By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine USA
Much of this has been in a few leading states. SEPA’s Community Solar Program Design Models has found that community solar installed in Xcel’s service area in Minnesota reached 246 MW by the end of the year, or 1/3 of the capacity of community solar deployed to date. Add in 159 MW in the territories of Eversource and National Grid in Massachusetts, and these two states host more than half of the U.S. community solar capacity. Read the entire article here
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- Demand drives wind power development to new heights in first quarter of 2018, American Wind Energy Association News Release
WASHINGTON — Strong demand for affordable, reliable wind energy drove a busy first quarter for new U.S. wind farm announcements. Wind power’s low cost and stable energy prices motivated utility and non-utility customers to sign contracts for 3,500 megawatts (MW) of U.S. wind capacity in the first quarter of 2018, a high water mark in recent years, according to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2018 Market Report also reveals 5,523 MW in first quarter wind project announcements, adding to a total of 33,449 MW of wind power capacity in the combined construction and advanced development pipeline.
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- U.S. Becomes Second Most Attractive Country For Renewables, Says New Study, Forbes
The Energy Department’s National Community Solar Partnership emphasizes serving low and moderate Income (LMI) households in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and key representatives from solar companies, non-profit organizations, state and community leaders, and financial institutions. The partnership’s mission is to leverage the momentum in the public and private sector to expand access to community and shared solar for LMI communities and others while utilizing the technical expertise of the Energy Department and its national laboratories.
The partnership’s work builds off of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Guide to Community Shared Solar, which provides a framework for the development of this model for solar deployment in communities. A recent DOE and NREL report estimates that nearly 50% of consumers and businesses are unable to host photovoltaic (PV) systems due to a number of factors. These consumers and businesses include those that do not own their building (i.e., renters), those that do not have access to sufficient roof space (e.g., high-rise buildings, multi-unit housing, malls), and/or those that occupy buildings with insufficient roof space to host a PV system. By opening the market to these customers, community and shared solar could represent 32%–49% of the distributed PV market in 2020, thereby leading to growing cumulative PV deployment growth by 2020 of 5.5–11.0 GW, and representing $8.2–$16.3 billion of cumulative investment. The National Community Solar Partnership’s goal to help unlock this potential for economic growth across the United States while providing clean solar power to distressed communities.
By Mike Munsell, Greentech Media
The U.S. community solar market is approaching a tipping point. In its latest report, U.S. Community Solar Outlook 2015-2020, GTM Research forecasts the market to grow fivefold this year, with 115 megawatts installed. By 2020, community solar in the United States will be an annual half-gigawatt opportunity.
With 66 cumulative megawatts installed through the end of 2014, the U.S. community solar market is just getting off the ground. However, GTM Research has pegged it as the most significant solar growth market for the United States. Between 2014 and 2020, GTM Research expects U.S. community solar to have a compound annual growth rate of 59 percent.