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State-level community solar programs extend 20% monthly bill savings to low-income households

Residents in eligible states can save on their electricity bills by subscribing to community solar via the Clean Energy Connector software. The Department of Energy is inviting more states to join the program, which vets solar providers and integrates consumer protections.

Clean Energy Connector pilot launches in Illinois, New Mexico and Washington D.C.

The software tool is designed to connect eligible households to community solar projects through the Department of Health and Human Services’ HHS’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Sunrise brief: SolarEdge announces reduction of global workforce

Also on the rise: Peloton’s loss is First Solar’s gain. Vertical solar mount first of kind to achieve UL certification. And more.

DC Green Bank funds solar projects that benefit LMI communities 

The 125 kW portfolio consists of nine residential solar installations and adds to Copernican Energy’s existing 208 kW portfolio in Wards 7 and 8. 

D.C. area targets 250,000 solar rooftops by 2030

There are currently about 72,000 solar rooftops in the target region that includes Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland.

Solar project construction begins at Dulles International Airport

A 100 MW solar and 50 MW energy storage project will be constructed on the southwest corner of the airport. Dominion will provide renewable energy services in exchange for the provided land area.

Utility ordered to repay customers for illegal community solar metering

Pepco was found to undercount solar generation and failed to credit its customers in a timely fashion.


Five organizations turning community solar into savings for low-income Americans

This year, DOE recognized five organizations that exemplify the benefits that community solar can bring with $10,000 grand prizes, and recently launched a new round of the Sunny Awards.

Solar permitting reform at a turning point

Sluggish permitting continues to dog the solar market, despite the $369 billion boost from the Inflation Reduction Act. However, calls for reform could be gaining traction.


Lessons learned from state community solar program caps

pv magazine USA reviews the variety of approaches states are taking to community solar program caps to suit their individual market and goals.

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