The nonprofit Solar United Neighbors has published a
comprehensive guide to battery storage.
More homeowners than ever are looking into battery storage as an option for their homes. In the first quarter of 2018, the market for residential battery storage grew nine-fold! Our guide is designed to help you decide if adding battery storage is right for you.
This guide will inform you:
- How battery back-up works
- About the different types of batteries
- What battery storage costs
- How to best pair a solar system with battery storage
- What to look for in a qualified installer
Click Link To Download: Battery Storage For Homeowners.
By Frank Andorka, PV Magazine
According to a new poll by Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, 79% of Republicans and independents who identify as conservative (the only groups polled) support the expansion of clean energy and policies to encourage such growth. Among the policy prescriptions those polled support include increasing the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) and changing wind setback rules. Public Opinion Strategies also found 60% of conservatives support requiring utilities to use renewable energy to produce 12.5% of their electricity by 2027, and 76% supported increasing research into battery storage technologies, which most analysts consider the next boom market in the renewable energy economic sector. Most surprising was the finding that 85% of conservative voters voiced willingness to pay more personally for their electricity if sourced from renewable energy sources. Click here to read more.
Ohio Conservative Energy Forum Website
MORE GOOD NEWS
- Schools turning to sun for their power, Journal Gazette. The Ohio and Indiana districts are among a small but growing number of districts nationwide to adopt solar energy.
- Solar United Neighbors of WV helps residents go green, save money, The State Journal
- Clean energy could get boost from new utility commissioner in Missouri, Midwest Energy News
- Johnson County embarking on Solarize program: Solarize Johnson County will be the second of its kind in Iowa, The Gazette
- Buffalo roars in Minnesota, ReNews
- How Minnesota plans to cut state government energy use by 30 percent, Midwest Energy News
- Coronal Energy closes on $235 million in financing for Florida solar, PV Magazine. Panasonic’s development subsidiary closed on a combination of tax equity and debt to provide financing for 120 MW-AC of solar plants that came online last August.
- Anchorage, Alaska, to build first community solar farm, PV Magazine
- Hampshire College to be 100% Powered by Solar, Energy Manager Today
By Tim Dwight, President of the Iowa Solar
Energy Trade Association, The Gazette
The growing solar energy industry in Iowa is harnessing the state’s sun potential at an ever-increasing pace. A new study, “Clean Jobs Midwest,” from the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, found that 30,418 Iowans work in the state’s clean energy sector, including more than 700 in the solar industry. Continue reading.
NEBRASKA’S CLEAN ENERGY JOBS STORY
The number of people now working in clean energy industries throughout Nebraksa is 17,482, a more than 6 percent increase since 2015, according to an analysis released by Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Job growth across sectors including renewable energy generation, advanced grid, energy efficiency, clean fuels, and advanced transportation is occurring almost seven times faster than overall job growth in the state.
The analysis, available at www.CleanJobsMidwest.com, is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a comprehensive survey of thousands of businesses across the region conducted by BW Research Partners.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Solar Co-Op Formed In Cuyahoga County: A new solar cooperative, led by Cuyahoga County residents, and co-sponsored by the county and Solar United Neighbors, a non-profit, has formed and will be holding public meetings.
YouTube Video: Cuyahoga County Solar CoOp
- Nixa’s massive new solar farm is part of the shift to responsible, renewable power policy, Springfield News-Leader
- MGE garners approval for 66 MW wind farm in Iowa, KallanishEnergy
- Solar Power for Public and Affordable Housing May Emerge, Clean Energy Finance Forum
- Clean Energy Is Overtaking Coal in This Competitive Electricity Market, Renewable Energy World
- Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer, Renewable Energy World
- As feds focus on baseload, grid modernization is sweeping the nation, Utility Dive. In the third quarter of 2017, there were 184 actions on grid modernization proposed, pending or enacted across 33 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new report. Those findings reflect an ongoing push for modernization nationwide. In Q2, there were 181 grid mod actions in 36 states, up from 148 actions in Q1.
- Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options, Scientific American
- Fijian students speak at COP23: A 12-year-old boy from Fiji has described climate change as like a “thief in the the night” in a speech to world leaders in Germany, RadioNZ
- Half of U.S. Spending Power Behind Paris Climate Agreement, National Geographic
By Jim Pierobon, Southeast Energy News
A solar advocate who found a way to create bulk-purchase discounts for home rooftop systems is growing it into a national movement to assert what she feels are the rights of system owners.
What launched as the Community Power Network in 2007 in the Washington, DC, home of Anya Schoolman is expanding under a new name – Solar United Neighbors (SUN). The new organization is targeting, Florida, Pennsylvania and other states by year’s end, with a goal of establishing operations in at all 50 states by the end of 2018. Click here to continue reading.
Photo by Solar United Neighbors
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Johnson County Receives High Honor For Solar Energy Accessibility, The Daily Iowan
- These 5 U.S. Towns Are Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy. Huffington Post
- Solar Energy Company Makes $1 Billion Bet on Oregon, US News & World Report
A national solar energy company is betting nearly $1 billion on an Oregon development spree, including five new solar farms in Marion and Polk counties.
- Report: SunPower raises $53 million for residential financing, PV Magazine
The panel manufacturer latest round of funding follows on its October 5 announcement of a $140 million funding agreement with True Green Capital Management for commercial projects in five states.
- Virginia Seeks First Wind Farm in Region With Slowest Breezes, Bloomberg
- AEP, Greensmith team up for storage+hydro project in Virginia, Utility Dive
- DOE to fund $15M for fast electric vehicle charging research, Utility Dive
- Congressional Auditor Urges Action to Address Climate Change, New York Times
- Report by competing energy sources ignores renewable energy technology advances, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- Here’s what Rick Perry would have recommended if he’d listened to his own grid study: How to actually make the grid more resilient, Vox
- Energy Industry Associations File Comments with FERC Opposing Rule Proposed by Energy Secretary Perry to Subsidize Coal, Nuclear Power Plants, SEIA Press Release. Joint filing says DOE proposal would “prop up uneconomic generation that is unable to compete and not otherwise needed for reliability.”
- The importance of grid resilience during severe storm conditions, PV Magazine. In this op-ed, AES Energy Storage underscores the role that battery storage can play in making grids more secure and resilient during and after disasters.
- On Block Island, offshore wind ushers in a new time– quite literally, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- Interview: Floating PV is poised to make a splash, says SERIS, PV Magazine
At the recent PV Taiwan event, pv magazine caught up with Lu Zhao, head of PV System Technology Group at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) to discuss the current potential of floating PV applications, and examine how hydropower coupled with floating solar could become a world-leading energy sector.