New Solar Feed-in-Tariff Program Open for Applications on February 1
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will start accepting applications for the first 20 megawatts of its new 100 megawatt Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Set Pricing Program, on February 1, 2013. The application period will remain open through June 28, 2013. Applications for solar projects from 30 kilowatts to 3 megawatts will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. During the first five business days of the application period, all submitted applications will be prioritized on the FiT Reservation List via a lottery. LADWP will offer the first 20 megawatt allocation of solar power capacity during the first half of 2013. Subsequent 20 megawatt allocations will be made available every six months through 2016 until the full 100 megawatts are subscribed.
Duke Energy Renewables completes NA’s Largest Wind Farm- Battery Storage Project
Duke Energy Renewables has announced the completion of its 36-megawatt energy storage and power management system at its Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas. The battery storage project will help in mitigating the variability of wind power, storing excess wind energy and discharging it when demand is high. In addition to increasing the supply of energy during periods of peak demand, the system will also stabilize the frequency of electricity traveling throughout the grid. Duke Energy is working with the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which signals to the battery storage system to either dispatch stored energy to increase frequency or absorb energy to decrease frequency.
FPL Awards $47K in Grants to Florida Teachers to Fund Classroom Energy Projects
Forty-three teachers across the state of Florida are recipients of a combined $47,000 in grants from Florida Power & Light Company’s 2013 Teacher Grant program. The program aims to support innovative, teacher-designed classroom projects that will teach students about energy, its sources, and uses. Recipients are selected by the National Education Energy Development project (NEED), a nonprofit organization working with energy companies to bring balanced energy curriculum and training to the nation’s classrooms.
ANSI and IREC Launches Full Accreditation Program for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The American National Standard Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) have announced that the ANSI-IREC program for the accreditation of renewable energy and energy efficiency certificate programs has completed its pilot phase and is now accepting general applications. Students who graduate from an ANSI-IREC accredited program is expected to improve the quality of work in the marketplace and help to establish benchmarks for the sustainable energy and energy efficiency sector. Successful applicants will join three organizations currently accredited with the prestigious 14732 Standard: CalCERTS, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and National Solar Trainers.