RENEWABLE ENERGY: THE CLEAN FACTS

Wind and sun oriented are controlling a perfect energy transformation. This is what you need to think about renewables and how you can help have an effect at home.
Solar Energy
Solar Energy
Sun powered, or photovoltaic (PV), cells are produced using silicon or different materials that change daylight straightforwardly into power. Disseminated galaxies create power locally for homes and organizations, either through roof boards or local area projects that power whole areas. Sun based ranches can produce power for a large number of homes, utilizing mirrors to think daylight across sections of land of sunlight based cells. Drifting sun based homesteads or "floatovoltaics" can be a successful utilization of wastewater offices and waterways that aren't naturally touchy. Sunlight based supplies somewhat more than 1% of U.S. power age. However, almost 33% of all new creating limit came from sun powered in 2017, second just to petroleum gas. Sun oriented energy frameworks don't create air toxins or ozone depleting substances, and as long as they are dependably sited, most sunlight based boards have not many natural effects past the assembling interaction.
Wind Energy
Wind Energy
We've made considerable progress from older style wind plants. Today, turbines as tall as high rises with turbines almost as wide in measurement prepare for action all throughout the planet. Wind energy turns a turbine's sharp edges, which takes care of an electric generator and produces power. Wind, which represents somewhat more than 6% of U.S. age, has become the least expensive fuel source in numerous pieces of the country. Top breeze power states incorporate California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa, however turbines can be put anyplace with high wind rates like ridges and open fields or even seaward in untamed water.
Hydroelectric Power
Hydroelectric Power
Hydropower is the biggest sustainable power hotspot for power in the United States, however wind energy is before long expected to assume control over the lead. Hydropower depends on water commonly quick water in an enormous waterway or quickly diving water from a high point and converts the power of that water into power by turning a generator's turbine sharp edges. Broadly and globally, huge hydroelectric plants or super dams are frequently viewed as nonrenewable energy. Uber dams redirect and decrease common streams, confining access for creature and human populaces that depend on waterways. Little hydroelectric plants (an introduced limit underneath around 40 megawatts), painstakingly oversaw, don't will in general reason as much natural harm, as they redirect just a negligible portion of stream.
Biomass Energy
Biomass Energy
Biomass is natural material that comes from plants and creatures, and incorporates crops, squander wood, and trees. At the point when biomass is singed, the compound energy is delivered as warmth and can create power with a steam turbine. Biomass is frequently erroneously portrayed as a spotless, inexhaustible fuel and a greener choice to coal and other non-renewable energy sources for creating power. In any case, late science shows that numerous types of biomass particularly from backwoods produce higher fossil fuel byproducts than petroleum derivatives. There are additionally unfortunate results for biodiversity. All things considered, a few types of biomass energy could fill in as a low-carbon alternative under the right conditions. For instance, sawdust and chips from sawmills that would some way or another rapidly deteriorate and discharge carbon can be a low-carbon fuel source.
Geothermal Energy
Geothermal Energy
In the event that you've at any point loose in an underground aquifer, you've utilized geothermal energy. The world's center is probably just about as warm as the sun's surface, because of the sluggish rot of radioactive particles in rocks at the focal point of the planet. Penetrating profound wells carries hot underground water to the surface as an aqueous asset, which is then siphoned through a turbine to make power. Geothermal plants commonly have low emanations on the off chance that they siphon the steam and water they use once more into the supply. There are approaches to make geothermal plants where there are not underground supplies, but rather there are worries that they may build the danger of a seismic tremor in regions previously viewed as topographical problem areas.
Nuclear
Nuclear
Atomic force, the utilization of supported atomic parting to create warmth and power, contributes almost 20% of the power produced in America. The United States has utilized atomic force for over 60 years to create solid, low-carbon energy and to help public protection exercises. The Energy Department's Office of Nuclear Energy's essential mission is to progress atomic force as an asset fit for making significant commitments in gathering our country's energy supply, ecological, and energy security needs. By zeroing in on the improvement of cutting edge atomic advances, NE upholds the Administration's objectives of giving homegrown wellsprings of secure energy, lessening ozone depleting substances, and upgrading public safety. Atomic force stays a significant piece of our country's energy portfolio, as we endeavor to diminish fossil fuel byproducts and address the danger of worldwide environmental change.
Bioenergy
Bioenergy
Biomass is a natural environmentally friendly power source that incorporates materials like farming and timberland buildups, energy yields, and green growth. Researchers and architects at the Energy Department and National Laboratories are discovering new, more productive approaches to change over biomass into biofuels that can replace ordinary fills like gas, diesel, and fly fuel. Bioenergy can help guarantee a monetarily strong and secure future while decreasing natural effects through: 1.Developing moderate homegrown fills and co-items 2. Propelling clean fuel sources 3.Generating homegrown responsibilities to help the development of the U.S. bioeconomy. Innovative work to change inexhaustible carbon and waste assets into feedstocks for transformation to biofuels, bioproducts, and bio power will reasonably grow biomass asset potential in the United States.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) centers around exploration, advancement, and exhibit of hydrogen and power module advances across various areas empowering development, a solid homegrown economy, and a perfect, evenhanded energy future. Hydrogen is the least difficult and most bountiful component known to man. It is found inside water, petroleum derivatives, and all living matter, yet it seldom exists as a gas on Earth—it should be isolated from different components. There are different homegrown assets that can be utilized to deliver hydrogen, including renewables (wind, sun oriented, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal energy), atomic force, and petroleum products (like flammable gas and coal – with carbon catch and sequestration). The U.S. at present creates in excess of 10 million metric huge loads of hydrogen each year, around one-seventh of the worldwide inventory.

