By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine
One of the oldest ideas about how to cut costs is advancing, not through a business, but through a non-profit. Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is reporting that it has added 13 “solar co-ops” in ten states over the last six months, which are allowing participating homeowners and small business owners to essentially buy rooftop solar in bulk, 30 roofs at a time.
These new cooperatives span the nation, from Arizona to Maryland, with four in a state that is experiencing a minor boom: Florida. Beaches Business Solar Co-op, Miami Digital Solar Co-op, Orlando Solar Co-op and Pasco County Solar Co-op. These co-ops work by gathering neighbors together through informative sessions run by SUN, and getting them to sign up more neighbors, often through word of mouth. Read more here.
Additional PV Magazine News Stories & Resources
- FPL redefines community solar
Florida Power and Light (FPL), in collaboration with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Vote Solar, and Walmart has officially filed a settlement to establish the nation’s largest community solar, after announcing plans for the program in the spring. The program, named Solar Together will be the biggest in the United States by a pretty wide margin, a piece of the larger 30×30 program that aims to install 30,000,000 solar panels by 2030, being described by SACE as 30×30’s ‘backbone.’
- Solar + storage to survive disasters
Roth Capital Partners has released a new research note on conclusions made and predictions about the solar industry, based off of observations made at Solar Power International 2019 (SPI). While the note is chiefly concerned with industry-wide solar stock performance, one bit of information stood out: Roth expects the U.S. residential solar market to exceed anticipated growth, increasing 25% year-over-year in both 2019 and 2020.
- Energy storage and inverters to get you through power outages
- Vertically integrated advanced energy manufacturing from SolarEdge
SolarEdge is still fundamentally based on solar power, however, it is turning into a vertically integrated energy manufacturer and service provider.
Green Hydrogen News
- 10 Countries Moving Toward a Green Hydrogen Economy, Greentech Media
It’s early days for renewable hydrogen, but the potential is enormous, and several nations have an eye on the driver’s seat.
- Hydrogen, Renewables and Energy Storage: A compilation of studies, reports and announcements, California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP)