Ron presented “Transforming Energy Expenses into Sustainability Engines” for the Friends FIRST program in November.
The presentation focuses on how businesses and institutions can leverage their existing energy expenses for electricity, heat, and transportation to create a vehicle for lower costs and clean, sustainable power.
EarthKind Energy is proud to be the clean energy consultant to the New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA), who broke ground on a 486KW solar system and had their 1,350 PV panels delivered this week.
EarthKind conducted the utility cost analysis, identified the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge site, provided the solar project sizing, prepared the bid documentation, recommended the installation award, negotiated the Power Purchase Agreement that locked in a price of 10 cents per kwh for 20 years, coordinated the utility inter-connection application, and is overseeing the project installation and commissioning.
“The Bridge Authority’s commitment and actions to meet Governor Cuomo’s clean energy goals are unparalleled”, said Ron Kamen, CEO of EarthKind Energy. “The combined lighting efficiency gains and solar energy generation makes the Bridge Authority the first New York State government entity to effectively meet the Governor’s target. It’s this type of true leadership that will provide stable, affordable electricity prices; save taxpayers money; and create a healthier and more sustainable future for all of us.”
NEW YORK STATE BRIDGE AUTHORITY BREAKS GROUND ON SOLAR PANEL ARRAY AT KINGSTON-RHINECLIFF BRIDGE
Even a utility that is currently 60% powered by coal realizes that they need to move to renewables.
Because their customers demand it, and because that’s where the jobs are.
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…
Across the country, solar customers & installers and battling with utilities over solar net metering – which “turns the meter backwards” at the same retail rate that customers pay their utility.
Solar advocates argue that net metering provides more benefits – to the grid and all customers – than the net metered retail price.
Utilities argue that solar net metering customers “zero out” their bill and don’t contribute to maintaining the aging grid, so the utilities lose money (or other customers have to pay more to make up the lost revenue).
Now, a number of New York State utilities have come together with several of the largest solar companies to reach a compromise.
The bottom line: we all depend on the grid. Those with solar need the grid at night, on cloudy days, or whenever their usage exceeds their solar generation. We need to keep the utilities healthy to maintain and evolve the interconnected grid that is the center of civilization. New York’s proposal provides an interesting path toward ending the war – providing a profit incentive so that utilities can make money on solar, while customers and the solar industry have a clear glide path forward. Read the Utility Dive article on the issue.
Are you familiar with the “Duck Curve”? Remember the “Bell Curve” in collage statistics? The Duck Curve is basically a concern over the availability of solar in the day time, but going down as the sun goes down. This concern has turned into something of a urban myth of late according to Robbie Orvis, Michael O’Boyle, and Hallie Kennan of Energy Innovation. The authors propose that by using common sense, smart rate design, and regional sharing/coordination we can minimize the impact of the Duck. Read the article here.
This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere. Kind of like community solar model gone wild. It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be. OK, lots of people will be cynical watching the video, but it is the dreamers who initiate changes in civilizations. Watch video here!
Wow, what a cool idea! And really such a simple idea. Surprised we haven’t been doing this for years!
Read here about it on Energy.gov