Category: renewable energy

National Grid & SunRun Announce Partnership


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 Goes to 100% Renewable Energy!

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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.

Top Ten Companies Going Solar

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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.

The Voice of Hope in the Renewable Field

 

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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!

Saving the World = 100 Gigafactories

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Forbes recently did an article on the movie “Before the Flood”, where the UN “Messenger of Peace” – actor Leonardo DiCaprio – documents the realities of Climate Change, and provides insights into the solutions.

One of most fascinating quotes: To transition the world to 100% renewable energy will take 100 Gigafactories like the one that Tesla is building in Nevada.

While it’s no small feat to build a ~15 million square foot Gigafactory, and building 100 is beyond the reach of any one company – it is tremendously hopeful that there IS an achievable path to get humanity through the ever-deepening depths of climate disruption.

USA Electric Grid Weak, Old and Unstable

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There are many complicated issues with the utility grid: technological, financial, government policy, monopolies…

It’s fascinating that one of the biggest “problems” (in Germany, California, and soon-to-be-almost-everywhere) is that – at times – there is SO much renewable energy being produced – that it’s FREE.

Do you think that there’s a way to make the number work – when that energy literally costs us NOTHING?

North East States Prioritize Renewable Energy

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This past week New York’s PSA (Public Service Commission) passed the Governor’s mandate for New York to go to 50% renewables by 2030.  Massachusetts approved  offshore wind for 1,600 MW of power.     Last year Vermont  approved a Clean Energy Standard of 75 percent by 2032.  One of the more controversial sections of New York’s approval is the inclusion of nuclear power.   New York,  unlike other major state players continues to subsidize nuclear power.  This could be challenged legally in the near future. Read more about this in Renewable Energy World.

USA Electric Grid Vulnerable For Attack

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The Wall Street Journal has recently done a in depth study of our nations electric grid system. The bottom line is our electric grid is not safe. Not at all. Billions of dollars would need to be poured into the system to make it safe. Are micro grids an alternative to pouring more tax payer dollars into an already archaic system?  Read about the article here. There is also a video about the report you can access here on our Facebook page.