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New York activates first opt-out community solar program in the U.S.
Follow @EngelsAngle The first community solar program in the U.S. to automatically enroll residents is now active in Western New York. The community choice solar program has been made available to more than 3,800 households and small businesses in Brockport and Lima as part of Joule Community Power’s Finger Lakes Community Choice program. All eligible residents are automatically enrolled without having to take additional steps. The municipalities have partnered with six community [...]
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Solar + storage provider unveils new financing structure for C&I, community solar projects
Follow @EngelsAngle Solar PV module manufacturer and energy storage provider Q Cells has unveiled a new financing structure to boost value in C&I and community solar projects. The company announced an investment into a solar + storage portfolio developed by Amped Solutions through its new ‘Grid Equity’ financing structure. Under the framework, Q Cells will provide capital investment in exchange for the rights to future grid services revenue expected to be generated by t [...]
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Register: REW+ virtual event explores future of community solar and solar+storage
Stay informed about the latest renewable energy trends & technologies RENEWABLE+ Series is our new semi-annual virtual conference series focused on renewable energy. Hear directly from industry leaders at top companies like: Community Solar Projects and Programs: Today and TomorrowWednesday, October 6, 2021 | 10:45 AM CDT This session will bring together a project owner and a utility to discuss how community solar projects come together today and explore bes [...]
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In Wisconsin, conservatives make the case for third-party community solar
by Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network A conservative-led alliance of farming, construction, and clean energy groups is pushing new legislation in Wisconsin meant to create competition and accelerate the development of subscriber-backed community solar projects. Backers of the bill (LRB 1902) say it would facilitate a significant increase in the state’s renewable generation, help customers access clean energy and save money on bills, create solar construction jobs, and provide a revenue s [...]
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Community Solar Projects and Programs: Today and Tomorrow
Community solar programs are popping up across the U.S. Not only do they allow for the proliferation of more clean energy because new solar arrays can be constructed in just the right locations, but they also allow any utility customer to go solar by subscribing to a project and earning bill credits that lead to savings of around 10% on electric bills. This session will bring together a project owner and a utility to discuss how community solar projects come together today and explore best pr [...]
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Nexamp and ComEd partner on “Give-A-Ray” to expand access to community solar
The Mayor of Rockford, Ill., this week joined community solar provider Nexamp and ComEd to launch Give-A-Ray, a new 15-year program to provide solar energy benefits and savings to low and moderate income customers in Rockford and the surrounding area for free. With the help of local support services, including the Rockford Housing Authority, outreach to potential participants is underway. “Rockford places a high priority on using more renewable energy to generate electricity and on making s [...]
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SRE and OGUSA to deliver 120 MW of community solar capacity to Maine customers
Today, Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Osaka Gas USA Corporation (OGUSA), a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., to construct, own and operate over 120 MW of community solar projects throughout the state of Maine.   Once operational, the portfolio of 20+ distributed solar farms will generate enough clean energy to provide approximately 11,000 residential and commercial customers with monthly utility saving [...]
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90 MW community solar plus energy storage to be completed in New York by 2025
This week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans to help local governments and state agencies build 40 distributed solar systems that will bring renewable energy to surrounding communities. The projects will help meet the New York Power Authority (NYPA) 2025 community solar target that sets a goal of 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, including 15 MW of paired battery storage. These projects aim to stimulate more than $135 million in direct, private investment [...]
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Project Development Manager, Community Solar – GRID Alternatives – Location Flexible
The Opportunity… Ensure community solar projects are developed, built and commissioned on time and budgetOriginate new project opportunities through close collaboration with GRID’s Senior Director of Policy & Business Development, Community Solar team, and Regional Directors/Development StaffNegotiate final site lease agreements with landowners and rooftop project hosts to ensure long term project and partnership successLead the land development process: complete critical risk assessm [...]
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75 MW of community solar coming to Illinois in Ameren, ComEd territories
Arlington, VA based Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) announced that it will acquire 11 projects from Pivot Energy in Illinois totaling 29 MWs, increasing SRE’s portfolio of community solar projects in the state to more than 20. [...]
