shared solar

Countdown to Anaheim: Join Us at the 3iForum!

Make plans now to attend IREC’s 2015 3iForum at Solar Power International with two days of insightful 30-minute sessions from IREC’s solar thought leaders. We’ll be in the Solar Industry Trends booth #3717 on the SPI exhibition floor, September 15-17 in Anaheim, California.

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Report Summarizes CA Virtual Net Metering Policies & Tariffs

In partnership with CalSEIA and the Center for Sustainable Energy, IREC co-authored the Virtual Net Metering Policy Background and Tariff Summary report, which provides a comprehensive overview of California’s multi-tenant policies and an explanation of similar shared solar programs throughout the country.

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A National Initiative: Solar for All

This week’s presidential announcement of a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate-income communities, is an exciting expansion of IREC’s groundbreaking work in this area, which began in California.

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Switch Turned On for Colorado’s First Shared Solar Project for Low-Income Customers

“This work embodies the many reasons IREC promotes shared solar and demonstrates why we participate in the development of shared solar rules,” says IREC Regulatory Director Sara Baldwin Auck.

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‘C’ is for Catalyst

Amidst a growing sense of urgency to expedite the transition to a clean energy future, catalysts are paramount. Lasting reforms to our centuries-old energy system will not just magically happen in 50 states and a handful of territories. A planned, patient, and persistent approach is needed. This laborious (some might even say tedious) process takes a stimulus.

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Solar for All: Reaching Low-Income Customers

Heating and cooling are not “nice-to-haves” in most areas of the U.S. – they are a necessity. However, this basic need creates a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Statistics vary on how much low-income families typically spend on their energy bills, but it’s in the range of 6-20 percent of their annual income, much higher than the national average of 3 percent.

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VEC first Wisconsin utility to construct community-owned solar

Source: LaCrosse Tribune Vernon Electric Cooperative (VEC) is bringing community-owned solar to Wisconsin. In partnership with national community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC), VEC will provide any member in its service territory the opportunity to own individual panels in a

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Shared Solar Financing Goes Local

The sizable up-front cost of solar has long been a challenging hurdle. So has rooftop siting –roofs are often shaded, in the wrong orientation, not owned by the people who live there, or otherwise unable to host a solar system. What if we could overcome both of these obstacles with one solution—one local solution? A Colorado credit union and solar company might have figured this out.

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SunShot Opportunities: Weigh In and Mark Your Calendars!

The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative has just announced two new opportunities for solar energy stakeholders to get involved in SunShot’s work.

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Location, Location, Location: How much does it matter for shared solar participants?

By Laurel Passera, Erica Schroeder McConnell and Joe Wiedman Across the country, shared solar programs and facilities are creating pathways for new groups of customers to participate in local solar generation. But just how much does that “local” aspect matter?

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