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...]

The Wart on California’s Community Solar Program for Utility Customers

We often think of California as a leader in clean energy. But the state's new community solar program for utility customers--the result of SB 43--is not a move that other states should follow. The legislation established both a green power program and a community solar program for utility customers under which customers can acquire as much as … [Read more...]

Colorado Okays $500/kW Incentive for Recycled Energy

Xcel Energy will begin offering a $500/kW incentive for recycled energy projects, following a recent ruling by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The incentive will be paid out over 10 years to industrials and manufacturers who convert waste heat from stacks and processes into electricity. “The ruling—a first for the state—places recycled … [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...]

New York Utility Seeks Approval to Offer Microgrid Subscriptions

Central Hudson Gas & Electric is seeking approval to offer microgrid subscriptions, as part of a $46 million rate hike request filed with state regulators July 25. The New York utility would design, build and operate microgrids at the request of customers, who would pay a fee for the service on their utility bills. The fee would be … [Read more...]

Will New York Turn the Electric Power Industry Upside Down?

The electric power industry has been undergoing a metamorphosis for decades. And now at last it appears we will get a glimpse of the new, highly efficient creature. Expect the first sighting to be in New York. New York leaders and stakeholders have been hard at work in recent months on a plan called Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV. And on … [Read more...]

How to grow a solar energy garden

By Elisa Wood June 21, 2012 Getting 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...]