EnSync’s solar+storage to allow energy sharing in Hawaii

“EnSync Energy Systemssigned a 20-year power purchase agreement for a solar-plus-storage project at a housing complex in Hawaii that will allow the residents to share power. EnSync says residents of the housing complex will be able to store and share power from the 750 kW, 500 kWh solar-storage installation, making the facility more efficient and…

Solar surpasses biomass to become third-most prevalent renewable electricity source

“Electricity generation from solar resources in the United States reached 77 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively. Biomass…

Solar has transformed into solar-plus-storage: What will net metering become

“When distributed solar becomes more of a stress than a service to the grid, it transforms into solar-plus-storage and begins again the struggle to build economies of scale to drive its price down to levels competitive with traditional generation. That transformation happens when distributed solar penetration levels approach the point where the system can no…

Expanding Solar Access: Pathways for Multifamily Housing

The new guide, outlines two potential paths to enable greater solar access for renters and multifamily residents, and low-to-moderate income communities: (1) on-site shared solar, via an arrangement that allows energy generation credits from a single solar system to be shared virtually among multiple tenant accounts; and (2) off-site/remote shared solar, which allows multiple dispersed…

San Francisco Bay Area’s largest public-private solar project now complete at 10.5 MW

“MCE Solar One supported 341 jobs and maximized local economic benefits through the City of Richmond’s 50% local workforce hiring requirement, in which Richmond-based contractors, suppliers and union labor were employed. MCE partnered with RichmondBUILD, which has successfully graduated hundreds of students and placed an impressive 80% of its graduates into well-paying jobs, to train…

Resilient Solar: Powering and Empowering Communties

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) released a publication highlighting efforts in four U.S. cities—New York City, Baltimore, Duluth, and San Francisco—to use solar and storage to strengthen resilience, advance renewable energy goals, and serve vulnerable neighborhoods during disasters. The publication features stories of resilient solar projects that demonstrate the power to improve the health…

Focusing the Sun: State Considerations for Designing Community Solar Policy

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report identifying key differences in state policies that enable community solar and illustrates how various policy design approaches may impact state community solar markets. The report includes an examination of state community solar policies related to low- and moderate-income (LMI) customer participation. Click here to learn more.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces $105 Million in new funding to advance solar technologies

“U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced up to $105.5 million to support America’s continued leadership in energy innovation through solar technology. Under the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), DOE will fund about 70 projects to advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technologies, as well as…
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