Congress Votes to Extend ITC for Wind, Solar

Joanna Schroeder

The renewable electricity industry got an early holiday present this week as Congress included a five-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for renewable energy projects that provides a 30 percent federal tax credit for commercial installations of solar PV systems and new wind energy projects in the tax extenders package. The ITC was set to expire at the …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Legislation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

General Motors Texas Plant to be Wind Powered

Joanna Schroeder

Wind will be soon be powering General Motors’ (GM) Arlington Assembly plant (Texas). Enough renewable energy will be produced to build nearly 125,000 trucks a year. The 115 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy will be enough to manufacture more than half of the plant’s annual vehicle output – the plant produces more than 1,200 vehicles per day. The wind …

automotive, Clean Energy, Electricity, Wind

Shell Uses Football + Solar to Create Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Shell has been working on some creative ways to create renewable energy and one of their latest projects has been unveiled in Africa using human energy and solar power to create electricity. Music star Akon helped to bring attention to the project at the Federal College of Education in Akoka, Lagos. The new pitch is part of Shell’s #makethefuture program. …

Clean Energy, Electricity, International, Solar

U.S. Solar Market Shines Brighter Than Ever

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. solar market is shining brighter than ever according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, Q3, 2015. Installed solar PV capacity in the U.S. was 1,361 MW, marking the eighth consecutive quarter in which the U.S. has installed more than a gigawatt of capacity. It also sets the stage for the best year in history for solar installations. …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Solar

EDF EN Commissions Mont-Rothery Wind Project

Joanna Schroeder

The Mont-Rothery wind project has been commissioned. The 74 MW wind farm is sited on public lands in the MRC of Haute-Gaspésie and MRC of Côte-de-Gaspé. Construction of the project, owned by EDF EN Canada Inc., began in 2014 and features 37 turbines of 2 MW each supplied by Senvion. The electricity will be delivered to Hydro-Quebec Distribution under a …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Wind

U.S. & Britain Partner to Power Up Africa

Joanna Schroeder

Bringing reliable, renewable power to Africans has been an ongoing conversation around the climate talks in Paris this month. Both the U.S. and the UK have programs with goals to do just this. Going forward, however, the programs will be power amplified with the new collaboration between the two countries. The partnership was announced during COP21 by UK International Development …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, International, Renewable Energy

PG&E Service Centers to be 100% Solar Powered

Joanna Schroeder

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched a new renewable energy initiative. The company plans to power all its operations service centers – nearly 100 in Northern and Central California – with solar energy. In addition, through the Solar Choice program, customers will have the choice to choose 50 or 100 percent of their electricity from solar sourced from …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, Solar

Global Geothermal Alliance Launched at #COP21

Joanna Schroeder

As a means to increase geothermal energy globally, this week during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, (COP21) a coalition of 38 countries along with 20 development and industry partners have launched the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA). The nonprofit was organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and was founded with the goal of achieving a 500 percent …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, Geothermal, International

Poll: Illinois Voters Support Clean Energy Credits

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new poll, three out of four (74 percent) Illinois voters support continuing to provide tax incentives for renewable energy. The poll comes out as Congress considers renewing a number of energy tax credits including the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Both of these federal incentives are designed to spur renewable power development for …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Legislation, Solar, Wind

#COP21 Participants Commit to Energy Transition

Joanna Schroeder

Over the weekend UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) attendees made commitments to accelerate the ongoing energy transition through several initiatives discussed during the Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Energy (LPAA). New analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that achieving a 36 percent share of renewable energy by 2030 would result in half of all emission reductions needed …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, Environment, Renewable Energy