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Financing your Home Energy Upgrades: On Bill Recovery and The Smart Energy Loan. 4 ways PACE can help you land commercial projects. This blog was originally published at CivicSolar.com by Charlie Seltzer.

4 ways PACE can help you land commercial projects

The property-assessed clean energy (PACE) model is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. PACE programs allow local governments, state governments, or other inter-jurisdictional authorities, when authorized by state law, to fund the up-front cost of energy improvements on commercial and residential properties, which are paid back over time by the property owners. For a primer on PACE financing see HERE. Orca - Earth-friendly Waste Disposal. In Canada and the U.S. every year, food-waste disposal is a big environmental problem.

Orca - Earth-friendly Waste Disposal

Garbage trucks that haul away food waste burn 1.7 billion gallons of diesel fuel, and food waste adds 106 billion pounds of material to landfill sites. ORCA technology is an ideal solution to this waste management problem. Its earth-friendly technology can reduce any food-service operation's carbon footprint by eliminating the need to truck food waste to landfills or remote composting facilities. In one year, an ORCA machine can divert up to 875,000 pounds of food waste from going to landfill.

This reduces the amount of methane gases produced at landfill sites, and reduces garbage truck diesel fuel usage and resulting Co2 emissions. With many major cities poised to ban organic waste from landfill, ORCA is the perfect solution for earth-friendly waste disposal. Our smallest model, the OG25 aerobically processes an average of 25 pounds of food waste per hour, depending on the food waste composition. Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants.

Program Status: OpenFederal Register Notice: PDFProgram Fact Sheet: PDF Application Deadline: Grants of $20,000 or less: October 31, 2016 and March 31, 2017; Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): March 31, 2017; Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

What does this program do? Cultivating the coexistence of agriculture and solar farms. By now, most Americans have heard of solar farms.

Cultivating the coexistence of agriculture and solar farms

But how about solar farmers? A quarter of California farms, nearly 2,000 altogether, are generating onsite solar energy, making it far and away the national leader, according to a 2011 report (PDF) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) outlining the use of solar on farms. Hawaii, Colorado and Texas count over 500 farms producing solar power, while Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona and Montana have over 200 each. But how farmers are solarizing that land has become a point of contention. Electric power transmission - Wikipedia. Electric power transmission towers Electric power transmission is the bulk movement of electrical energy from a generating site, such as a power plant, to an electrical substation.

Electric power transmission - Wikipedia

The interconnected lines which facilitate this movement are known as a transmission network. This is distinct from the local wiring between high-voltage substations and customers, which is typically referred to as electric power distribution. The combined transmission and distribution network is known as the "power grid" in North America, or just "the grid". In the United Kingdom, the network is known as the "National Grid". A wide area synchronous grid, also known as an "interconnection" in North America, directly connects a large number of generators delivering AC power with the same relative frequency to a large number of consumers. Bankruptcies Give Vivint Solar and Sunrun a New Opening in Residential Solar. The residential solar industry in the U.S. is up for grabs and there could be a new opportunity for Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) and Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN) to grab market share.

Bankruptcies Give Vivint Solar and Sunrun a New Opening in Residential Solar

Sungevity and Verengo Solar recently went bankrupt and NRG Home is exiting the home solar business, taking three big competitors out of the game. This doesn't change the fact that local and regional installers are gaining market share, but it leaves fewer large installers with a national presence. And there's still an opportunity to use that position to profitably grow their customer base.

Is SunPower Coming Up Roses in Residential Solar? Amid SunPower Corporation's (NASDAQ:SPWR) struggles over the past year, including the fourth quarter of 2016 in particular, the company may finally be showing some promise in residential solar, a business long dominated by Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) SolarCity, Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR), and Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN).

Is SunPower Coming Up Roses in Residential Solar?

Customers are now starting to shun the long-term contracts that come with leases, choosing to pay cash or take out loans for their solar systems. And when they begin to make their own choices about solar equipment, SunPower's high efficiency, superior quality, and good aesthetics have led to rising market share. Which of course begs the question: Is this a sustainable win that SunPower can build off for years to come? Image source: SunPower. Microgrids Are New York's Next Big Thing.

Grid Published on August 29th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor August 29th, 2016 by Guest Contributor Originally published on Nexus Media.

Microgrids Are New York's Next Big Thing

By Jeremy Deaton Ask New Yorkers what they remember about Hurricane Sandy, and they’ll say the blackout. Or rather, near-total darkness. Paying For Solar – Tips For Financing a Residential System. Governor Cuomo Announces Expanded Access to Renewable Energy For Millions Of New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo announced the approval of a bold new community initiative enabling millions of New Yorkers to access clean and affordable energy for the first time.

Governor Cuomo Announces Expanded Access to Renewable Energy For Millions Of New Yorkers

Proposed in Governor Cuomo’s 2015 State of Opportunity Agenda, Shared Renewables provides opportunities for renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools and businesses to join together to set up shared renewable energy projects resulting in healthier and stronger communities. “The Shared Renewables initiative will help people and communities across the state save money on local clean energy projects,” Governor Cuomo said. “This program is about protecting the environment and ensuring that all New Yorkers, regardless of their zip code or income, have the opportunity to access clean and affordable power. Solar Electricity Basics. Stem Pilot Marks a Step Forward for Commercial Energy Storage in Hawaii.

