South Dakota

Colorado utility sees “opportunistic window” to save money with solar and wind plus storage

Black Hills Energy is seeking 200 MW of solar power or wind plus energy storage capacity as part of an RFP, driven – not by any requirements – but by 2019 summertime bids solar and solar plus storage bids of 2.4¢/kWh and 3.6¢/kWh and the pending step down of the 30% investment tax credit.

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Balancing solar development and preservation of agricultural lands in the Midwest

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Sara Bergan and Thomas Braun, attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP discuss the difficult balancing act of solar and agriculture in the emerging Midwestern market.

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Supersized solar in the Midwest

Long seen as a slow region for solar deployment, the U.S. Midwest has seen an explosion of project development in recent years. And while there is still a lot of speculation and uncertainty, one way or another this region is going to see major development.

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Wind+solar developer sells pipeline to National Grid for more than $100 million

National Grid has purchased the wind and solar energy developer Geronimo Energy for “at least $100 million”, and is negotiating to buy a 51% stake in 378 MW the group has already developed.

Xcel gets in front of the 100% renewable energy movement

By setting a timeline for the inevitable decarbonization of its fleet, Xcel is moving to have an energy transition on its terms.

Wind + solar make up more than 20% of generation in 10 states – more on the way

A recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy shows the Midwest and Plains States in the lead, but the coasts are on a track to catch up thanks to mandates.

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Oglala Lakota lands could host 110 MW-AC of solar

Germany’s Wirsol is developing a 110 MW solar installation in the lands of the Native American nation.

South Dakota to get its first large utility-scale solar project

The SD Sun project will greatly expand the installed capacity of one of the last states to deploy large-scale solar.

Midwest solar markets: An interview with Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher of SEIA comments on the burgeoning regional solar market at the Solar Midwest conference in Chicago.

Solar jobs: Progress and challenges in diversity

Two newly released reports explore diversity efforts for solar installation jobs in California and overall job growth in the Midwest.

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