Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another
massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”
Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”
It’s going to be an incredible ride…
Solar energy installation capacity grew by 95% in 2016, with utility scale, residential and commercial solar all achieving record growth. Solar installations were 39% of all new 2016 electric capacity in the US, and wind energy 26%. Renewables were the majority of new capacity – blowing away new natural gas plants (29%).
While we have a long way to go, the exponential growth is creating a new paradigm of clean energy jobs – good for the economy, and great for the environment. Read Here!
The Solar Energy Industries Association released this year’s top 10 companies who are “going solar” in a huge way:
Recognize any of them? Target, Walmart, Prologis, Apple, Costco, Kohl’s, Ikea, Macy’s, General Growth Properties, & Hartz Mountain…
While they’re getting some “good press” and “green creds” – the reality is that they figured out that solar can save them a tremendous amount of money.
As Mike Duke of Walmart says: “The math adds up pretty quickly…less energy we have to buy… means less waste and more savings”.
Give us a call or email, and we’ll help you figure out how you can save with solar, too.
There is more speculation, more rumors, more nervous people in the renewable energy field right now then ever before in our history. It is refreshing this week to hear of some positive forward thinking in the midst of all the angst. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy boldly announced it’s commitment for it’s SunShot Inititive to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This is a new target continuing SunShot Initiative’s progress in helping the solar industry reach more than 90% of the initiative’s established 2020 goal in just five years. This includes brand new funding opps that will push the cost of solar even further down. Three cheers for the Department of Energy!
We have been seeing more and more solar installations being done on landfills, brownfields… over the past few years. Seems to be catching on. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. in New Jersey has proposed to install a 100 megawatt system. What is particularly significant here is that PSE&G is a utility. Historically new installations have been done by solar companies. One major sticky point however is that the utility is asking for a 9.75% rate of return on it’s investment. And that increase would go to the tax payers of New Jersey. Read here.
The entire nation seems to be going crazy for solar energy! Just a few states are left that have made major strides in solar! Read here!
Today corporations need to embed sustainability goals into their mission. It is no longer adequate to have sustainable goals as add-ons.
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The solar industry has become one of the largest job growth industries of this century. It has already out paced the oil and the auto industry in it’s growth rate. Exciting times for solar!
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