NYC Sets Energy Storage Target..Biggest Battery Network Yet for Water…DOE Focuses on Community Energy

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NYC sets energy storage target New York City has become the first major U.S. city to set an energy storage target -- 100 MWh by 2020 – as a companion to the growing use of solar in the city. Solar capacity has nearly tripled in the city, from 25 MW to 96 MW, since 2014 when Bill de Blasio took office as mayor. The city says its buildings … [Read more...]

Spiritual Center to Offer Physical Shelter with Community Microgrid

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The Village of Wappingers Falls is in an area of New York known for its spiritual retreat centers. Now two of those centers may expand their spiritual shelter to physical shelter by way of a community microgrid. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the densely populated village is vulnerable to flooding in storms. During Hurricane Irene, … [Read more...]

Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better

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It’s a surprise to many when they learn that their grid-connected solar panels can _not_ keep the lights on during a power outage. This was a lesson the Northeast US learned the hard way during Sandy, the 2012 superstorm that knocked out power to 8 million people. Two weeks or more without electricity, solar panel owners were venting to the … [Read more...]

New York Encourages Pairing of Community Microgrids and Community Solar

New York officials are encouraging cities and towns that are planning community microgrids to couple them with community solar or 'shared renewables.' The NY Prize, a competition offering $40 million in state community microgrid funds, Wednesday issued a notice urging prize competitors to also consider the state’s community solar … [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...]

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...]