Solar with Justice: A New Report on Solar for Under-Resourced Communities

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This Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) webinar presented the key findings and recommendations from a new report, Solar with Justice: Strategies for Powering Up Under-Resourced Communities and Growing an Inclusive Solar Economy. This report was produced by a team from the Clean Energy States Alliance, the Jackson State University Department of Urban & Regional Planning, the Partnership for Southern Equity, PaulosAnalysis, the University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and The Solutions Project.

Members of the team will give an overview of the report and discuss recommendations for actions that different stakeholder groups – including states, community organizations, foundations, the solar industry, and municipalities – can take to ensure solar empowers under-resourced communities and provides tangible financial and wealth-building benefits. More than 90 policymakers, community group leaders, solar experts, and energy equity advocates were interviewed as part of the research for the report.

Speakers:
• Danielle Deane-Ryan, Director of the Inclusive Clean Economy Program, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
• Chandra Farley, Director of the Just Energy Program, Partnership for Southern Equity
• Nate Hausman, Project Director, CESA (moderator)
• Warren Leon, Executive Director, CESA

Energía resistente en Puerto Rico: Cómo el Solar+Almacenamiento está re moldeando el panorama energético

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This webinar was presented entirely in Spanish. It provides an overview of several resilient power projects underway or recently completed in Puerto Rico.

Clean Energy Group presenta el siguiente seminario web en español.

Este seminario web presenta una visión general de los proyectos de energía resistente actualmente en curso o recientemente completados en Puerto Rico.

Después que el huracán María destruyo la infraestructura energética de Puerto Rico en 2017, los sistemas de tecnología Solar+Almacenamiento resistente ganaron popularidad como una opción confiable de energía de respaldo para instalaciones críticas y hogares vulnerables. Los generadores de diesel demostraron ser caros y poco confiables, y el acceso al combustible fué cada vez más problemático. Ahora, dos años después, la energía resistente a crecido como una herramienta esencial para la recuperación y preparación de comunidades.

Este seminario web de Clean Energy Group presentará una visión general de los proyectos de energía resistente en curso o recientemente completados en Puerto Rico.

Los panelistas invitados compartirán acerca de aplicaciones de energía resistente para operaciones de emergencia crítica y residentes vulnerables, a su vez discutirán las mejores prácticas y las barreras para la implementación de estos tipos de proyectos. Aquellos involucrados en el desarrollo de oportunidades laborales, también compartirán sobre sus experiencias en capacitaciones locales de almacenamiento de energía solar y baterías.

Presentadores:

Will Heegard – Fundador y Director, Footprint Project

Mareldi Ahumada Paras – Estudiante de Doctorado en la Universidad de Washington

Edgar Oscar Ruiz – Director Ejecutivo, Sail Relief Team

Moderadora​:

Nicole Hernandez Hammer – Directora de Proyectos, Clean Energy Group

Sharing Solar Benefits – Expanding Residential Solar in Connecticut’s Communities of Color

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This webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), featured panelists from the Connecticut Green Bank who discussed the Green Bank’s Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP) and its impacts and results. Join us to learn about their analysis and hear about the experiences of customers who participated in the Green Bank’s programs.

The RSIP has supported over 290 megawatts of residential solar PV deployment since 2012, including over 125 megawatts in low- and moderate-income communities. The program’s success in reaching low- and moderate-income (LMI) households can largely be attributed to the Green Bank’s Solar for All program, a public-private partnership with PosiGen Solar and Energy Efficiency that offers homeowner’s a solar lease paired with energy efficiency measures, regardless of income or creditworthiness.

Earlier this year, the Green Bank dove deeper into their data to look at the RSIP’s performance in reaching communities of color in addition to low-income households. The analysis found that LMI and communities of color that were previously underrepresented in solar PV adoption responded favorably to measured incentives and market focus. The experience in Connecticut bucks the trend of recent national studies that have shown a widespread inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar in the U.S. when considering race and ethnicity.

Guest speakers:

  • Isabelle Hazelwood, Connecticut Green Bank
  • Emily Basham, Connecticut Green Bank
  • Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) as part of a State Energy Strategies project supported by a grant from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. Learn more about this project at: https://www.cesa.org/projects/low-income-clean-energy/state-energy-strategies-project/.

