How Utilities Can Harness the Power of Community Solar

Like microgrids, community solar (aka solar gardens) is growing in popularity as the U.S. comes to value clean and local energy. Here Tendril's Chris Black offers insight into how community solar benefits both utilities and consumers.Two forces must converge to truly bring solar to the masses: consumers and their utilities.Put these two … [Read more...]

Podcast: What’s The Difference Between Community Solar & Green Power

With PG&E planning to offer solar as both a community solar and green power program, we asked what's the difference--and who would be interested in community solar instead of green power. Erica Schroeder McConnell, attorney for Interstate Renewable Energy Council, answers the question in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Podcast: What's The Difference Between Community Solar & Green Power

With PG&E planning to offer solar as both a community solar and green power program, we asked what's the difference--and who would be interested in community solar instead of green power. Erica Schroeder McConnell, attorney for Interstate Renewable Energy Council, answers the question in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Helping Community Solar Developers Cut Through Red Tape

Interest in community solar is growing, but one of the main challenges is the red tape associated with getting projects up and running. Tom Hunt, director of research and government relations, Clean Energy Collective, talks about a new DOE-supported web platform that will help overcome this obstacle. … [Read more...]

Who Pushes Community Solar Now? Utilities!

The number of community solar projects has jumped by 64 percent in just the last 18 months, says a new study by the Solar Electric Power Association.And leading the charge are, believe it or not, utilities. Utilities have or are developing 87 percent of all community solar programs now online, 60 percent of active and planned community solar … [Read more...]

How to Make Many Community Microgrids: The Hunters Point Model

If neighborhoods controlled their power supply, chances are many would opt for clean and efficient energy, especially if it’s cost-effective.But energy choices aren’t left to the locals in the United States. Instead, utilities, cities and states determine our mix of power plants.Communities might have more say if they develop their own … [Read more...]

How to Make Many Community Microgrids: The Hunters Point Model

If neighborhoods controlled their power supply, chances are many would opt for clean and efficient energy, especially if it’s cost-effective.But energy choices aren’t left to the locals in the United States. Instead, utilities, cities and states determine our mix of power plants.Communities might have more say if they develop their own … [Read more...]

How to grow a solar energy garden

By Elisa Wood June 21, 2012Getting energy from the sun is a great idea. However, installing solar panels house-by-house is slow, costly and cumbersome, and downright inefficient if the goal is to bring solar to the masses.This problem troubled Paul Spencer after he built his own uber-efficient, custom solar home near Aspen, Colorado in … [Read more...]