Tag Archives: Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers: A Guide for States and Municipalities

Clean Energy States Alliance has just published a new guide, Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers, which outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power. It  provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption.
Watch the companion webinar this Thursday.

New! Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities: A Guide for States and Municipalities

By Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance

This guide seeks to provide state and municipal officials with information to develop effective solar and battery storage (solar+storage) policies and programs that benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. It explores a range of policy approaches that have been successfully employed and provides program examples from states that have made LMI access to these technologies a priority. Download the report.

Author and CESA Projects Director Todd Olinsky-Paul discussed the report in a recent webinar. Watch it here.

CESA’s Sustainable Solar Education Project Releases New Guide on Solar Loan Programs

States and municipalities can play an important role in spurring local lending for residential rooftop PV installations. To help inform state and municipal officials about best practices and the various approaches to opening up the lending marketplace for residential solar, the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has published a guide titled Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs: A Guide for States and Municipalities. The guide, authored by Travis Lowder of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), describes general factors state and municipal governments should consider when assessing whether to launch a public solar loan program, explains various loan program design elements, and offers several case studies.

In a webinar on Thursday, January 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. CST,  Travis Lowder will provide an overview of the new program guide. There will be time to address questions from the audience. This webinar is free but registration is required. Register here.

Solar Information for Consumers: A Guide For States

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New Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar & Guide 

States have an increasingly important opportunity to present the public with sound, unbiased, user-friendly information on solar energy. To help states play this role, the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has produced Solar Information for Consumers: A Guide for States.

The guide explains why states should provide consumer information on solar, describes the types of information that can be useful, and points out existing educational efforts by states and other entities that provide models and useful resource information. Although the focus of the guide is on educational efforts by states, its messages and approaches can apply to municipalities, counties, and municipal utilities that want to provide consumers with information on solar.

In a webinar on Thursday, November 17, CESA’s Executive Director Warren Leon will provide an overview of the new program guide. There will be time to address questions from the audience.

This publication is one in a series of guides being produced by CESA as part of its Sustainable Solar Education Project.

New Resource: Energy Storage Procurement Guidance Documents for Municipalities

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Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance, with support from Bright Power, Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, and the Barr Foundation, have drafted a series of energy storage procurement guidance documents for municipalities.

The materials are designed to give specific examples of the elements that should be included in a solicitation for the procurement and installation of a battery energy storage project that is designed to provide backup power during outages.

This document is available here.

The document is a revised version of material previously presented in a webinar on the topic of energy storage procurement. The webinar, “Procurement Guidance for Energy Storage Projects: Help with RFIs, RFQs and RFPs,” is available here. The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) produced the webinar. Learn more about ESTAP here.

CESA Webinar: Federal Residential Tax Credit Eligibility for Community-Shared Solar Panel Owners

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In August 2015, the IRS ruled that a particular owner of PV panels in an offsite, community-shared solar array is eligible for the residential tax credit under section 25D of the U.S. tax code. While the IRS’s ruling is only legally applicable to the individual taxpayer in question—a solar panel owner in Boardman Hill Solar Farm, a member-managed 150-kW off-site solar array in Vermont—the ruling may open up project opportunities for direct ownership of community-shared solar systems by multiple individuals.

On September 22nd, from 12 to 1 PM CDT, the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is hosting a webinar with guest speakers from law firm Foley Hoag, LLP to discuss the recent IRS ruling and its implications for community-shared solar nationwide.

Host:  Nate Hausman, Project Manager, CESA
Guest Speakers:
Adam Wade, Attorney, Foley Hoag
Nicola Lemay, Attorney, Foley Hoag

More information and resources related to this ruling are available here.

Click here to register.

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New Report Highlights Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Energy Storage Markets

Clean Energy Group report provides analysis of  how energy storage is valued in U.S. electricity markets.

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Montpelier, VT — Key issues surrounding the deployment of energy storage and its participation in U.S. electricity markets are examined in a new report by Clean Energy Group, Energy Storage and Electricity Markets: The value of storage to the power system and the importance of electricity markets in energy storage economics. The report analyzes electricity markets where structures have been implemented to compensate energy storage services adequately enough to encourage increased deployment. The report also details energy storage opportunities for cost savings in regions with high utility demand charges or that employ time-of-use rates, which encourage less consumption during peak periods. These and other potential value streams are discussed along with successes and limitations in existing markets.

