Please join CEA and the Community Solar Value Project on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Noon Central/11 Am Mountain for a free webinar on Community Solar Programs for Low Income Customers. Guest speakers are from Grid Alternatives and Solar Holler, which includes a demand-response benefit as well as shared solar.
To register, please go to:
For more info contact Emily at Emily@cleanenergyambassadors.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The October 2015 webinar, cosponsored by Clean Energy Ambassadors and the Community Solar Value Project (CSVP) asks participants to imagine a time when community solar projects will appeal to a huge market, for dozens of specific reasons, instead of just the so called Early Adopters. That latter group initiated community solar, such as the first documented community solar program, in Ellensburg, Washington. In 2006, the municipal utility there offered shares of a 36-kW solar project, at a cost to participants that promised virtually no payback at all. (A back of the envelope calculation estimated 75 years.) People signed up because they cared. They wanted to bring solar to their community, and to express concern for the environment. Within a few years, Ellensburg began working with partners who made new phases more economical. But still, until recently, community solar has been aimed at green movers and shakers.
How might community-solar marketing change as we go from 70 MW…Continue
Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on October 16, 2015 at 5:05pm
Clean Energy Ambassadors is partnering with the Community Solar Value Project (CSVP) on another fascinating webinar. The CSVP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help utilities to understand and improve community solar program design. Our next webinar, September 24 at noon Central time will explore an exciting value-added strategy-- using demand response and storage to "balance" the natural variability of solar and to improve cost effectiveness for both the customer and the utility. This is a fast-emerging strategy. You may have heard about it done at the regional level, by private demand-response and storage "aggregators." But the strategy also works well at the local level. It has been demonstrated in whole or in part by utilities and small communities in the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada, among other regions. Hear plain-talking technical experts from CSVP partner Olivine explain how common demand response programs, from air conditioning cycling to…Continue
Posted by Jill K. Cliburn on September 17, 2015 at 7:32pm
Over $100 Million in tax equity is now available for rural electric co-ops investing in solar projects.
The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) and the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) recently signed an agreement with an investor that will make solar projects more affordable for co-ops. The agreement provides tax credits for utility-scale, cooperative-sponsored and cooperative-owned solar projects ranging in size from 1 MW to 50 MW.
You can read more about this agreement here:
Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on August 6, 2015 at 3:38pm
We are pleased to announce that the Community Solar Value Project and Clean Energy Ambassadors are working together to produce a series of free webinars and discussions among utility leaders and key stakeholders on different aspects of this challenge: to make community solar better. The series will discuss better solar project design and procurement, ways to address solar variability by using demand response and storage companion measures, program design for targeted customer appeals, and win-win programs for low-income communities.
There will be 5 webinars this fall:
Thursday August 27; Noon Central Better Community Solar Procurement and Design (Click here to register for the 8/27 webinar).
Thursday September 24; Noon Central How Demand Response and Storage Measures Address Solar Variability and Add Value …Continue
Another source of inspiration is the website of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. This is now an annual conference, which is largely focused on local planning in action. That is, what kinds of local programs and activities might you aim for, considering which have proven exciting and successful already? See www.beccconferenece.org and don't miss the YouTube videos of conference "lightening presentations". Also, look for a trend among presentations that use social networking, competitions, and other new marketing techniques. CEA has tapped these resources from time to time for our own work.