Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – July 23, 2021

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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about the ecological impact of solar and wind installations, power industry component analysis, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


What’s the Environmental Footprint of Renewable Energy Installation?

Jane Marsh

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Here, Jane Marsh, Editor at explains the ecological impact when businesses transition toward clean energy sourcing without evaluating the environmental effects. For example, clear-cutting to create space for a solar panel installation may be counterproductive because trees are natural carbon filters, and decreasing their number increases the amount of GHG emissions. To reduce the expansion of carbon and water footprints, Jane recommends assessing the adverse effects of renewable energy system installations to generate sustainable solutions such as expanding vegetation and preserving wild spaces.


Providing Confidence With Structured Remaining Life Assessment

Jay Eldridge

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Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis (MD&A) offers recommendations to power industry customers that include clear and objective roadmaps for future operations, realistic unit expectations, precise future component inspection advice, and specific operating suggestions. In this post, Jay Eldridge, Vice President Sales & Marketing at MD&A provides a detailed example of how the company arrives at these recommendations. The process involves collecting initial information, assessing components, reviewing test results, and delivering recommendations.


Stop the Utility Profit Grab

Barry Cinnamon

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In this article, Barry Cinnamon, CEO at Cinnamon Energy Systems suggests that utilities are trying to prevent customers from installing solar and battery systems to maximize their profits. He states that utilities lie about rooftop solar and storage and are attempting to increase fees for customers who have these systems. Categorizing these actions as a power grab, Barry lists several utility intentions and urges readers to take action to prevent them.


Inconvenient Truths of Large Scale Solar and Wind Energy

Alan Rozich

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In this piece, Alan Rozich, Chief Science Officer at Borun states that both solar and wind systems present major challenges to sustainable land use, a problem that worsens with the installation of larger, centralized systems. He notes that solar and wind are expected to become dominant energy sources but suggests that some of those who promote them don’t understand the factors affecting their overall sustainability and recommends that other technological alternatives be given due consideration.


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