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Environmentalism & The Electric Car

February 12th, 2020 | by Robert Dee

I have several acquaintances who are concerned about our present administration and Trump's anti-environmental actions (now he's just turned back the protection of streams and waterways, giving industry carte blanche to pollute even more). Several of those same individuals just bought new gas cars in the last year. That's the problem! It's not the climate deniers, however naive they may be — it's the people who understand the danger at our door and think it's someone else's responsibility to fix


3,000 US Audi e-tron Buyers Can Drive On Sunshine For Free

February 8th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The first 3,000 Audi e-tron buyers* in the US after February 3 are getting a 10-year subscription to solar power for their electric driving, according to a press release from Audi. The German automaker has partnered with Arcadia** to provide the clean energy bonus. The subscription is completely free for the consumer


Hawaiian Electric Co. Gets New CEO & Voted Utility Of The Year

January 31st, 2020 | by Andrea Bertoli

Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) just named a new CEO and was voted as 'Best Utility' in the US by Utility Dive. What policies and progress has the utility made in recent years to grab this honor, what's the new CEO going to do going forward, and what does this really look like for residents of the islands?


National Community Solar Programs Tracker

January 13th, 2020 | by John Farrell

Community solar can happen in any state sharing two key market characteristics: virtual net metering and requirements for utilities to connect distributed solar to the grid (interconnection rules). Community solar program legislation can include both elements. 16 states have passed legislation enabling community shared solar gardens, but only four have active programs with multiple installations


10 Puerto Rican Schools Receive Resilient Microgrids

January 4th, 2020 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

A year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico and left millions without power, schools have equipped themselves to withstand future weather events and grid outages to continue providing education to their students


Id Mjahdi Is Africa’s First Fully Solar-Powered Village

December 20th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

A small village in Morocco, Id Mjahdi, has become the first village on the entire continent of Africa to become completely powered by the warm rays of the sun. Africa contributes to less than 1% of global solar power capacity, according to the International Energy Agency, but solar is very competitive there


Oregon Nears Launch Of A Solid Community Solar Program

December 16th, 2019 | by John Farrell

Adopted by the legislature in 2016, it’s been a long wait for Oregon’s community solar program to launch. Technically, it hasn’t yet, but the program rules are final enough to show that this program scores well on the four principles for community renewable energy


NY-Funded Solar One Program Empowers Vulnerable Communities With Solar + Storage, Emergency Resilience

December 9th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

Solar One is an organization that I've experienced first hand. An active force in clean urban transition, in particular aiding low-income households, it deserves support. Both organizations I met with in NYC — Solar One and WE ACT — had individuals reflecting the relaxed as well as energetic personalities necessary to make something work, really work


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best

October 28th, 2019 | by John Farrell

According to ILSR’s analysis, all customers (subscribers or not) are seeing financial benefits from community solar. The $2.2 million figure does not include factoring in the distribution capacity value of solar nor the potential volatility of gas prices that are avoided, nor does it include the benefits of shifting wealth from power generation ownership away from a private monopoly and to a broad set of subscribers across the state


Solar, Storage, & EV Charging: The Holy Trinity Of Home Energy Management At #SPI2019

October 9th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Solar Power International landed in Salt Lake City, Utah this year and CleanTechnica was on the ground meeting with the change makers, the disruptors, the doers, the movers, and the shakers. We've been diving into some of the companies we talked with, but having covered SPI for several years now, we wanted to highlight one of the newer arrivals at the show: electric vehicles


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best

September 23rd, 2019 | by John Farrell

Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 613 megawatts of operational capacity in September 2019. The chart below shows the progress of projects through the program since August 2015, and the nearly two-year lag between the program launch in December 2014 and the successful ignition of multiple megawatts of capacity in January


sonnen & Wasatch Group Launch Largest Residential Virtual Power Plant — 12.6 MWh

August 27th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

A new community of apartments in Herriman, Utah is being built from the ground up with a next generation energy storage system thanks to 12.6 megawatt-hours of sonnen's ecoLinx battery systems. The new system will aggregate the energy storage and power output capabilities of 600 of sonnen's 20 kWh ecoLinx intelligent energy storage units installed across the community into a single virtual power plant


Solar Modeling & Monitoring Granularity Boost Efficiency

August 6th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The days of over-designing and over-building solar power plants to make up for unforeseen generation losses are gone. This is largely thanks to the emerging solar strategy of pursuing every tenth of a percent of system performance by better understanding the impact of equipment specifications, plant monitoring, and maintenance on the Performance Ratio, and therefore on the bottom line


Electric Vehicles, Renewables, & The Changing World Dynamic

June 22nd, 2019 | by Robert Dee

Every time someone buys or leases an EV, fossil fuel's stranglehold lessens. That's the cost differentiation between EVs and ICEs. The individual benefit, as I am enjoying, is autonomy and the opportunity to have free electricity for cars and homes. EVs are thinking people's cars, yes, and it takes planning and work, but we'll have a better life and planet for it


Could New Mexico’s Proposed Community Solar Program Raise the Bar?

June 17th, 2019 | by John Farrell

The legislative session is over and the bill was tabled, so New Mexico will be better known for its Energy Transition Act (and its liabilities) for now. But the community solar language that passed the state House in February could set a new standard for community solar program design



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