Corporations have become major drivers of solar and renewable energy growth in the U.S. over the course of recent years. Along with a growing number of U.S. towns, cities and states, major corporations are setting 100% renewable or zero-carbon energy goals. Some already are poised to achieve them. Medical and health care services providers, for example, have an acute need for reliable and resilient power and energy. So much the better if it’s cost-competitive, emissions-free energy, and on-site solar-plus-storage or hybrid clean energy systems are now competitive with the combination of grid power and back-up, off-grid diesel or gas-fueled power generation in a growing number of U.S. states. Novo Nordisk recently announced it’s investing in a new, 672-acre (271 hectares) solar power farm in North Carolina. Not only will it enable the Denmark-based pharmaceutical multinational to power all its North American production with renewable electricity, but Novo Nordisk will also be able to power all its production facilities with 100% renewable energy.
Solar Magazine 20th May 2019 read more »
With all the attention given to wind, solar and other forms of clean power, you’d be forgiven for assuming sustainable energy use is more prominent than it really is. Just 17 percent of the energy produced in the U.S. last year came from renewable sources, and much of that was from older hydroelectric dams. This may be changing, however, as American businesses are beginning to realize that moving to renewable energy provides them with a host of benefits including reduced operating costs, enhanced resilience, and a boost in public image. As of February 2018, 15 percent of Fortune 500 companies have committed to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. This number is expected to increase as the companies that are taking a leadership role in adopting clean energy have collectively reported savings of $3.7 billion.
Solar Magazine 17th May 2019 read more »
A joint project between Network Rail and Colas Rail Ltd has succeeded in almost completely replacing diesel generators with innovative solar lighting and battery power sources capable of meeting 97 per cent of the power needs of an off-grid rail renewal site at Llanwern, South Wales. Provided by Prolectric Ltd, the alternative energy sources saved 6,000 litres of fuel and more than 15-tonnes of CO2 during a 14-day project that covered the May Day Bank Holiday, the firms announced last week.
Business Green 20th May 2019 read more »
Hawaii has a goal of 100% renewables by 2045. This has been legislated as a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) on Hawaiian utilities, where these businesses must source renewable energy as a percentage of their electricity sales.
Renew Economy 21st May 2019 read more »