Campbell City Schools converting all buildings to clean energy

The Campbell City school district will invest $2 million in infrastructure upgrades to “convert all of its buildings to be powered by clean energy,” with work beginning later this summer, The Business Journal reports. The upgrades, including a hybrid solar and combined heat and power systems, “are being made at no cost to the community thanks to incentive programs,” according to the article. Matthew Bowen, superintendent of Campbell City Schools, said in a statement the school district will be free from the energy grid in 20 years and will “capture a full $300,000 annual benefit.” For more, read the full article

Environmental, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, State Updates

$1B Gemini Solar Project will be largest solar project in U.S. history

The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved a proposal to construct and operate a 690-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar energy facility about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, greenlodgingnews.com reports. The estimated $1 billion Gemini Solar Project “could be the eighth-largest solar power facility in the world when finished and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 260,000 homes in the Las Vegas area and potential energy markets in Southern California,” according to the article. Project construction “is anticipated to average 500 to 700 construction workers” at a time, “supporting up to an additional 1,100 jobs in the local community and injecting an estimated $712.5 million into the economy in wages and total output during construction.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Federal Updates, Renewable Energy

Dairy farm begins production of renewable natural gas

Clover Hill Dairy in Wisconsin recently began producing renewable natural gas from the biogas “produced from the farm’s existing digester,” Northwest Signal reports. Nacelle Solutions partnered with U.S. Gain, a renewable natural gas developer and distributor, on the project. Nacelle’s technologies “have been designed to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas” which is then transported to an offsite injection point “where U.S. Gain will dispense it into the transportation market,” according to the article. Joe Bonlender of Clover Hill Dairy said the farm now has “an additional income stream as well as environmental benefits such as less noise pollution, cleaner air and less odor.”

Environmental, Renewable Energy

Renewables could overtake coal generation in 2020 as COVID-19 accelerates transition

The latest short-term energy outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows renewables generation “is set to outpace coal generation in 2020,” amid “shrinking electricity demand caused by COVID-19 response measures as well as low natural gas prices,” Utility Dive reports. Coal consumption “is expected to decrease by nearly a quarter to 453 million short tons this year” due to competitive gas prices and lower power consumption, according to the article. Renewable generation, on the other hand, has been “following an upward trend” and is projected to grow by 11% this year, “despite COVID-related impacts to new generation capacity builds in the coming months.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Federal Updates, Renewable Energy

With $30M investment, Cuyahoga County could double solar power generation in five years

A $13-million “green bank” could allow Cuyahoga County to “double the amount of solar power generated” in five years, according to a study partly financed by the county government, Cleveland.com reports. That $13-million investment fund would allow developers to “borrow up to $17 million from conventional lenders and enable them to install solar panels on small businesses” and then sell the generated electricity to the businesses at fixed rates, according to the article. The study reports “smaller-scale solar developers struggle to finance such projects in the county because of tight profit margins and solar energy being more expensive than energy generated by coal and natural gas.” For more, read the full article

Project Finance, Renewable Energy, State Updates

University of Toledo joins group promoting emerging solar technology

The University of Toledo (UT) recently announced “it has become a founding member of a national group which strives to promote development of the emerging perovskite solar cell technology,” The Toledo Blade reports. The organization, the U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAP), “is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory” in Colorado, the article reports. Perovskites “are compound materials with a special crystal structure formed through chemistry”; U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), said technology using perovskites “will move our country and region forward in solar energy development.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

Cleveland Heights going greener with more solar panels on city buildings

Cleveland Heights city officials “plan to go greener in the coming months,” adding rooftop solar installations to three more city buildings, Cleveland.com reports. City Council is expected to authorize a 30-year contract with Enerlogics Solar LLC to add solar panels to City Hall, the Community Center and the Service Department garage, according to the article. The city will piggyback “on a Cuyahoga County Aggregated Solar Project administered through the county’s Cooperative Purchasing Program” and pay no setup cost for the generation and distribution systems. Cleveland Heights Capital Projects Manager Joe Kickel said the electricity “will be consumed exclusively at each respective facility,” increasing the city’s usage of “green energy.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Renewable Energy, State Updates

2019 was second-biggest year for new installed wind power

Installations totaling 60.4 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity wind power worldwide made 2019 the second-biggest year on record for wind power, nawindpower.com reports. The article cites a recently released report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) that showed year-over-year growth of 19% and a total global capacity for wind energy over 651 GW, “an increase of 10% compared to 2018.” Market-based mechanisms were the main driver of growth, “with auctioned wind capacity in 2019 surpassing 40 GW worldwide, accounting for two-thirds of total new capacity and doubling auctioned capacity” compared to the previous year. The report forecasts continued growth, with “over 355 GW of wind energy capacity potentially added over the next five years.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Renewable Energy

Cincinnati firm awarded $6M in state financing for nursing facility construction

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority approved Blue Ash-based Clermont Health Realty for up to $6 million in bond financing for construction of a skilled nursing facility, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. Clermont Health Realty “plans to build a 113-bed skilled nursing facility” that “will include LED lighting, energy efficient windows, a white reflective roof, a variable refrigerant flow HVAC system,” solar panels and other energy-saving features. The facility, which will include rehabilitation and assisted living spaces, will have 150 full-time positions. For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Project Finance, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Farmers find income boost in wind power crop

As farmers and ranchers contend with trade wars, bad weather seasons and the unstable prices of crops and livestock, some of them “have found a new crop to sell — wind,” Aberdeen News reports, as quoted in a recent nawindpower.com article. Wind turbine leases “give landowners a yearly boost to income that, although not a full salary, helps them make up for uncertainties” created by elements beyond their control, according to the article. Aberdeen News “writes that for Tom Cunningham, who’s been farming on Kansas land for close to 40 years, the income from wind turbines has made a tremendous difference.” For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy
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