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Grand Rapids brewery to make beer with solar power

By Shandra Martinez, MLive

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Brewery Vivant is tapping the sun to produce its beer. There are now 192 solar panels on the above Grand Rapids brewery and adjoining pub. The 54Kw rooftop system is expected to produce 20 percent of its energy needs. The rest will come from renewable energy purchased through Consumers Energy and its Green Generation program. Continue reading.

Image: Brewery Vivant owners Kris and Jason Spaulding by the pub’s new rooftop solar panels. (Courtesy photo)

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Central Iowa Power Cooperative plans $7 million solar project

Will supply electricity to 600 homes, by George C. Ford, The Gazette

George C. Ford

George C. Ford

Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) will begin construction within the next month on a 5.5 megawatt solar project at six sites across its service territory. The Des Moines-based member cooperative will invest about $7 million to construct the initial phase of its long-term plan to incorporate solar generation as an additional emissions-free resource within its generation assets. Continue reading.

Why federal tax credit expiration would hit Midwest solar the hardest

By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News 

Kari Lyderson

Kari Lyderson

Solar advocates nationwide are holding their breath as Congress debates extending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar, a crucial tool for financing residential and commercial installations.

Legislators who support solar are pushing to include the ITC in a broader tax extenders bill making its way through Congress.

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For solar industry, Midwest ‘not just flyover land anymore’

By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

As Minnesota emerges as a leader in solar power, an event here next week will take a broader regional perspective on the growing industry.

The second annual Midwest Solar Expo, which takes place May 13-14 in Minneapolis, is expected to draw as many as 300 people, including speakers from industry and advocacy groups.

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