Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 11–17, 2016
A Kansas city that was once destroyed by wind is now 100 percent wind-powered, drones are pervading the solar sector to increase solar installation efficiency, and Long Island may become home to the nation's largest wind farm. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
Greensburg, Kansas, Once Destroyed By Wind, Now 100 Percent Wind-Powered (Video)
In 2007, the Midwest experienced some of the deadliest tornadoes the region had seen in a long time, and the city of Greensburg, Kansas, saw the worst of it. When nearly 95 percent of building in the town were rubble, the residents of Greensburg were ready to take immediate action. Within a few short years, 100 percent of the electricity used in Greensburg was supplied by renewable sources. The Greensburg Wind Farm produces 12.5 MW of electricity, which is enough to power every house, business and government building in the town.
Why Drones Are 'Game-Changing' for Renewable Energy
In 2013, after Amazon announced plans to launch a drone delivery service, drone enthusiasts had hoped they would launch a drone-based solar installation service. While the Amazon business does not yet exist, new plans have been made that will affect the solar sector. Last week at Intersolar North America, Drone Deploy and DJI, both companies in the drone industry, announced a partnership that will increase the efficiency of solar panel installation and inspection by using drone-based thermal imagery capture and analytics.
Long Island May Become Home to Nation's Largest Wind Farm
New York has been a leader on climate change in the United States and after this week, the nation's largest offshore wind energy project may become a reality. The Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) board of directors are scheduled to meet to approve the Deepwater Wind's 90-megawatt 15-turbine wind farm. The turbines would be placed 30 miles offshore and could provide energy to Long Island customers by the end of 2022.
According to a survey conducted by BW Research Partnership, clean energy jobs were found in every county, congressional district and state legislative district in Pennsylvania. Clean energy jobs now account for about 66,000 direct positions in the state. Pennsylvania's Act 129, which was introduced in 2008 to address energy efficiency efforts, has helped create many of these clean energy jobs over the past eight years. Industry leaders agree that if the state continues to update its clean energy legislation there could be many more jobs in clean energy.