What Makes the Biggest Difference in Community Solar Success? We just completed this webinar, Thursday October 5. While we consider topics for our next lunch-time conversation, check out the webinars in our archive.
And don't forget, we're still on the move:
• National Solar Conf.
• APPA Customer Connections
• PLMA meet-ups
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This new feature provides a casual gathering place for sharing news and fresh ideas about community solar. Just posted: insights from Luis Reyes of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in New Mexico, where a community solar mindset has led to a remarkable 100% renewables goal for daytime needs. Also, check the Forum archive for a successful 3-pronged approach to distributed solar at CPS Energy, in San Antonio.
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The Simplest Advice Is the Hardest to Follow
by Jill Cliburn • 10/05/17
Success is simple; it’s just not easy. I think I read that on Facebook, while I was supposed to writing this blog. But it is a suitable meme to cap off our October webinar, which posed the question, What Makes the Biggest Difference for Community Solar Success? In speaking with our guests, CSVP’s Project Officer John Powers and industry observer Herman Trabish, we agreed the answers are both obvious and elusive; simple but not easy. If you try to find the perfect program-design process or the perfect program offer, you will look a long time and never find it. But if you dig in... then you, your utility and your community are likely to come out winners.
The full discussion is loaded to our webinar archive. But here, I thought I would return here to some of the resources and examples that we discussed. In my own practice, I’ve found that simple advice is less elusive—and often achievable—when it is in the context of real-world examples. So we’ll share some of those and links to the new CSVP documents we discussed.
What Will the Next Generation of Community Solar Programs Bring? CSVP Insights Are Featured on Utility Dive. After his appearance on our October webinar on Community Solar Success, Utility Dive analyst Herman Trabisch broadened his investigation, asking a range of industry experts, including CSVP’s Jill Cliburn, what the future holds for community solar. See the article on Utility Dive.
NEW! Resource Links for Solar Plus Storage. This guide, which is part of the CSVP Solutions toolbox (coming soon!), serves as a practical guide to program-design and policy research. Sections include Portal Websites, Industry Context, Field Notes and Utility Planning for Solar-Plus. The emphasis is on customer-side options, ranging from controlled thermal storage systems, to EVs and small-scale batteries. Each resource is annotated, and web links lead you right to the source. This document is a time-saver, as well as providing resources that many utility planners would have missed. Download the pdf here.
Presentations from the CSVP Procurements, Programs, and Pricing Workshop, held in June, are now posted. For additional details, please provide contact information on our Contact page.
Our recent Webinar on Solar-Plus Storage referenced two new documents. The Resource Links for Solar Plus Storage is now available. See review above – and download here. To be first to receive the CSVP Guide to Solar-Plus Storage Companion Measures, please provide your contact information on our Contact page. We will send an announcement out on publication day!
Forum Post Explores the Question, Can Community Solar Complement Your Rooftop Solar Program? In addition to the current Forum post, which is about the Kit Carson Electric Co-op plan, don't miss the Forum Archive. For example, CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, discusses the benefits of creating a menu of program options, including two types of rooftop solar and community solar. The Forum is a place where we welcome utility blogs and comments on questions that address community solar market challenges.
New Portal from SunShot Solar Market Pathways. Check out the Solar Market Pathways website for a new listing of numerous websites and publications related to community solar projects, programs and policies. This is a general listing, so not all resources are pointed directly toward utility needs, but we think it’s a great resource for the conversation. CSVP also lists some of our favorite resources on our Library page.
Second chance to give a listen. The CSVP webinar season is concluding for 2017. But you can revisit 2017 and even earlier webinars in our archive. If you like what you hear, please send us a note through our Contact page. Highlights from this past year: