4 shared solar updates

Shared solar is growing in popularity in the US and abroad. Here’s some of the latest news from across the nation.

  • The Solar Electric Power Association won a $700,000 award from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to further shared solar programs.
  • Interest in Minnesota’s shared solar opportunities proved to be even greater than anticipated. Energy developers submitted over 400 applications to develop community-shared solar projects. Consumers have been just as interested– in fact, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society has been “flooded” by calls and emails from across the state.
  • Colorado continues to be a leader in the shared solar revolution. The House approved a bill that would allow solar farms to expand across county lines, opening up even more opportunities for residents to benefit from community-owned power.
  • New York backs Community Shared Renewables. In December, the New York Public Service Commission supported actions that will allow state residents who otherwise couldn’t enjoy the benefits of solar power to join shared solar installations. “Solar is already creating jobs, putting consumers in charge of their bills, and building healthier, more resilient communities all across New York. Adding a new Shared Renewables program would empower even more New Yorkers to participate in and benefit from the state’s growing new energy marketplace. We applaud the state’s continued leadership and look forward to working with policymakers to connect more New Yorkers with the clean energy they want,” said Peter Olmsted of Vote Solar.
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