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  • April 14, 2017

    The Value of Solar in DC

    The District of Columbia has an aggressive RPS that requires 50 percent of electricity to come from renewables by 2032, including 5 percent from solar. To understand the implications of this policy, the DC Office of the People’s Counsel commissioned Synapse Energy Economics to conduct a value of solar study. The resulting report, *Distributed Solar in the District of Columbia: Policy Options, Potential, Value of Solar, and Cost-Shifting*, has now been released. Among Synapse’s findings is the conclusion that “the value of solar to the utility system exceeds the cost, indicating that solar PV is a cost-effective electricity resource that also provides health and environmental benefits to society.”

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  • April 3, 2017

    Lessons Learned from Community Solar at SMUD

    In 2008, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) developed SolarShares, one of the country’s first utility-run community solar programs. SMUD continues to adapt and promote its SolarShares program to enable solar access for renters and homeowners alike. In a webinar on Thursday, April 13, SMUD’s SolarShares program managers will highlight the lessons learned from designing the utility’s program. Read more and register here.  

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  • March 24, 2017

    New York’s Community Microgrids Program Advances to Stage 2

    Out of the 83 community microgrid proposals funded under stage 1 of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s NY Prize program, eleven are moving on to stage 2. Each microgrid, many of which include solar and storage, will be awarded $1 million to fund detailed design, engineering, and financing feasibility studies. Stage 3 winners will vie for a remaining $20 million in NY Prize funds, along with a chance to secure up to $50 million in financing from the NY Green Bank. Read more here and here.

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  • March 13, 2017

    States Move Forward with Offshore Wind

    Across the country, CESA member states are working to advance offshore wind.

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