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Funding6/23/2017

NASA seeks Renewable Energy Certificates

On behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, WAPA is issuing a request for proposals for the transfer of renewable energy certificates in Fiscal Year 2017. Deadline for submissions is July 19, 2017.

Source: WAPA Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies, 6/20/17

Funding6/23/2017

Sandia Lab seek information on solar power purchase

On behalf of Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, WAPA is issuing a request for information from the solar industry to assist WAPA and Sandia in structuring a possible future solicitation for a 5-10 MW onsite solar power purchase agreement. Deadline for submissions is July 14, 2017.

Source: WAPA Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies, 6/19/17

Green Power6/14/2017

​Small utility solar webinar recording now online

If you missed the May 18 webinar, Distributed Solar for Small Utilities, presented by the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC), you can download a webinar recording and the presentation slides, which have been updated to include questions and answers posed during the webinar.

Source: NREL Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative, 6/9/17

Green Power6/1/2017

​Crowd-Financing Solar for Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Communities

Nonprofit community service providers that serve low-income communities have faced challenges in financing solar for their own facilities. These organizations’ lack of credit history, potentially unreliable revenue, and inability to take advantage of tax credits and accelerated depreciation can make traditional solar financing models a poor fit.

In this May 25 webinar, expert speakers presented two models that rely on crowd-funding to enable nonprofits to adopt solar. One allows for crowd-sourced donations. The second, “CrowdLending,” facilitates loans to fund solar projects after tax credits have been applied. Presentations were followed by a Q&A with the audience. Download slides as pdf.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 5/25/17

Funding5/25/2017

​FY17 and FY18 Tribal Wetland Program Development Grants 

Applications Due: June 5, 2017

Interested in Federal Funding? Learn more  about how to apply for funding.

For more information contact:

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to develop or refine tribal wetland programs. Comprehensive wetland programs help enable tribes to more effectively protect, restore, and manage their wetland resources.

Under this announcement, the EPA will have two separate applicant tracks for eligible applicants.

  • Tribes can apply under Track One and/or Track Two
  • Intertribal consortia can apply under Track Two only

See the FOA.

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $2,644,800

Source: Van Ness Feldman, 5/10/17

Reports and Studies5/25/2017

​Shared renewables scorecard webinar now online 

If you missed Interstate Renewable Energy Council's May 19 webinar on the national shared renewables program scorecard, you can download a recording  and the slide deck .

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 5/20/17

Green Power5/25/2017

Green Power Partnership Program Update

Issue 49, May 25, 2017

  • In the News
  • Green Power Partners Showcase Their Clean Energy Leadership
  • GPP Webinar Recap: Innovative Financing Options and the University Solar Deployment Process
  • GPP by the Numbers
  • New Feature: Photo of the Month
  • Did You Know?
  • Solar and Wind Top New Capacity in the First Quarter of 2017 Fortune 500® Companies’ Climate and Clean Energy Targets
  • Fortune 500® Companies’ Climate and Clean Energy Targets
  • DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Releases New Reports and Tools

Source: EPA Green Power Partnership, 5/25/17

Reports and Studies5/19/2017

Download CESA webinar on solar for low-income customers

If you were unable to attend our webinar today, "Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Customers," Slides and a recording have been posted on the Clean Energy States Alliance website.

The report featured in this webinar is also available online.      

This webinar and report were produced by the CESA as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project. Check out more information and resources on solar equitability and consumer protection.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 5/18/17

Reports and Studies5/19/2017

IREC Releases Energy Storage Guide for Policymakers

A new tool published by IREC, Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers provides regulators and other decision makers with specific guidance on key issues for policy consideration, including foundational policies for advanced energy storage—a new generation of technologies characterized by flexible operating capabilities and diverse applications.

Charging Ahead aims to address that gap by providing an in-depth discussion of the most urgent actions to take in order to enable viable energy storage markets that effectively empower states to take advantage of the full suite of advanced energy storage capabilities.

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 4/19/17

Reports and Studies5/19/2017

Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs

Revised in collaboration with The Vote Solar Initiative, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council updated the model rules to assist stakeholders in developing shared renewables programs to broaden renewable energy access to more consumers. In addition, IREC updated its guiding principles for shared renewable energy programs to illustrate better these programs’ critical aspects.

