Albany council passes law creating energy choice program

Good News Notes: “A reduced Common Council voted 8-1, with two members voting present, to approve a new law on Monday that will automatically enroll city residents in a program that relies more on renewable energy sources to power their homes. The program, known as Community Choice Aggregation, allows local governments to band together to negotiate…

Solar energy expected to quickly add to Texas power grid

Good News Notes: “Solar energy is one of the smallest contributors to the power grid in Texas, providing just 2.2 percent of generation capacity this year. But it’s also projected to be the fastest-growing over the next three years. Solar developers in Texas are expected to add 3.5 gigawatts of capacity from new utility-scale solar…

Delivery van sports solar roof in Amsterdam

Good News Notes: “To go Dutch, now means to go electric and solar-powered? Netherlands-based distributor of electric delivery vans, Bluekens has fitted a solar roof onto a delivery vehicle. The vehicle was demonstrated at Horecava, a Dutch hospitality trade show held in Amsterdam.” View the whole story here: https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/01/30/delivery-van-sports-solar-roof-in-amsterdam/

Xcel Energy French Island plant taking more garbage to convert to power

 Good News Notes: “Every time someone turns on a light, the power may be coming from the garbage they throw out. Xcel Energy and La Crosse County officials have been working together for decades using garbage to make electricity. “ “Officials say they are getting calls from other communities trying to find a better way…

kenya installs first solar water farm turning ocean water into drinking water

Good News Notes: “Non-governmental organization ‘givepower’ has built its first solar water farm in kenya, turning the region’s saltwater into clean and sustainable drinking water. the farm uses a filtrating system that desalinates the brackish liquid to produce enough water for 35,000 people every day.” “The farm is located in Kiunga, Kenya, a small fishing…

Renewable Energy Use Projected to Surpass Coal by 2021

Good News Notes: “The United States will likely get more power in 2021 from renewable energy than from coal, the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis has projected, CNN reported Wednesday.” “‘The next piece of the energy transition is very close at hand,’ Greentech Capital Advisors partner PJ Deschenes said. ‘Coal is coming offline as…

New Wind Energy Farm Off New Jersey

This major new player in the clean energy game is estimated to provide power to half a million homes. Based off the coast of Atlantic City, this new wind farm will move New Jersey well along the road to using only clean, renewable energy. Even more noteworthy, the move is being made with the accepted…