Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the city’s electricity provider, signed a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) at $0.07 per kWh with American Capital Energy for the output of the 13 MW Curtis Stanton Energy Center, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The new solar power, the utility reports, costs it less than the $0.08 per kWh cost the company incurs generating electricity from coal and natural gas. Read the full article.
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// Greentech Media: Headlines This past Friday, Governor Charlie Baker filed a solar bill in Massachusetts. That fact alone -- the act of filing a bill, without regard to its content -- was welcome news for the solar industry and solar customers in the state. With non-residential net-metering solar development capped in the 171 cities and towns in National Grid service territory, and the ITC cliff fast approaching, legislative action this fall to lift the net-metering caps is the critical priority for Massachusetts solar advocates, and the clock is ticking. Now, after the Senate passed a net-metering cap increase two…
Remember, while only five of the 54 Republicans in the Senate voted in agreement with the statement that "climate change is real, caused by human activity, and that Congress should do something about it", among their constituents, the numbers are much different, where 63 percent of Republicans think the federal government should “limit the release of greenhouse gases from existing sources in an effort to reduce global warming.” http://morningconsult.com/2015/08/republican-voters-generally-support-clean-power-plan-fundamentals
Even though every panel is rated out to 20 to 25 years, that does not mean they are all necessarily equal, nor will a panel developed for use in warm, arid areas be the best choice in the colder Northern climates: Manufacturers can differentiate themselves from their competitors and optimize their module designs for the intended applications, according to a paper summarizing the efforts, "Three-Prong Path to Comprehensive Technical Standards for Photovoltaic Reliability." Modules built for heavy snow may need not only thicker glass but heavier-duty frames and support rails, all of which increase upfront costs. But money may be…
Even though only 63% of Americans believe that the planet is warming, and even fewer Americans (41%) believe that there is a consensus among scientists that climate change is happening, 77% support funding of research into renewable energy. Thankfully we can all agree on something! http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2015/04/what-americans-think-about-climate-change-in-seven-maps.html
An overwhelming majority of Americans (86%) believe that the Federal government is doing either “too little … in terms of protecting the environment” (48%, or practically half the nation) or “the right amount” (34%). Only 16% see too much government emphasis on environmental concerns. Source
According to the IMF, the US dumps a ridiculous $700 billion a year on the dirty subsidies for the dirty piles of coal, gas, and oil. That’s $2,180 per American per year. Yep, aside from your electricity and gas bills, you are essentially sending $2,000+ to oil, gas, and coal companies because… because… well, they need our help, no? Source