ROCKFORD, Minn. -- David Schmidt has been intrigued by the idea of generating power from the sun for a long time, but he had never taken the next step.
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In the cleantech sector, pretty much everyone knows the acronym RPS, for Renewable Portfolio Standards. Since the first RPS policy in the U.S., implemented in Iowa in the late 1990s, 30 states have passed similar policies to promote the installation of renewable energy projects and expedite penetration (overcoming the ambivalence or outright opposition of utilities) of renewable energy in electric power supply.
"For most of these states, they're looking at it for economic development and job creation," Ghassemi said, underscoring the reasons why solutions such as cost incentives and utility quotas haven't helped states like New Mexico catch up to California and New Jersey, an unlikely solar leader.
The big question for any homeowner considering installing solar power is a simple one: How quickly will the system pay for itself?
The short answer: It depends on where you live.
Residents here probably won't notice that their water and sewage treatment systems will soon be powered by fields of solar panels but a project to convert the plants is nearing completion.
As we watch chronic inaction in our nation’s capital on seemingly every issue, we in Massachusetts are fortunate to have leadership that recognizes both the need for and the economic benefits of developing a strong, comprehensive energy policy that expands the use of clean energy and energy efficiency in the state, and assures that new forms of renewable energy are cost-competitive with traditional fuel sources.
PHOENIX--Maricopa County is close to finishing two of three solar panel installations on county buildings that doubles the original renewable energy goal.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hear an appeal tomorrow to part of Xcel Energy’s 2012-2013 Compliance Plan they approved in May. That plan sets forth how Xcel Energy (Public Service Co) would comply with Colorado’s renewable energy standard of 30% by 2020.
Solar power is providing the energy needed to charge 10 electric vehicles, or EVs, on the campus of Auburn University. Facilities Management, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, has funded a pilot project for the installation of 24 solar panels on top of the northeast and southeast stairwells of the stadium parking deck.
Today, NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), MidAmerican Solar and First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced that the 290-megawatt AC Agua Caliente solar project, currently under construction in Yuma County, Ariz., is more than two-thirds complete and delivering more than 200 megawatts to the electric grid. The Agua Caliente project is the world's largest operating photovoltaic power plant.