Last week the nation’s largest co-operative of organic farmers went renewable. Meanwhile California and Virginia both expanded their renewable energy programs with new laws.
The Organic Valley farmers, a co-operative of organic farmers in the midwest, will have a portfolio of 12.3 megawatts of solar power powering its members’ farms. It’s also supporting a total of 31 megawatts of community solar projects in Wisconsin, which will help rural communities in the state have access to solar power. Organic Valley also will be joined by Dr. Bronner’s, which will source its energy from another solar project in Minnesota. The projects are being developed through a collaboration between Organic Valley and OneEnergy Renewables.
In Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a renewable energy bill into law. The new law will aggressively expand renewable energy in state. Under the law it will install 3 gigawatts of new solar in the next four years and 2 GWs of offshore wind in the next decade. In addition, it will support the installation of 500 megawatts of rooftop solar in the state. The law also will help Virginia modernize its electric grid.
California already made history this summer when Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill that will move the state to 100 percent clean energy by 2045. As his final lawmaking session neared its end, he also signed into law an energy storage incentive bill. That bill will invest $800 million in energy storage systems across the state. The law re-authorizes California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2025. It will support customer cited energy storage and other emerging clean energy technologies. By investing in energy storage the law will help reduce the costs of the technologies, much like California’s Million Solar Roofs campaign did for solar power in the state.
Last week the Wind Energy Foundation also rebranded as the Wind Solar Alliance (WSA). The organization rebranded to reflect the growth in both wind and solar power. As the WSA it will advocate for both wind and solar power. The WSA has been advocating for solar as well wind since at least 2014 when it launched its “A Renewable America’’ campaign.Tweet