Minnesota solar industry forecasts growth as capacity, consumption continuously climb - A steady climb in Minnesota’s solar power capacity since 2013 is just the beginning of the industry’s growth, experts predict, as more Minnesota residents, communities and businesses continue to turn toward cleaner energy sources. Solar power accounted for 3.2% of Minnesota’s energy capacity in 2021. While it may not sound like much, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reports that number represents a 217% growth in solar power capacity from just five years ago. Serving as executive director of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Logan O’Grady said a combination of the state’s energy consumers, community initiatives and legislative policy will all lead to continued growth in the renewable energy’s industry.
Major Indiana retailers, cities asking utilities to create green tariff program in the state - Major companies in Indiana and a pair of cities have formally requested that two of the largest electric utilities in the state make it easier to purchase renewable energy. A green tariff program allows larger commercial and industrial customers to buy bundled renewable electricity from a specific project through a special utility tariff rate. The program would allow companies and municipalities to purchase new, locally sourced energy while supporting the development of renewable energy supplies in Indiana, according to the IAEE. The program would also prevent utilities from shifting program costs and risks to non-participating utility customers and only charge participating organizations for the cost of the renewable electricity, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Revel to open five new EV charging ‘superhubs’ across NYC - Electric vehicle startup Revel will build five new “superhubs” across New York City for EV charging in the coming years, the company announced on Monday. The company plans to bring 136 new fast-charging stalls at locations in four boroughs: two in Brooklyn, and one each in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. The charging ports will be available to use 24/7 by any electric motor vehicle, and can produce a full charge in ten to twenty minutes. With the new spots plus its existing 25-slot hub in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Revel says it will operate 80% of the fast-charging infrastructure in the five boroughs. “The only way mass EV adoption will ever happen in New York City is if the charging infrastructure is there to support it,” said Revel CEO Frank Reig in a statement. “We need high-volume, public sites in the neighborhoods where people actually live and work, and that’s exactly what Revel is delivering with our growing Superhub network. This is the biggest fast charging expansion our city has ever seen, and it’s a huge step toward making our EV transition a reality.”