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New Online B2B Solar Energy Network: EnergyBin

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A U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative grant recipient, EnergyBin is a new members-only B2B network that facilitates the brokering, movement, and commerce of new, excess, used, refurbished, and vintage renewable energy components and provides an information-sharing  platform for solar manufacturers, distributors, EPCs, installers, developers, O&M asset managers, and other solar industry members.  Current members already include 3,500 companies, large and small, and 17,000+ users.

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Lincoln, Nebraska Among 58 Communities In 25 States Achieving SolSmart Designation

Posted by Avery Palmer, SolSmart News Blog
SolSmart is a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Program

Just over a year after the SolSmart program launched, 58 communities in 25 states have achieved designation as “open for solar business.” Representing more than 29 million people, these cities and counties are cutting red tape to reduce the cost of solar energy at the local level.

Today, SolSmart is announcing the latest 22 new designations at the American Planning Association National Planning Conference in New York City. We’re excited and proud to recognize what they’ve achieved. Continue reading.

You can see a map and list of all SolSmart designees here.

Solar jobs: State of the states

In this op-ed, U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Director Dr. Charlie Gay dives into the latest job numbers for the U.S. solar industry. Cross-posted by PV Magazine from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Blog

With a variety of different careers to choose from in the solar industry, it should come as no surprise that there are now more than 260,000 people working in it. That number also represents nearly 1,000 new jobs added every week of 2016, marking a 25% increase in a single year. To calibrate this dramatic growth, The Solar Foundation (TSF) recently released data showing where the most jobs are located and which parts of the value chain are seeing the most job growth. There are a number interesting pieces to discover. Continue reading.

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Alumna Energized by SunShot Experience

By Kristine Rohwer, Creighton University Magazine

The future looks bright for recent graduate Erin Cheese,
BS ’15, as she pursues her passion in the solar and renewable energy field. A double major in energy science and applied physical analysis, Cheese is currently in her second year as a junior fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020.

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Erin is also a former Nebraskans for Solar (NFS) board member, having served for two years. One of her many achievements was co-founding the Creighton Energy Club with other student leaders. NFS workshop attendees will recall that Erin, along with Cliff Mesner, owner of Mesner Solar Development, were co-presenters of a public forum on solar development opportunities, locally and nationally, at UNO’s Community Engagement Center on October 12, 2016. Erin’s topics included a discussion of the current SunShot initiative’s Solar In Your Community Challenge.

Tools You Can Use for Community Solar – Free Webinar

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge aims to make solar more accessible and inclusive for every American.

Join the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) for Tools You Can Use for Community Solar webinar on December 15th from 2 to 3:15 p..m. to learn more about available tools and resources to help you apply for the challenge and be successful in building your community solar challenge program or project.

The webinar will provide an overview of a newly created Community Solar Toolkit, as well as some case studies featuring innovative tools and approaches to advance community solar projects and programs across diverse markets. There will be ample time for Q&A.

REGISTER HERE.

SOLAR IN YOUR COMMUNITY CHALLENGE 

FEATURED IN THE WEBINAR 
Overview of Solar Market Pathways Community Solar Toolkit, Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC
Community Solar Portal and Cost Tool for Cook County, Illinois, Vito Greco, Elevate Energy
New York Solar Portal, Allison Silverman, City University of New York (CUNY)
Community-based Bulk Purchase Campaigns, Kate Bowman, Utah Clean Energy

See our website calendar for additional details. 

White House Announces New Department of Energy Initiatives – Including Solar in Your Community Challenge

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At Nebraskans for Solar’s October 12th public forum on community solar, guest speaker Erin Cheese, a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, presented preliminary information about a planned initiative within DOE’s National Community Solar Partnership.

Today, the White House announced that the SunShot Initiative is launching the Solar In Your Community challenge to expand solar access to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households, state, local and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations.

One hundred teams across the country will compete for cash prizes and technical assistance as they demonstrate innovative business and financial models that expand solar access to underserved groups. The teams with the most scalable, replicable solar business models will be eligible to win $1 million in final prizes, including a $500,000 grand prize.

Additionally, the Department of Energy Is:
*  Releasing an updated Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing Programs.
*  Announcing a New Partnership to Help Improve Energy Efficiency in HUD-Assisted and Public Housing.
*  Creating a Clean Energy Compact between the Department of Energy and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Forge a Workforce and Community Investment Program.

Click HERE to read the entire Release / Fact Sheet.

Wanted: Your ideas for new community solar projects or programs in Nebraska!

