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The city of Utrecht announced plans to build a solar plant on a nearby lake. The Dutch city announced these plans prior to the construction of the “energy-neutral neighborhood of Haarrijn”. According to the report, the plant will generate approximately 4 million kWh annually, which is more than the neighborhood’s 650 homes, various charging stations, and street lighting will require.


According to the report, construction will have a higher energy-efficiency than usual because of the natural cooling and reflection of the water in the lake. The plant is set to be built in an area of the lake that is surrounded by greenery, and once built, the plant should provide more hiding places and breeding grounds for the local wildlife.


According to a forecast made early last week, renewable energy is set to grow even as fossil fuel companies are impacted by the low cost of oil and gas. If the current growth trajectory stays in place, renewable energy could account for 21% of the electricity the United States uses–this would be a 16% increase from last year and a 110% increase from 2010.


Following the trend of other large sporting events such as the French Open and the 2020 Wimbledon Championships, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have officially been rescheduled for the summer of 2021. Though postponed a full year, the games are still set to showcase Japan’s remarkable commitment to renewable energy. The newly designed Olympic Stadium, Tokyo Aquatics Center, and Arika Arena are only a few of the buildings with solar installations. Not every building or area used uses the same installations, but–in some cases–the solar energy is complemented by geothermal energy and even solar water heating systems.

Japan’s goal is for 100% of the energy used by both permanent and temporary venues to be produced by renewable energy.

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Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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