shale. The sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity.

Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprints. Rooftop panels are sprouting on homes from suburban New York to Phoenix, driven by suppliers such as Solar City Corp. and NRG Energy Inc.

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