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All posts tagged 'Community solar'

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What It Takes To Get Community Solar Done

Solar Industry, Nov. 2016, by Tim Braun.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/what-it-takes-to-get-community-solar-done

"Early distributed generation (DG) models inspired us to believe that we could all participate in the mission to democratize and decarbonize our energy infrastructure. Yet, for a long time, that was really only true for a quarter of U.S. households and businesses. For the other 75% or so, putting a solar PV system on their roof or property either wasn’t possible or wasn’t practical. Those hurdles are being addressed today through the proliferation of community solar, an adaptive DG model that has opened the door to a vast new customer base – one that includes all of us."

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The Untapped Potential of Community Energy Storage

Microgrid Knowledge, Sept. 19, 2016.
https://microgridknowledge.com/community-energy-storage/

"Robin Roy, an NRDC consultant, explains why community energy storage often falls between the gaps in federal energy policy and what can be done about the problem."

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Community-Scale Solar Can Power Corporations, Too

Rocky Mountain Institute, Aug. 31, 2016, by Thomas Koch Blank and Titiaan Palazzi.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_08_31_community_scale_solar_can_power_corporations_too

"A new option for corporations interested in fueling their operations with clean energy is arising: community-scale solar. An insight brief from RMI’s Shine initiative, which aspires to aggressively accelerate the deployment of community-scale solar systems in the U.S., details the opportunities that community-scale solar offers. Corporations are entering the renewables market in force, and they will find much to like in the community-scale solar market segment."

Solar Energy Surge In Washington Leads To Reduced Incentives

KPLU, Apr. 14, 2016, by Tom Banse.
http://www.kplu.org/post/solar-energy-surge-washington-leads-reduced-incentives

"People who are interested in solar energy but don't own the perfect roof on which to install solar panels may have the option to buy into a bigger, centrally-located project. These are called shared solar or community solar. There's a boomlet of such projects in Washington state right now, while there are hardly any in sunnier Oregon and Idaho. But Washington's generous solar incentives are coming under scrutiny."

Why Rural Electric Cooperatives Are Opting for Community-Scale Solar

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, Mar. 31, 2016, by Kevin Brehm and Joseph Goodman.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_03_31
_why_rural_electric_cooperatives_are_opting_for_community_scale_solar


"The successful idea of the moment is community-scale solar. Rural electric cooperatives are spreading the word on how local clean power can save money, support communities, and diversify energy supplies. Community-scale solar is becoming an important tool for rural electric cooperatives as they begin their transition from a centralized fossil-fuel-based energy system to an increasingly distributed and renewable system."

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5 Reasons Community-Scale Solar is a Multi-GW Market Opportunity

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, Mar. 17, 2016, by Kevin Brehm and Joseph Goodman.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_03_17_5_reasons_community_scale_solar_is_a_multi_gw_market_opportunity

"The U.S. solar industry has enjoyed impressive growth of late, with strong forecasts for 2016, but it’s been an at-times bumpy ride as the industry has faced unfavorable rulings and stock-market troubles. Besides buckling their seatbelts, what can industry stakeholders do in this still-volatile market?.... Community-scale solar is that opportunity, and RMI shows how and why community-scale is a large and emerging opportunity in its insight brief Community-Scale Solar: Why Developers and Buyers Should Focus on This High-Potential Market Segment."

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New York Encourages Pairing of Community Microgrids and Community Solar

Microgrid Knowledge, Oct. 14, 2015, by Elisa Wood.
https://microgridknowledge.com/new-york-encourages-pairing-of-community-microgrids-and-community-solar/

"New York officials are encouraging cities and towns that are planning community microgrids to couple them with community solar or ‘shared renewables.’ The NY Prize, a competition offering $40 million in state community microgrid funds, Wednesday issued a notice urging prize competitors to also consider the state’s community solar programs."

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Proof of Concept: Community Solar is Ready to Soar Despite Complications

Solar Industry, Sep. 2015, by Sara E. Bergan and Andrew P. Moratzka.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1509/FEAT_05_Proof-Of-Concept-Community-Solar-Is-Ready-To-Soar-Despite-Complications.html

"Minnesota's turmoil over solar gardens provides a laboratory for handling similar efforts across the U.S."

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IRS Ruling Could Be A Huge Boost For Community Solar Investment

Solar Industry Magazine, Sep. 10, 2015, by David K. Burton and Richard T. Page.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.15651

"In a newly released private letter ruling (PLR), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has approved an individual taxpayer's plan to claim residential solar tax credits for investing in a community/shared solar energy project, even though the facility's solar panels are not on the taxpayer's residential property. The ruling encourages residential property owners to invest in such projects." 

Utilities and Customers are Embracing Community Solar -- Is Your Utility Next?

Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin, June 2015, by Joel Scruggs. [Scroll to page 26.]
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=2352

"A quick survey of our utility members showed that while NWPPA utilities in every state they represent have customers and members with solar projects/net-metering projects on their own property, not many have community solar projects. However,  ...the word is out about them and many utilities are weighing the pros and cons of community solar — several members have even built one or are starting the process."

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