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 5/17/17

Reports and Studies5/16/2017

CESA Guide Outlines Strategies to Bring the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Households​​

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has taken an in-depth look at successful and promising policies and programs that can be used to bring the benefits of solar to low-income consumers. Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers, a guide authored by Bentham Paulos of PaulosAnalysis, outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption

Despite increasing affordability of solar and solar-friendly policies and programs, some low-income households still face substantial obstacles to going solar: being renters and not homeowners, having low or no credit, or having little savings. Conversely, many policies that provide financial or energy assistance to the poor were not designed to access solar power. A new guide, written for CESA by Bentham Paulos of Paulos Analysis, concludes that barriers to adopting solar are not insurmountable.

The Clean Energy States Alliance is hosting a free webinar about the new guide with author Bentham Paulos on Thursday, May 18 from 1-2 pm ET. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Read more and register for the webinar 

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 5/15/17
Green Power5/16/2017
​CESA webinar recording available online

You can now download slides and a recording of the webinar, "Should There Be a Clean Peak Standard?", presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) May 9.

Don't forget to register for CESA's next webinar, "New York’s Clean Energy Standard," scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 12-1 pm MT 

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 5/9/17​
Green Power5/8/2017

FEMP training covers requirements, applications for advanced metering systems

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides training to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce to construct, operate, and maintain facilities in an energy-efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective manner. Topics include proven, cutting-edge technologies and business practices to help agencies meet their energy, water, and sustainability goals dictated by federal laws and requirements.

Source: Federal Energy Management Program, 5/5/17

Green Power5/8/2017

What Is The New Solar Homes Partnership?

The California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is part of the comprehensive statewide solar program, known as the California Solar Initiative. The NSHP provides financial incentives and other support to home builders, encouraging the construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric bills and protect the environment.

Applicants are encouraged to submit reservation applications and payment claims using the online application tool, when possible.

New reservation applications and payment claims submitted by mail must be sent to the Energy Commission at the address identified on the GoSolar California contacts page. All inquiries must be directed to the Energy Commission at 844-421-6229.

Source: GoSolar California, 5/4/17

Reports and Studies5/8/2017

​CESA webinar on energy storage available online

The Sterling Municipal Light Department has deployed a 2-megawatt/3.9 megawatt-hour battery storage system that can isolate from the main grid in the event of a power outage and, with an existing PV array, provide up to 12 days of emergency backup power to the town’s police department and emergency dispatch services. In addition to these resiliency benefits, the battery storage system will provide cost savings for both ratepayers and the utility, with an anticipated project payback period of seven years (two years after grants are applied).

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 4/28/17

Reports and Studies4/28/2017

New collaborative NREL/LBNL report analyzes wind's LCOE and wind turbine price drivers

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has released the 2015 Cost of Wind Energy Review. This report uses data from representative utility-scale projects commissioned in 2015 to estimate the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for land-based wind plants in the United States, and extrapolates U.S. offshore wind cost estimates using data from comparable European sites. This year's report also updates an earlier LBNL analysis from 2011 of the drivers of wind turbine price trends in the United States, with the intent of understanding the relative contributions of various endogenous and exogenous drivers to the decline in wind turbine prices observed since 2010.

The relatively larger influence of the exogenous drivers suggests that any concerted shift away from current macroeconomic conditions-characterized by a prolonged period of dollar strength and commodity price weakness-may challenge further turbine price reductions in the United States.

Source: Berkeley Laboratory Electricity Markets and Policy Group, 4/26/17

Green Power4/28/2017

​Re-purposing Navajo Generating Station Transmission: Potential for Wind and Solar Development

The utility owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) have proposed closing the 2,250-MW power plant in the next few years. NGS is located in the northeast corner of Arizona on the Navajo Nation in the sparsely populated Four Corners region. There are significant high-voltage transmission connections between NGS and Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The closure of the plant creates attractive opportunities to re-purpose the transmission to transmit energy from neighboring states and/or to support regional wind and solar resource development.

This webinar presented high-level information on the ownership of existing transmission and transmission rights in the region and opportunities for new wind and solar development to reach Western energy markets.

This webinar was recorded on April 25, 2017.

