Minnesota Regulators Give Boost to Residential Community Solar

Date: 24 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a decision earlier this month, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a 1.5-cent adder to the per-kilowatt-hour compensation offered to residential subscribers of community solar projects offered in Xcel Energy territory in Minnesota. The Commission’s decision gives hope that residential participation will continue, with the adder effective for projects started in 2019 and 2020.… Read More

California’s Landmark Solar Homes Mandate Lowers Cost of Home Ownership

Date: 11 May 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Starting January 1, 2020, every new home built in California will sport solar panels. The landmark ruling of the state’s Energy Commission is expected to lower the monthly cost of home ownership by $40, but it will also have significant benefits for the local economy and the electric grid.… Read More

Supporting Affordable Residential Access to Community Solar in Minnesota

Date: 3 May 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In April, ILSR submitted comments in support of affordable residential access to community solar for review by Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission. These comments concerned a proposed residential adder framework outlined as part of the state’s community solar program and Minnesota Department of Commerce Value of Solar calculation. We argue that, in a recent analysis submitted to the Commission by Xcel Energy, the utility exaggerated costs likely to be incurred under this new framework. Our comments support those made by allies such as Cooperative Energy Futures and advocate for adder calculations that ensure financeability and broad participation among residential subscribers to the state’s community solar program.… Read More

Community Solar and Value of Solar Under Review in Minnesota

Date: 2 Feb 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With a nation-leading community solar program, changes to the compensation scheme for participants shouldn’t be taken lightly. ILSR offered these comments to the MN Public Utilities Commission in February 2018 about preserving high values for the state’s “value of solar” calculation.… Read More

Is New York’s “Compromise” the Future for Net Metering?

Date: 11 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Across the country, utilities are battling their customers over solar, and typically trying to undermine customers that want to cut their energy bills by installing solar arrays. But not all fights end with one side or the other “winning.” In … Read More

Hawaii’s Net Metering Alternative Comes Up (Way) Short

Date: 21 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this week, the Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii approved the proposal of the islands’ largest utility to end net metering for solar customers. It’s the culmination of a years-long battle and a proxy in the national fight between utilities … Read More

Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

Date: 21 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This subject has been updated, please read our newest piece: Distributed Generation (Still) Under Fire, published May 2016. Need evidence that utilities are fighting back against their customer’s desire to generate their own power? This map shows where policies like net … Read More

Watch: Is Socialism What’s Stopping a Fair Value for Solar?

Date: 21 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Complete nonsense. The most socialistic thing I’ve ever heard. That’s just two quotes from a value of solar conversation between ILSR’s John Farrell and Karl Rábago of the Pace Energy and Climate Center that took place online on July 8, … Read More

Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It’s Also Worth Less

Date: 17 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report released this week asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scale solar. The clear implication is that we should let incumbent utilities build or buy solar from large-scale arrays instead of allowing customers to generate … Read More

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