Last week Atlanta’s City Council unanimously approved a plan that would lower energy costs while moving the whole city to 100 percent renewable energy. Meanwhile the SOLAR Act in Iowa got support from MidAmerican Energy, but might add fees for solar rooftop owners. And Mitsubishi introduced a new solar home electric vehicle concept.
Atlanta had already made a commitment to move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 but last week its city council unanimously approved the “Clean Energy Atlanta” plan to move it to 100 percent renewable energy. At the same time the plan would lower electric costs for all residents by at least 25 percent. Some residents would save some residents up to 95 percent on their energy bills and will create 8,000 new jobs in the process.
In Iowa MidAmerican Energy announced that it supported the Solar Options Lead to Affordable Renewables (SOLAR) Act in the state. The legislation would encourage large-scale solar growth in Iowa, but could impose fees on on new solar rooftop owners that they don’t currently face. MidAmerican contends that rooftop solar owners don’t have to pay the same connection fees as others in the state and that results in an unfair cost-shift to other utility customers.
Looking ahead Mitsubishi introduced a new concept that would join an EV with a solar some and energy storage as a system. The new Dendo Drive House concept would integrate with a Mitsubishi EV. The system would allow the solar system to charge the energy storage system and the EV. The house could also be powered by the EV in power outages and the system could also charge the EV and energy storage system when electric prices are lower.
In a move that could increase the costs of solar panels in the US and eliminate some competition, Hanwha Q Cells is suing JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group over patent infringements in the US and in Germany. The company alleges that the other solar manufacturers are infringing on its patents and wants halt them from selling products both markets. In the US Hanwha Q Cells filed patent lawsuits with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court for the District of Delaware.Tweet