Solar powered art auction funds light for African schoolchildren

The Solar Panel Art Series is currently on display in Brooklyn at the A/D/O gallery. The ten pieces of artwork on recycled solar panels will go to supporting Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Foundation’s “Solar School Kids Program”.

Salt River Project wants 1 GW of solar

The Arizona water and power cooperative has announced plans to increase its utility scale solar energy to 1 GW of capacity by 2025. SRP currently hosts 248 MW of solar.

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Overbuilding solar cheaper than seasonal storage and natural gas in Minnesota

An analysis by Clean Power Research, commissioned by the MN Solar Pathways Initiative, shows that 10% solar by 2025, and 70% wind+solar+storage in 2050 can be achieved at a comparable cost to natural gas-fired generation.

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Distributed political power: Mayors for Solar Energy

Environment America’s letter, “Mayors for Solar Energy”, has gotten 216 signatures from from mayors across all 50 of the United States.

Cash is king in residential solar, long live the lease!

A Wood Mackenzie Renewables & Power report shows that so far in 2018, direct ownership of residential solar – either out of pocket or via bank loan – now represents 64% of purchases.

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North Carolina community seeks (more than) $250 million solar facility

Adani Solar USA is looking for 2,940 acres of land to build the second largest solar plant east of the Rocky Mountains. Local commissioners are moving prudently, initially stopping progress, but recent town meetings have shown support.

Wind and solar projects pump investment grade portfolio returns

Ullico has purchased part of a 1.3 GW wind+solar portfolio, originally developed and sold by sPower. The transaction, and other optimizations surrounding the portfolio, have increased the return on investment to 13% for one of the investment groups involved.

Solar panels increase grasses for sheep and cows by 90%

Researchers have determined that an Oregon solar facility altered the microclimate variables of mean air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and soil moisture beneath itself significantly – increasing water efficiency, allowing for much greater biomass growth.

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Lazard, Lazard, LCOE – what’s the cheapest energy?

Lazard’s newly released Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 12.0, and Storage 4.0, finds that where utility scale wind works, it dominates – and that the unsubsidized cost to build new utility wind and solar facilities is equal to, and often less than running already-built fossil facilities.

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POWERHOUSE to turn on in December

RGS Energy says it expects to deliver its first POWERHOUSE solar shingles in December. The company did not accept deposits for its $127 million in written reservations, but now that UL approval is in they’re soliciting those groups for cash deposits.

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