December 22, 2016
California Energy Commission Studies Barriers to Low-Income Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Adoption
The California Energy Commission has released a study on how to overcome barriers to low-income adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The study considers both barriers inherent to poverty, such as insufficient access to capital, and policy and programmatic barriers, such as data inadequacy. Recommendations include establishing a task force to coordinate efforts, making sure the benefits of community solar are available to low-income populations, and continuing to test financing options. Read the report here.
December 18, 2016
The Kresge Foundation announced $14 million in investments to several community development finance institutions and development finance agencies that are active in low-income communities, including organizations focused on expanding access to clean energy technologies. Among the investment recipients, the Connecticut Green Bank was awarded $3 million to support the installation of solar+storage in affordable housing and other facilities providing critical services in disadvantaged communities. Read more
December 12, 2016
The McKnight Lane Housing Development in Waltham, Vermont is doing what no affordable housing project has done before: It is offering rural, low-income tenants zero-energy, single-family housing that also includes resilient solar energy storage systems. You can read a project profile here, and a blog post about the project here.
December 7, 2016
CESA’s RPS Collaborative hosted the 2016 RPS Summit in Washington, DC last week.
December 6, 2016
The California Energy Commission will award up to $26 million in grants for advanced technologies and solutions that support the increased viability, capability, adoption or grid integration of distributed solar resources. The Commission’s solicitation calls for pilot demonstrations of advanced solar+storage technologies, enhanced modeling tools to maximize solar+storage benefits, advanced smart inverter capabilities that help reduce the adverse impacts of high amounts of PV on the grid, forecasting tools the California Independent System Operator can integrate into its planning efforts, and energy storage technologies that prevent the uncontrolled mid-day export of large amounts of solar PV generation to the grid and reduce the evening net load peak. Read more here.
November 10, 2016
NEW REPORT: 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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