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
Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s latest: the All-Electric Semi cargo truck.
“500 miles per charge – good for 80% of all truck delivery routes.
Fill up while your loading, then at your destination while you’re unloading.
Faster, Safer, Cleaner. Cheaper to Own, Operate & Maintain.”
Now Tesla needs to deliver. Or, as Thomas Edison said:
“A dream is something you could do;
a vision is something you must do.
But a vision without execution is just an hallucination”.
We’re looking forward to seeing the vision become reality.
Meanwhile – the race is on, as Daimler, Bosch, BYD, and others are working on trucks & buses that will leave diesel in fossil dust.
Block Island just became the first town in the United States to be powered by offshore wind – saving their consumers money while gaining energy independence and security. The future is here!
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…
Three massive battery storage plants—built by Tesla, AES Corp., and Altagas Ltd.—are all officially going live in southern California at about the same time. Any one of these projects would have been the largest battery storage facility ever built. Combined, they amount to 15 percent of the battery storage installed planet-wide last year.
The time is almost here when intermittent renewable energy – from the sun or wind- will be stored in batteries and used to power Everything – all day & night long.
Read about it in Bloomberg:
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!
As the solar industry matures, we are beginning to see the emergence of new partnership models. The latest announcement is between National Grid – who owns an electric distribution utility in Massachusetts & upstate New York – and SunRun, one of the leading funders of residential solar installations in the country. As the article notes: “The partnership will also include research on how distributed energy resources can be aggregated to balance and optimize the grid, a service which is currently provided by centralized generators.” Read Here.
Google will be the first major corporation to become 100% powered by renewable energy. Even though Google consumes as much energy as the City of San Francisco, Google has figured out ways to reduce their carbon footprint, eliminate price fluctuations, and save millions of dollars on energy.
“It’s good for the economy, good for business and good for our shareholders.”
Indeed. 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.