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New Solar Energy Innovation Network Teams Announced

March 23rd, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Department of Energy announced that eight teams have been selected to participate in the second round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network, a program that supports multi-stakeholder teams pursuing new applications of solar energy and other distributed energy resources in unique locations and contexts


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


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


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


Value Of Solar Debate Accelerates In Minnesota

June 5th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The cumulative value of residential solar installations for utilities is comprised of two different parts: the generation of electricity to the grid, and the avoided cost of building new generation. While the former is fairly straightforward and owners are compensated through net metering or other rate schemes, the latter is difficult to assess and thus far homeowners have received little compensation


Midwest States Could Save $12 Billion A Year By Switching To Electric Vehicles

March 22nd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Emissions from internal combustion engines are known to adversely impact air quality and human health, leading to approximately 53,000 premature deaths.[i] Such human health impacts come at a cost. As health care rates continue to climb, we should be looking for ways to proactively reduce these impacts


New Mexico Jumps At Chance For 100% Clean Electricity

March 13th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

New Mexico's Senate and House of Representatives have quickly shuffled a carbon-free electricity bill to the Governor's desk this week which calls for generating 80% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2040 and 100% from “carbon-free” sources by


Manufacturing Giant 3M Commits To 100% Renewables & Joins RE100

March 5th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

American manufacturing giant 3M announced last week that it was committing to move to 100% renewable electricity across all its global facilities by 2050 and has started the process by switching its company headquarters St. Paul, Minnesota, to 100% renewable electricity last Friday and kickstarting the company's efforts by bringing its total renewable electricity consumption to 30%. 


Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best

February 19th, 2019 | by John Farrell

I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there 10 times more community solar projects in the queue—400 megawatts—in Minnesota than have been built in the history of community solar in the United States (40 megawatts)


Electric Utilities Must Stop Illegally Concealing Public Cost Data

February 11th, 2019 | by John Farrell

Utilities in many states have undercut competition by playing “hide the peanut.” Instead of sharing their avoided cost publicly, as required by Congress and state laws, utilities have hidden them behind a “trade secret” designation. This illegal shield––if left in place by state and federal regulators––requires prospective clean energy developers to lawyer up in order to extract a fair priced contract from the utility company.


Minnesota Utility Tees Up Programs To Support An Electric Vehicle Future

February 4th, 2019 | by John Farrell

In a filing late last year, Xcel Energy’s Minnesota division put forward two new electric vehicle charging pilots. One targets fleet vehicle users and the other public access to vehicle charging. Both proposals address some big opportunities in helping more vehicle users save money by switching to electricity


Community Solar Specialists SunShare Break Through 100 Megawatts

January 23rd, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

SunShare has crossed the 100 megawatt mark for community solar projects it has developed, providing it with the largest active residential subscriber base among all developers in the country. While many community solar developers focus on one or more commercial anchor tenants and backfill demand with resident subscribers, SunShare finances, develops, and operates primarily all-residential community solar systems within its portfolio


Most Utility-Scale, Fixed-Tilt Solar Photovoltaic Systems Are Tilted 20 Degrees To 30 Degrees

January 2nd, 2019 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

Nearly 40%, or 10.4 gigawatts (GW), of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems operating in the United States at the end of 2017 were fixed-tilt PV systems rather than tracking systems. Of the utility-scale fixed-tilt solar PV systems, 76% of the capacity was installed at a fixed angle between 20 degrees and 30 degrees from the horizon



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