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New Research Shows a Solar Revolution in Rural America

News Release, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

ARLINGTON, Va. –The rapid acceleration of solar development by America’s electric cooperatives is transforming the energy landscape in rural America. According to a new report, electric co-ops today own or purchase more than nine times as much solar energy as they did in 2013.

In 2013, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) received a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to help electric cooperatives remove barriers to solar development. Through the ensuing Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) project, NRECA worked with 17 electric cooperatives to develop models and resources for co-ops interested in developing solar energy. Continue here.

Download Report: A Solar Revolution in Rural America
SUNDA Project


  • NRECA’s Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Award
    In May, SEPA announced their 2018 Power Players Awards. The awards “honor utilities, their partners, and individual thought leaders providing the vision, models and momentum for the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean, modern energy future.” The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) was one of three recipients of the Innovative Partner of the Year Award in recognition of the SUNDA Project. 
  • NRECA and Industry Groups: EVs Are Viable Tool to Meet Fuel Standards, by Cathy Cash
    At least 150 NRECA member co-ops provide off-peak charging rates for EV users. Dozens of electric co-ops across the country have programs that implement charging infrastructure in their service territory.

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Nebraska is one of 11 states awarded $5 million in new Department of Energy funding

Photo: Department of Energy (DOE)

Photo: Department of Energy (DOE)

The Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) has awarded $5 million to 11 states to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and increase our nation’s energy security, including:

  • Alaska Energy Authority
  • The State of Maine
  • Minnesota Division of Energy Resources
  • Missouri Division of Energy
  • Nebraska State Energy Office
  • New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning
  • New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
  • New York State Energy Research Development Authority
  • Tennessee Office of Energy Programs
  • Vermont Planning and Energy Resources Division
  • Virginia Division of Energy

Source: White House Fact Sheet: Continuing to Drive Growth in Solar Energy Across the Country: Administration Announcing More than $120 Million to Scale Up Clean Energy in 24 States

Why community shared solar is ready to be the ‘great equalizer’

A new NREL study explains what could open up the other half of the distributed solar market.

By Herman K. Trabish, Utiliy Dive

About half of all American rooftops are suited to solar installations and about 0.5% now have solar. That means solar could get up to 100 times bigger than it is now. But that’s not the big news in a just-released study.

The really big news is that community shared solar is poised to reproduce the sharp upward growth that the industry has seen over the last five to six years with solar leasing, according to researchers at the Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL). That would give the other half of households and small businesses the opportunity to buy in.

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NREL Report: Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation