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South Dakota regulators approve state’s first utility-scale solar project

KELO: South Dakota’s first commercial project for producing electricity from the sun’s rays came up for a decision Monday. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved state-level permitting for its construction and operation. The vote was 3-0. Lookout Solar Park would be on 810 acres of federal trust land allotted to Lois Wilson Rapp in […]

February 4, 2020 Read More →

U.S. installed 9.1GW of new wind in 2019, total capacity now tops 105GW—AWEA

Windpower Engineering & Development: The [U.S.] wind industry experienced its third strongest year on record in 2019 as project developers added 9,143 MW of wind power capacity to the grid. On the heels of this activity, another 44,000 MW of wind projects – representing over $62 billion in investment – are either under construction or […]

February 3, 2020 Read More →

South Dakota sees wind boom on the horizon

Energy News Network: The prairies and rolling hills of South Dakota will soon become dotted with wind turbines after the approval of eight major wind energy projects that could bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion in the state by the end of 2020. Two other projects now in the regulatory approval […]

September 9, 2019 Read More →

Nebraska wind farm growth demonstrates non-partisan embrace of renewables

Clean Technica: Lincoln Clean Energy is the developer behind the newly approved Plum Creek wind farm, located in Wayne County, Nebraska. If Lincoln doesn’t ring a bell, it will soon. The company has a footprint in the leading wind state of Texas and it is also represented in South Dakota, another state poised to dominate […]

September 6, 2019 Read More →

AWEA: Record amount of wind capacity in U.S. development pipeline

Clean Technica: The United States’ wind energy sector saw record wind capacity under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter of 2019, with its pipeline reaching nearly 42 gigawatts (GW) and a total of 736 megawatts (MW) of new capacity commissioned. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) opened August by publishing its US […]

August 7, 2019 Read More →

Native American tribes turning to solar for sustainable economic development

Bloomberg: Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S. as Native Americans seek new ways to boost their economies beyond casinos and untaxed cigarettes. In the fall, Wirsol Solar AG expects to start building a 110-megawatt solar project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. And […]

July 15, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave
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IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

Sleeping giant of a market is waking up

Announcing last week that it would create the largest regulated utility-scale solar footprint in the world, Florida Power & Light signaled its intentions to nudge the Sunshine State away from its ironically dubious reputation as a renewable-energy laggard. The initiative will add 30 million solar panels, five times the state’s current solar capacity, easing its […]

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BP installs Tesla battery at South Dakota wind farm, sees more to come

Windpower Engineering & Development: BP Wind Energy has installed a high-performance energy storage solution at its Titan 1 Wind Energy site in South Dakota, a first for BP’s U.S.-operated wind business and an important first installation of battery technology that could hold promise for other sites. The technology will improve energy efficiency at the site, […]

November 15, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Great Plains Grid Logs a 60 Percent Wind-Power Moment

The Oklahoman: The Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that manages the Great Plains’ electric grid, announced Friday it had set a wind-penetration record of 60.56 percent. During that minute, wind supplied 13,928.94 megawatts of the 22,998.71 megawatts needed to provide power to customers of all of the utilities and other power distributors that […]

March 19, 2018 Read More →

New 800-Mile Midwestern Power Line Expands U.S. Wind Market

Midwest Energy News: Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy. While not all the proposals are likely to be approved by regulators, the flood of applications represents the tangible […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →