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Solar Power World Interviews Erica Mackie, Grid Alternatives Co-Founder and CEO

Making solar accessible for low-income communities.
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RECOMMENDED READING

Grid Alternatives Supports Low-Income Access to Solar Energy, Planetsave
The U.S. Solar Market Continues to Grow, Solar Power International Reaffirms, AltEnergy Magazine
Provo mayor to veto new solar energy fee, Deseret News
Georgia Republican Champions Solar, Yale Climate Connections
Stanford’s solar expansion project moves ahead, Stanford News
After a banner year, energy storage on track to best 2015’s record-setting year, Utility Dive
Missouri regulator approves major utility’s community solar plan, Midwest Energy News
Community Solar: How to go Solar Without Rooftop Panels, Mother Earth News
Women in Energy POWERing Growth & Profit, Heatspring Magazine
Taxpayers in Nevada deserve a fair return for renewable energy development on public lands, Opinion: Las Vegas Review-Journal
World moves to offset airplane emissions in landmark deal, Think Progress. The industry will offset its pollution through carbon credits or funding green projects.

How an obscure piece of technology will help put more solar on the grid

Written by David J. Unger, Midwest Energy News
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An esoteric smart-grid technology is gaining prominence as expanded solar capacity poses new challenges to utilities and grid operators. Advanced inverters, or smart inverters, are sophisticated versions of the devices long used to convert the direct current output of solar panels into the alternating current used by consumers across the electrical grid. Whereas traditional inverters are programmed to shut off during disturbances on the electrical grid, advanced inverters can continue to operate and even assist in smoothing out an increasingly variable grid. Only a handful of U.S. states make significant use of this emerging technology, but that’s changing as electricity standards and procedures are updated to reflect a modernizing industry. Learn more here.

Photo: A worker installs an inverter on a solar project in Lakewood, California. Many inverters already have “smart” functionality installed but switched off by default. Credit: Michelle Gerdes / Creative Commons

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
$1 billion wind project boost for Franklin County, Mason City Globe Gazette / The Courier
Vestas & EDF Renewable Energy Team Up For 160 MW Wind Farm In United States, CleanTechnica
Plans for 130-megawatt Illinois wind farm revived with project sale, Springfield State Journal-Register
Solar farms near Paynesville, Atwater part of state’s largest project of its kind, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minnesota
USA Electric Car Sales Up 48% in July, CleanTechnica
FERC Gives Nod To Apple Petition For Selling Electricity, Planetsave
In Corporate March to Clean Energy, Utilities Not Required, Inside Climate News
A low-income St. Paul neighborhood has an ambitious energy plan, Midwest Energy News
Bay State storage: New law could give Massachusetts 3rd US energy storage mandate. Massachusetts was already a top state for energy storage. A new law could bolster that position with a mandate and utility ownership, Utility Dive
Software-Driven Community  SolarUtility Dive, Sponsored Content by Clean Energy Collective
Mosaic Energy raises $220 million for solar loansMosaic provides financing to homeowners for the purchase of rooftop solar systems through a network of over 250 solar companies, Utility Dive

Elon Musk reveals part 2 of his ‘Master Plan’ for Tesla, defends potential SolarCity deal

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed “part deux” of his master plan for the company in a Wednesday blog post, outlining a vision to expand Tesla’s vehicle offerings and network them with rooftop solar and residential batteries . . . The acquisition of Tesla’s sister company SolarCity will allow Tesla to “create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works,” Musk wrote, “empowering the individual as their own utility.” Read more here.

Photo: Elon Musk. Credit: Getty Images

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
White House rolls out plan to boost solar, efficiency access for low-income groups, Utility Dive
Iowa regulators open door to more net metering, Midwest Energy News
Wisconsin’s largest solar facility now operational, Daily Energy Insider
Pierre Solar Project Set To Be Largest in State,
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Pilot Energy Storage Project installed at College of Marin in California, Renewable Energy World
How aggregated DERs are becoming the new demand response: Grid operators are designing new markets and mechanisms to get reliability and flexibility from aggregated distributed energy resources, Utility Dive
A 300-megawatt wind farm application has been submitted to the Public Service Commission for Barnes County, the largest ever filed in North Dakota, Bismarck Tribune
Great Wind Energy Deals Are Swaying Major Players
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