July 7, 2017
By Dana Drugmand, Summer Research Assistant, CESA By Dana Drugmand, Summer Research Assistant, CESA
June 14, 2017
Through the Sustainable Solar Education Project[projects/sustainable-solar/], CESA conducted a full-day, in-person workshop for state officials on planning for bringing solar to low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents. Representatives from sixteen states attended the workshop, which was held in Washington, DC on June 14th. During the workshop, state participants engaged with leading experts and peers from across the country in discussions on such topics as financing for LMI solar, using community solar to advance solar for LMI households, LMI solar+storage as a strategy to reduce lifecycle costs, and harnessing existing low-income and housing programs for solar. The workshop included sessions for state officials to work together to generate and develop program ideas and strategies to bring the benefits of solar to LMI residents. Workshop materials are available here[webinars/sustainable-solar-education-project-workshop/].
June 12, 2017
2017 CESA Members Meeting in Washington, D.C. CESA members from across the country gathered in DC in June for the annual 2017 CESA Members Meeting.
June 9, 2017
Northeast Wind Resource Center Forum The Northeast Wind Resource Center, in partnership with E2Tech and the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative, held a half-day wind forum in Portland, Maine to discuss both land-based and offshore wind power on the national, regional, and state levels. The forum, attended by over 150 people, included presentations with developers, federal agencies, transmission operators, and renewable energy organizations. Read event highlights and recaps *here*.
June 8, 2017
By Dana Drugmand, Summer Research Assistant, CESA
May 1, 2017
The California Energy Commission is making solar more accessible and more widespread through its New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP). NSHP’s goal is to create a self-sustaining market for energy-efficient solar homes and help homeowners save money on electric bills. To date, the NSHP has installed nearly 67,000 solar systems. Recent changes to the NSHP Guidebook aim to make solar more accessible to low-income communities. These changes include increased incentive rates for affordable housing projects, and extending the permit application deadline from 60 to 120 days, as the former deadline was too tight for some complex projects, particularly multifamily and affordable housing. Read more about the NSHP in CESA's 2015 case study.
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