Renewables—Go Big Or Go Home

Co-op Energy Talk

While big renewable energy goals are nice, how are we going to achieve them? Utilities are facing increasing pressure to incentivize local, distributed renewable energy (e.g. small, rooftop systems) that benefit the individual over utility-scale renewable energy systems that benefit the many. How are we going to reach our goals by going small? Listen in as we discuss why going big with renewables is better and the barriers we face trying to get there.

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By |2019-03-01T15:13:51-04:00January 29th, 2019|Monthly Podcast, Renewable Energy, Solar|5 Comments

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  1. Patrick J Keating February 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    I want to put solar and wind generation in Blair Township. How do I get some financial assistance to get started?

    • Tony Anderson February 4, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      I would consult a banker or contact Dan Worth at Groundworks in Traverse City. Dan is the solar expert at this environmental organization and should be familiar with all the available grant opportunities.

  2. Joan Costley February 4, 2019 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I big thank you to you as well as all those special caring people that surround our loving environment.

  3. Max Smith February 10, 2019 at 6:42 am - Reply

    This was a riveting podcast. As a dude in Montana who just took advantage of a REAP grant for a 11,000kwh system, it was really provocative listening to the perspective of both hosts @ Cherryland on the prices paid to decentralized energy producers. And how that high price affects the potential pot of money that ya’ll consider investing in larger scale systems.

    Also interesting hearing about your community’s aversion to large unsightly renewable projects. I liked your realism. And I liked how ya’ll were pushing environmental groups to get behind the utility’s and the community’s interest in more meaningful projects.

    Have you done a podcast episode on the smart grid and where your utility stands on its development? I’ve only started learning about attempts in Vermont (thanks to that great documentary, Denial, about a Vermont Coop).

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