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IREC’s 2017 Clean Energy States Honor Roll

ALBANY, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After a year with a dizzying volume of energy policy activity across the states, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) calls out some favorite success stories, in its 2017 Clean Energy States Honor Roll, announced today. IREC is a 35-year-old national independent not-for-profit organization that works state by state to increase consumer access to clean renewable energy through fact-based policy leadership, quality work force development, and consumer empowerment. Continue reading here.

Partnership Increases Solar Adoption, Creates Jobs and Expands Economy in Communities Across the Nation

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Geostellar, the nation’s original online solar energy platform, announced today a partnership with the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC), a vital Baptist denomination with an estimated membership of 2.5 million people, and Together Solar, a developer of shared-solar energy generation projects, to offer clean, renewable power through PNBC member churches to their communities and congregations. Continue reading.

Midwestern cities recognized for pursuing solar-friendly policies

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

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Six Midwestern cities are among 22 communities nationwide that were commended on Monday for taking innovative approaches to streamlining solar development. Their actions were aimed at reducing the “soft costs” of solar installation – the costs outside the actual hardware – and are estimated by the federal Department of Energy to comprise about two-thirds of the price of a solar installation . . . Although federal and state governments generally take the spotlight for offering tax breaks and other incentives aimed at fostering solar, “cities can do a lot about soft costs,” said Gayle Prest, Minneapolis’ sustainability director. Click to read more.

Photo: Sundial Solar / Minnesota Solar Challenge via Creative Commons

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Why Should Only the Wealthy Get Solar Panels?

By Gillian B, White, The Atlantic

Solar panels are seen in the Palm Springs area

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For homeowners and renters, drawing energy from solar panels on their roofs can be very cost-effective: Some estimates put monthly electric-bill savings between 10 and 30 percent, and on top of that, households that install solar systems can get 30 percent of the cost as a tax credit. But for many, installing solar panels is simply not within reach: Setting up such systems can cost tens of thousands of dollars, which means that their use—and subsequent savings—are predominantly enjoyed by wealthy households. That’s why, as Washington, D.C., moves forward with its clean-energy plan—which would have at least half the city’s power coming from renewable sources by 2032—it is doing so with an eye on inequality. The city has mandated that a portion of the money set aside for solar initiatives—just under one-third—target low-income neighborhoods. Continue reading.

Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters. Solar installation in the Palm Springs area, California

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FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative
A PV Panel On Every Roof,
William S. Becker, Executive Director, Presidential Climate Action Project, Huffington Post Blog

ADDITIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY / ENERGY EFFICIENCY NEWS
Minnesota Power Seeks Proposals for Large-Scale Wind, Solar Energy, and Customer-Driven Resources, Business Wire
A new crop is now growing in Idaho: Solar energy, Idaho Statesman
Highlights:
Idaho’s first commercial solar farm has just been built south of Boise
Five other solar farms in Southeast Idaho are are set to be completed this year
Idaho Power is proposing a community solar project in Southeast Boise
Renewable Energy Is Key to Fighting Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council
New program helps hospitals advance solar beyond their campuses, Midwest Energy News
5 Common Myths About Residential Solar, Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
In Texas, 1 company is making rooftop solar work without net mtering, Utility Dive
SEIA Releases New Guide to Land Leases for Solar
US moves up in ACEEE world efficiency rankings, but still plenty of room for improvement: The U.S. is ranked #8 in the ACEEE rankings, up from #13 two years ago, Utility Dive

At Iowa forum, U.S. energy secretary stresses security: Moniz praises state’s leadership in ‘clean energy revolution’

By Rod Boshart, The Gazette 

MonizDES MOINES — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz opened a two-day swing through Iowa on Friday by praising the state’s leadership in “this clean energy revolution” with its emphasis on wind, solar and biofuels that will aid in reducing dependence on foreign oil and bolster energy security. Moniz said he was impressed by Gov. Terry Branstad’s expectation that 40 percent of Iowa’s electricity would come from wind energy by 2020, and he called Iowa “forward-looking” in coupling its low-cost, reliable energy with economic development. Read more. Photo Credit: Reuters

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Community Solar Garden Helps Power Cedar Falls, Iowa Public Radio
The US is actually leading the way on clean energy, Tech Insider 
NV Energy expands Green Energy Rider program to large customers, Utility Dive
TEP Receives Approval to Develop Innovative Energy Storage Facilities, Business Wire

Iberdrola Renewables Announces Wind Power Agreement with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

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PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Iberdrola Renewables today announced a 25-year contract to supply Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (Tri-State) – a wholesale electric power supplier owned by 44 electric cooperatives and public power districts across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming – with renewable energy from the planned Twin Buttes II Wind Project.

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The U.S. Department of Energy designated Tri-State as 2015 Wind Cooperative of the Year.

Iberdrola USA, headquartered in Portland, Oregon is an “energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world.”

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Portland’s largest renewable energy developer inks huge 76 MW wind dealby Wendy Culverwell, Portland Business Journal

A model for Nebraska? Nation’s first utility-sponsored community solar array serving low-income households

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BUSINESS WIRE)–Over the next two days, Grand Valley Power (GVP), an electric cooperative utility, and GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest non-profit solar installer, will complete installation of the country’s first utility-sponsored community solar array serving low-income households. The 29-kilowatt array will provide low-cost solar power to eight hardworking families in GVP’s service area and serve as a national model for clean energy access. The installation, which broke ground in March, is being completed during GRID Alternatives Colorado’s Community Solarthon event with help from over 100 community volunteers and job trainees.

“Why are we doing this?” says Tom Walch, GVP’s General Manager. “We believe that solar powered generation is an idea whose time has come. Community solar is the best way to harness this developing technology.

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