Please bring your ideas for local community solar development to Nebraskans for Solar’s public forum this Wednesday, October 12th at 7 p.m. in Combined Rooms 201/205/209 at UNO’s Community Engagement Center.

The Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership will be the primary topic of discussion for this first in a series of fall Nebraskans for Solar events. You will learn about the basics and benefits of community solar and how you can help develop a community solar project or program in your local community. You will also learn about another new program supported by DOE’s SunShot Initiative: CivicPACE.

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Our main speaker will be Erin Cheese, Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, graduate of Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program, and former Nebraskans for Solar Board member for two years.

 

 

cliff-mesner-3Cliff Mesner,  owner of Mesner Solar Development, who led Central City’s efforts to create Nebraska’s first community solar garden, will then join the discussion. He will present several steps for developing community solar projects, available incentives, and benefits; the current status of Central City’s solar garden; and community solar projects developing in other Nebraska communities.

A brainstorming session will follow in which the audience will divide into small groups to discuss the information presented and propose ideas for new community solar projects and programs in our local communities.

This event, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by Creighton Energy Club and Green Bellevue. We’ve invited additional solar developers and renewable energy advocacy groups and individuals, as well as government leaders and utility company representatives.

In addition to Nebraskans for Solar, Creighton Energy Club, and Green Bellevue, there are many more organizations and agencies educating people of all ages about renewable energy in our state. These groups have also been invited to participate in our public forum, and they include in alphabetical order: Bold Nebraska, Center for Rural Affairs, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Clean Energy Nebraska, Green Omaha Coalition, Nebraska Energy Office,  Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Green Schools, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, Nebraska League of Conservation Voters, Nebraska Sierra Club, Nebraska Solar Schools, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Omaha Together One Community, and Wind for Schools Program.

Please join us! Refreshments will be served. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower, and adjacent lots.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The National Community Solar Partnership works to expand access to community solar throughout the nation, especially in low- and moderate-income households. On July 19, 2016, the White House announced a new goal to enable 1 GW of low- and moderate-income solar by 2020. Nebraskans for Solar is a member of the National Community Solar Partnership. Included in Erin’s presentation will be information on joining the partnership and the benefits.

CivicPACE: Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the CivicPACE Program is working to support solar energy deployment by bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to tax-exempt organizations, such as nonprofits, affordable housing, faith based institutions, and schools.

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Midwestern cities recognized for pursuing solar-friendly policies

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

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Six Midwestern cities are among 22 communities nationwide that were commended on Monday for taking innovative approaches to streamlining solar development. Their actions were aimed at reducing the “soft costs” of solar installation – the costs outside the actual hardware – and are estimated by the federal Department of Energy to comprise about two-thirds of the price of a solar installation . . . Although federal and state governments generally take the spotlight for offering tax breaks and other incentives aimed at fostering solar, “cities can do a lot about soft costs,” said Gayle Prest, Minneapolis’ sustainability director. Click to read more.

Photo: Sundial Solar / Minnesota Solar Challenge via Creative Commons

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Nebraskans for Solar’s October 12th Public Forum: The Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership

erin-cheese2The Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership will be the topic of discussion on October 12th for Nebraskans for Solar’s first in a series of fall events at UNO’s Community Engagement Center. Erin Cheese, Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, graduate of Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program, and former Nebraskans for Solar Board member for two years will discuss the National Community Solar Partnership and how Nebraskans can get involved.

The partnership works to expand access to community solar throughout the nation, especially in low- and moderate-income households. On July 19, 2016, the White House announced a new goal to enable 1 GW of low- and moderate-income solar by 2020. Nebraskans for Solar is a member of the National Community Solar Partnership. Included in Erin’s talk will be information on joining the National Community Solar Partnership and the benefits. Learn more and see a list of National Community Solar Partnership members here.

This event, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by Creighton Energy Club and Green Bellevue. We’ve invited special guests, including government leaders and community solar advocates and developers, and reserved Combined Rooms 201/205/209 at UNO’s Community Engagement Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Please save the date and join us! Refreshments will be served. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower, and adjacent lots.

The Solar Training Network – A major new Department of Energy Program

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The Solar Foundation has been selected to serve as the new National Administrator of the Solar Training Network – a major new program that will help grow and strengthen the U.S. solar workforce.

If you are a solar employer or training provider interested in joining the Solar Training Network, you can sign up at SolarTrainingUSA.Org.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the Solar Training Network will help build the necessary infrastructure to better match workforce supply with soaring industry demand.