This week in renewable energy: 10/18/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Bright ideas

  • Community solar power: environmentally soundAnalysis indicates that Colorado’s pro-renewables policy is paying off in a big way. In about six years, solar power has added over $1.4 billion to the state’s economy and created over 10,000 full-time jobs. (Denver Business Journal)
  • Solar power continues to become more and more mainstream. In fact, within the year, IKEA plans to sell do-it-yourself solar panels in the UK. (Washington Post)

Green policy in the Midwest

  •  Midwest Energy News fact-checks criticism of Ohio’s renewable energy mandate. The mandate would require the state’s utilities to derive 1/4 of electricity from alternative sources, with fifty percent of the energy produced in Ohio.
  • Michigan’s green power financing program, PACE, is enjoying rapid expansion. (Midwest Energy News)
  • Minnesota-based Xcel is planning on adding four wind farms throughout the northern Midwest region. (Star Tribune)

Community solar

Rob Hopkins discusses the shared power movement in the UK.

Global progress

  • Hands on a globe The UK is benefiting from embracing clean energy. (The Guardian)
  • Kenya is using solar power panels to help deliver computers to 130 schools. (IDG)
  • The Conversation delves into the promise of solar power for Africa. From the article:

A key aim was not just to electrify but to invigorate rural communities and village centres by providing a means to support self-governance, finance and entrepreneurship. The Kitonyoni village market solar project established in Makueni County, southeast Kenya, involved setting up a community-based, energy supply co-operative. This would operate an electricity mini-grid to distribute solar powered electricity. The mini-grid was designed to supply power to all buildings in the village centre, including shops, cafes, schools, health centres, and churches.

What do you think was the most important renewable energy story this week? Share your insights and thoughts below or by email.

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