Bids are due Jan. 21 for Solar Microgrid on Wisconsin Island

LaPointe, Wisconsin is seeking proposals for an 18-kW expandable solar microgrid to supply power to a library and health clinic. Bids must be delivered by 4 p.m., Jan. 21, to the town clerk. LaPointe's alternative energy committee hopes to eventually replace all of the island's traditional energy with local, sustainable, renewables. The solar … [Read more...]

How NREL Consumes 74% Less Energy Than National Average for Office Buildings

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory consumes 74% less energy than the national average for office space. NREL has a supercomputer, a plug-and-play megawatt smart grid and laboratories. The lab used state-of-the-art technologies to achieve the savings and took advantage of incentives from utility Xcel Energy. The total project cost of the … [Read more...]

The Wart on California’s Community Solar Program for Utility Customers

We often think of California as a leader in clean energy. But the state's new community solar program for utility customers--the result of SB 43--is not a move that other states should follow. The legislation established both a green power program and a community solar program for utility customers under which customers can acquire as much as … [Read more...]