Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Could the ‘Shared Solar’ movement work in shady Connecticut?

Manchester – Eugene DeJoannis stood behind his house one recent sunny morning and explained why it should be the perfect candidate for a solar electric system: “It has a nice, south-facing roof. It’s a simple roof. It has no obstructions on it.”
There’s one problem.
“We have a wall of trees,” he said. And they’re not even his trees, so he’s stuck with them.

Four solar Gardens planned near Durango, Colorado

La Plata Electrical Association is getting into gardening – solar gardening.
LPEA’s board of directors has approved a policy agreement with four community solar gardens that will allow its customers to purchase or invest in solar panels to offset their electrical costs.

Policy 366, as LPEA is calling it, will set the stage for local, independent solar developers to construct community solar gardens, or CSGs, generating up to 2 megawatts of power in the LPEA service territory.
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Edinburgh Council spearheading the Cooperative Council approach

Last year Edinburgh Council promised to run four exemplar projects in Edinburgh after a conference held here to discuss the benefits of  Cooperative Councils. The council is due to report on the progress of these cooperative initiatives at a seminar with trade unions, third sector, councillors and other stakeholders in Edinburgh next month, and to the full council in November after that.
Libraries and other council buildings outwith the World Heritage Site in the city centre could be used for photo-voltaic (PV) solar panels if the council’s plans work. Electric car-charging points will be installed across the city and district heating initiatives will be explored.

Washington: Community solar project would be a first

You can get in on the ground floor of an investment that will rest on the roof of Icicle River Middle School in Leavenworth.
Photo of Icicle River Middle School
Icicle River Middle School may become home to Chelan County’s first community solar project. (Photo from school website)
Investors are being sought to help build a 14-kilowatt community solar installation on the middle school. A public meeting to explain the project will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chelan County PUD office in Leavenworth, 222 Chumstick Highway. If successful, the project would be the first community solar farm in Chelan County to take advantage of the state’s Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Program.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Australia: Tathra solar farm a shining light for community

TATHRA'S community solar farm has turned from imagination in to reality.
At the official launch on Saturday morning, Matthew Nott from Clean Energy for Eternity and Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes signed a memorandum of understanding, sealing the deal for a large solar array to be installed at the Tathra Treatment Plant.
The solar panels will spell IMAGINE when seen from the air by passengers aboard flights into Merimbula.
When complete, the solar farm will produce up to 50kW and account for 50 per cent of the power needs of the sewage treatment plant, which the council said costs around $50,000 a year to run.

You now have the opportunity to invest in clean, co-operative, renewable energy in Ottawa

OREC is pleased offer a new series of Preference Shares, providing Ottawa residents an opportunity to invest in our community’s future while earning a good rate of financial return.
  • A summary with the key features of the shares on offer and how to purchase them is here
  • The full share offering statement approved by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario ishere
  • The share subscription form is here
  • A schedule of information sessions can be seen here.

Help this school in Tanzania go solar

Hi. I was hoping you might support this project. I bought a solar light for this school in Tanzania. They installed it themselves. It allows the students to study at night. It allows the community to meet and work in the evening. For a very small donation you can help provide enough light for the whole school.
Can you pass the word on this project?
The pictures, video and story on the link above show you the panels, the lights, and the kids that will benefit from this project.

We are more than half way there. I just need a few more donors to complete the project!

Even if you can't support the project, please forward this to folks you think will be interested.