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Homeowners switch to solar to save money. Some cit...

Jeffrey Hebrank wants to install solar panels on his Highland home to take advantage of federal, state and regional incentives that have created something of a solar boom in Illinois. But a city fee of $25 a month would reduce the savings on his power bill and extend the time it would take to recoup his investment. ”Highland owns its own municipal power plant, so they don’t want us to install solar panels and generate our...

Planned Cincinnati Solar Project Could Be Largest ...

Cincinnati is trying to figure out where to put lots of solar panels in what could be the largest solar project on city owned property in the U.S. This picture is of existing solar panels on Beekman St. provided The City of Cincinnati is expected to put out a request for proposals next month in what could be the largest solar array by a city on city property. The 25 mega-watt project would power 25 percent of the...

Appalachia Could Get a Giant Solar Farm, If Ohio R...

AEP’s plan would bring jobs to an impoverished region, but its structure would break the established regulatory mold in a state that has pushed back on renewables. Appalachian Ohio, a region hurt by the decline of coal, may become home to one of the largest solar projects east of the Rockies. American Electric Power submitted a plan Thursday evening to work with two developers to build 400 megawatts of solar in...

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal a...

Cleveland joins more than 80 U.S. cities that have committed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. But in Ohio, that might be easier said than done. Cleveland’s climate action plan includes improving energy efficiency in buildings to help lower electricity demand as it shifts to 100 percent renewable power. Credit: Chris Gent/CC-BY-SA-4.0 Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as...

Decentralized micro-grids could be the next big th...

A new report concludes that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, paving the way for a truly renewable society. When it comes to renewable energy, it’s not just about getting the energy — distribution and storage are also major issues. Renewable energy tends to be abundant during some parts of the day (for instance, when it’s sunny or windy), and lacking during other parts....

Solar energy tour designed to shed light on green ...

2018 Green Energy Ohio Tour 1. The Green Energy Ohio Tour Now in its 16th year, the Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will take place the weekend of September 28-30. Last year’s Tour featured 71 open houses and 6 guided tours, showcasing 10 different green energy technologies. Over 300 participants took advantage of the opportunity to see firsthand the progress that is being made in Ohio. We are looking forward to another great Tour –...

Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Floren...

In North Carolina, the #2 solar state, Florence was the first extreme weather test for much of its renewable energy. Nuclear and coal ash had flood problems. North Carolina gets nearly 5 percent of its electricity from solar panels. The state’s solar farms survived Hurricane Florence with little damage. Credit: Duke Energy Faced with Hurricane Florence’s powerful winds and record rainfall, North Carolina’s...

In Ohio, solar co-ops unite neighbors to help with...

Solar United Neighbors has helped more than 200 Ohio homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar capacity. A network of local solar power cooperatives is helping Ohio residents overcome obstacles to installing solar panels on their homes. Since January 2016, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio has formed 14 co-ops that have helped more than 200 homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar PV capacity. The...

Research Breakthrough Reduces Cost Of Solar Cell P...

Joshua Pearce is a professor of material sciences and electrical engineering at Michigan Technical University. While on sabbatical at Aalto University in Finland recently, he became involved in passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) research being conducted by Chiara Modanese, Hannu Laine, Toni Pasanen, and Hele Savin. Silicon for photovoltaic cells comes in two grades. Pure silicon has the highest conversion rate of sunlight...

Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the wo...

In a quest to cut the cost of clean electricity, power utilities around the world are supersizing their solar farms. Nowhere is that more apparent than in southern Egypt, where what will be the world’s largest solar farm — a vast collection of more than 5 million photovoltaic panels — is now taking shape. When it’s completed next year, the $4 billion Benban solar park near Aswan will cover an area 10 times bigger than New...

U.S. solar prices continue falling despite Trump t...

A contraction in China’s solar market is blunting the Trump administration’s efforts to use tariffs to raise domestic equipment prices in hopes of spurring more U.S. manufacturing. Four months after President Donald Trump imposed duties on most imported solar cells and panels, Beijing in May moved to limit the pace of growth in the world’s biggest solar market in order to reduce subsidy costs and encourage industry...

China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar p...

BEIJING (AP) – China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva. The solar duties...

Renewables on the Rise: Ohio Increases Solar Capac...

Yes, 2,600% We did a double take too! Columbus, Ohio – As the Trump Administration puts efforts into weakening the Clean Power Plan, renewable energy is still increasing in Ohio. According to a ​new report​ by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center, Ohio went from producing 1 Gigawatt hour of solar energy and 15 GWh of wind energy in 2008, to now producing 260 GWh of solar energy and 1,563 GWh of wind energy....

City (Athens, Ohio) water treatment plant gets new...

A capital improvement project at the Athens Water Treatment Plant on West State Street includes the installation of new solar panels, along with other energy-saving measures. According to Plant Manager Shawn Beasley, the installation process is still under way, but should be complete soon. “I would say they’re 80 to 90 percent done with the installation right now,” Beasley said in a phone interview July 18, adding that the...

Solar energy cuts Pizza Ranch costs, inspires othe...

Spirit Lake Pizza Ranch Owner Terry Veldman has joined a growing caravan of business owners prioritizing renewable energy in their local communities. The local effort attracted the attention of Iowa’s Fourth Congressional Representative Steve King Friday morning. Veldman’s solar array has been operating for almost a year, and he said it has been a benefit to the restaurant. “In the small business world,...