Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf here.
Around the nation, utilities, cities, and community groups are starting projects in renewables and storage. But what is required to make these projects a success? In this webinar hosted by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Clean Energy Group’s Seth Mullendore joined RMI’s Kevin Brehm and Titiaan Palazzi for a discussion on the results and lessons learned from successful community solar and community storage projects in New Mexico, New York, Vermont, Illinois, and California.
Community-scale solar, defined by RMI as 0.5–5 MW solar arrays connected to the distribution grid, promises costs low to utility-scale solar, while providing the benefits of distributed energy resources.
Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine Initiative is currently working with co-ops in New Mexico and municipalities and communities in upstate New York to realize community-scale solar projects. In this webinar, we will share results of RMI’s work, lessons learned, and barriers to be resolved for widespread adoption of community-scale solar.
Community storage offers opportunities to augment the value of a community-scale solar installation. Depending on market conditions, additional revenue opportunities could include providing services to the grid, managing utility demand charges, or shifting energy consumption under time-of-use rate tariffs.
Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project is currently working with developers in Illinois and California to assess the value proposition of pairing energy storage with community-scale solar. CEG was also instrumental in the development of an operational community solar and storage project in Vermont. In this webinar, CEG will share the results of these projects, with a focus on the value proposition for community storage in each case.
The webinar is most relevant to municipal leaders and utility executives, especially those representing rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, as well as corporations interested in renewable procurement and solar developers.