Clean, Local EnergyThe Value and Power of Distributed Renewable Energy in Kentucky                             John Farrel...
ILSR’s Unique Perspective  Yesterday                                         Tomorrow Centralized Power                   ...
Why Clean, Local Energy?        Enormous Potential       31 states could be electricity self-reliant
Why Clean, Local Energy?       Enormous Potential?                           26%
Why Clean, Local Energy?   KY Renewable Potential                 CHP             Hydro3%               2%            Wind...
Why Clean, Local Energy?   KY Renewable Potential               CHP           Hydro3%             2%                  10% ...
Why Clean, Local Energy?    KY Renewable Potential                    CHP                Hydro3%                  2%      ...
Value of Clean, Local Power• Cost for power• Value of energy• Value of jobs and economic  development• Value of local owne...
Value of Clean, Local Power                     Price per kWh                              Includes federal incentives    ...
Value of Clean, Local Power                                              Energy                                 $5 per Wat...
Value of Clean, Local Power                              Grid Benefits           Distributed Solar Power Worth Far More Tha...
Value of Clean, Local Power                          Social Benefits           Distributed Solar Power Worth Far More Than ...
Value of Clean, Local Power             Ex// Grid Benefits                                     4 cents per kWh             ...
Value of Clean, Local Power                                           Jobs      Putting Renewables to Work: How Many Jobs ...
Value of Clean, Local Power                     Local Benefits     Local Ownership Boosts Impact of Renewables
Value of Clean, Local Power                        Public Support                                                 No local...
Addressing Barriers to Clean, Local Power   • Backup / intermittency   • Local grid capacity   • Economies of scale   • Po...
Barriers                   Intermittency Geographic Dispersion Lowers Solar Backup Costs                     $0.04        ...
Barriers           Intermittency
Barriers                Distribution Grid                         no bust                    15%, or           • Utilities...
Barriers           Economies of Scale           Smaller Wind Projects are Cheapest
Barriers           Economies of Scale                          Most solar                      economies of scale         ...
Barriers                    Local Policy                                           17%           Solutions from Vote Solar...
Illustrations of Clean, Local Power   • Local wind: Willmar Municipal Utility   • Community solar    • Sol Partners by Uni...
Illustrations    Willmar Municipal Utility   • Willmar, MN:     population 20,000   • Two 2-MW turbines   • 3% of city ele...
Illustrations                United Power co-op   • Sol Partners lease   • 10 kW solar farm   • Members can lease     210 ...
IllustrationsFlorida Keys Electric Co-op   • Simple Solar lease   • 120 kW solar farm   • Members can lease     175 W pane...
Illustrations         City of St. George, UT   • SunSmart lease   • 100 kW solar farm   • Members can lease     500 W for ...
Illustrations                Kandiyohi Power           • Rural cooperative           • Wants to emulate United Power solar...
Thank you!John Farrell  energyselfreliantstates.org  jfarrell@ilsr.org  johnffarrell  612-276-3456 x210
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A presentation on the renewable energy potential and benefits of clean, local power generation for the state of Kentucky. Includes several examples of rural cooperatives pursuing community solar projects around the country.

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Clean Local Power for Kentucky

