Turning Buildings Into Power Plants: Rooftops are 15-35% of urban land area and buildings are up to 40% of our electricity use

Solar City? Turning Buildings Into Power Plants, Developments from research labs and the renewables sector are driving new trends in urban design, Forbes, Laurie Winkless, https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauriewinkless/2021/04/20/solar-city- In the past decade, the price of electricity generated by renewables has plummeted, and solar power has led the way. The staggering 89 % drop – from $359 per MWh in 2009, to $40 in …

When VRE and storage are allowed to provide operating reserves, system-wide operating costs and curtailment levels decrease

June 2021 webinar – New research on the curtailment paradox—the surprising relationship between system flexibility and curtailment in high solar futures.  The Curtailment Paradox in a High Solar Future: NREL Study Uncovers Counterintuitive Relationship Between Flexibility Options and Curtailment in Power Systems with High Solar Penetration, April 28, 2021 Rising penetrations of variable renewable energy (VRE) in power systems are expected …

The cleanest, lowest cost grid has 273 GW of local solar plus storage, providing $453 billion in savings, and over 2 million jobs. 798 GW of utility-scale solar and 802 GW of utility-scale wind needed by 2050

NREL Marks Ongoing Cost Reductions for Installed Photovoltaic Systems, While Also Establishing Benchmark of PV-Plus-Storage Systems in U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System and Energy Storage Cost Benchmark: Q1 2020. This year’s study also This year’s benchmark report integrates PV-plus-storage costs, demonstrating that these also fell from the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. The new benchmark includes …

Beekeeping at existing solar parks in France

Engie Green has joined forces with the associations France Nature Environnement and Apicluster to install beehives at several of its solar PV parks in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur region, in southern France. MAY 19, 2021 GWÉNAËLLE DEBOUTTE, PV Magazine The beehives installed on a solar park operated by Engie Green. From pv magazine France Engie Green, a unit of French energy group Engie, …

30 Times More Jobs from Rooftop Solar, Utility Filing Says

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 30 APR 2021 |  Institute for Local Self Reliance In late 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to discuss what infrastructure projects they had in queue that could be accelerated to support the COVID-battered economy. Tucked into a proposal from Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric company, was a comparison of two proposed …

Wildfire costs related to transmission, distributed solar could provide 30% of electricity need, more

The current benefits of avoided transmission do not include the costs of triggering wildfires. To do so we need to figure out total costs of wildfires, the probability that wildfires occur annually (100%. sigh.), the frequency/ probability with which transmission triggers/ causes said wildfire, and then spreading that cost over transmission that goes through dry-vegetation. Then we’d want to figure …

Out of Date Monopoly Utility Models Still Treat Rooftop Solar As Unexpected: There’s a better way

The result is monopoly utility plans have two shortcomings. First, they underestimate solar adoption. Second, they ignore the financial truth that customer-owned solar can compete with utility-scale solar on price, because customers pay the capital costs and distributed solar provides more value to the grid than centralized solar power plants. When utilities model new power plant acquisition, they price utility-scale …

Solar thermal

March 2021 CO: Laurent Meillon has been working on a 2021 law that would grow utility incentive programs for all sorts of positive alternatives to fracked gas heating, and, at long last, possibly include solar thermal in one of our sunny state’s clean energy programs. We’ll discuss the forthcoming legislation and ways you can support.  Why solar heating? Solar thermal collectors capture …