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CleanChoice Energy Offers New Renewable Energy Broker Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Magazine

CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company providing 100% clean electricity to customers across the country, has launched the CleanChoice Energy Broker Program . . . The new program will initially be available to partners serving Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Read more here.

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    Studies by NREL and Clean Energy Group estimate that demand charges above $15/kW make battery storage economic, and GTM Research claims that by 2021, $11/kW demand charges will make battery storage economic. A recent study (PDF) by NREL found that “some of the country’s highest demand charges were found to be in states not typically known for high electricity prices, such as Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, and Georgia.” If you haven’t checked your bill recently, check again.

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Report details ‘bottom-up’ climate strategies for cities, states, Smart Cities Dive

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Philadelphia finds a new way to support low-income solar, PV Magazine
In this op-ed for pv magazine, Bentham Paulos examines how Philadelphia is using Solarize to bring the benefits of solar to low-income residents.

TRANSMISSION PROJECT NEWS
Missouri Supreme Court gives new life to $2B Grain Belt Express transmission project, Utility Dive. The proposed 780-mile transmission line would move wind energy from western Kansas to utilities and customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states. 

Electricity prices plunge with more renewables, study says

By David Ferris, E&E News, Wyoming Business Report

The study released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory modeled how high penetration of solar and wind power — from 40 to 50 percent — would affect system operators in New York, the Great Plains, California and Texas . . . The study looked at four system operators: the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the California Independent System Operator and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), all of which neatly cover their home states. It also modeled the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which encompasses part or all of five wind-rich states: Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Click here to read more.

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American Public Power Association urges DOE to reject FirstEnergy plea for emergency order

By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association News

The American Public Power Association is urging the Department of Energy to reject a request by FirstEnergy Solutions that the Secretary of Energy issue an emergency order requiring PJM Interconnection and, by extension, electricity consumers in the PJM region, to provide “full cost recovery” for certain merchant generating plants in PJM. Such a request is unjustified, the Association said in its April 9 submittal to the DOE. FirstEnergy Solutions has neither demonstrated the existence of an emergency that would support action by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry under Federal Power Act section 202(c), nor shown that its requested relief is reasonable, the public power group argued. At issue is a March 29 request made by FirstEnergy Solutions, on behalf of certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, FirstEnergy), with the DOE. Continue reading here.

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SOLAR GROUP BUY / SOLARIZE MODEL PROGRAM

Muncie couple promotes solar panels throughout Indiana, The Daily News
A retired Ball State University married couple John Vann, retired marketing professor, and Carolyn Vann, retired biology professor, are taking their knowledge of sustainability and clean energy to the forefront of East Central Indiana to help households procure solar energy for their own properties. They are working to help Hoosiers obtain discounted panels.

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Potential Models for Nebraska Communities: Solar Power Hour locations announced for Johnson County Solarize program

IOWA CITY — Nearly two dozen public meetings have been scheduled to help educate area residents on Johnson County’s Solarize program — which incentivizes private solar development through volume purchasing prices. Similar to last year’s Solarize program in Linn County, the first of its kind in Iowa, the program is administered by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The Cedar Rapids and Linn County Solarize program concluded with about 607 kilowatts of solar energy added to 105 properties. Read more here.

Photo: Stacks of solar panels. Bulk purchasing is a central part of Solar Group Buy & Solarize Programs.

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Solarize Program in Iowa Exceeds Expectations

By Mitchell Schmidt, Cedar Rapids Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — James Hodina, the environmental manager with Linn County Public Health, helped this year with the Solarize Cedar Rapids and Linn County program. The program, which began earlier this summer and concluded at the end of September, aimed to increase private solar energy installations throughout the county with incentives. Read more here.

Photo: James Hodina, environmental manager with Linn County Public Health, stands Wednesday outside his home in Cedar Rapids, where his family recently had a solar energy system installed. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

To learn more about bulk purchasing solar PV systems, join Nebraskans for Solar and Green Bellevue for this event:

Solar Group Buy Roundtable Discussion: Creating a Model for Nebraska Communities at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, 7 – 8:30 p.m. in rooms 201 & 205

3 Renewable Energy Numbers to Impress Your Friends With: 7. 43, 50

By John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog

Next time you’re talking with a friend about the exciting things happening in our electricity sector (aren’t you always?), here are three easy numbers for remembering how we’re doing: 7, 43, and 50.  That’s: wind energy’s progress, solar energy’s growth, and the number of states making it happen. Continue reading.

This post is part of a series on Clean Energy Momentum.

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Green Benefits: Companies Now Offer Solar Energy Programs for Employees

by Rosalind Jackson, Vote Solar – Posted on Renewable Energy World.Com

Vote Solar may be best known for our work advocating for state-level policy, but we’ve also been hard at work helping tackle solar soft costs head on through our GroupEnergy program. Our take on the solarize community purchasing model focuses on helping existing groups — think coworkers, clubs or congregations — pool their collective buying power to go solar at home.

We’ve seen particularly strong interest from major employers who want to take sustainability beyond the boardroom and into their broader communities. Participating companies get to offer a great employee benefit (solar), the employees get to navigate the process of going solar together (making it easier and more affordable), and the solar industry gets to serve a group of customers at once, reducing those nefarious customer acquisition soft costs. It builds solar awareness and lowers solar’s price tag in one fell swoop.

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San Francisco’s SunShares Program. In their group purchasing program, solar installations cost $3.50 per installed watt, the same as at least four Nebraska solar professionals charge.