pvMB: Pennsylvania’s new RPS has 100 cosponsors, Utah’s hidden solar potential, more


PA 100% x 2050 renewable energy bill has 100 cosponsors – Local residents turned out over the weekend at Penn State Brandywine for a clean energy expo promoting clean energy solutions and calling on Pennsylvania to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. It was hosted by state Sen. Tom Killion and state Sen. Chris Quinn… Killion is the lead primary sponsor of the Senate Bill 630, the Renewable Energy Bill. It and its identical version in the State House, HB1425–would require Pennsylvania to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050… Quinn is one of 100 bipartisan legislators co-sponsoring the legislation.” Source: Daily Local News


Marin Clean Energy has $2.8 million for excess rooftop solar generation – Come one come all, the net metering goldmine is here, as MCE is issuing cash outs totaling over $2.8 million to rooftop solar customers. The funds from California’s first community choice aggregator are to be divvied up as follows: 

  • $635,000 in Contra Costa County
  • $270,000 in Marin County
  • $250,000 in Napa County
  • $216,000 in Solano County

Source: Solar Builder Mag


Utah’s hidden solar potential –Energy companies are itching to build solar farms near Intermountain [Utah] and send the electricity to California by way of the power line, which will have plenty of unused capacity once the coal plant shuts down. Several solar developers have proposed projects in the area, including L.A.-based 8minutenergy, the German conglomerate BayWa, South Korea’s Hanwha Q Cells and EDF Renewable Energy, a San Diego-based subsidiary of the French electric utility EDF.” Make sure to check this one out, it’s a good read. Source: LA Times 


Georgia county approves 1700 acre solar farm – Folks, it’s that time of the week again: a big solar project approval in pvMB. Today’s story comes from Brooks County, Georgia, where county commissioners have approved a special zoning exception for NextEra Energy to build a solar project on 1,700 acres near Quitman.  This will be the company’s second solar farm in Brooks County. Source: Associated Press


Standard Solar releases ebook on executing successful community solar projects –Community solar is often an ideal solution that allows solar consumers, including residences, businesses, schools and towns to join the Solar Revolution. As community solar increases in popularity so does the need for funding of these projects. But, as an emerging segment of the industry, community solar has been one of the least understood—at least until now. Nationally known community solar expert Standard Solar has launched a new eBook Community Solar: What You Need to Know.” Source: Standard Solar


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Wisconsin fugitive survives 3 years on the lamb in solar-powered bunker – We at pv magazine would like to make it very clear that we do not condone this man’s actions and are not anti-law enforcement, in fact the accusations against him are frankly nauseating. A Wisconsin fugitive wanted on child sexual assault and child pornography charges hid out for more than three years in a makeshift bunker powered by solar panels and a pedal generator before a hunter stumbled onto him last week, police said… Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Stefonek said Button set up solar panels on the bunker’s roof to power LED lights, radios, cooling fans and all manner of electronic equipment. He also had a pedal-powered generator for cloudy days. The bunker was small enough that it stayed warm in winter and cool in summer. “He was not only surviving, but thriving in this structure through all of the different supplies he was able to find,” Stefonek said.” Source: Wisconsin State Journal

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