Solar In The News
Keeping an ear to the ground on the sun in the sky.
Speed of Light
By Rebecca Nimerfroh | November 22, 2019
Originally run in N Magazine
"For more than a decade, Zach Dusseau and Tobias Glidden searched for a compelling way to teach people about the true power of solar energy. After moving to Nantucket in 2007, Dusseau went door to door trying to convince businesses to convert to LED light bulbs. “I’d just walk in with light bulb samples and run Excel spreadsheets showing how much money and energy they would save,” he explains. “Then I started slowly building up the solar business from there.” Glidden joined Dusseau’s ACK Smart solar company in 2011, helping install solar panels around the island, but the two friends were still looking for a way for solar to gain some real traction on Nantucket. Enter Wheels of Delight."
Wind and solar energy is steadily replacing coal
"“Countries across the world are now on the same path – building wind turbines and solar panels to replace electricity from coal and gas-fired power plants,” Dave Jones, senior electricity analyst at Ember, said in a statement. Ember’s analysis includes 48 countries that make up 83 percent of the world’s global electricity production."
The $16 billion plan to beam Australia’s Outback sun onto Asia’s power grids
By A. Odysseus Patrick |
August 10, 2020
“The cool new thing is to seriously talk about moving renewable energy around long-term as the carbon-free alternative to the existing fossil fuel trade,” said Peter Cowling, chief executive of Vestas Australia, a wind farm builder. “This is the most plausible solution I have seen to helping Asia decarbonize its energy supply.”
Indiana county adopts new solar energy ordinance requiring pollinator-friendly groundcover
By Kelsey Misbrener | July 27, 2020
“Solar is going to become a vibrant part of rural Indiana,” said Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC). “Such solar farms will not only produce pollution-free energy, but, with the right local policy in place, they will help to preserve soil and water and create habitats that benefit Indiana’s birds, bees, and other wildlife. We know that additional Indiana rural counties are formulating their solar ordinances, and HEC and our partners will be helpful in connecting these counties with resources and experts so that their farmers, businesses, and residents can reap the benefits of not only solar-produced electricity, but the many benefits of land stewardship best practices.”
Solar panels on capped Marshfield landfill expected to save the town millions
By Wheeler Cowperthwaite | July 19, 2020
Originally run in The Patriot Ledger
The solar power station will generate energy credits for the town toward its total electricity use, part of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program, also referred to as SMART, he said.
“This is the best use for a capped landfill,” Maresco said. “We went out to market, put together a plan, asked companies to give us their best plan of what can be built.”
The solar panels are buffered already, produce no noise or smell and did not result in a single tree being cut down, he said.
“It’s perfect for the environment,” he said.
Bank of America to Power its North Carolina Headquarters with Solar Energy
By Emily Holbrook | June 30, 2020
Through a renewable energy sleeved-power purchase agreement (PPA), the company is participating in Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage (GSA) program. The bank is the first company and financial institution to sign a 10-year agreement for electricity and Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through this program.
The purchase of a 25 MW solar project’s electricity output and RECs will cover 45% of Bank of America’s electricity load in the state. By participating in Duke Energy’s GSA program, Bank of America is on path to becoming carbon neutral and utilizing 100% renewable electricity across its global operations.
This project will be constructed in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The project will include the installation of a pollinator habitat surrounding 70,000 solar panels, covering approximately 180 acres, and is expected to be online in 2022.
Solar-powered McDonald's opens at Disney World
By Irene Jiang | Jul 9, 2020
"These unprecedented times have only heightened the importance of innovation that fosters long-term security and sustainability," Marion Gross, McDonald's North America chief supply chain officer, said in the press release. "While health and safety in our restaurants is our top priority, we must also remain focused on creating positive change for our communities and the planet. This restaurant marks an important step in McDonald's journey to reduce our carbon footprint and identify meaningful solutions in the fight against climate change."
Why America’s Schools Are Turning Into Solar Power Stations
By Amanda Schupak | July 28, 2020
“Some say they haven’t gotten into [solar] because it seems too good to be true,” said Asplund, whose district includes five other schools, three of which have their own new solar arrays. “But it really is true. You can save a lot of money ... and you can help the environment.”
Galesburg High School is one of dozens of schools around the state and some 5,500 schools across the country now producing their own solar electricity, making a strong case for turning schools into power stations. On top of the cost savings (which, in the case of public schools, goes back to taxpayers), adopting solar in schools has the benefit of bringing the technology to areas that might not otherwise have much exposure to renewables, and provides the perfect opportunity for teaching the next generation about green energy.
Notre Dame Commits to New I&M Solar Farm
By Wes Mills | August 21, 2020
“We’re pleased to partner with I&M on this project, and look forward to the benefits it will provide,” said Paul Kempf, assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance at Notre Dame.
Kempf says the solar farm will provide the university with enough clean energy credits to equal 10% of Notre Dame’s total electricity demand.
“This is the next big step for us with regard to the use of clean, renewable solar energy to aid or offset campus power production, and a piece of a larger puzzle in terms of our overall approach to sustainability.”