We talked about a small local project involving wind turbines here:
When the Archbold and Pettisville school districts brainstormed ways to reduce their electricity bills during the mid-2000s, they arrived at a common solution: wind power.
Students, teachers, and school officials celebrated Wednesday the completion and operation of identical 750-kilowatt wind turbines at each community’s main school complex with back-to-back dedication ceremonies that, in part, recognized the two districts’ cooperative effort
Both turbines were heavily funded by federal “stimulus” grants — funding that didn’t exist when Pettisville and Archbold began exploring their wind-turbine possibilities in 2005 and 2006, respectively. So far, the turbine has cut the district’s power bill by about $9,000 monthly, he said.
Now solar. 2011:
Bryan Municipal Utilities broke ground this week for a $7.42 million, 2-megawatt solar array.
“We have been investigating solar power for more than a year,” said Steve Casebere, director of utilities. “As the prices for solar panels came down and the incentives for solar energy increased, the solar option became not only viable but also attractive.”
The project will use primarily Ohio materials, contractors and labor. Rudolph/Libbe Inc., of Walbridge, will develop, design and build the array. First Solar, of Perrysburg, will supply the 24,000 solar modules. Nextronex, of Toledo, will manufacture the inverters, and API, Inc. of Ridgeville Corners, will provide the racks for the modules.
The project will create about 60 construction jobs and will sustain another 300 manufacturing jobs in Ohio. The solar array will be complete in February 2012.
Just 10 weeks after breaking ground, construction of Bryan Municipal Utilities’ solar generation project has been completed, and power is being supplied to Bryan’s electrical grid.
BMU broke ground for the $7.42 million solar array in early December 2011. By mid-January 2012, all 23,530 solar modules were in place, and by the first week of February, the solar plant was fully operational.
“The solar arrays are producing just as expected, and we have seen them perform up to the maximum capacity of 1.8 megawatts on sunny days,” said Steve Casebere, director of utilities.
As of February 13, the solar field has produced 100 MWh, which means it has also produced 100 solar renewable energy credits. BMU sold 2,500 solar RECs produced in 2012 to American Electric Power and Duke Energy for $606,500.
In addition to the power and energy credits, what the solar plant does not produce is valuable. With the energy produced to date, the solar field has saved 76 tons of carbon dioxide and 3.6 tons of methane gas emissions.
Interesting, because these two examples are in very politically conservative areas. Are we looking at the beginnings of a national/local disconnect on energy, where the national lobby shops, paid pundit corps and conservatives in political leadership at the state and national level reflexively OPPOSE anything that could be construed as remotely “green” or “alternative” but people on the ground start to see this stuff in action so become comfortable with it? May be difficult to continue to portray an energy approach as “job killing” when the jobs are right down the road.
Does this sort of destructive initiative by DC conservative lobbyists and libertarian billionaires become less politically viable as “facts on the ground” are quietly established?
The ALEC bill, HB298, dubbed the “Affordable and Reliable Energy Act” was introduced by ALEC member Rep. Mike Hager and repeals the renewable energy standard that barely made it out of committee when two sane Republicans voted against it. One Republican from Charlotte, Ruth Samuelson, said the RES had helped develop a renewable alternative energy industry that benefitted rural communities and created 1,100 clean energy companies that contributed $3.7 billion in annual revenue, created over 21,000 jobs, and lowered residential energy bills by $173 million. In fact, North Carolina’s RES lifted the state to fifth place in the nation forsolar power development and was closing in on fourth place this year leading the CEO of FLS energy to claim “It’s an extraordinary success story that there’s an industry that hardly existed several years ago,” but the Koch brothers mean to destroy the industry with a “filled-in” template courtesy of ALEC.