United Wind Offers $200M to Fund Distributed Wind

Joanna Schroeder

United Wind‘s WindLease program has been infused with $200 million to fund distributed wind power projects across the U.S. In partnership with Forum Equity Partners, the financing will expand the WindLease program that enables residential and commercial property owners to lease distributed-scale wind turbines. According to United Wind, the program allows customers to tap wind energy through a fixed-rate, 20-year …

Distributed generation, Electricity, Wind

Wind Turbines to be Certified by IRS

Joanna Schroeder

Small wind turbines will now have to be certified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines. “Small” turbines are classified as those having a nameplate capacity of up to 100 KW and must fit into this category in order to qualify for …

Distributed generation, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Wind

US Senators Say Yes to Clean Power

Joanna Schroeder

A group of U.S. Senators have come out in support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The group submitted a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy stating that while the emission reduction goals are admiral, they believe that with modest changes to reflect real-world market and technological conditions, the plan can be more effective as well as better …

Clean Energy, Distributed generation, EPA

DOE Annouced $15M to Integrate Solar on Grid

Joanna Schroeder

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $15 million in funding to help integrate distributed, on-site solar systems into the electric grid. During the last 18 months, more solar has been installed than the 30 years prior, and since President Obama took office, the amount of solar installed has increased more than thirteen-fold from 1.2 GW i 2008 to nearly …

Distributed generation, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Solar

ONR Website Features Hawaii’s Renewable Energy

Joanna Schroeder

A new website focused on Hawaii’s multifaceted approach to renewable energy is now live. The website for the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP) is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The military organization notes Hawaii is fast becoming ground zero for the Navy’s drive to develop green technologies. According to ONR, APTEP approaches the issue from three …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, Distributed generation, Microgrid, military

ONR Expands Green Reach in Asia-Pacific

Joanna Schroeder

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is expanding its work in Asia-Pacific’s renewable energy sector. The announcement was made during National Energy Action Month where the Navy is promoting energy efficiency and conservation by participating in and hosting events around the world. The announcement comes after ONR’s work with the Chiang Mai World Green City that was established two years …

biomass, Distributed generation, Energy, Geothermal, Microgrid, military, Solar, Wind

Tanzania Mini-Grid Project Underway

Joanna Schroeder

Continental Energy Corporation, an emerging international energy investment company, announced that its Tanzanian affiliate, Ruaha River Power Company Ltd. has begun construction of the Phase-I development of its Malolo Mini-Grid. They have also begun signing up first subscribers from a waiting list of 400 customers. The Mini-Grids are being installed in an area surrounding the village of Malolo and three …

biomass, Distributed generation, Electricity, Solar

Some Retiring Utility Plants Need No Replacement

Joanna Schroeder

According to Black & Veatch’s 8th annual Strategic Directions: U.S. Electric Industry report, many retiring nuclear and coal power plants may not need to be replaced on a megawatt-to-megawatt basis. With new technologies and distributed generation along with soft energy demand growth, utilities will be able to replace those retiring with ones that produce less energy. “This year’s Strategic Directions: …

Distributed generation, Electricity, Research, Utilities