Published on March 30th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor0
Shared Renewables Website Launched
Renewable energy is the fastest growing sector of our national energy mix, yet a significant portion of Americans – including millions of residential and commercial tenants – are unable to generate their own power on-site from solar, wind, and other renewables. New shared renewables arrangements change that by allowing virtually any energy customer to subscribe to an off-site renewable energy project and get utility bill credit for their portion of the power produced. By connecting more Americans with the clean energy they want, shared renewable energy programs can unleash significant new investment in clean energy, which in turn delivers job creation, public health and environmental benefits.
The shared renewables website is designed to help clean energy advocates, industry and customers track and advance shared renewables progress nationwide. The web resource is a project of Vote Solar, managed in partnership with clean energy consultant Lee Barken, a CPA and LEED-AP.
- State-by-state map of existing shared renewable energy policies and policy proposals.
- Interactive national map with information on existing shared renewable energy projects.
- Education center with information about the shared renewables model and best practices in program design.
“Rooftop solar is growing at a record pace across the U.S., but the traditional panels-on-your-roof model simply doesn’t work for many homes, businesses and public sector buildings. With good policy and program design, shared renewables arrangements could offer those energy customers a pathway to clean energy for the first time. Our new web resource is designed to help stakeholders get directly involved in advancing this exciting model,” said Hannah Masterjohn, shared solar advocate for Vote Solar.
Seven states have passed shared renewables legislation, and campaigns are underway in six states and the District of Columbia to enact such legislation this year. The largest of the new proposals is in California, where SB 43 / AB 1014 call for a 500-1000 megawatt (MW) shared renewable energy pilot program.
Learn more about shared renewables nationwide at: www.sharedrenewables.org
Learn more about California’s shared renewables campaign at: www.californiasharedrenewables.org
ABOUT VOTE SOLAR:
The Vote Solar Initiative is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Since 2002 Vote Solar has engaged in state, local and federal advocacy campaigns to remove regulatory barriers and implement the key policies needed to bring solar to scale. www.votesolar.org