On Wednesday, February 22nd, Central Montana Resource Council hosted a Community Solar Seminar to inform folks in the area about community solar and gauge interest in a community solar project being planned by the Fergus Electric Cooperative.
"We're doing this, simply, because our members want it," said Fergus Electric General Manager Scott Sweeney, speaking about a community solar installation.
In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector's workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22 percent. It's a welcome statistic for those seeking to refute Donald Trump's assertion that green energy projects are bad news for the American economy.
Elon Musk's Master Plan to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy is becoming reality. Tesla and Panasonic have officially kicked off the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at the massive Gigafactory outside Sparks, Nevada.
Focused on sustainability and motivated by the prospect of lowering the operating costs of their commercial investment property, the owners installed high-efficiency mechanical systems, new insulation, a high R-value SIPS panel roof, and this 30 kW solar array to offset the electrical load of the building.
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar is now the lowest-cost source of electricity in many parts of the world. Over the next decade, however, solar energy is likely to become the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.
Costs up and down the solar supply chain have dropped over the last few years, resulting in a 62 percent decline in solar prices since 2009. These cost reductions help cut risk premiums on bank loans and vaulted manufacturing capacity to record levels. By 2025, solar may be cheaper than using coal on average globally.
This fall, the first residents will move in to the brand new 136-unit Larkspur Commons affordable housing development in Bozeman. They may not know it yet, but two types of solar energy systems will reduce utility costs at their new home....