  1. 1. Clean, Local EnergyThe Value and Power of Distributed Renewable Energy in Kentucky John Farrell, Director Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program jfarrell@ilsr.org 612.276.3456 x210 Presentation on Aug. 31, 2011
  2. 2. ILSR’s Unique Perspective Yesterday Tomorrow Centralized Power Clean, local power Solar PV power plant Storage Storage Transmission network Storage Storage House Local CHP plant Distribution network House with domestic CHP Wind powerFactory Commercial plant building
  3. 3. Why Clean, Local Energy? Enormous Potential 31 states could be electricity self-reliant
  4. 4. Why Clean, Local Energy? Enormous Potential? 26%
  5. 5. Why Clean, Local Energy? KY Renewable Potential CHP Hydro3% 2% Wind 2% Rooftop Solar 19% Other 74%
  6. 6. Why Clean, Local Energy? KY Renewable Potential CHP Hydro3% 2% 10% of right-of-way Wind 2% on 23,000 miles of roads Rooftop Solar 19% Other 51% Highway Solar 23%
  7. 7. Why Clean, Local Energy? KY Renewable Potential CHP Hydro3% 2% Wind 2% Rooftop Solar 19%Ground Solar 51% Highway Solar 23%
  8. 8. Value of Clean, Local Power• Cost for power• Value of energy• Value of jobs and economic development• Value of local ownership
  9. 9. Value of Clean, Local Power Price per kWh Includes federal incentives CHP Hydro Wind 5 cents 7 cents 17 cents All Solar
  10. 10. Value of Clean, Local Power Energy $5 per Watt Distributed Solar Power Worth Far More Than Electrons | Energy Self-Reliant States - http://tinyurl.com/3tqmerh
  11. 11. Value of Clean, Local Power Grid Benefits Distributed Solar Power Worth Far More Than Electrons | Energy Self-Reliant States - http://tinyurl.com/3tqmerh
  12. 12. Value of Clean, Local Power Social Benefits Distributed Solar Power Worth Far More Than Electrons | Energy Self-Reliant States - http://tinyurl.com/3tqmerh
  13. 13. Value of Clean, Local Power Ex// Grid Benefits 4 cents per kWh in addition to electricity Palo Alto, CA, municipal utility
  14. 14. Value of Clean, Local Power Jobs Putting Renewables to Work: How Many Jobs Can the Clean Energy Industry Create? (UC Berkeley)
  15. 15. Value of Clean, Local Power Local Benefits Local Ownership Boosts Impact of Renewables
  16. 16. Value of Clean, Local Power Public Support No local ownership (–44) 50% Local ownership (+33) 40% 41 36 30% 33 24 20% 21 10% 11 12 10 5 0% 2 3 2 very negative negative neutral positive very positive don’t know Attitude towards increased use of local wind energy
  17. 17. Addressing Barriers to Clean, Local Power • Backup / intermittency • Local grid capacity • Economies of scale • Policy
  18. 18. Barriers Intermittency Geographic Dispersion Lowers Solar Backup Costs $0.04 $0.04 $0.03 $ per kWh $0.02 $0.01 $0.01 $0.00 $0 1 location 5 locations 25 locations
  19. 19. Barriers Intermittency
  20. 20. Barriers Distribution Grid no bust 15%, or • Utilities in California (and elsewhere) generally agree that 15% distributed generation on a local distribution circuit is the threshold for any problems. Democratizing the Electricity System (ILSR, 2011)
  21. 21. Barriers Economies of Scale Smaller Wind Projects are Cheapest
  22. 22. Barriers Economies of Scale Most solar economies of scale captured small
  23. 23. Barriers Local Policy 17% Solutions from Vote Solar’s Project:Permit
  24. 24. Illustrations of Clean, Local Power • Local wind: Willmar Municipal Utility • Community solar • Sol Partners by United Power co-op • SimpleSolar by FL Keys Electric Co-op • SunSmart by City of St. George • Kandiyohi Power Cooperative
  25. 25. Illustrations Willmar Municipal Utility • Willmar, MN: population 20,000 • Two 2-MW turbines • 3% of city electricity • Self-financed
  26. 26. Illustrations United Power co-op • Sol Partners lease • 10 kW solar farm • Members can lease 210 W panel for $1,050 Featured in Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities (ILSR, 2009)
  27. 27. IllustrationsFlorida Keys Electric Co-op • Simple Solar lease • 120 kW solar farm • Members can lease 175 W panel for $999, 25 years Featured in Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities (ILSR, 2009)
  28. 28. Illustrations City of St. George, UT • SunSmart lease • 100 kW solar farm • Members can lease 500 W for $3,000, 19 years • Partnership with Dixie Escalante Electric (co-op) Featured in Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities (ILSR, 2009)
  29. 29. Illustrations Kandiyohi Power • Rural cooperative • Wants to emulate United Power solar model
  30. 30. Thank you!John Farrell energyselfreliantstates.org jfarrell@ilsr.org johnffarrell 612-276-3456 x210

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