Solar Energy

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What is Solar Energy and what is the future:

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”–Warren Buffet

Mission Project: Bringing solar energy to people across the Midwest, through developing and envisioning: independent energy to everyone.

Dakota Plains Energy is developing, building, and helping finance Solar Energy projects in the Midwest.

 

**Are you looking for renewable energy for your farm, business, or home?  Contact us for a free proposal and site analysis.**  

Learn more about solar energy in the US: Goldman-Sachs Triples Clean Energy


 

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US Solar Map                                                                              South Dakota Solar Map

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Iowa Solar Map                                                                      North Dakota Solar Map

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Minnesota Solar Map

From the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Utility-Scale Solar Trends

  • Median installed price has fallen steadily by more than 50% by 2014
  • Newer solar projects, driven by improving technology have on average, higher capacity factors
  • Levelized Power Purchase Agreement prices have fallen by more than 2/3 since 2009
  • Solar can now compete with even just the fuel costs of natural-gas fired generation
  • Solar continues to provide a long-term hedge against potential fuel cost increases

 

The Cost for Customers and Families

Wind and Solar Affordability: Washington Post: Levelized Cost of Electricity : Oct 2015

 

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How We Get There: Clean Power Plan: CPP

Just recently,  the Environmental Protection Agency and President Barack Obama announced they have drafted the final version of the Clean Power Plan  for the United States . What does this mean for you:

The CPP is the first rule that provides national standards that address carbon pollution from power plants. Carbon dioxide  is considered to be a leading contributor to our Climate Change.

The goals of the CPP are:

  • Reduce carbon pollution from power plants to roughly 32% below 2005 levels
  • Maintain energy reliability and affordability by establishing Carbon Dioxide emission limits for fossil fuel-fired electric generating units

How we can help you and your community:

  • Each state must either submit its own plan for achieving its CO2 emissions reduction goals as set forth by the EPA or adopt the proposed Federal Plan.
  • Set milestones that show how the state will reach their goals  from 2022 – 2029, to be  completed by 2030
  • Be submitted by September 6, 2016  ** September 6, 2018 if there is an extension from the EPA
  • Demonstrate how the state will maintain reliable and affordable electric generation

In addition, states have other ways in which they can comply with the CPP:

  • Work in conjunction with other states to achieve overall average reductions equal to the individual state goals set forth by the EPA
  • Trade emission rate credits with other U.S. states, or with international countries that are connected to United States grid (example: Canada)