By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal
SOUTH SIOUX CITY — Lance Hedquist sees a bright future for renewable energy in South Sioux City. The latest shining example of the northeast Nebraska town’s increasing effort to reduce its carbon footprint is a 21-acre solar park south of the city alongside C Avenue comprised of more than 1,200 solar panels. “We started up operation in January of this year,” Hedquist, the longtime city administrator, said . . . The city is working with the South Sioux City Community Schools system to also make the solar park a learning opportunity for the system’s 3,850 students. Interestingly enough, we are also putting in monitors in all of our school systems, so grade school kids or high school kids can see how much is being produced at any given time,” Hedquist said. Click here to continue reading.
Photo: An aerial view of the 21-acre solar array in South Sioux City, which now provides 5 percent of the Northeast Nebraska city’s electricity. Credit: Becca Feauto, Pulse Marketing
OTHER NEBRASKA COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DEVELOPED OR PLAN TO DEVELOP SOLAR PROJECTS / INFORMATION LINKS
By Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times
If you’re wondering about Elon Musk’s latest vision for Tesla, think Apple. Apple succeeded in turning a bland market for electronic devices into a coveted and connected lifestyle where your phone, your tablet, your computer, your watch and your television can all be bought in one place and work seamlessly together. Continue reading.
Image: Tesla is looking to create its own ecosystem, this one centered on sustainable energy, solar panels and batteries. Credit: Kagan McLeod
By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
For Elon Musk, it was “kind of an obvious thing to do.”
On Monday, energy storage and electric vehicle provider Tesla announced it has made an offer to buy SolarCity, the largest residential solar installer in the United States.
The move would turn Tesla into a vertically-integrated clean energy company, with operations in the manufacture, sale and operation of products spanning from energy production to storage and consumption. Click to read more.
Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
By Davide Savenije, Krysti Shallenberger, Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
If the deal goes through, [Tesla CEO Elon] Musk expects SolarCity would come under the Tesla brand, which would then have three product categories: cars, batteries, and solar panels. The combined company would focus on both residential and utility-scale applications. A combination of electric vehicles, rooftop solar, and battery storage can be used in tandem by consumers to reduce their usage of the power grid. Read more.
Photo of Elon Musk by Patrick Fallon / Reuters
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Tesla Blog: Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity
ALSO POSTED ON UTILITY DIVE
How storage can help solve the distributed energy ‘death spiral’: A new Navigant paper lays out three examples of how storage can facilitate the transition to a more distributed grid.
By Andy Colthorpe, PV Tech
Families on low incomes in California will be able to benefit from a new drive by PV-install and leasing company SolarCity, enabled by a program set up by the state’s regulator. California Public Utilities’ Commission (CPUC), responsible for setting out the terms under which privately owned utilities operate, has run the MASH (multifamily affordable solar housing) program since 2008. To date, over 350 projects have gone ahead through the scheme, enabling the addition of 22.7MW of PV generation capacity across California . . . GTM Research put out a report in June that called community solar the “most significant” growth market in US PV, predicting that it could reach 500MW a year by 2020 . . . As well as expanding the reach of solar onto the rooftops and carports of low income households, SolarCity’s new offering will train up installers from those communities as well, the company said.
Read the entire article here.
Photo Credit: SolarCity. The community solar projects for low-income families will include carport installations as well as rooftops.
COMMUNITY SOLAR RESOURCES
Shared Renewables / Community Solar Resources – Solar Energy Industries Association