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Study: Nebraska sees 104% increase in solar jobs

By Matt Kelley, Nebraska Radio Network

A report called the Solar Jobs Census finds the number of people working in the solar industry in Nebraska more than doubled over the past two years. Avery Palmer, spokesman for the non-profit Solar Foundation, says Nebraska had 1,585 people in solar jobs last year versus 776 the year before. The study finds one out of every 50 new jobs in the country last year was in the solar industry. Click here to continue reading.

Photo by Gwyneth Roberts, Lincoln Journal Star: Solar panels fill the roof of a former Meadow Gold building at Seventh and M streets in Lincoln’s Haymarket, now owned by Telesis Inc, whose goal is to achieve a net-zero energy footprint.

ADDITIONAL MIDWEST NEWS

NATIONAL NEWS
Companies, Cities, Including SB Corporate Members, Receive Climate Leadership Awards for Reducing their Carbon Impact, Sustainable Brands 

Industry study: Value of Iowa wind energy outweighs its costs

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

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The wind resource in Iowa is so productive and the cost of wind energy has been falling so precipitously that the value of wind now far exceeds its cost there, according to an industry study released this week. The analysis, conducted by the American Wind Energy Association at the request of the non-profit Wind Energy Foundation, also claims that doubling the state’s installed wind capacity would lower the cost of power so much that the typical residential customer’s monthly bill would fall, possibly by as much as $10. Continue reading.

Photo by Don Graham / Creative Commons

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Solar Power World Interviews Erica Mackie, Grid Alternatives Co-Founder and CEO

Making solar accessible for low-income communities.
Click image to view the YouTube Video.
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RECOMMENDED READING

Grid Alternatives Supports Low-Income Access to Solar Energy, Planetsave
The U.S. Solar Market Continues to Grow, Solar Power International Reaffirms, AltEnergy Magazine
Provo mayor to veto new solar energy fee, Deseret News
Georgia Republican Champions Solar, Yale Climate Connections
Stanford’s solar expansion project moves ahead, Stanford News
After a banner year, energy storage on track to best 2015’s record-setting year, Utility Dive
Missouri regulator approves major utility’s community solar plan, Midwest Energy News
Community Solar: How to go Solar Without Rooftop Panels, Mother Earth News
Women in Energy POWERing Growth & Profit, Heatspring Magazine
Taxpayers in Nevada deserve a fair return for renewable energy development on public lands, Opinion: Las Vegas Review-Journal
World moves to offset airplane emissions in landmark deal, Think Progress. The industry will offset its pollution through carbon credits or funding green projects.

Renewable Energy Storage News

US Energy Dept says “holy grail” of clean energy storage is imminent, by Cat DiStaslo, Inhabitat

Portland Storage photo

Many countries are on the brink of becoming self-sufficient in their clean energy production, thanks to advances in battery technology that allow electricity from renewable sources to be stored and used on demand. Over the years, as renewable energy generation methods have charged forward, utility companies have struggled with how to integrate that clean energy in usable ways. Now, scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge labs, and other agencies are working on energy storage projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, with their sights set on what the department calls the ‘holy grail’ of energy policy. The department says the industry could be transformed in as little as five to ten years. Read more here.

Photo: Energy Storage Systems in Portland, Oregon. Credit: Oregon Department of Energy

Sandia National Laboratories maintains a clearinghouse of state and federal policies as well as a list of projects, called the Energy Storage Exchange.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Energy Storage and the Supermajors, Microgrid Knowledge
French oil company Total is the first oil “supermajor” entering new areas of business including solar plus storage and distributed energy generation, Lux Research says, and the other global oil supermajors — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Total

[U.S.] — should follow its lead. Total recently bought energy storage company Saft for $1 billion, allowing it to compete with Tesla-SolarCity.

Michigan Team Advancing Renewable Energy Storage, Yale Climate Connections
Why the White House is Counting on Energy Storage, Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
New Massachusetts Law Bodes Well For Energy Storage, Solar Industry Magazine