Connecticut DEEP Contemplates Microgrid Program Revisions

Connecticut officials are considering changes to the state's microgrid program, a first-of-its-kind grant offering.  Clean Energy Group's Todd Olinsky-Paul explains the proposed legislative and regulatory action. The hallmark of good programs is that they keep getting better. Last month, Clean Energy States Alliance awarded a State Leadership in … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s Microgrid Program Receives National Recognition

Connecticut's microgrid program is among this year's winners recognized by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for accelerating and strengthening clean energy tech and markets. CESA highlighted Connecticut for its first-of-a-kind $45 million grant program to help communities improve electric resiliency through microgrid development. The … [Read more...]

How to Get Solar and Energy Efficiency to Play Nice  

The solar and energy efficiency industries often are seen as brethren in the clean energy cause. But in truth, they are competitors. Energy efficiency undercuts solar profits. The more efficient a home or building, the fewer solar panels it needs. As a result, it’s difficult to get solar installers to abide by the oft-stated recommendation that … [Read more...]

Green Mountain Power Builds Microgrid to Revitalize City

Green Mountain Power has begun building what is believed to be the US’ first solar microgrid in a brownfield landfill,  part of project to revitalize Rutland City. The Vermont utility is installing 7,700 solar panels that can generate 2 MW, backed up by a 4-MW battery storage system. Called Stafford Hill Solar Farm, the $10 million microgrid is … [Read more...]

State Clean Energy Development Up; But Next Year?

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews Warren Leon, deputy director of the Clean Energy States Alliance, who shares the results of a study showing that state clean energy development, in terms of projects, was up 18% in 2011. He explains why the results may not be so positive next year.   State Clean Energy Development Up; But Next … [Read more...]