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.
Solar power in communities
- We’ve told you about Granville, Ohio residents exploring their community-owned solar power options with Community Renewable Energy– and they’re not the only groups learning about the advantages of solar gardens. Folks across the country– from Michigan to Colorado to Washington, DC— are learning how they can pool their own resources to support renewable energy resources!
- Solar energy is a powerful tool for community-building. Just this week, we read about at-risk teens training to become solar installation experts, World Hunger Relief receiving a donation of solar panels that will help them better fulfill their commitment to environmentally-friendly community uplift, and owners of small farms in North Carolina benefiting from solar-powered water pumps. “One of the biggest frustrations of North Carolina farmers is getting affordable access to water,” said Jock Brandis, founder of the Full Belly Project. “We developed the solar well technology to help small farmers gain access to affordable water.”
- Peter Zumthor unveiled the architectural rendering of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s new campus, which will have enough photovoltaic panels on its roof to easily power the entire building. (PSFK)
- New York state announced plans for 79 new solar power projects. (The Business Review)
- California is on pace to meet its goal of 2000 megawatts of solar power capacity by the start of 2017. (Capital Public Radio)
- Cities all over the country are turning to solar to save money and support clean energy. This week, we read about towns in Pennsylvania, Utah, and Maryland going green. From the article, “Solar Power Saves Bowie [MD] Thousands:” “According to a report generated by the city, the four systems combined are saving the city $2,886.05 in electricity and $6,589 in energy credits per year, for combined total of $9,475.05.”
- In Georgia, regulators are pressuring utilities to invest in solar power. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
I’ve got grandchildren that, 20 years from now, I hope that they can look back as we are graded on what we have done and say, ‘You know what, my grandfather was on the Georgia Public Service Commission in 2013 and because of some issues that he took grasp of, we’ve got good, reliable, clean energy that we can depend on in the state of Georgia. –Lauren McDonald of the Public Service Commission
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