Obama Administration Creates Community Solar Partnership

Community solar was recently backed by the Obama Administration when it announced a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans. The new National Community Solar Partnership was part of that announcement. In this podcast, Cory Honeyman, senior analyst at GTM Research, says that over the next five years,  the U.S. community … [Read more...]

Minnesota’s Growing Community Solar Market Just Got Bigger

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With 80 MW of community solar projects expected to come online over the next few years, Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing markets for community solar. And thanks to a new ruling from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission, the market may have just gotten even bigger, said Cory Honeyman, senior analyst at GTM Research. At issue before … [Read more...]

How Utilities Can Harness the Power of Community Solar

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Like microgrids, community solar (aka solar gardens) is growing in popularity as the U.S. comes to value clean and local energy. Here Tendril's Chris Black offers insight into how community solar benefits both utilities and consumers. Two forces must converge to truly bring solar to the masses: consumers and their utilities. Put these two … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Bill Pushes Energy Efficiency, Microgrids, Community Solar and EVs

A bill backed by Illinois’ largest utility would bring more energy efficiency, microgrids, community solar and electric vehicles to the state, in a significant grid modernization effort. HB 3328/SB1879 allows Commonwealth Edison to expand its energy efficiency offerings to include voltage control. The move is expected to reduce energy use by up to … [Read more...]

Podcast: What's The Difference Between Community Solar & Green Power

With PG&E planning to offer solar as both a community solar and green power program, we asked what's the difference--and who would be interested in community solar instead of green power. Erica Schroeder McConnell, attorney for Interstate Renewable Energy Council, answers the question in this podcast. … [Read more...]

The Wart on California’s Community Solar Program for Utility Customers

REC's Erica Schroeder McConnell Explains Community Solar in California

We often think of California as a leader in clean energy. But the state's new community solar program for utility customers--the result of SB 43--is not a move that other states should follow. The legislation established both a green power program and a community solar program for utility customers under which customers can acquire as much as … [Read more...]

How to grow a solar energy garden

By Elisa Wood June 21, 2012 Getting energy from the sun is a great idea. However, installing solar panels house-by-house is slow, costly and cumbersome, and downright inefficient if the goal is to bring solar to the masses. This problem troubled Paul Spencer after he built his own uber-efficient, custom solar home near Aspen, Colorado in … [Read more...]