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August Webinar

Please join CEA and the Community Solar Value Project on August 27, 2015 at Noon Central/11 Am Mountain for a free webinar on Better Community Solar Design and Procurement .

See blog post to right for more information.

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CFC and NRCO Secure Tax Equity to Support More Than $100 Million in Electric Co-op Solar Projects

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

Save the Dates! New Webinar Series with Community Solar Value Project!

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 …


Posted by Emily Stark on August 4, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

USDA Announces $349 million for Rural Electric Infrastructure

   The United States Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that it will provide over $349 million in funding for  fifteen rural electric cooperatives to upgrade distribution and transmission lines. The funding includes over $17 million for smart grid technology. Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, said that investing in this next-generation technology will make our electric systems "more reliable, efficient and effective." 

Here is a link to the USDA's article:

A list of the fifteen projects that will receive funding can be found here:

Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on July 22, 2015 at 3:35pm

Upcoming Webinar Briefing by EESI

live webcast will be streamed at 10:00 AM EDT at (wireless connection permitting)

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing featuring rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) which are taking significant action on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Member-owned, not-for-profit electric co-ops are typically smaller than investor-owned utilities, and they are less likely to have significant capital reserves or other resources to implement clean energy programs. But their small size and strong relationships with their member-consumers allow co-ops to be nimble and innovative, particularly with programs directly involving co-op members. As a result, many electric co-ops around the country have become successful clean energy laboratories.

This briefing will feature leaders…


Posted by Emily Stark on July 22, 2015 at 12:04pm

New Resources for Community Energy Planning

Community energy planning is not a new idea, but it's back in the news lately, as local leaders everywhere try to ease the pinch of higher gas prices and to create more green jobs. If your community is ready to visit--or revisit--this important topic, CEA can offer helpful advice and references! Here is a sampling:
One new release: the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a new report: Local Energy Planning in Practice: A Review of Recent Experiences.It looks at the work of local governments which, like Arlington County, Virginia, have developed plans to capture these benefits for their communities. We're impressed that the ACEEE team has applied knowledege and tools that have been around for decades, to try to come up with a "best practices" strategy for today.


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 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.
This full factsheet will be updated and posted in the Forum Section soon-- Check back next month or drop us a line through the Member Messages tool!





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