In addition to Bellevue and Omaha, solar enthusiasts came from Bennington, Elkhorn, Grand Island, Hastings, Lincoln, York, Council Bluffs and Iowa City to attend the first-ever nationally-sponsored solar tour in our region. The event was part of the 2018 National Solar Tour organized by the American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors.
Thank you to local tour hosts Don Preister, shown in the above photo with his backyard solar array, and Eric Williams, the Wetherby family, City Sprouts, Exist Green and OPPD. The tour was sponsored by Nebraska Sierra Club, Green Bellevue and Nebraskans for Solar.
By Jennie Ray, University of Minnesota Morris News
What: Minnesota Solar Congress Who: Solar United Neighbors, University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, Minnesota Farmers Union, Renewing the Countryside, University of Minnesota Morris, Clean Energy Resource Teams, Sustainable Farming Association – Western Chapter When: Saturday, July 21, 11 am to 4 pm Where: University of Minnesota West Central Research & Outreach Center, 46352 State Highway 329, Morris, Minnesota 56267
The University of Minnesota Morris will take part in the first annual Minnesota Solar Congress on Saturday, July 21. Hosted by Solar United Neighbors, the Congress is a free daylong event filled with educational and social opportunities for solar enthusiasts. Open to the public. Click herefor additional details.
SMUD details home electrification rebate offerings, American Public Power Association SMUD is offering electrification rebates worth up to $5,000 for new homes and up to $13,750 for existing homes that convert from gas to electricity in a program likely to run for years. Scott Blunk, strategic planner for electrification and energy efficiency for the district, estimates all of SMUD’s electrification programs together would cost about $10 million to $20 million over the next five to 10 years.
Wind and solar are called clean for a reason, by Michael Goggin, Opinion Contributor, The Hill. A national laboratory review of all studies on the topic found that the lifecycle carbon pollution of wind energy is one fiftieth that of natural gas and one hundredth that of coal. Studies also show that a typical wind turbine pays back its lifecycle carbon footprint in a matter of months, and it generates carbon-free electricity for the remainder of its 20- to 30-year lifespan. Michael Goggin is vice president at Grid Strategies LLC, a strategic consulting and advocacy firm that helps clients with the integration of clean energy into the electric grid. Goggin has nearly 15 years of experience in the clean energy field, including the last 10 at the American Wind Energy Association.
What pig farmers in Iowa taught me about green energy, Representative Liz Bennett, Des Moines Register Contributor. Climate scientists and pig farmers in Iowa have two things in common. They both know that renewable energy sources like wind and solar power are the future, and they’re both taking steps today to make that future a reality.
Pattern Energy harnesses NM’s blustery gusts, Albuquerque Journal Pattern Energy Group bought the rights in late May to a planned 1,000 megawatt wind farm just north of Corona. “Mesa Canyons will be one of the biggest wind farms in the U.S.,” [Pattern CEO Mike Garland] said.
Xcel Energy ready to build 478 MW Texas wind farm, Kallinish Energy Minnesota-based Xcel Energy has completed its purchase of a 478-megawatt wind farm in Texas as part of a $1.6 billion wind project in Texas and New Mexico, Kallanish Energy reports.
Q&A: Midwest partnership pushing to expand EV infrastructure in region, Energy News Network Charge Up is pressing utilities to expand charging infrastructure and advocating for money from the $2.8 billion Volkswagen emissions cheating settlement to be spent on electric school buses and public transit, which can play a key role in kickstarting electric vehicle deployment. The group includes the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Clean Fuels Ohio, Great Plains Institute, the Ecology Center, and Fresh Energy. Charge Up Midwest