Solar Builder

MAY-JUN 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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14 M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 ON THE What innovations will help solar continue to grow? Listen to our chats with NEXTracker and Aurora Solar on the Solar Builder Buzz podcast at Community Solar is trending [ on ] INTERWEBS 1 The Community Solar Value Project (CSVP), an effort co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, has launched a new Solutions Toolbox for utilities and their partners who are developing community solar and shared-solar programs. The project team engaged the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and more than a dozen other utilities nationwide, in identifying best practices and innovations that add value, while speeding the path to market for community solar programs. 2 Community solar is really capturing the imagina- tion of state decision-makers lately. Connecticut is the most recent example with its General Assembly's Energy & Technology Committee approving Senate Bill 336, which will establish Connecticut's first statewide community solar program. This legislation will enable equitable access to solar energy for Connecticut residents and businesses and will bring additional clean energy jobs and investments to the state. New Jersey is also close on legislation that would raise its RPS and enable a community solar program, which will give consideration to residential customers, especially in multifamily buildings, and low-to-moderate income customers. 3 N.C.-based Strata Solar says it has plans to stra- tegically acquire commercial and industrial (C&I) and community solar assets to add to its existing portfolio of utility-scale projects. The move comes as the company, which already owns over 800 MW in assets, aims to expand its long- term ownership portfolio to now include rooftop and commu- nity solar projects across the United States. 4 IHS Markit named Clean Energy Collective (CEC), one of the leading community solar developers, as an Energy Innovation Pioneer for its Community Solar Platform. CEC has built or has under development approximately 175 community solar projects with 33 utility partners across 15 states, serving thousands of customers and representing more than 310 MW of distributed renewable capacity. 5 CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy com- pany that provides 100 percent clean electricity to customers across the country, has launched CleanChoice Community Solar. The new plat- form connects people to local community solar projects, allowing customers to sign-up in less than five minutes, and manages ongoing customer engagement — all fully digital and completely online. CleanChoice Community Solar helps people support 100 percent local solar affordably with no upfront investment, setup fees or installation. CleanChoice Community Solar was developed by the company's Labs Division with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. 6 Seems like every week another state installs its largest community solar project. Delaware River Solar (DRS) and Ampion completed the largest community distributed generation solar project in New York State in April. Serving over 350 cus- tomers, the 2.7-MW array will supply clean and affordable power to residents in rural New York. WinnCompanies and Ampion announced the completion of Washington, D.C.,'s largest community solar project, which will lower energy bills for nearly 200 low-income residents in the district.

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