Minnesota is the fourth state that I have now biked through and they are heavily invested into solar energy facilities — there are dozens and dozens of solar sites located along the exurbs of the Twin Cities region (i.e., energy in close proximity to the users). Much of this investment stems from the “Solar Garden” … More Minnesota “Solar Gardens”: A Model for Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, and Elsewhere?
Out here in the corn and soybean fields of southeastern Minnesota, I have been asked by many reporters what the advantages of solar energy are. Some of the resulting discussion has been on variable commodity prices and uncertainty in the futures markets for corn and soybean in comparison to fixed, long-term, guaranteed lease contracts for … More Should We “Mine” or “Grow” Our Energy?
Happy to report that I was able to visit Bob, Alicia, and their great team at Ethos Green Power in Viroqua. They represent one of the many small businesses that have grown over the years to provide reliable, economical, and renewable solar power system design and installation services across America. You probably did not know … More e-Powered Transport — Is the Future Here?
I had a wonderful (but challenging) 124-mile ride for #BikeTheSun in support of #SolarParaNinos on Wednesday. The scenery along the bluffs and highlands of the Mississippi was spectacular, although there were a LOT of hills, thus the challenging day when you are lugging a 90-pound bike up and down those hills, not to mention my … More The Organic Valley of Wisconsin
On my 99-mile day (Tuesday) through Northwest Illinois, I came across several ‘distributed’ solar energy installations. What ‘distributed’ solar energy means is that the facility, residence, or organization is using all of the generated solar energy in-house or ‘behind the wires.’ In the below photos, you will see that you can be a federal inmate … More Even a Federal Inmate can be “Green”
210 MW of wind energy, 20 MW of thin-film solar, 20 MW of battery frequency regulation — Oh My! I was very fortunate to get a 2-h tour of the Invenergy Grand Ridge Site on Monday morning. What the battery storage allows for is a steady, committed, stepped output to the grid, which is very … More The Holy Grail of Renewable Energy
Day 2 was a pretty moderate ride of 76.8 miles south from Rockford to Ottawa. Although into a mild 5-8 mile per hour headwind, made excellent time of 16.5 miles per hour — not too bad for a bike with gear that weighs in at 90 pounds! Here is some of the additional gear that … More Rockford to Ottawa (Day 2 in Transit)
On Saturday, July 28th, I successfully launched on Day 1 of #BikeTheSun — yea! After months of planning and workout rides, I rode 107.6 miles from Madison, through Beloit, and then into and around Rockford, visiting two Solar Sites along the way. First, always cool to bike through railroad tunnels on bike paths, such as … More 3–2–1, #BikeTheSun Launches!
The first key is to be very efficient in clothing selection and to pick light-weight, functional, multi-wear items — every pound, every ounce counts against you in rolling resistance for each of those 2000 km. Here is my packing list: Two pairs of biking shoes with cleats (one as backup and as a different feel … More What do you Bring on a 2,000-km Self-Contained Bike Trip? Part 1, Clothing
On Saturday AM, I am embarking on a 2000-km bike trip across the Upper Midwest to increase awareness of solar energy and to raise funds for a distributed solar system at a shelter for abused children in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (Hogar Albergue para Niños Jesús de Nazaret). That solar project is being designed, managed, and … More Top Ten Reasons to #BikeTheSun