New Survey Finds Utilities, Policymakers Are Holding Back Local Solar

Date: 16 Dec 2021 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New research shows that electric utilities and state and local policymakers are hampering growth of solar energy in the United States through unnecessary delays and increased costs. If these issues are not resolved, communities stand to miss out on the job-creating and money-saving benefits of bringing solar to more people, including working class families, people of color, and rural households.… Read More

Utility Conflict of Interest is at the Heart of Minnesota’s Solar Interconnection Frustration

Date: 4 Oct 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In these reply comments to the Minnesota PUC, ILSR points out that as long as the utility’s interest is to profit off of new generation assets, it cannot successfully manage grid access for third parties.… Read More

Report: Implementation of the 30 Million Solar Homes Policy Platform

Date: 26 Aug 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The success of the 30 Million Solar Homes proposal relies not only on the initial passing of legislation through Congress, but also the subsequent implementation of new programs and regulations. This guide aims to address that step in the process: what implementation should look like, who is responsible for critical decisions, and how those decisions are made. … Read More

Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Roadblocks in the Rooftop Revolution — Episode 132 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 16 Jun 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Danny Kennedy discuss rooftop solar revolutions, Kennedy’s work at New Energy Nexus, and the importance of innovation in the energy sector. … Read More

30 Times More Jobs from Rooftop Solar, Utility Filing Says

Date: 30 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tucked into a proposal from Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric company, was a comparison of two proposed solar projects: one, a giant solar array on the site of a closing coal plant; the other, a small collection of rooftop solar projects to serve low-income residents. In a nondescript table was a bombshell revelation about the relative economic benefits of solar at small scale: for every million the utility proposed spending on rooftop solar, it would create 30 times more jobs than $1 million spent on utility-scale solar.… Read More

Hosting Capacity Analysis Could Simplify Grid Interconnection for Distributed Energy Resources

Date: 13 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

These comments, submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on April 7, underline the value Xcel Energy’s hosting capacity analysis could have as part of the interconnection process.… Read More

Model Ordinances to Support Ground-Mounted Distributed Solar

Date: 6 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This post explores how a community can put together a model solar ordinance. One example is Stearns County, Minn., whose solar ordinance protects pollinator habitat and ensures benefits to the wider community.… Read More

Updating Minnesota’s Dated Distributed Generation Tariff

Date: 1 Oct 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this testimony sent to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, John Farrell explains why the state’s 2001 distributed generation tariff has come up short and deserves an update.… Read More

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