By Dan Gearing, Inside Climate News
Colorado is emerging as a national model for how to expand renewable energy to low-income homes. The state has been pursuing low-income solar programs since 2015, and it’s on track to have 20 megawatts installed by the end of 2019 as those programs ramp up. The total is the combination of several programs that, working with utilities and charitable organizations, provide rooftop installations and community solar arrays to help customers save money. One key to Colorado’s success is that much of the rooftop solar work is being run by county and regional weatherization offices that already provide insulation and other energy efficiency services. Read more here.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- New bill would add vets to the wind energy workforce, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- BREAKING: California 100% renewable energy bill heads to Assembly, PV Magazine
If passed by the Assembly, California will become the second state to set a 100% mandate, after Hawaii, which also has a timeline of 2045 to reach this target. The next-most ambitious policy is in Vermont, which has set a 75% by 2032 mandate.
- What’s the future for the Midwest in a post-mandate world?, E&E News
- Living on the ‘Grid Edge’: Latest Trends in Clean Energy, by Sneha Ayyagari, Expert Blog, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Vistra, Tesla and PG&E seeking world’s first 1 GWh+ batteries, PV Magazine
- Texas to get its biggest solar plant at 315 MW-DC, PV Magazine
- How Google cleared a path for companies to buy clean power, Fast Company
When the tech giant first bought wind from a farm in Iowa in 2010, it pioneered a new way for big corporations to access green energy. Now dozens of other companies, from Nike to Walmart, are following their lead.
- More and more corporations are signing contracts with wind and solar projects, and as this happens the space is becoming broader and more complex, PV Magazine
- Ameren’s ‘green tariff’ gets the green light, giving cities and large customers better access to renewable energy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Make no mistake that this is a huge win for customers,” said James Owen, executive of Renew Missouri, an organization that pushes for increased adoption of renewable energy, in a statement. “Companies like (Anheuser-Busch InBev) and General Motors have aggressive and comprehensive sustainable energy goals. This gives them the ability to work with their utility to make this happen.” Last year, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a resolution for the city to use 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Prominent local employers, such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, have recently made similar commitments.
- Let the sun shine in: New material could help turn buildings into power plants, Utility Dive
- Irish solar company BNRG breaks ground in US, The Irish Times
Renewable energy firm starts work on 10 photovoltaic projects in state of Oregon.
- Sunnova launches SunSafe solar-plus-storage service in Massachusetts, Solar Power World
- Montana’s Transmission System Is Ready for New Renewable Energy, Report Says, Montana Public Radio
- Solar Developers May Be Able to Avoid Solar Tariffs Under New IRS Tax Credit Guidance, Renewable Energy World
- Oil Companies, Utilities Vie for Share of Electric Vehicle Market, Bloomberg
- What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Clean Energy?, Forbes Contributor