March 24, 2017
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.
March 13, 2017
Across the country, CESA member states are working to advance offshore wind.
March 2, 2017
March 1, 2017
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has announced a commitment to significantly expand renewable energy in the state, aiming for 1 gigawatt by the end of 2020, a ten-fold increase. “Our commitment to expand our clean energy portfolio will help lower energy costs, create jobs and protect the beauty of our state for future generations," said Governor Raimondo. "As the technology advances, an affordable, clean energy future is no longer simply a dream." Achieving the goal will likely require new legislation, mandates, and/or programs. Read a press release from the Governor’s office here, and a story in Providence Business News here.
February 23, 2017
In addition to the development of reports and webinars, the Sustainable Solar Education Project is now entering its next phase to provide in-person training workshops and presentations aimed at state employees with responsibility for implementing solar policies and programs. The first in-person workshop will take place in Washington, DC on June 14th and will focus on “Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Residents.” Participants will be chosen from an application process and will engage with leading experts and attendees from across the country in discussions on financing for LMI solar, using community solar to advance solar for LMI households, solar+storage as a strategy to reduce the cost of LMI solar, and harnessing existing poverty and housing programs for solar. State employees from any state are welcome to apply and travel assistance is available. For more information about this workshop or to apply, *click here*. Other in-person workshops and an online course will be offered over the coming year.
February 1, 2017
The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability and a Request for Applications to increase solar industry employment among District residents. The purpose is “to establish a comprehensive year-round solar photovoltaic (PV) systems job training program for adult District residents, ages 18 and above.” In operating the job training program, the selected applicant will work to “increase the district’s solar capacity” on buildings including “low-income single-family homes, multifamily housing, and nonprofit owned buildings.” The application deadline has been extended until February 27.
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