Associated Press, Post Bulletin
CleanChoice won a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop an easy online experience for joining community solar projects, said Kate Colarulli, a vice-president for the company. The new Minnesota solar network is one of the first projects to use this technology, she said, which has been in the works for more than a year. “We’re really proud that this is like a 10-minute signup experience as opposed to something that would require multiple sit-down meetings, loans, etc.,” Colarulli said. There’s no initial investment required to sign up, either.
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- How a D.C. law firm installed solar panels to help low-income people save on utilities, Washington Post
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WIND ENERGY NEWS
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“There is a competitive pool of buyers willing to snatch up those assets,” Rachel Luo,
an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in an interview. A deep-pocketed list of institutional and infrastructure funds have pushed into clean energy, thanks to long-term power-purchase agreements with utilities and corporate giants that offer steady returns over decades.
ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
- Tesla’s giant battery reduces cost of power outages by 90 per cent in South Australia: Wind-powered system responds much faster than traditional grid backups, Independent
- Salt River Project customers soaking up new energy storage incentive, PV Magazine
At current rates, this incentive will be gone by the end of the month. And with recent studies
suggesting 74% of residential solar power buyers are also interested in energy storage, this appears to be part of a national trend.
The scientist still fighting for the clean fuel the world forgot, MIT Technology Review
Jay Keasling grew up in a small Nebraska town, on a corn farm that’s been in his family for five generations.