What Makes the Biggest Difference in Community Solar Success? Join us for a discussion of that big question, the focus of our next webinar, Thursday October 5 at Noon Central Time. Besides CSVP's resident experts John Powers and Jill Cliburn, we welcome Herman K. Trabish, widely known for his reporting on community solar market development for Utility Dive. Register today!
And don't forget, we're still on the move:
• Solar Power Intern'l
• National Solar Conf.
• APPA Customer Connections
• PLMA meet-ups
and more! Use the Contact page to link up with one or more CSVP team members
The U.S. Department
of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to make solar energy fully cost competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Projects explore cost-reduction and increasing net-
value in technology, systems integration, technology-to-market, and soft-cost reduction.
The CSVP is one of 15 projects chosen for funding in 2015 by the SunShot Initiative, Solar Market Pathways Program.
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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.
Let’s talk about it!
Check Lots of Channels
by Jill Cliburn • 8/14/17
We just prepared a dispatch for our e-mail list, which includes folks from utilities and many other stakeholder organizations, who have attended CSVP workshops and webinars. Preparing that newsheet was a nice throwback; some of us even remember when we received such things on paper! But this is now, so we’re sharing our dispatch here, as a blog, as well as on other social networks. Our headline, Check Lots of Channels, refers our media, but also to our message: Because community solar means different things to different people, you can't just tune in to your tribe. Today’s challenge is to stay tuned to community solar developments from many corners of this fast-changing market, to stay open to new solutions, and to work in partnerships you never expected.
NEW! Resource Links for Solar Plus Storage. This guide, which is part of the (coming soon!) CSVP Solutions toolbox, 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.
Solar Procurements, Programs, and Pricing Workshop, June 7-8, 2017 drew attendance of more than 60, from 16 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, more than 15 registrants who could not attend will be receiving detailed follow-up information. Presentations are now posted. Further, everyone is welcome to receive a free report on the Workshop discussions and results. 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.
Looking ahead, CSVP announces webinars and events for 2017. Watch for registration codes for our free webinars in the Events box above on this page. For information on our upcoming spring conference on Utility Leadership for Community-based Solar Solutions, send us a note through our Contact page. A list of upcoming webinar topics is posted below.