Solar entrepreneur to bring jobs, training to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — Jamez Staples has big dreams of bringing clean energy — and its economic benefits — to his underserved and racially diverse Minneapolis neighborhood. The 39-year-old solar entrepreneur recently bought and is working to reopen a shuttered state workforce center as a clean energy job training hub in an area of town that’s long been isolated from such opportunities. …

Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Florence’s Wind and Rain

Faced with Hurricane Florence’s powerful winds and record rainfall, North Carolina’s solar farms held up with only minimal damage while other parts of the electricity system failed, an outcome that solar advocates hope will help to steer the broader energy debate. North Carolina has more solar power than any state other than California, much of it built in the two …

Solar panel-mounted energy storage could be a good fit in space-constrained areas

New York — Adding energy storage systems to solar PV installations at the panel level can provide advantages over rooftop solar projects with separate storage components by eliminating the need for additional inverters, but the technology is probably not ideal for utility-scale projects, researchers said Wednesday. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes personalize your experience. Register Now Austin, …

From California to Texas, these are the US states leading the way in solar

<!– //www.cnbc.com/staticContent/showads.js –> MENUSEARCH QUOTES Sustainable Energy More than 2 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic solar capacity was installed in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2018, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). While this represents a 9 percent year-on-year decrease, the U.S. is still expected to more …

Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain

reader comments 128 If you’ve spent any time thinking about the world’s dirty energy problem, you’ve probably pondered some impractical “What if?” scenarios. Solar panels in space beaming energy down, or covering Nevada in solar panels—that kind of thing. Well, a new study led by Yan Li, Eugenia Kalnay, and Safa Motesharrei at the University of Maryland actually asks something …

Company working on leases for huge solar farms in southwest Minnesota

Invenergy is working with landowners in eight sections east of Brewster for the Brewster Bright Solar project. In addition to the site for the solar farm, the company also has an agreement in place for construction of a substation, as well as an interconnect with the Brewster substation, creating the overall project on about 1,100 acres. The other project is …

Research Predicts Wind and Solar Could Green the Sahara

Installing large-scale wind and solar projects in the Sahara could increase rainfall and help the desert bloom, according to research released this month. The U.S.-led study used a climate model to show how renewable infrastructure could change local weather patterns in deserts. The research showed large-scale solar and wind installations could lead to an increase in local temperature and a …

Weary of Power Outages, Puerto Ricans Find Solace in Solar

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Rafael Guzmán and Leinaí Romero spent more than four months without power after Hurricane Maria struck last September, relying on a generator to run a refrigerator, two fans and cellphone chargers. When the married couple learned in April they were having a baby, they made a pledge: “We aren’t going through that again.” They installed 16 solar …