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Community solar under attack in Colorado

Solar advocates appeal to the courts as the state’s utilities and Public Utilities Commission move to cut bill credits to community solar subscribers — and potentially open the door to further reductions.


Women entrepreneurs are essential to last-mile distribution of renewable energy technologies

A new fund has been launched to provide microgrants of $3,000 to $10,000 to the women entrepreneurs and community organizations working to provide clean, reliable and primarily off-grid power to remote communities.

Is BlackRock just ‘tinkering at the edges’ of its commitment to sustainability? 

New report calls out BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, Vanguard and other investment managers for slow-walking on commitments to hold corporate boards accountable for real progress on climate goals and the transition to clean energy.

SPI roundup: Financing supplies high, rates low as solar’s secondary markets ride out Covid-19 impacts

Solar financing and mergers are booming in the C&I sector, while tax equity draws new players into the market, and a 50 GW utility-scale pipeline drives innovation across the industry.

Funding energy innovation should be a national priority — how about $25 billion a year?

Two new reports see federal R&D dollars for energy innovation as critical for driving the economy’s post-Covid recovery and keeping the U.S. competitive and on the leading edge of the global energy transition. 

Ensuring no barriers to renewables in wholesale markets — ‘We’re all learning by doing’

Another report from the virtual Solar Power International microconference: Industry jargon flies as SPI takes on the imperative of getting solar, wind and storage into wholesale markets, while stakeholders try to find the right balance between flexibility and reliability, and state and federal jurisdiction.


SPI roundup: Grid modernization will ‘define the replacement of net metering’ 

Can the solar industry’s biggest conference make the transition from mulitday marathon to six weeks of virtual “microconferences”? Opening sessions started strong, pragmatic and urgent — with a focus on collaboration and the opportunities ahead.

Interconnection queues across the US are loaded with gigawatts of solar, wind and storage

Texas and California lead the green grid trend, with PJM not far behind. ERCOT has 75 GW of solar in its interconnection queue — but how fast clean energy can displace natural gas and coal remains a key issue. 


Building a solar market and creating jobs in Southwest Virginia’s coalfield counties

The public-private partnership will put 10-12 MW of solar on commercial rooftops, multifamily housing and schools, but could face regulatory barriers to third-party ownership and net metering.

Can community microgrids fill the gap in California’s plans for 100% renewable energy?

A 10 MW, 40 MWh storage project on the Southern California coastline could provide the first link for a string of community microgrids that, according to the Clean Coalition’s Craig Lewis, could show that high penetrations of distribution-connected solar are entirely doable.

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