By Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz
With the unprecedented environmental challenges that face us today, many are disillusioned about the future of the planet. Jon Foley, executive director of Project Drawdown, is here to inject a sense of optimism. At GreenBiz 19 in Phoenix, Foley described to GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower how he sees the drawdown framework move into the next phase. Two years after the release of bestselling book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Foley is focusing on how to implement the climate change solutions proposed in the book on a granular level. Read more here.
A global 100% renewable energy system, Physics World A new report by LUT University in Finland and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) in Germany outlines a cross-sector, global 100% renewable energy system, backing up the version it released last year. The full modelling study simulates a total global energy transition in the electricity, heat, transport and desalination sectors by 2050.
Next Energy Solution offers three tiers of cost for group buys, depending on how many customers are involved. Since the Cheq Bay group passed the 400-kW threshold for planned installations, everyone got the most affordable offering. Full installations cost about $2.45 per watt, Kelly said, and about 40 percent of the customers opted for a ready-to-install kit the company offers that costs less than $2 a watt.
Installations bought under the program ranged from 1.9 kW to 14.8 kW, including 66 residences, nine businesses and three municipal buildings — a garage, forestry building and town hall. In a relatively remote region where many residents have a self-sufficient spirit, the popularity of the ready-to-install option was not surprising. Read more here.
Ready-to-install systems install in 3-5 hours with the help of one extra person
The system pays for itself in 2-4 years in some areas
The NES roof system uses 1/3 less roof attachments for easier installation
The strength of an NES system can withstand wind speeds up to 120 mph and 3/4 inch hail
Photo: A 13.5-kilowatt solar PV installation powered Bill Bailey and Gayle Chatfield’s wholesale greenhouse operation before they retired. The Wisconsin couple were among the forces behind a wildly successful solar group buy carried out this year. The Cheq Bay Renewables’ Solar Group Buy Program is the largest in the state.
By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association News
The American Public Power Association is urging the Department of Energy to reject a request by FirstEnergy Solutions that the Secretary of Energy issue an emergency order requiring PJM Interconnection and, by extension, electricity consumers in the PJM region, to provide “full cost recovery” for certain merchant generating plants in PJM. Such a request is unjustified, the Association said in its April 9 submittal to the DOE. FirstEnergy Solutions has neither demonstrated the existence of an emergency that would support action by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry under Federal Power Act section 202(c), nor shown that its requested relief is reasonable, the public power group argued. At issue is a March 29 request made by FirstEnergy Solutions, on behalf of certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, FirstEnergy), with the DOE. Continue reading here.
Muncie couple promotes solar panels throughout Indiana, The Daily News
A retired Ball State University married couple John Vann, retired marketing professor, and Carolyn Vann, retired biology professor, are taking their knowledge of sustainability and clean energy to the forefront of East Central Indiana to help households procure solar energy for their own properties. They are working to help Hoosiers obtain discounted panels.
ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
Of potential interest, especially for Nebraska solar installers: The customer has spoken – 74% want energy storage, PV Magazine USA EnergySage’s latest Solar Marketplace Intel Report shows solar shoppers are interested in batteries as well. Additionally, buyers have become hardware focused, pushing flexibility and efficiency.
IOWA CITY — Nearly two dozen public meetings have been scheduled to help educate area residents on Johnson County’s Solarize program — which incentivizes private solar development through volume purchasing prices. Similar to last year’s Solarize program in Linn County, the first of its kind in Iowa, the program is administered by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The Cedar Rapids and Linn County Solarize program concluded with about 607 kilowatts of solar energy added to 105 properties. Read morehere.
Photo: Stacks of solar panels. Bulk purchasing is a central part of Solar Group Buy & Solarize Programs.
RESOURCES FOR ORGANIZING A SOLAR GROUP BUY OR SOLARIZE PROGRAM
Many thanks to everyone who attended the second Solar Group Buy Meeting last night at UNO’s Community Engagement Center: to Green Bellevue for your much-appreciated co-sponsorship, to audience members for sharing ideas and asking excellent questions before, during and after the meeting, and to our two panels of energy efficiency and solar energy experts, who provided a wealth of information:
David Holtzclaw, Transduction Technologies
Graham Christensen, GC ReVOLT
Jeff Berggren, GenPro Energy Solutions
Jon Traudt, Health and Energy Company
Leon Komar, Lifetime Home Services
Mark Lostcutoff, O-HEAT: Omaha Heat Energy Analysis and Testing
ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required. “It allows you to inject the solar on the customer side of the meter prior to getting into the home,” said Michael Shonka, a solar installer who has put the new equipment in a half-dozen homes in the Omaha area. “This means we can cut out $1,000 to $2,000 worth of cost in the system because you don’t need electricians to go through foundations trying to get to the service panel, and you don’t need to rearrange the panel.” Read more here.
Photo: The ConnectDER device allows a solar array to be connected directly to the meter, eliminating the need for electrical work inside the home.
Check out the ConnectDER at Smart Energy Talks on Saturday, October 28th where Nebraskans for Solar and Solar Heat & Electric, owned by Michael Shonka, will sponsor information tables. Click the above link to find out who else will be there sponsoring information tables and giving panel presentations.
CEDAR RAPIDS — James Hodina, the environmental manager with Linn County Public Health, helped this year with the Solarize Cedar Rapids and Linn County program. The program, which began earlier this summer and concluded at the end of September, aimed to increase private solar energy installations throughout the county with incentives. Read more here.
Photo: James Hodina, environmental manager with Linn County Public Health, stands Wednesday outside his home in Cedar Rapids, where his family recently had a solar energy system installed. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
To learn more about bulk purchasing solar PV systems, join Nebraskans for Solar and Green Bellevue for this event:
A sample system shown on Midwest Solar Power’s website would cost $13,000, but that would be cut almost in half through federal tax credits, rebates and the group buy. The group purchase program is run by the non-profit RENEW Wisconsin Inc. on behalf of the city of Madison with support from Middleton. Read the entire article here.