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With little space for solar farms, suburbs are finding creative ways to embrace renewable energy

By Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune

Solar farms are cropping up on Illinois’ open land, spurred by state requirements and a new state program, but several built-up suburbs are carving out room for solar power as well. From Evanston to Oak Park to Will County, communities are embracing solar power as a means to help meet renewable energy goals. And in Aurora, the state’s second-largest city, some advocates see solar power as part of their vision to get half of all Aurora’s energy from renewable sources within roughly 10 years . . . The growth of solar projects is spurred in part by the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act, which took effect in 2017 and, among other things, created new solar programs and incentives. Read more here.

See Also: Greenest Region Compact, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Initiative

HAPPENING IN OTHER CITIES & STATES

Virginia’s solar freedom bill
In this op-ed for PV Magazine, Ivy Main looks at new legislation to remove barriers and allow Virginia to develop its distributed solar potential. Ivy is a lawyer, writer and energy consultant who also serves as the Renewable Energy Chair for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Her articles on Virginia energy topics appear regularly in the Virginia Mercury and her blog, PowerforthepeopleVA.com.

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How Tesla is taking over neighborhoods with solar energy
, Electrek
Tesla has been betting on word of mouth to promote most of its products and solar has been no exception since it has acquired SolarCity. Here’s how Tesla has been taking over neighborhoods with solar energy thanks to the help of satisfied customers. Photo Credit: SolarCity



GE to install and test a ‘prototype’ of vast 12-megawatt turbine in the Netherlands, CNBC

 


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Warren Buffett-backed BYD and Generate Capital Take the ‘Messiness’ Out of Deploying Electric Buses

 By Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

The joint venture announced this week, described as the first of its kind, is designed to expand the U.S. electric bus fleet by reducing upfront costs. Generate Capital will invest $200 million to buy and lease the buses. Warren Buffett-backed BYD, one of the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturers, will make and market the buses to public- and private-sector customers.
Read more here.

Photo Credit: BYD

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BMW, Tesla open factories in China in spite of trade dispute

Tesla is installing Powerwalls and solar power on 50,000 homes to create biggest virtual power plant in the world

By Fred Lambert, Electrek

The company’s main project has been the 100MW/ 129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia, the largest in the world for now. But now instead of being a large centralized battery system using Tesla’s Powerpacks, the new project announced today is using Tesla’s residential battery system, the Powerwall, to create decentralized energy storage, which basically results in creating a massive virtual power plant. South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced the deal today – the biggest of its kind by far. Learn more here.

Photo Credit: Tesla

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Elon Musk’s Tesla plans to give thousands of homes batteries:
here’s how it would work, by Nick Harmsen, ABC News

South Australia’s Labor Premier Jay Weatherill has unveiled what he expects to be a vote-winning power policy before the March state election — ‘free’ solar panels and Tesla batteries for 50,000 homes. And it’s all thanks to the guy on the right. Yep, it’s the latest gift in the ongoing bromance between Mr Weatherill and billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk, after the pair teamed up to help fund the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery (which is already producing power in the South Australian grid). Read more here.

Facebook Photo: Jay Weatherill and Elon Musk are changing South Australia’s approach to power generation.

Tesla Updates Supercharger Map For 2017 (Plans)

By James Ayre, CleanTechnica

Tesla has updated its Supercharger maps on its website to reflect current expectations for buildout in 2017. Going by the current map, also currently being constructed (and soon to open) are stations in Calgary, eastern Nebraska, western Kentucky, northern Colorado, coastal South Carolina, Las Vegas, and one near the Olympic peninsula in Washington state. There also appears to be a plan to install one in Honolulu in Hawaii. There are no plans for any Supercharger stations in Alaska, though, from the looks of it. Read more here. 

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Omaha’s public bike-sharing system is set to nearly double in size by 2019, by Kelsey Stewart, Omaha World-Herald

Heartland B-cycle has partnered with the City of Omaha to nearly double the size of the public bike-sharing system by 2019. B-cycle will add 36 stations and 150 bikes. Organizers hope to have the first round of new equipment, which includes 20 bikes, installed in Omaha next year, said Ben Turner, executive director of Heartland B-cycle. The program will help meet many goals related to the city’s master plan, particularly in providing multiple modes of transportation,
said Derek Miller, the city’s transportation planner. Read more.

B-cycle stations are solar powered, keeping this green transportation emissions-free. 

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The new guide to the community solar galaxy

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive

While 15 states and the District of Columbia have policies to support community solar, each policy is structured differently and many, when put into practice, have not driven growth. As a result, only five states have active markets. To rectify this, experienced developers in the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) put together a report that aims to help policymakers design community solar programs. Read more here.

Photo credit: Coalition for Community Solar Access

Download Community Solar Policy Decision Matrix: Guidance for Designing Community Solar Programs here.

About the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)
Founded in February 2016, CCSA is a business-led trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar. These programs can also expand access to solar energy to low-income households. For more information on CCSA, visit the website at www.communitysolaraccess.org,

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No One Saw Tesla’s Solar Roof Coming

Elon Musk just showed us the grand unification of Tesla: Fast Cars, big batteries, and a stunning solar rooftop

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By Tom Randall, Bloomberg 

On Friday evening as the sun descended over the old Hollywood set of “Desperate Housewives,” Elon Musk took to a stage and fired up his presentation about climate change. It was a strange scene, with hundreds of people crowded into the middle of a subtly artificial suburban neighborhood. It wasn’t until about a minute into the speech that Musk casually let the crowd in on Tesla’s big secret. “The interesting thing is that the houses you see around you are all solar houses,” Musk said. “Did you notice?” Continue reading.

solar-roofsAvailable in different styles, Tesla’s solar roofs are designed to mimic traditional styles. Photos from Tesla Media Release.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
5 unanswered questions after Tesla’s big solar roof and battery announcement, Utility Dive
Tesla Surprise: It’s a Profit, NET – Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations

Solar System: Can Tesla go from sexy car company to clean energy empire?

 By Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times

LA 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

Solar plus storage: With SolarCity deal, Tesla aims to speed clean energy transition

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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

Tesla makes offer to buy SolarCity

Elon Musk
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

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