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IREC Moderates at White House Shared Solar Summit

Last week, I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the White House as part of a day-long National Community Solar Summit. The Summit – hosted and coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with the White House – drew more than 100 stakeholders, representing utilities, non-profits, the solar industry, state agencies, local and regional advocates, federal agencies, legislators, regulators, financial institutions and consultants.

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Solar, will you marry me? (for a contract period of 20 years)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) released an extensive proposal for a value of solar (VOS) methodology, as required by 2013 legislation. Under this new state energy law (HF 729), utilities will be able to apply with the public utility commission (PUC) to replace net metering with a contracted, 20-year VOS rate, compensating customers under a bill credit mechanism that proponents of the VOS rate claim will more accurately reflect the value of that solar generation to the utility.

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