Source: Four Corners Wind Resource Center, 4/26/17

Funding4/27/2017

​FY17 and FY18 Tribal Wetland Program Development Grants

Applications Due: June 5, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to develop or refine tribal wetland programs. Comprehensive wetland programs help enable tribes to more effectively protect, restore, and manage their wetland resources.

Under this announcement, the EPA will have two separate applicant tracks for eligible applicants.

•Tribes can apply under Track One and/or Track Two.
•Intertribal consortia can apply under Track Two only.
Click here for the FOA.

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $2,644,800

Source: Van Ness Feldman, 4/26/17

Funding4/25/2017

​EERE Budget Office supports clean energy solutions​

The Budget Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) tracks funding and develops the budget justifications in conjunction with EERE program offices. The Budget team also prepares for the annual congressional appropriations hearing and responds to inquiries from Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

EERE’S FISCAL YEAR 2017 BUDGET REQUEST
The FY 2017 budget request of $2.89 billion reinforces DOE’s role in researching solutions to the nation’s energy challenges. It seeks to double U.S. clean energy  investments in five years by including a $2.10 billion request for Mission Innovation to accelerate worldwide clean energy technology innovation and cost reduction. This support is an increase of $702 million from the enacted FY 2016 budget.

Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 4/24/17
Green Power4/21/2017

​Building on Community Solar Success

In Oklahoma, members see value in participating in small-scale solar

Karen Higgenbothem and her husband, Leroy, have been members of East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative since they bought their farm in Haskell more than 50 years ago.

After half-a-century, they’re primed for a new energy future. Karen signed on to the co-op’s community solar project after seeing photovoltaic panels as she drove around Oklahoma.

“I subscribed to two panels. As it turns out, they were the first two,” she said. “This was a way to get solar without worrying about maintenance.”

For Okmulgee-based East Central Oklahoma EC, a 250-kilowatt array developed with help from its power supplier, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, is off to a strong start. About 150 of the 950 panels available have already been subscribed at a one-time cost of $350 each.

Source: Electric Coop.com, 4/17/17

Green Power4/21/2017

Flashbacks: The First Wind-Power Boom

We’re in the middle of a wind-power boom. Installed capacity has increased from just over 4,000 MW in 2001 to close to 70,000 MW today. This happened once before in the United States, although with a tamer technology.

Between 1920 and 1935, farmers and ranchers purchased a million wind chargers—not the iconic windmills used since the 1850s to pump water for crops and livestock and still seen along rural back roads, but small, propeller-driven electricity generators.

Old black-and-white photographs show the propellers and attached tail vanes sticking up from farmhouse and barn roofs like TV antennas. Others perched atop lightweight steel towers. A big, prosperous farm might have had two or three towers.

The essential components were the propeller and tail, an attached generator, and wires leading indoors to a control panel and a battery.

Source: Rural Electric Magazine, 4/10/17

Green Power4/20/2017

Register for May 18 Webinar on Distributed Solar for Smaller Utilities 

12-1 p.m. MT

Join the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) on May 18 for a free webinar on the topic of distributed solar for smaller utilities.

While the distributed solar spotlight often falls on a dozen or so large investor-owned utilities, some smaller utilities have quietly met or surpassed their peers in solar deployment on a per-customer basis. At the same time, these organizations may have fewer resources to maintain safety, reliability, and affordability for their customers. This webinar will highlight the experiences of two utilities, each having between 5,000 and 50,000 customers, as they shift their business processes, staffing, planning, and operations to incorporate distributed solar into their systems.

Stay tuned to the DGIC website for more information on our upcoming webinars planned for July on plug-and-play solar and September on aggregation of distributed energy resources.

Source: Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative, 4/20/17

Funding4/20/2017

Higher Education Challenge Grants Program

Applications Due: May 30, 2017

Department of Agriculture

Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will:

  • address a state, regional, national, or international educational need;
  • involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others;
  • encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and
  • result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.

See the FOA.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $4.5 million

Source: Van Ness Feldman, 4/20/17

Reports and Studies4/20/2017

​Energy Storage Guide for Policymakers Released Today by Interstate Renewable Energy Council

A new tool published today by the independent Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers, provides regulators and other decision makers with specific guidance on key issues for policy consideration, including foundational policies for advanced energy storage - a new generation of technologies characterized by flexible operating capabilities and diverse applications.

