Los Angeles Readies Nation’s Lowest Cost PV Project Yet at Less Than 2 Cents/kWh

Los Angeles’ municipal utility (LADWP) is readying a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MWac of solar power at 1.997¢/kWh along with 200 MW/800 MWh of energy storage at 1.3¢/kWh. There is no price escalator and the solar portion is a record low price for the United States. It even beats out the current US pricing leader – 8minute’s 2.375¢/kWh …

CCAs helping California get to 60% renewables by 2030 in the power sector and zero-emissions economy-wide by 2045

Community Choice Aggregators say they will use resource diversity, distributed energy resources and load management to lead California beyond its 2030 renewables goals. CCAs face unique challenges. Their lack of established credit may prevent new procurement, some power sector stakeholders told Utility Dive. CCAs responded that they will use resource diversity, distributed energy resources (DER), and load management to lead …

Natural Gas Beat Coal in the US. Now Renewables and Storage Are Beating Natural Gas

Coal, the long-reigning king of the U.S. power sector, was officially dethroned by cheap, abundant natural gas in 2016. In 2018, natural gas fueled more than 60 percent of newly installed electric-generating capacity and accounted for 35 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. Now, even Indiana is rejecting new gas plants and Los Angeles has struck a deal on the largest and cheapest …

MIT Aerogel Generates Passive Heat From Sunlight

July 8th, 2019 by Steve Hanley  It’s below freezing on a rooftop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but inside a device created by researchers at MIT, the temperature is 220º C. There are no moving parts, compressors, or vacuum pumps involved. Just sunlight and a special aerogel it has taken researchers at MIT 4 years to perfect, aided by grants from the Department of …

Nebraska tribe’s latest energy project: reclaimed solar thermal heaters

In addition to this Nebraska example, solar thermal heating technology is alive and well in Minnesota, where the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) designed its own heater and for years manufactured and installed them at no cost to low-income households. RREAL has shifted its focus to community solar and licensed the design to the White Earth Nation in northwest Minnesota. The tribe …

“Vision and Claims for 100% renewable electricity supply”

17.06.2019 ETIP PV publishes the White Paper Solar PV has recently become the lowest cost source of electricity in most parts of the world Solar PV can be used in all geographic regions and its generating capacity can be installed rapidly and scaled up modularly Solar PV can drastically reduce GHG emissions from the power sector and in other sectors …

Curtailment: In California, clean energy “overbuild” doesn’t have to be a dirty word

Also, EVs can be managed to charge coincident to renewable energy production (during daytime hours) or to a “flatter”, less peaky profile, and then fewer energy storage systems may be needed. High-penetration EV can take advantage of the electricity being generated during the middle of the day through workplace and public charging. Managed charging, in which a utility incentivizes charging …

Tesla Solar Roof: 9 Things You Don’t Realize Until You Own One for a Year

By Mike Brown on June 14, 2019Filed Under Tesla, Cars, Design, Elon Musk, Energy, Power, Solar Energy & Weather Amanda Tobler is possibly the world’s most extreme early-tech adopter. A year ago, she agreed to let Tesla replace the roof of her house in California, with solar-harvesting energy tiles. Failure could mean her home losing power, her property losing value, or even its contents getting exposed to the elements. The company has …

“Solarize Yakima” campaign will encourage residents to adopt solar-powered energy

LEX TALAMO Yakima Herald-Republic Jun 17, 2019 A new campaign encouraging adoption of solar-powered energy could soon be coming to Yakima. A resolution on the Yakima City Council’s Tuesday agenda authorizes an agreement with Spark Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit founded in 2001 that supports local efforts for residents in Washington and Oregon to invest in solar energy. Under the terms …

Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, 8minute Solar & NV Energy are installing PV+540 MWh Battery Storage at 3.5 cents per kilowatt hour

June 25th, 2019 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica Are you tired of hearing reactionaries, conservatives, and Republicans bashing renewable energy? “It costs too much,” they whine. “It benefits from government subsidies which put a burden on poor taxpayers,” they chant in unison, conveniently looking away when similar government subsidies pad their own pocketbooks. Credit: 8minute Solar If renewable energy is so awful, …