Boardman Hill Solar Farm under construction in December 2014. Reprinted with permission.
Shedding Some Light on a Taxing Situation for Community-Shared Solar
September 1, 2015 by Nate Hausman

As community-shared solar has proliferated, a growing number of states have adopted community solar-enabling laws. This is clearly good news for solar, but one issue that has been less clear is whether an individual owner of solar panels installed in an offsite, community- shared array qualifies for one of the primary carrots offered to homeowners adopting solar—the 30% federal residential investment tax credit called the “residential ITC.”

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States Spur Solarize Successes
July 25, 2015 by Nate Hausman

States have been using group purchasing and special marketing initiatives to bring down the cost of solar. A wide range of campaigns, each called Solarize, have been launched with leadership from state agencies in Oregon, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and other states.

New CESA Guide Explains Options for Residential Solar Financing
February 12, 2015 by Maria Blais Costello

The Clean Energy States Alliance has prepared “A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing – Leases, Loans, and PPAs” that will assist homeowners in making the right decision as they weight the benefits of direct ownership versus third-party financing.

Massachusetts Announces Second Round of Resilient Power Project Grants
January 2, 2015 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced its second round of resilience program awards, and once again, the results are extraordinary.

Outstanding Clean Energy Programs from States and Municipalities – What’s Working and Why
November 24, 2014 by Maria Blais Costello

The eight recipients of the 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards exemplify the ground-breaking work being done by states and municipalities in the arena of clean energy development and deployment.

State Leadership in Clean Energy: Innovation from Coast to Coast
November 19, 2014 by Clean Energy Group

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies working together to advance clean energy, has announced the recipients of the 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards.

State Efforts at Grid Modernization
November 14, 2014 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Over the past year, we have seen a number of states initiate resilient power and microgrid initiatives. But in addition, a few states have begun a process of revisioning their electric grids.

CESA Releases Residential Solar Group-Purchasing Guide for State Policy Makers
September 4, 2014 by Clean Energy Group, Clean Energy States Alliance

The New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership, a coalition of five New England States managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), has produced a new guide for community group purchasing, “Planning and Implementing a Solarize Initiative: A Guide for State Program Managers.”

Solar + Energy Storage = Resilient Power in Vermont
August 12, 2014 by Clean Energy Group

Around the country, a new model is arising to provide clean, reliable, locally generated and locally managed energy: solar power combined with energy storage in the form of batteries.

CESA States Push For Grid Modernization
June 18, 2014 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

We in the Northeast have seen firsthand the enormity of the changes wrought by Hurricane Sandy – not only the storm damage itself, but subsequent and longer-lasting changes in state policy addressing resilient power and the electric grids.