- Washington DC has become the world’s first LEED Platinum city. This is in part because of what it has done installing solar energy on its municipal buildings. In the past two years, solar power installed on the roofs of 28 public schools, other educational buildings, police and fire facilities now produce as much as 7 MW of solar power. [pv magazine USA]
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk foresees the market for Model 3 vehicles swelling to 700,000 vehicles, as EVs become more common. However, having EVs selling in these larger volumes could have some unintended side effects. For starters, a sudden, large-scale surge in electric vehicle charging will have an impact on our electricity grid. [CleanTechnica]
- Empowered by Illinois’ new Future Energy Jobs Act, solar companies have approached farmers around Will County about using some of their property for solar farms. With offers of $800 per acre, compared to $160 to $180 for a really good crop yield, some older farmers are considering the steady cash flow as they head into retirement. [Chicago Tribune]
- Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is working with US electric vehicle giant Tesla to develop an efficient means of linking up wind farms with battery storage. Vestas confirmed their partnership with Tesla to BusinessGreen. They said the partnership is part of a wider program consisting of around 10 projects. [www.businessgreen.com]
- The explosive expansion of Houston into prairies to the west helped make the city affordable for the 345 people who moved there on an average day. It also paved over thousands of acres that the Army Corps of Engineers had intended to be used for flood-control projects to help control deluges like the ones from Harvey. [Beaumont Enterprise]
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