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.
October 26, 2016
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.
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
FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT: 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.
October 13, 2016
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.
October 7, 2016
Two Connecticut Green Bank programs have made headlines recently for their success in promoting clean energy adoption in the state.
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