Utah Breaks Ground on
Raser Technologies broke ground May 9
for an 11-megawatt geothermal power plant,
the first of three planned for the Escalante
and Sevier Deserts near Milford, Utah.
By using modular units from United Technologies Corp., the Provo-based company
expects to have the new plant operating by
Oct. 10. Raser uses a binary-circuit system,
sending hot groundwater through a heat
exchanger to boil a proprietary low-temper-ature working fluid that drives the turbine.
Raser has eight projects under development
in six states. In March the company announced
that it had signed two 20-year power-purchase
agreements with the city of Anaheim, Calif.,
each for 11 megawatts. The first agreement
calls for power to flow in December.
Utah’s Beaver County already has one
operating geothermal plant, near Blundell.
It’s been feeding power into the Utah Power
& Light grid since 1984.
Solectria Renewables has installed
1.2 megawatts of photovoltaic
inverters at the Sierra Nevada
Brewing Co. in Chico, Calif.,
serving a recently completed
1.4-megawatt rooftop PV system.
The brewery also relies on a
1-megawatt fuel cell system.
Energy Tax Credits
On May 14, Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia
signed into law HB670, creating tax credits for
a wide range of renewable energy systems and
technologies. Although the funds are limited to
$2.5 million per year, this is a major step forward
in a state that has traditionally been conservative
over tax credits for renewable energy systems.
For clean energy systems placed into use
in single-family residential homes, the tax
credit is equal to 35 percent of the cost of the
system. Homeowners must seek approval in
advance, and the credit is subject to various
limits depending on the technology used
— for example $2,500 for domestic solar
hot water heating and $10,500 per residence
for photovoltaic systems. More details are
available at the Georgia Solar Energy Association website, gasolar.us. — Kevin Formby
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Colorado Makes Energy
Upgrades More Affordable
On May 27, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter
signed five bills meant to make energy
upgrades affordable for moderate-income
• HB 1350: low-interest loans for residential energy upgrades.
• HB 1368: energy-related tax-assessment
• HB 1387: $13 million for energy assistance to low-income families.
• SB 147: low-income housing must meet
high performance energy standards.
• SB 184: Colorado Clean Energy Finance
Program helps low-income homeowners to
finance energy improvements.
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