Which community solar markets are heating up?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Historically, community solar has been the most popular–and most accessible–in four key states: Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. But excitingly, more and more states are jumping on the community solar bandwagon, and new projects continue to pop up each year. So, what markets are heating up for community solar? And which states can we […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Historically, community solar has been the most popular–and most accessible–in four key states: Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. But excitingly, more and more states are jumping on the community solar bandwagon, and new projects continue to pop up each year. So, what markets are heating up for community solar? And which states can we […]Reading Time: 4 minutes

Historically, community solar has been the most popular–and most accessible–in four key states: Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. But excitingly, more and more states are jumping on the community solar bandwagon, and new projects continue to pop up each year.

So, what markets are heating up for community solar? And which states can we expect to take the plunge next? 

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Key takeaways


  • IL, ME, MD, and NJ are four relatively new community solar states expecting substantial growth soon.
  • A few states have recently passed community solar legislation, a trend that will continue.
  • Finding and subscribing to local community solar options is easy using EnergySage’s Community Solar Marketplace.

States with growing community solar markets

Thanks to a mixture of policy changes and lucrative incentives, these states are poised for community solar growth over the next few years:

Illinois

In 2016, the Prairie State passed its most climate-progressive legislation to date: the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). There were a lot of exciting developments that came out of this bill, including an updated renewable portfolio standard, expansion of the state’s energy efficiency programs, investments in clean energy job training, and a new solar incentive program known as Illinois Shines. And a huge element of that program? Community solar!

From a demand standpoint, the program was an overwhelming success: as of July 2021, capacity for both community solar projects and rooftop solar panel systems are full. They’re not maxed out, but there’s a sizable waitlist of community solar developers looking to take advantage of the program. Just take a look at the Illinois Power Agency’s Community Solar Dashboard to get an idea of the queue – there are more than 600 projects on it!

To date, the Illinois Power Agency has approved at least 215 megawatts (MW) of community solar capacity through this program – the large majority of which is not yet live. We can certainly expect Illinois to rise up in the community solar rankings as more and more of these planned projects become operational. Plus, if Illinois passes new solar legislation in the near future to keep up with the growing demand, it’ll be tough for other states to catch up.

Maine

Maine is not new to the community solar game; in fact, the state initially passed community solar legislation back in 2009. However, roofless solar never quite took off back then for a few reasons, including net metering caps and restrictions on project sizes.  

The tides began to turn in 2019 when legislators passed An Act to Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine, which combatted previous solar growth barriers in the state and paved the way for further development. Specifically, the bill raised community solar project caps from 650 kilowatts (kW) to 5 MW, allowing for larger scale solar farms. Even better, the bill directed the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to acquire 250 MW or shared distributed generation–aka community solar–capacity by July 2024.

Similar to Illinois, there are plenty of community solar projects planned for Maine, but most are not yet operational – these things take time to build, after all! But community solar subscription options are quickly becoming available for Mainers across the state.

New Jersey

New Jersey has always been an East Coast leader for rooftop solar, so it’s not too surprising that they are now making moves on the community solar side of things. 

In 2018, Governor Phil Murphy kicked things off with his signature of AB-3723/SB-2314, a bill that established the Garden State’s first community solar pilot program. The initial pilot included 45 separate community solar projects, totalling roughly 78 MW of capacity split between three of the state’s investor owned utility territories: Atlantic City Electric (ACE), Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L), and Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG). The first of these projects went live in 2021.

Now, the state is launching the second second year of the pilot program, and it has been met with high interest from community solar developers. This iteration has roughly doubled the allotted capacity, soliciting 150 MW worth of new community solar projects in the coming years. 

Maryland

Maryland first launched their community solar pilot program in 2017. Though there are a limited number of projects currently live in the state, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has set aside a program capacity of 418 MW – more than each of the three of the states we mentioned above to date! 

The program duration is seven years, and is scheduled to end in 2024. We’re excited to see what the Maryland community solar landscape looks like then!

Which states are up next for community solar?

Over the next five years, we can expect an increasing number of states to kick off community solar programs – some have already passed legislation to do so! Here are a couple of up and coming community solar states to keep an eye on:

  • New Mexico: Governor Michelle Lujan Grishman signed a bill in April 2021 to estable a statewide community solar program, and the Public Regulation Commission has already received multiple application requests from community solar developers.
  • Virginia: the Commonwealth enacted SB 629 back in 2020, which calls for the state to establish a community solar program in Dominion Energy territory. The program will initially have a cap of 150 MW, and should be ready to launch by 2023.

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