Monday, September 22, 2014
The air-quality in China leaves a lot to be desired. Solar energy will help address China's most pressing environmental problem.
The Low-Carbon Earth Summit is a high-powered event with sustainability leaders from all over the world. The entertainment has been amazing! I have attended a variety of presentations about exciting new solar technologies.
The Solar Gardens Institute presentation cover community and shared so the models from all over the world. I discussed the opportunity for China, which is hands-down the world's largest potential market for shared solar.
Next I am off to Beijing to meet with NGO leaders about the possibility of using shared solar models in China. I will be traveling throughout China for the next several weeks, so I will have many updates for you as I go along.
Thank you to all of you who donated money or air miles!
Solar Gardens Institute Founder
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Hawaiian Electric Has Plans For Community Solar Gardens - KHNR
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Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program Approved, Set to Open | Renewable + Law
SEPA Report on Utility-Led Community Solar - Solar Novus Today
Community solar projects are popping up across the United States, offering those without the perfect solar roof, or no roof at all, the chance to cut their electric bills with solar energy. And leadership in the growth of this emerging trend is coming from an unexpected source -- electric utilities.
A new study from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), "Expanding Solar Access Through Utility-led Community Solar," finds that the number of these programs in the US has jumped 64 percent in the past 18 months and an overwhelming majority, more than 90%, have been developed by utilities.http://www.solarnovus.com/sepa-report-on-utility-led-community-solar_N8138.html
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Community Solar for Our Schools | San Juan Island Update: News about the things that make living here great.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
For Minnesota churches, clean energy is a higher calling | Midwest Energy News
Routt County commissioners hesitate to invest public monies in community solar garden
Commissioners Steve Ivancie and Doug Monger said they were uncomfortable investing public dollars given CEC’s unwillingness to share with them some of the financial details involved in building the solar array.
Read more: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/sep/15/routt-commissioners-hesitate-invest-public-monies-/
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Off to China!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Intelligent Generation: Integrating Solar And Storage Profitably - Forbes
In 2009, Jay Marhoefer observed what was going on in energy markets and decided it was time to create a virtual power plant. There were few actors in the space at that time who were talking about virtual power plants, and most of them were demand response (DR) providers such as EnerNOC, Constellation, or Energy Curtailment Services. Those actors were looking at 'dispatching' energy from customers who would otherwise be consuming it at certain times.
Marhoefer, on the other hand, thought he could dispatch actual power from storage located on the customer premise. In this way, he could create the same types of value as demand response, but without inconveniencing the customers by turning things off. The idea was to develop a software-as-a-service business, controlling storage assets behind the meter while creating value for the customer.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Oregon: Central Electric Cooperative plans 'community solar project' meetings | KTVZ.com
Soulardarity: Donate to bring solar streetlights to inner-city Highland Park, Michigan
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Washington: Community solar program pursued | The Columbian
Solar Gardens for China - Update, Thank You, and Request
On behalf of the Solar Gardens Institute, I will be visiting Beijing and other Chinese cities to meet with members of climate, environmental, and renewable energy organizations to discuss the possibility of shared renewables models in China, and to learn about the recent surge of solar power development there. This research will be very valuable for my upcoming book on community solar.
The Institute would like to extend enormous gratitude to the donors who have made this possible, including one anonymous contributor of air miles for the flights to and from Beijing. There are only eight days left until my September 18 departure from Denver! Of our $5000 goal, we still need to raise $2328 to cover internal travel, lodging, and other expenses. The more we raise, the more cities I will be able to visit to spread the word about solar gardens.
Click here to donate to the Solar Gardens Institute and support community solar in China and worldwide!
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