Sunday, December 14, 2014

Press Release: Advocates Applaud NY PSC Progress on Community Shared Solar | Vote Solar

Albany, NY – Dec 12, 2014 – Organizations representing community, social justice, business, and environmental interests today joined together to applaud progress toward expanding clean energy access to more New Yorkers. At its regularly scheduled meeting yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission announced plans to advance Community Shared Renewables, an innovative concept that could enable renters and millions of other New York energy consumers to go solar for the first time.

The Commission will engage in a consultative process to assess New York's Shared Renewables potential and program design. Solar advocates are celebrating the Commission's interest in Shared Renewables and are urging the Commission and other policymakers to act quickly to unleash the many economic, environmental and public health benefits of expanded solar access.

Read more: http://votesolar.org/about-us/press/press-release-advocates-applaud-ny-psc-progress-on-community-shared-solar/


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Colorado PUC rejects Xcel Solar Connect plan over competition concerns | Denver Post

Xcel Energy's bid to create a premium solar energy program — potentially in competition with solar installers — was rejected Monday by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Under the proposed Solar Connect program, customers would pay Xcel, the state's largest electricity provider, a premium on their bills to support solar projects.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gov. Patrick signs Harvard Community Solar Garden bill into law - News - The Harvard Post - Harvard, MA

S2138, An Act Relative to Community Shared Solar Energy Systems in the Town of Harvard, the Harvard community solar legislation, was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick, allowing for community shared solar energy systems within the town to be exempt for taxes for 20 years after installation.

This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, and Rep. Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenburg, will effectively allow for off-site solar construction, remove ambiguities for tax applications and potentially increase the availability of solar energy to Harvard residents.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

India's plan to stop importing coal deals another blow to Australia : Renew Economy

A key target is the delivery of electricity to 52 million households (more than 300 million people) who live beyond the grid. Despite a plan to attract $US50 billion of new investment building out a nationally interconnected transmission and distribution grid, Minister Goyal acknowledged the cost of extending the centralised grid to remote areas is prohibitive, particularly as most of these households live in poverty and cant afford the high cost of centralised electricity.

Whilst the target is for eventual delivery of electricity 24/7 for all, Minister Goyal acknowledged 4/7 (i.e. access to light and cooking in the evening) would be a massive improvement on the current total absence of supply. Distributed electricity generation and the roll-out of micro grids will be the near-term solution to addressing this key priority of the Modi government. This will involve small distributed solar systems with battery storage and LED lighting.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Solar Power Mini-Grid Opens Energy Access to Rural Laos - News 2013 - Sunlabob

Sunlabob and Fondation Energies pour le Monde this week announced the completion of a solar-powered mini-grid that is now delivering reliable, affordable electricity to nearly 500 people in a remote village in Luang Prabang Province, Laos.

Ban Houaypha, a village of 83 households, has limited job opportunities, low income levels, inadequate education and health services and no short-term outlook to receive electricity from the national electricity grid. The average household income is less than $2.50 a day.

The 6.5 kWp solar plant will distribute electricity through a decentralized village grid to households, a community center and five street lights. The Ban Houaypha mini-grid is the first step within the Fondation's long-term rural electrification strategy in Laos that aims to implement 15 solar village grids to provide energy access to at least 10,000 rural Laotians and contribute to the Lao Government's target of 90% electrification by 2020.

http://www.sunlabob.com/news-2013/solar-power-mini-grid-opens-energy-access-to-rural-laos.html

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bloodhound Gang Tracks Source Of China Distributed Solar Fail

It started with a mystery: what happened to the huge amount of distributed solar China was supposed to deploy in 2014?

We were a well-selected bunch of curious cleantech investigators: Alan Beebe and three of his colleagues from EY's cleantech practice, a solar finance expert from a US solar company, Julian Schwabe from China Greentech, and myself, Anders Hove, from Azure International. We were headed to Shunyi to visit Cai Yuanqing of Greenpeace, who had graciously agreed to host our group to discuss their office's rooftop solar system and all its pluses and minuses.



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Solar Stocks Rally on China Policy of Distributed Production - Yahoo Finance

China, the world's prime manufacturer of solar panels, is gradually emerging as the leading market for solar photovoltaic (PV.V) to meet the growing need for clean energy. The Chinese government announced new policies to encourage local governments to promote more solar installations on home and business rooftops, and ground mounted plants of up to 20 megawatt (MW).



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