The characteristics that make energy storage so valuable and attractive also make it challenging to address in policy and regulatory contexts.

Despite its game-changing potential to transform the electricity system, energy storage is vastly underutilized in the U.S. electricity sector. Its deployment remains hampered by the current features of regional, state and federal regulatory frameworks, traditional utility planning and decision-making paradigms, electricity markets, and aspects of the technology itself.

To date, state policymakers and electric system stakeholders have largely navigated energy storage issues without the benefit of a roadmap to inform key regulatory and policy pathways for widespread deployment.

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 4/17/17

Green Power4/14/2017

​SMART Program webinar recording now online

The Solar Carve-Out and SREC program in the Massachusetts renewable portfolio standard have dramatically increased solar capacity in the Commonwealth. Last year, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources carried out a thorough process, with considerable stakeholder input, to design a new program that would maintain robust growth in the number of solar installations while reducing costs for ratepayers. The state is now in the process of implementing a new solar incentive program that seeks to reduce market risk and uncertainty so that incentives can be smaller.

In this webinar, Kaitlin Kelly, RPS Program Coordinator at DOER, described the context for the program, discussed the program’s design considerations, and explained how the program will work and be rolled out. Her presentation was followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Source: Clean Energy States Alliance, 4/13/17

Green Power4/14/2017

Presentations from Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit available to download

The Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit offered three days of exciting, comprehensive program, featuring engaging speakers and ample networking opportunities. The event also included: a press conference, banquet, business-to-business expo and tours of renewable energy facilities. Tour participants had the opportunity to visit the Salton Sea, as well as Imperial Irrigation District- Battery Energy Storage System, Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West, Energysource John L. Featherstone Plant,  Ormat Geothermal Plant–Heber 2, San Diego State University- Sustainability Center and Imperial Valley College Solar Facility.

Source: Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, 4/11/17

Reports and Studies4/14/2017

Alaskan microgrid to pair battery, flywheel storage systems for Anchorage area 

Alaska power customers have typically faced high electric bills, the result of tenuously-connected remote communities and the high cost to serve them. Chugach's Anchorage-area project could have implications for more distant villages, but in the meantime, it will be used to test scalability and improve power stability for roughly 300,000 people.

Source: Utility Dive, 2/7/17

Green Power4/10/2017

FEMP webinar explores green tariffs

May 4
11:30 A.M. MT

First Thursday Update presents a new option for agencies to purchase renewable energy through their utility: green tariffs. Green tariffs allow large utility customers in traditionally regulated states to procure renewable power from their utility through a special tariff for energy from a specific renewable energy project—typically through a long-term contract. Instructors will explain how green tariffs are structured and what agencies need to consider when examining this purchasing option. This update will also discuss emerging tariffs and how agencies can work with their utility to create new green-tariff options.

Source: Federal Energy Management Program, 4/10/17

Green Power4/10/2017

​Watch Clean Energy Group's Solar+Storage webinar

Resilient power technologies, like solar combined with energy storage (solar+storage) can not only provide critical power to essential facilities and services during a power outage, they can also provide economic benefits throughout the year, by reducing power bills and generating revenue through providing services to utilities and grid operators.

To help deploy more resilient power systems in the communities that need them the most, Clean Energy Group has developed Resilient Power Toolkits, with specialized resources for community service providers and affordable housing developers.

In Tools for Building More Resilient Communities with Solar+Storage, Clean Energy Group staff provided a brief introduction to the concept of resilient power, and introduced the newly developed Resilient Power Toolkits.

Source: Clean Energy Group, 4/6/17

Green Power4/10/2017

Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration Project   

The Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration project, or SUNDA, is developing a standardized “Photovoltaic system package” consisting of engineering designs, business models, financing and insurance options, and optimized procurement that can reduce the cost of utility-scale solar projects. NRECA estimates these packages can reduce engineering design costs by 25 percent, procurement costs by ten percent and insurance costs by 25 percent.

The SUNDA project aims to bring the cost of installed solar down to $1.60/Wp.

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, NRECA is partnering with the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, PowerSecure and the 17 cooperatives to develop, test and refine standardized system packages that will enable co-ops across the country to develop solar at a minimal cost.

Source: Cooperative.com, 4/6/17

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