If only I were a battery, I could be hanging out in Hawaii right now.

Stem Pilot Marks a Step Forward for Commercial Energy Storage in Hawaii

The islands have seen a fair number of batteries deployed in recent years, to help solar households self-consume and to smooth large amounts of solar generation on the grid. What they haven't seen is a thriving commercial storage market like the one California has seen emerge. Will Trump disrupt the US military's clean energy mission? Clean energy isn't just environmentally friendly, as many military leaders see a shift to renewable energy as a way to make the U.S. soldier more effective.

During President George W. Bush’s era, his administration directed the military to start procuring renewables and implement efficiency programs as early as 2003. The pace quickened under President Barack Obama, as utilities inked agreements to provide renewables to stateside bases, and the U.S. Navy built its Great Green Fleet that showed its ability to transition away from traditional fuel sources into more alternative methods. Though a key argument over climate change as a national security threat could undermine some of the progress, military leaders say it’s unlikely a Trump administration will unravel these programs since they strengthen the United States’ fighting forces.

Now the head of climate efforts for Novartis Business Services, Goudreau spent over two decades as a supply corps logistician. FCe- Calculators, Data & Publications. Looming tax reforms and regulatory changes could challenge utilities' financials. Financial analysts say 2017 will likely be a challenging year for the power sector even as some companies do well since the financial and regulatory themes that play out over the next couple of years will not affect all equally. The sector’s prospects, not surprisingly, will depend heavily on what happens in Washington where tax and regulatory reform is high on the agenda of both the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress.

President Donald Trump has promised to roll back the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which is designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, but has been under a stay from the Supreme Court for about a year. But the most tangible risk for the sector, say analysts, is tax reform, which is moving ahead on a clearer path and with more momentum. While Trump has said he intends to dismantle the CPP—and his appointees to the Department of Energy and the U.S. Reframing LCOE: New interactive tool expands the scope of generation cost comparisons.

New research comparing the costs of generation resources has produced an interactive tool that analysts say gives some of the most granular insights available to the public today. Nearly everything there is to know about electricity, from consumer and generator economics to the impacts of pollutants that come with its generation, is covered in The Full Cost of Electricity (FCe-) from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. “We wanted more detail about the cost to generate and deliver electricity because it goes far beyond what shows on the utility bill,” said Fred Beach, assistant director of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute.

A key white paper in the two-year, thirteen-study project details the Institute’s new online levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) calculator, Beach, a principal investigator on the study, told Utility Dive. LCOE is the cost metric most commonly used to compare generation technologies. Old LCOE, meet the new LCOE LCOE and the full cost of electricity. Forbes Welcome. New York State Catholic Church Goes 100% Solar with Energize NY PACE Finance – pv magazine International. PACE financing and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds helping nonprofits go solar in NY. Energize NY Reverend Dr. George Oonnoonny, who leads the St. Christopher-St. Cornell Cooperative Extension. General Solar Questions Q. How do I know if my home is suitable for solar? A. The most suitable location for a roof-mounted solar PV system is a south-facing roof with little to no shading from nearby trees, chimneys or other obstructions.

Any shading on the system can reduce energy output, so it is important to assess the locations of current trees and buildings around your home as well as that of other obstructions that may exist around your home in the future. Q. REPORTS. The reports, plans and analytics prepared by Sustainable CUNY, as an objective and trusted third party in collaboration with multiple partners, is helping to remove barriers in the New York State solar market.

Significant financial and technical support has been provided by the U.S. NYC Solar Partnership - About. SunShot Programs Bring Solar Energy Basics to Real Estate Pros. Direct Ownership of Solar Will Overtake Leasing in the US by 2017. As more U.S. residential solar customers choose to purchase, rather than lease solar panels, direct ownership is on its way to overtaking third-party ownership and reclaiming its position as the leading solar financing model for the first time since 2011. According to GTM Research’s latest report, U.S. SunPower® Solar Energy by New York State Solar Panels. Built to Last. Another $1.2 Billion Substation? No Thanks, Says Utility, We'll Find a Better Way. NYC Built to Last. The Con Edison Brooklyn Queens Demand Management Program.

New York approves 50% renewable energy target and subsidises nuclear. New York commissions value of rooftop solar report. The findings of the DPS report could help preserve net metering in New York, and serve as an example for other states. A Solar Cluster Grows in Brooklyn. Yesterday, we reported that the city’s Department of Buildings expects to issue 3,000 solar permits this year – a twelve-fold increase from four years ago. New York's solar energy specialist. Brookings. Brookings. Significant growth in the Long Island residential solar market achieves NY-Sun target to create self-sustaining solar industry, eliminate the need for public incentives - NYSERDA.

Support for solar continues through tax credits, net metering, and affordable financing for underserved communities April 19, 2016. NYS FO WG Financing Options List 4 13. NY Solar Map. Residential Interest Rate Estimator - NYSERDA. Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants in New York. Program Status: OpenFederal Register Notice: PDF | NOSA: PDFApplication Deadline: Grants of $20,000 or less: November 2, 2015 and May 2, 2016; Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): May 2, 2016; Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.

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Gateway Elton: Solar Makes NYC Affordable Housing Even More So. Renewables Are Getting Cheaper. But That Doesn’t Mean We Should Eliminate Subsidies, Says IEA. New York State Public Service Commission PSC - NY PowerPortal.