In May, Mari Hernandez, IREC regulatory program assistant director, joined other stakeholders at an invitation-only workshop hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy to share ideas on opportunities and barriers to community solar and potential strategies to move the market forward.
IREC Joins DOE and Other Stakeholders to Shape Community Solar Future
IREC Guide Highlights Solar Pathways for Multifamily Residents
A new guide from IREC offers national insight to help local governments, housing providers, utilities and other stakeholders better understand the possible pathways to ensure more renters and other multifamily residents can benefit from solar.
The ABCs of Community Solar Basics
Community Solar Basic is IREC’s new handy guide to the basic mechanics of creating healthy community solar programs, featuring seven crucial policies and design elements, checklists and resources ideal for state or community-based programs like yours.
IREC Talks Community Solar Policies at Summit
Recently, IREC joined national and local solar industry players and other stakeholders at the first community solar summit in Denver. Erica McConnell, an attorney who represents IREC in regulatory matters, shared her expertise to help regulators, companies and others navigate the community solar landscape.
Community Solar Now on Horizon in Oregon With More Steps Ahead
Oregon reached a critical waypoint in its policy journey to enable community solar – allowing multiple individuals to participate in and share in the benefits of a shared solar project. As a result, Oregonians are now closer than ever to being able to access community solar.
Industry Forms Coalition for Community Solar Access
Leading energy companies in the solar market this week announced the formation of the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), the first-ever national trade association for community solar.
IREC Joins Solar Market Pathways Project
IREC joins the new U.S. Department of Energy Solar Market Pathways project as a partner with the project’s national coordinator, The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), to provide technical assistance to the Pathways’ teams and create an expanded learning network that connects solar stakeholders across the U.S.
Community solar coming of age in Michigan
Source: Midwest Energy News On the property of Cherryland Electric Cooperative in northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse County, a model for bringing solar power to those who may not have the location for it recently celebrated its first birthday. Cherryland’s Solar Up…
Vermont Raises Net Metering Cap To 15%
Source: Solar Industry Magazine Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed self-generation and net-energy metering (NEM) legislation (H.702) into law. The new law raises the 4% cap utilities had been using as the limit on their NEM programs to 15% of peak load. The…
VEC first Wisconsin utility to construct community-owned solar
Source: LaCrosse Tribune Vernon Electric Cooperative (VEC) is bringing community-owned solar to Wisconsin. In partnership with national community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC), VEC will provide any member in its service territory the opportunity to own individual panels in a…