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Housing Department Decision Will Bring Solar Benefits to Low-Income Households in California
August 16, 2019 by Seth Mullendore

A memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fixes a long-standing issue preventing hundreds of thousands of low-income households from realizing the financial benefits of solar.

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Small Solar and Battery Storage Systems are Toppling Power Plants
June 24, 2019 by Seth Mullendore

From Florida to Nevada to California, big battery projects have been making headlines lately. But a more groundbreaking movement has received far less media attention – hundreds, in some cases thousands, of small distributed solar and battery systems working together to tackle power plant-sized problems.

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Solar+Storage Makes Sense for Southeastern Energy Resilience
May 14, 2019 by Marriele Robinson, Seth Mullendore

Southeastern utilities have made headlines recently with plans to incorporate battery storage at solar installations across their service territories. It turns out that the communities they serve could greatly benefit from installing solar+storage as well.

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Batteries Replacing Gas in California, Coal in Colorado and Indiana
December 11, 2018 by Lewis Milford, Seth Mullendore

How storage will power a low carbon energy transformation has begun to emerge across the country – surprisingly led by utilities in the Midwest and West as they pursue an economic mix of renewables and battery storage to shut down and replace existing fossil-fuel plants.

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The Right to Energy Data – An Emerging Environmental Justice Issue
November 27, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

Free access to energy data should be a basic right in today’s changing regulatory environment.

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Maryland’s New Resiliency Program Could Serve as a Model for Other States
November 8, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

There’s a lot to like about the Maryland Energy Administration’s new $5 million program to support community resiliency hubs powered by solar and battery storage.

Declining Battery Storage Costs Raise Questions About the Role of Natural Gas
July 17, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

Batteries are beginning to complete head-to-head with natural gas peaker plants, and they’re starting to win.

How Could Solar+Storage Benefit Your Community? Find Out for Free.
June 25, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

A new release of NREL’s free online tool allows anyone to enter in a building’s information to estimate how much solar+storage capacity would be needed to keep critical loads powered during an emergency.

Why California’s New Home Solar Requirement Includes Batteries and Not Zero Net Energy
May 17, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

California’s recently adopted building standards require solar to be a part of all new residential construction. As the first state to enact such a standard, it’s been lauded as a historic and game-changing event for solar power in the U.S. But some have argued that the new standards don’t go far enough.

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California Utilities Propose Storage for Energy Resilience and Equity, But More Needs to be Done
March 22, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

Three of California’s largest utilities recently proposed more than 100 megawatts of utility-owned energy storage to support resiliency in critical public facilities and $6 million in incentives for customer-owned storage at multifamily affordable housing properties.