Solar works – even in Alaska – A small community in the interior of Alaska has installed a 210 kW PV system to reduce dependence on diesel fuel. ”High costs are the primary driver for Hughes. Currently, Hughes is a fly-in-only community, which means they’re not just barging in fuel, they’re flying it in.” – David Pelunis-Messier, who presented a status update on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) co-funded project at the DOE Office of Indian Energy 2018 Program Review in December. Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Yet another poll finds overwhelming support for clean energy – Sierra Club has polled voters in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, and Washington to gauge reactions to climate change, and to see what voters think about the Trump Administration’s policies. “While national polls show that Americans are increasingly concerned about climate change and overwhelmingly prefer clean energy over dirty energy, this new polling finds overwhelming public support across these seven states for bold action to address our climate crisis and move the country to 100 percent clean energy.” Source: Sierra Club
Farmers are cashing in on solar – Across the United States, a new constituency is rising in favor of solar power: farmers. This is particularly true in Illinois, where a boom in large-scale solar driven by the Future Energy Jobs Act is sending developers scouring the state for sites. Source: Valley News
Solarize Philly issues 3rd RFP – The Philadelphia Energy Authority has issued its third stage of Request For Proposals (“RFP”) for solar installers to participate in Solarize Philly. Solarize Philly is a group-buying program to help Philadelphians add residential solar at a cheaper cost than would be possible through solo installations. The first two stages of the program were a success, with Solarize Philly being the largest single solarize campaign and Philadelphia becoming 4th in the country for 2017 solar growth. Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority
Utah bill would establish grant fund for distributed energy storage – Sen. Lincoln Fillmore has introduced into the Utah legislature Senate Bill 111 (SB111), which would create a $5 million energy storage grant fund. under the fund, individuals would be able to secure up to $7,500 and business owners up to $100,000 to purchase energy storage systems fed by renewable generation. Source: Deseret News Utah
And finally… there’s a new job at the California Energy Commission!