From renewable generation smoothing to demand charge reduction, energy storage technologies have the capacity to benefit each segment of the power system. Energy storage, primarily in the form of batteries, can deliver value not just to utilities and grid operators but to commercial and residential consumers alike. Unfortunately, the full value of energy storage cannot be realized under current market conditions, which can make it a challenge to find financing for these systems. However, markets are beginning to emerge that provide viable revenue streams for battery storage and its unique attributes and benefits to the grid and to electricity customers.

“Not only can battery storage improve resiliency as a source of critical backup power, it can boost the economic resiliency of communities by reducing consumer utility bills and generating revenue by providing grid services,” said report author Seth Mullendore. “Though energy storage technologies are advancing at a rapid pace, the market mechanisms supporting them are still in their infancy. Until markets have been developed and properly structured to value energy storage services, the full beneficial impact of energy storage on the power system will remain unrealized.”

The full report is available on Clean Energy Group’s website here.

A free webinar focused on this report will be hosted by Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance on Thursday, August 27 from 12-1:30 pm Central Time to provide more detail on the report’s key findings. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.cesa.org/webinars/webinar-electricity-markets-and-the-economics-of-energy-storage/view/2015-08-27.

Clean Energy Champions – The Importance of State Programs and Policies

By Warren Leon, Executive Director, Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)

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Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies, by the Clean Energy States Alliance provides the first-ever comprehensive look at the ways in which states are advancing clean energy and suggests how to further encourage growth. The report describes the many important ways that states across the nation are supporting clean energy generation and markets. It highlights 31 case studies from 22 states, covering a variety of state programs such as renewable portfolio standards, rebates for purchasing solar panels, and wind energy tax credits, as well as lesser known ones to build necessary infrastructure, grow small businesses, and protect consumers.

To download a high resolution version of the report (14 MB), go to http://www.cesa.org/assets/2015-Files/Clean-Energy-Champions.pdf

New Solar + Storage Microgrid Project to Provide Resilient Power

With support from the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and Clean Energy Group (CEG), Green Mountain Power, a Vermont utility, has broken ground on a major new solar + storage resilient power microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont.

This will be among the first microgrids in the country to be powered exclusively by solar PV, with over 7,700 solar panels on the site, backed up with 4 MW of battery capacity, and absolutely no use of fossil fuels.

The microgrid will be built on a landfill, contributing to the city’s brownfield recovery efforts, and will help to integrate solar generation on the distribution grid; it will also supply resilient power to a public school designated as a Red Cross emergency shelter, powering the shelter in emergencies when the grid is down (Rutland suffers frequent power outages due to storms).

Visit CESA’s website to read the full press release: http://www.cesa.org

Upcoming Webinar: A Solar Storage Microgrid for the Energy City of the Future

CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) will host a webinar on the Stafford Hills Microgrid Project on Friday, August 22 from 12-1 pm Central Daylight Time.

Green Mountain Power has broken ground on its solar plus storage microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont.  This will be among the first microgrids in the country to be powered exclusively by solar PV, with over 7,700 solar panels on the site, backed up with 4 MW of battery capacity, both lithium ion and lead acid types.

The microgrid will be built on a landfill and will help to integrate solar generation on the distribution grid; it will also supply resilient power to a public school designated as an emergency shelter, powering the shelter in emergencies when the grid is down (Rutland suffers frequent power outages due to storms).

This is the first step in a larger plan to make Rutland, VT the “energy city of the future.”  The project is funded in part by grants from the state of Vermont and from U.S. DOE, Office of Electricity, with support from CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership. 

Speakers:
• Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
• Josh Castonguay, Director of Generation and Renewable Innovation, Green Mountain Power
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Related Project: Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership:
http://www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/

To register for the webinar, click here: http://www.cesa.org/webinars/estap-webinar-a-solar-storage-microgrid-for-the-energy-city-of-the-future/view/2014-08-22