NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, March 22: Wind Build Boosts Locals, Farmers, And Ranchers; Community Solar Rising; EV Industry Has Room To Improve

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    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, March 22: Wind Build Boosts Locals, Farmers, And Ranchers; Community Solar Rising; EV Industry Has Room To Improve

    Wind Build Boosts Locals, Farmers, And Ranchers Wind power pays $222 million a year to rural landowners; 226 gallons of water savings a year for every American made possible by wind energy

    March 22, 2016 (American Wind Energy Association)

    “U.S. wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners…[More than $156 million dollars goes] to landowners in counties with below average incomes…[and wind energy generation] saves about 226 gallons of water for every American each year…creating another benefit for rural livelihoods that depend on significant use of freshwater to raise livestock or grow crops…The overwhelming majority of U.S. wind farms today operate in rural areas. Landowners in six states currently receive over $10 million dollars a year in lease payments, with Texas ranked number one, followed by Iowa, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Kansas. Landowners in 26 different states receive over $1 million dollars each year…About 70 percent of rural wind farms in the U.S. are located in low-income counties…” click here for more

    Community Solar Rising Community Solar and Virtual Net Metering; Utility Technology Disruption Report

    1Q 2016 (Navigant Research)

    “…[Utility-led community solar (CS) programs] offer solar energy to residential and commercial users in multi-story buildings and those without an adequate roof to support solar electricity generation…CS is enabled by virtual net metering, which allows consumers to offset part or all of their electricity bills with the electricity produced by the solar project. At the same time, utilities improve customer satisfaction and limit the economic and technical impact that rooftop solar generation can have on their business…By the end of 2015, 88.6 MW of capacity was deployed…representing an estimated $175 million in revenue…The total installed capacity for CS programs across the country is expected to be 1.5 GW in 2020, representing a $2.5 billion market. A number of drivers…point toward the potential for CS to capture 2% of the solar market. However, the resulting decrease in utility control and increase in retail competition will require a rethinking of current utility business models…” click here for more

    EV Industry Has Room To Improve New Electric Vehicle Report Card Gives Auto Industry Failing Grades in 2016

    March 22, 2016 (Lux Research)

    “…In the inaugural 2016 edition of Lux Research’s annual “EV Inflection Tracker,” the industry earned just 27 out of a possible 100 rating, mainly because of high costs and limited offerings with a driving range of over 200 miles…No carmaker has yet attained the ‘holy grail’ for EVs – 200 miles of all-electric range and a price tag below $33,000. The forthcoming Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 should be closing in on that…Small plug-ins will continue to see the most action in the next few years…Luxury plug-ins don’t drive meaningful sales volumes but serve as early incubators of technology, providing critical ‘trickle-down’ innovation. Tesla’s Model S and the newer Model X lead this segment but Germany luxury carmakers such as Porsche, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are pouring billions into plug-in development…” click here for more

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