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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Vermont Business Magazine: Shumlin announces Clean Energy grants for nine community solar projects | SunCommon
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Your participation in Community Solar for our Schools will provide our students with renewable energy education and will generate renewable solar energy for our schools, reducing our schools' electricity costs.
To top it off, all participants receive payback through annual production incentive payments.
Four solar-electric systems will be installed at the schools on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw Islands. There will be no cost to the school districts for the purchase or installation of the solar-electric systems.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Community Energy Mentoring initiative enables community energy groups to benefit from support delivered by experienced and trained mentors. The mentors will help in navigating the often complex , regulatory and organisational hurdles faced by ventures looking to develop community energy projects.
Read more: http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/news/national-news/124968-new-scheme-to-steer-community-renewable-energy-groups-towards-success.html
Monday, July 14, 2014
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
On July 1, 2014, the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. According to CPAU, "the primary objectives for the program are 1) to help facilitate reaching the City's target of meeting 4% of its energy needs from local solar energy by 2023 (from 0.7% in 2013), and 2) to give all of its customers – including those who rent and those without sufficient solar access – the opportunity to experience and derive benefit from cost-effective local solar development."
CPAU expects to purchase the full output of electricity produced by a 3rd-party owned, operated, and maintained solar facility resulting from the program and all associated attributes, including renewable energy credits (RECs) and environmental benefits. The desired capacity of a community solar facility is 1 to 3 MW (CEC-AC), to be interconnected to CPAU's distribution grid.
The RPF is available here.
A pre-proposal webinar will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. PST (https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/891095109; dial in(712)432-1212; meeting ID 430-877-385). CPAU encourages all prospective bidders to participate.Link: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/city-of-palo-alto-issues-community-solar-36827/
Friday, July 4, 2014
Community Solar Scenario Tool
The Community Solar Scenario Tool (CSST) provides a "first cut" analysis of different community or shared solar program options. The tool has been created primarily with smaller municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, and state and local advocates in mind. This model allows users to see how various inputs, such as system size, location, and project costs, impact the economics of a project from both a potential customer's perspective as well as the sponsoring utility. For more complex financial modeling options, check out NREL's System Advisor Model (SAM).
The Community Solar Scenario Tool is available as a downloadable Microsoft Excel file, which includes information pertaining to the various calculations and descriptions of the outputs.
To learn more about using the Community Solar Scenario Tool for your project, contact John Nangle.http://nreldev.nrel.gov/tech_deployment/tools_community_solar.html