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20 MW of community solar available for purchase by Xcel customers in Minnesota
CleanChoice Energy on Thursday said it was opening an additional 20.51 MW of community solar capacity for residential customers of Xcel. The new capacity is being supplied by fifteen solar farms owned and operated by AltusPower America in various locations in Minnesota. CleanChoice Energy is the largest community solar provider in Minnesota with more than 85 megawatts of solar capacity. [...]
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How car insurers could help connect community solar with EV customers
The insurance industry has lots of exposure to climate change. But as Warren Buffet has explained, not so much for companies that do annual policy adjustments, like Berkshire Hathaway. Their exposure is limited because the trends are baked into the premiums. But there is an opportunity for reducing insurance risk due to climate change, and it comes from the insurance industry itself. The business model is to have car insurance salespeople provide leads to virtual electric car charging services. [...]
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Clearing up some confusion over community solar in New York
Community Solar in New York has a messaging problem. It is confusing, and even some industry professionals have given up in disgust because of aggressive marketing and a lack of clarity. [...]
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GRID Alternatives — Project Developer, Community Solar (Location Flexible)
POSITION DESCRIPTION: GRID is seeking an exceptional Project Developer to lead the development of new community solar projects aimed at scaling the organization’s triple bottom line impact of People, Planet, Employment. This role will ensure that all project components and partners come together so that 100kw-10MW solar systems are built on time and budget, and deliver on GRID’s mission. The position will report to the Director of Business & Project Development, and sit on GRID’s Natio [...]
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SunShare Community Solar – Financial Analyst – Denver CO
POSITION SUMMARY: SunShare is seeking a candidate to work as a full time Financial Analyst. This unique opportunity will allow the successful candidate to gain experience in the growing field of solar energy, learn from some of the most experienced and dedicated professionals in the space, and contribute actively to the growth of an entrepreneurial […] The post SunShare Community Solar – Financial Analyst – Denver CO appeared first on Colorado Solar Energy Industries Associati [...]
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A Senator’s Advice on Political Strategy and Tactics for the Renewable Energy Community
On December 5, at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Federal and State Policy Summit in Washington DC, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) presented his perspective on the potential for the renewable energy community to expand its markets through climate, infrastructure, and tax credit legislation; the political obstacles; and how to overcome them. [...]
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Utilities Offering Community Solar Programs Can Consult New Checklist to Ensure Success
Coming on the heels of Salt River Project’s announcement that it will procure up to 1 GW of solar capacity by 2025 and will seek to offer some community solar projects to its customers, this week two organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve community solar across the country. [...]
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Solar*Rewards Community®  Standard offer launch notification
Solar*Rewards Community update The Solar*Rewards Community standard offer option will begin accepting applications for community solar gardens 10.1-100 kilowatts (kW) DC on May 15, 2018. The available capacity is 1MW DC and Renewable Energy Credit (REC) incentive price will be $0.0282/kWh. Standard offer capacity is assigned through a first-come-first-serve offering based on a 1MW carve out within the community solar garden capacity the Company is authorized to offer each year. The REC incenti [...]
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Utilities, Customers in US Southeast Embrace Community Solar
The growth of consumer purchases of solar power via community-based systems is accelerating throughout the Southeast as more utilities develop or roll out offerings. [...]
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East Boulder County Community Solar RFP
Post Date: May 3, 2017 Opportunity Title: Request for Proposal for Contracted Rooftop PV Services We are community members of East Boulder County who are passionate about solar!  We want solar installed on our roofs and we want to encourage our neighbors to do the same. So, we formed a little committee and have already seen outstanding interest. Our goal is to hire a solar installer.   We will then work with the installer to promote and encourage others to join us through neighborhood meeti [...]
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21 MW of Solar PV for Emerging Market Community Mini-grids Announced Since April
Since April 2016, there has been 21 MW of new solar PV community mini-grid capacity announced in emerging global markets, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). [...]
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Community Solar on the Rise — Tips for Utilities Developing Programs
Utilities across the country are embracing community solar, viewing it as an opportunity to retain customers and compete against the burgeoning self-generation rooftop solar PV market by providing a utility-operated 100 percent solar option. [...]
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