September 14, 2016
The RPS Collaborative, managed by CESA, will host the premier RPS-related event of the year in Washington, DC on November 30 and December 1, the 2016 National Summit on RPS. Attending the Summit is the best way to learn about developments and trends related to state renewable portfolio standards and to network with many of the people from across the country who are most engaged in implementing and analyzing state RPS programs. The first day of the Summit will be open to all individuals interested in RPS issues; the second day, December 1st, will be restricted to representatives of state governments and the federal government. The Summit is hosted by CESA, with funding support from the Energy Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more about the 2016 RPS Summit *here*.
September 13, 2016
Homeowners in New York have a new resource to guide them through the complicated process of financing a residential solar installation. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in collaboration with CESA, has released the “Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing in New York," available *here*. This guide is a modified version of CESA’s 2015 publication, “*A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs*,” designed to help homeowners make informed decisions about financing solar. CESA has also worked with state agencies in *Massachusetts* and *New Mexico* on state-specific guides. CESA will release a Spanish language version of the homeowner’s guide in the coming months.
September 7, 2016
While the costs of solar photovoltaics (PV) have decreased considerably over the last decade,[#f1] many customers still need long-term, low-cost financing to make going solar affordable. Financing mechanisms like leases, loans, and power purchase agreements spread out the initial cost of residential solar installations over a term of years.
September 2, 2016
The U.S. distributed solar market has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. [#a1] Over seventy- times the residential solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity was installed in the U.S. in 2015 (2,099 MW) as was installed in 2005 (27 MW). [#a2] While the significant opportunities for gainful enterprise in the residential PV economy signal solar market health, they have also brought consumer-focused issues to the fore. Policymakers, regulators, advocacy groups, and the solar industry are giving increasing attention to ensuring that consumers receive accurate information and ultimately have good experiences with solar energy installation. A number of new resources are intended to help further residential solar understanding.
August 31, 2016
By Todd Olinsky-Paul, CESA Project Director
August 18, 2016
Governor Jay Inslee has announced $12.6 million in Clean Energy Fund grants to five utilities in Washington. The utilities and their partners will match the state funding at a minimum ratio of 1 to 1. “With these awards, our leading utilities will demonstrate how to integrate battery storage with solar energy and stand-alone energy systems, train the workforce to build and maintain these systems, and lead the industry into the clean energy future,” Inslee said. Among the proposed grid modernization projects is a “shared energy economy” pilot project, which will demonstrate how the utility and consumer can each benefit from the sharing of various energy assets, from solar panels to battery storage to traditional utility assets. Read more about the grid modernization projects *here*.
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