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Community solar projects sprout up in Minnesota, Massachusetts

By Conor Ryan, PV Tech


Solar projects are continuing to sprout up across the US, as WGL Energy and NRG Energy have paved the way for a slew of new installations in both Minnesota and Massachusetts. NRG announced Tuesday that it has broken ground on five community solar projects in Minnesota, while WGL noted that it has completed a 3.2MW PV plant in Devens, Massachusetts. NRG noted that all five Minnesota projects are expected to be completed by early 2017. The installations will be developed in Washington County, Dakota County, Goodhue County, Olmstead County and Dodge County — and will have a combined generation capacity of 29.1MW. Read more.

Photo: The five Minnesota projects are expected to have a combined generation capacity of 29.1MW. Image Credit: NRG Energy

US Bank, Land O’Lakes, Macy’s, Ecolab Sign Up for Solar, ABC News

Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 Award Recipients, Day One
Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 award program highlights emerging leaders throughout the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The cohort of 2016 recipients are being announced on Sept. 28, Sept. 29, and Sept. 30.  

White House plan to boost EV adoption includes $4.5B in loan guarantees

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
A charging station for electric cars. To fight the 'war on

The White House has unveiled a plan to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, including making available up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees and inviting applications to support the commercial-scale deployment of charging infrastructure. The plan also calls for identifying zero emission and alternative fuel corridors, and studying where a national network of electric vehicle fast charging stations should be located. President Obama’s plan also calls for state, county and municipal governments to partner with the federal government to procure electric vehicle fleets at a discounted value. Continue reading.

 Photo: Getty Images

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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push for Renewable Energy Sources, Nebraska Public Radio
Minnesota first state in US to adopt ‘value of solar’ approach for community solar, PV-Tech
SunShot Programs Bring Solar Energy Basics to Real Estate, SunShot Initiative Blog
City Power Play Report: Part 1 – Municipal Utilities, Renewable Energy World
How Popular Is Home Solar Energy? Wall Street Journal

A graduate’s view of the Solar Ready Vets training schools

By Danielle Ola, PV Tech

PV TechSolar Ready Vets is a four to six week intensive programme of PV training and coursework which incorporates classroom, field and preparation time for a career in the solar industry as installers, sales representatives, managers, system inspectors and a whole host of other solar-related roles. The programme runs on a mutually beneficial arrangement; connecting exiting military personnel to civilian job training, allowing them to gain invaluable employment skills training and exciting work experience opportunities including apprenticeships and internships up to six months prior to their separation. In exchange, the solar industry in the US has a steady stream of disciplined, motivated and technically astute graduates to contribute to the rapidly expanding solar energy industry.  A recent graduate of the programme, Logan Rozanski, spoke to PV Tech about his experience . . . Read more here.

Public agencies enable SolarCity’s community solar offering for low income families

By Andy Colthorpe, PV Tech

Families on low incomes in California will be able to benefit from a new drive by PV-install and PVTech1leasing company SolarCity, enabled by a program set up by the state’s regulator. California Public Utilities’ Commission (CPUC), responsible for setting out the terms under which privately owned utilities operate, has run the MASH (multifamily affordable solar housing) program since 2008. To date, over 350 projects have gone ahead through the scheme, enabling the addition of 22.7MW of PV generation capacity across California . . . GTM Research put out a report in June that called community solar the “most significant” growth market in US PV, predicting that it could reach 500MW a year by 2020 . . . As well as expanding the reach of solar onto the rooftops and carports of low income households, SolarCity’s new offering will train up installers from those communities as well, the company said.

Read the entire article here.

Photo Credit: SolarCity. The community solar projects for low-income families will include carport installations as well as rooftops. 

Shared Renewables / Community Solar Resources – Solar Energy Industries Association