This week in renewable energy: 12/27/13

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.

Power Africa

  • Community Renewable Energy and Power AfricaThe U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation is gearing up for private-public partnerships in Africa as a part of Power Africa. (All Africa)
  • More news about Power Africa’s $4 billion investment via The Ghana Business News. They explain, “Rather than attempting to amass and direct donor money from development agencies and foreign countries, the main objective of Power Africa is to harness and catalyze private investment for electrification.”

Green Midwest

  • Community-owned solar is also in the news. Minnesota’s Lake Region Electric Cooperative is celebrating its new 96-panel installation. (Clean Energy Resource Teams)
  • Iowa— long a leader in wind power– has been turning to solar more and more. From Midwest Energy News:

“The market is exploding in Iowa,” says Tim Dwight, a former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL star who has become one of his home state’s most visible solar energy advocates.

Homeowners, farmers, businesses and at least one school district in Iowa are going solar. Also, over the past year, several municipal utilities and rural electric co-ops have put up solar arrays, inviting customers to buy a share of the power generated.

  • Small businesses and giant corporations are going solar more than ever. This family-owned orchard in Wisconsin is installing solar power. Jim Funk explains the appeal of solar in the upper Midwest, “The amount of sunshine is key, the temperature is not. The cooler it is, the better.” (Post Crescent)

Nonprofits shine

  • Austin’s gigantic Saint David’s Episcopal Church is investing in solar power. (State Impact/ Texas)
  • Clean Technica writes about the multitude of benefits of solar power, including how it boosts nonprofits’ ability to fulfill their missions.
  • Lee Barken suggests that one approach to supporting nonprofits is to help them buy solar panels. He writes in Venture Beat:

Payments on the energy sold under the PPA are then used to repay the investors with annual principal and interest payments. The community investors make money, the nonprofit saves money, and the planet benefits from a reduced environmental impact. It’s a triple-win.

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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