By Joshua S. Hill, CleanTechnica
The RE100 initiative, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, has grown leaps and bounds in recent years, and in 2018 — amidst the starkest warning yet from scientists of the dangers of climate change and unchecked global warming — RE100 added 37 new companies, bringing the total up to 155 companies creating demand for a phenomenal 188 terawatt-hours of renewable power each year — equivalent to the 23rd largest country in the world.
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MORE CORPORATE NEWS
- Panasonic Grows Residential Solar Installer Network, Solar Industry
Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America has announced a cross-country expansion of its residential solar installer program with the addition of six premium installers across three regions, enabling more homeowners access to the company’s HIT module portfolio. Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the program now has 24 premium installers and more than 150 authorized installers.
- Canadian Solar is putting more steel in the ground, PV Magazine
The Chinese-Canadian PV manufacturer is continuing to grow its development activities under subsidiary Recurrent Energy, including some landmark solar and solar plus storage projects.
- Customer preference shifts from utilities to third-party providers for rooftop solar, EV: Cogent, Utility Dive
- Walmart out to create an economy of reuse, company says, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Walmart’s commitment to a circular economy goes beyond recycling. In April 2017, it unveiled Project Gigaton. The goal is for the company and its suppliers to help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 1 billion metric tons by the year 2030.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- How Ohio can capture $25 billion worth of clean energy growth, Midwest Energy News
Ohio risks missing out on roughly $25 billion in investments and 20,000 new jobs over the next two decades if state officials don’t take steps soon to expand clean energy, according to a new analysis. Synapse Energy Economics of Cambridge, Massachusetts, released its second Powering Ohio report, which was funded by the Environmental Defense Fund with input from a variety of businesses and research institutions.
- Chicago challenges businesses to power buildings with renewable energy, Smart Cities Dive
- As statewide solar-rush continues, one school district eyes possible savings, Belleville News-Democrat. As businesses and organizations throughout Illinois continue to prepare applications to construct solar farms and install rooftop solar panels through the state’s Adjustable Block Program, one area school district wants to get in on the action. Triad School District in Troy is looking to add solar panels to four of its schools through the solar initiative, citing it as a smart financial decision for the district and a learning opportunity for its students.
- Eleven renewable energy suitors for Rhode Island, PV Magazine
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s goal of 1 GW of renewables by the end of 2020 has taken a 400 MW step. The state’s 400 MW Request for Proposals (RFP) (.pdf, 27 pages), administered by its sole electric utility – National Grid – received a total of 41 project bids from eleven unique developers. The projects were cumulatively 2.5 GW of capacity, which far outpaces the state’s demands, but does give some insight into the potential available if the state were to grow past its current 1 GW ambitions.