Motorcars Honda in Cleveland has installed what it says is the largest solar canopy of its type erected by any automobile dealership in the country.
Iowa utilities historically have been tepid about investing in solar generation, but some may find it more enticing now thanks to an expanded incentive signed by Governor Terry Branstad on Friday and passed by the Iowa legislature hours before it adjourned on June 5.
“Bittersweet” is how Citizens Action Coalition Executive Director Kerwin Olson described a recent performance report for Energizing Indiana, an energy efficiency program that was canceled during its third year of existence, by state legislation hastily passed in spring 2014.
Minnesota’s community solar garden program will be one of the largest two in the country even if the regulators this week decide to reduce its scope. That’s the takeaway of a new report on the state of community solar in the United States by GTM Research, which predicts that only California could surpass Minnesota in the number of projects. Today, June 25, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission may issue a decision on whether community solar developers can co-locate more than one 1MW at individual sites. “Even in a worst case scenario in which no co-located solar gardens are allowed, the market is still well-positioned to be the second largest community solar opportunity over the next 24 months,” said Cory Honeyman, GTM senior solar analyst. The report shows Minnesota having 18 MW in 2015 and 63 MW in 2016, a far cry from the 914 MW worth of community solar project proposals that have been submitted to Xcel Energy.
Xcel Energy has reached an agreement with several developers that proposes to limit the size of co-located community solar gardens to 5 MW or less. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide on the matter Thursday.
A new report by Environment America tabulates the "value of solar" based on 11 different analyses by utilities, utility commissions, non-profits and others. It finds that especially when all the benefits are considered, solar is a good deal for everyone involved.