Maryland wants to expedite placement of up to 10,000 acres of solar farms, while protecting farmland. Where will they go?

Note that California has found that bulk purchases of solar on canopies over parking lots can be cheaper than rooftop solar. Maryland announced $4 million in grants to encourage solar and wind arrays on roofs, parking lots, contaminated brownfield sites and other existing infrastructure, with an eye toward erecting panels on state- and university-owned property. By Erin CoxAugust 14 Maryland’s ambitious …

Solar now ‘cheaper than grid electricity’ in every Chinese city, study finds. Still, long-term thinking is required for investment to be seen as worthwhile

12 August 2019  by Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a new study. The new paper published in Nature Energy concludes a combination of technological advances, cost declines and government support has helped make grid parity a reality in Chinese today. Projects in …

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

Contrary to what many utilities would have you believe, rooftop solar users are givers, not takers, the author writes. GreenTechMedia, by Emma Searson, 5 Aug 2019 26 Thinking beyond the payback period. We often define the value of something, including our clean energy investments, through a very limited cost-benefit analysis: What are my expenses related to this new thing, and …

Advancing Social Equity in Solar Requires Real Data and Honest Conversations

Workplace demographic studies are critical for the solar industry if it wants to reflect the communities it serves, the author writes. By ERICA MACKIE, founder and CEO of Grid Alternatives, JULY 26, 2019 “You can’t change what you can’t see.” 0 The results from The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s second U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study, released this …

700 MW Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma is cheaper and battery will respond faster than a gas peaker can, plus the added benefit of absorbing excess capacity

‘Cheaper Than a Peaker’: NextEra Inks Massive Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma: NextEra will build a combined 700 megawatts for an electric cooperative group in a landmark deal for the hybrid renewables sector. By Julian Spector in GreenTechMedia, July 25, 2019 Oklahoma-based Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to build the largest proposed solar-plus-wind-plus-storage plant in the U.S. with even amounts of each. The battery …

GE and BlackRock Launch Distributed Solar and Storage Business

With BlackRock as a partner and a new focus on project ownership, GE’s under-the-radar solar business may be in for noisier days ahead. Jeff St. John at GTMedia, July 17, 2019 0 Big investors are increasingly interested in distributed solar and storage assets. General Electric is a big and sprawling company that’s undergone some dramatic reorganizations over the past few …

Stranded assets: utilities and energy companies plan to invest $112 billion in new gas plants by 2025, as well as $32 billion in infrastructure to transmit the gas

Sunrun just announced that it nailed down a “landmark contract” with California’s East Bay Community Energy board of directors to to install home solar and battery systems on low income housing. The work will enable the area’s decades-old Oakland Power Plant to stop burning jet fuel during peak demand hours. On cautionary note, Marketplace.org looked at the prospects for replacing natural gas power plants …

Distributed renewables and storage ‘very competitive on a price perspective with the bigger front-of-the-meter batteries’ to replace peaker plants

Whereas the 20-megawatt battery will literally replace the peaker turbines, the Sunrun deal will provide 2 megawatt-hours of energy storage (500 kilowatts with 4-hour duration) scattered throughout the service territory, but with an emphasis on West Oakland. The contract stipulates that Sunrun will pay prevailing wages to install the equipment on low-income single-family and multifamily homes within Alameda County. Instead …

Report: Public Rooftop Revolution

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 1 JUN 2015   There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter of all …

Original Nations add solar for a long-term revenue stream

Solar is the ‘new casinos,’ offering long-term steady income Renewables targeted as a green path to stimulate economies Bloomberg, July 11, 2019 Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S.  In the fall, Wirsol Solar AG expects to start building a 110-megawatt solar project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. And last …