Sunrun’s fancy new HQ, Hawaii’s precious GEM$: pvMB 4/17/19

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Sunrun expanding Denver HQ – Sunrun is moving on up, as the company has announced that it will be relocating to a new, larger headquarters in Denver’s Central Business District. The upgrade will be to a 118,000-square-foot office, capable of providing space for the company’s 650-person Denver workforce. The site that Sunrun is leaving has been home base for the Denver location since 2015, when the company decided to establish a second headquarters. Source: The Denver Post

 

Lumidyne releases tool for DER integration in grid and city planning – Lumidyne Consulting LLC announced today the release of a new modeling Software as a Service (SaaS) tool that helps electric distribution utilities, cities and other organizations integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into their planning processes. The modeling software, named SPIDER™ (Spatial Penetration and Integration of Distributed Energy Resources), is able to: Forecast spatial adoption and grid impacts of solar PV, electric vehicles (EVs) and battery storage, Help grid planners minimize distribution system costs while ensuring system reliability, Help city planners estimate EV charging station infrastructure requirements, Rapidly update forecasts with new data through automated calibration, Analyze different policy, technology or electric rate scenarios, Account for interactions among and uncertainty across DERs.” Source: Lumidyne Consulting LLC

 

Hawaii home to precious GEM$ – Hawaiian Governor David Ige has formally launched a new on-bill financing option to make residential solar more accessible, the Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$) program. The program has a fixed interest rate of 5.5% over 20 years and applicants are disqualified if they have received a disconnection notice with the past 12 months, as well as having to prove an estimated bill savings of at least 10% post-installation. Source: Utility Dive

 

Carrie Zalewski Named Illinois Commerce Commission Chair – Commissioner Carrie Zalewski has been promoted within the Illinois Commerce Commission to chair by Governor JB Pritzker. Zalewski previously served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board and the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well as working in private practice as an attorney. Source: Illinois Commerce Commission