Idaho Power Plots 100% Carbon-Free Electricity, Inks New Solar Deal

Idaho Power Co. has announced a commitment to provide 100% carbon-free electricity to customers by 2045.

To achieve the goal, the company plans to continue its path away from coal and invest in storage and additional clean generation sources, such as wind and solar. Idaho Power has reduced its carbon emissions intensity – measured in pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour – by almost 50% since 2005.

Cottonwood Heights Commits To 100% Clean, Renewable Energy

On Tuesday night, Cottonwood Heights, a city in Salt Lake City County, Utah, committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

According to the Sierra Club, Cottonwood Heights joins three other cities in Utah – Salt Lake City, Moab and Park City – and Summit County in establishing this goal.

The city council voted unanimously to pass a resolution adopting a goal of achieving 100% clean, renewable electricity for city operations by 2022 and community-wide by 2032.

Utah’s Auric Solar Becomes Auric Energy

Auric Solar – a West Valley City, Utah-based solar installer – is rebranding to better represent its expanding offerings.

The new brand, Auric Energy, reflects the company’s greater range of products and services. Auric Energy will continue to focus on solar while adding electrical and battery storage, among other services to be announced.

Congress Passes Farm Bill With Renewables Funding Intact

According to the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the legislation maintains the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) at $50 million per year of mandatory funding.


MIT: Explaining The Plummeting Cost Of Solar Power

The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic modules, which has fallen by 99% over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning drop?

Solar to help Park City, Utah nonprofit save 3k in annual energy costs

A new solar project will help offset energy usage and save money for the Christian Center of Park City (CPPC), a humanitarian community resource center in Utah.

What is a Hybrid Inverter?

Hybrid is defined as a having two different types of components performing essentially the same function. In residential solar applications, a hybrid inverter combines the work of a grid-tied inverter and battery inverter. The hybrid inverter increases energy resilience by providing back-up power in case of a grid outage and maximizes energy independence through self-consumption. Installations that use hybrid inverters are most commonly grid-tied, DC-coupled photovoltaic systems.

New Initiative Helps More Schools Go Solar

Solar Schools 2025, an initiative of the nonprofit Renewable Nation, is seeking 50 K-12 schools across the U.S. that can “buddy up” with schools that have already gone through the process of installing solar.

Under the new initiative, Solar Schools 2025 will do the following:

Creating an Income Stream while off-grid

You want to get out of the city, grow a garden, breathe the clean air, and live the dream.  You found a beautiful spot on top of a mountain, overlooking a lake, and your closest neighbor is over a mile away.  You setup your solar panels on the roof of your cabin, place the wind turbine tower in a perfect wind location, house your batteries and inverter in an enclosed metal Farraday cage.  You've got unlimited Internet from AT&T.  Google cast to put it on the big screen.  This is really the life.

Financial Incentives for Energy Storage

Energy storage adds backup capability to our RE systems, but it also adds cost. In addition to batteries, other costs are incurred, such as for power electronics (inverter/chargers and charge controllers), battery containers, cabling, disconnects, overcurrent protection, metering, shipping and taxes, and installation labor. A 30% federal tax credit can be claimed if the energy storage equipment is installed as part of a PV system. The catch is that the PV system (not the grid) must be charging the batteries to apply the full tax credit.


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