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  • January 2, 2017

    Solar Insights from the 2016 RPS Summit

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  • December 7, 2016

    Recap from the 2016 RPS Summit in DC

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  • November 10, 2016

    The States’ Role in Providing Solar Information to Consumers

    solar cover State governments have an increasingly important obligation and opportunity to present the public with sound, unbiased, user-friendly information on solar energy systems and financing options. With hundreds of thousands of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems being installed at homes, businesses, and institutions, consumers need help to ensure that they make decisions that give them long-lasting satisfaction rather than regrets.

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  • October 26, 2016

    California Passes Halfway Mark On 50 Percent Renewable Energy Goal

    In October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation extending the state’s RPS and increasing its final requirement to 50 percent in 2030. Since then, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) have been planning for implementing this highly ambitious policy, and have recently reported that the state has reached the halfway point for meeting this goal. In November, CESA will be hosting a webinar with representatives from the CPUC and the CEC to discuss how they are preparing for the enhanced RPS and the state of their plans.

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  • October 21, 2016

    CESA, Five States, and the District of Columbia Awarded $1.73 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to Improve Low- and Moderate-Income Access to Solar

    sunshot square CESA has received a $1.73 million award under the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Rhode Island increase solar power adoption by low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents. Under this grant, the participating states will explore the best ways of increasing LMI adoption of solar, given each state’s circumstances. The states will develop and implement the most promising strategies to meet their respective goals, with involvement from key stakeholders in their states. The lead state agencies for the states participating in this project are the Connecticut Green Bank; the D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment; the Minnesota Department of Commerce; the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department; the Oregon Department of Energy (in conjunction with Energy Trust of Oregon); and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources. CESA will coordinate the project and, together with the national laboratories, provide technical assistance to the states. Read a press release *here*.

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  • October 13, 2016

    Massachusetts Town Breaks Ground on a Resilient Energy Storage System

    The town of Sterling, Massachusetts celebrated its Municipal Light Department’s new energy storage system with a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday. The occasion is literally groundbreaking, not just for the town or the state, but for New England. The project is the first utility-scale energy storage facility in Massachusetts and will be the largest battery installation of its kind in New England, in terms of megawatt hours.

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