Ikea today said it will add more solar power panels to the roof of its two-year-old Centennial store, nearly doubling the store’s ability to generate electricity from solar power and creating Colorado’s largest rooftop solar power plant.
America finds itself again rebuilding from disaster, this time from tornados in the middle states, last fall from Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast. If this is the new normal, as some weather experts say, should policymakers treat it as an opportunity for renewables?
Market research firm ASD projects grid-scale battery storage will rise to a $1.17 billion market this year, largely thanks to increased need for more flexible and efficient grid systems to handle intermittent power from renewable sources. Meanwhile, Lux Research predicts grid-scale energy storage will surge from a $200 million market in 2012 to roughly $10.4 billion in 2017.
In 2007, North Carolina became a leader in renewable energy development by becoming the first state in the Southeast to adopt a Renewable Portfolio Standard. North Carolina set the goal of acquiring 12.5 percent of our energy through renewable resources and increased efficiency by 2026, saving us money while providing new jobs and a cleaner environment.