SMUD’s Carbon-Reduction Strategies: Smart Homes, Strategic Electrification, and Energy Storage

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This webinar is a follow-on to CESA’s ESTAP webinars on energy storage projects and implementation at municipal utilities.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), a CESA member, is focused on deep carbon reduction via two key strategies: increasing renewable energy and strategic electrification. Significant incentives are available to developers, builders, and homeowners who are investing in all-electric homes and integrated technologies like energy storage. SMUD encourages building electrification through its All-Electric Smart Homes program, which can use on-site or off-site renewable energy for heating & cooling, hot water, cooking, and transportation. Seven all-electric smart homes communities are currently under development.

In addition to its Smart Homes program, SMUD offers a storage program that provides incentives for homeowners that are interested in sharing the resource with the utility. When coupled with solar, the storage system can store the excess generation and allow the customer to dispatch the battery during peak load hours when electricity is more expensive. By shifting battery dispatch to peak periods, a homeowner not only reduces their carbon emissions, but also reduces demand on the electric grid and their electric bill. Additional value can be passed onto the customer when the battery is dispatched to provide grid support.

Please join us on this one-hour webinar with Rachel Huang, SMUD’s Director of Energy Strategy, Research & Development, to learn more about SMUD’s strategic electrification, storage, and carbon reduction efforts, and to learn about the programs benefits to the utility and ratepayer impacts.

Presenter:

Rachel Huang, Director of Energy, Strategy, Research, and Development, SMUD

Moderator:

Val Stori, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance

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This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. ESTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, managed by Sandia National National Laboratories, and administered by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Learn more at www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership.

Energy Storage 101, Part 3: Applications and Economics

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This ESTAP webinar, the third in a multi-part energy storage webinar series, covers energy storage applications and economics. Numerous opportunities for revenue and cost savings have been identified for energy storage on both sides of the meter, including frequency regulation, demand charge management, arbitrage, ancillary services, T&D deferral and others. This webinar looks at when and where these opportunities exist, which services can be effectively “stacked,” how revenue-generating opportunities are sometimes limited due to market rules or utility tariffs, and what future opportunities might arise with changes in market rules and regulations.

The energy storage team at Sandia National Laboratories has combined lessons learned from numerous battery deployment projects and analyses to create this webinar series overview. Future installments in the series will cover such topics as safety and reliability, and project development, commissioning and deployment.

Presenters:
•  Ray Byrne, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratory
•  Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar was a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. ESTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, and administered by the Clean Energy States Alliance. Learn more at https://www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/.

*Links to the previous webinars in this series are below:

Energy Storage 101, Part 1: Battery Storage Technology, Systems and Cost Trends

Energy Storage 101, Part 2: Best Practices in State Policy

QuEST: Optimizing Energy Storage Tool

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This ESTAP webinar provided an introduction to QuEST, an open-source software application suite for energy storage valuation. QuEST was developed by Sandia National Laboratories as a free, public tool to assist in energy storage valuation for various use cases.

In this webinar, members of Sandia’s energy storage analytics group demonstrated how to use the software, and presented a case study using the QuEST BTM (“behind-the-meter”) application to estimate the cost savings provided by energy storage for a time-of-use customer. This webinar is part of a larger effort to introduce software tools developed by Sandia to the public.

Panelists:
• Ricky Concepcion, Sandia National Laboratories
• Tu Nguyen, Sandia National Laboratories
• Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership, a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. ESTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, and administered by the Clean Energy States Alliance. Learn more at www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership.

FERC 841 Compliance Update

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In this webinar, guest speakers from the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables discussed FERC 841 compliance progress among the nation’s ISOs and RTOs. FERC Order 841 requires that these independent grid operators update market rules and regulations to allow energy storage to participate in wholesale energy and energy services markets, taking into account its unique operational characteristics. It was anticipated that this order would create vast new markets for energy storage… but is the reality of 841 living up to its promise? Panelists discussed how various grid operators are moving to comply with the order, what that could mean for storage markets, and what barriers still remain.

Panelists:

– Jason Burwen, Energy Storage Association
– Dan Finn-Foley, Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables
– Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. ESTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, and administered by the Clean Energy States Alliance. Learn more at www.cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership.

Replacing Power Plants with Low-Income Residential Solar+Storage

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Virtual power plants – where lots of small distributed resources are bundled together to act like a big traditional power plant – are moving from demonstration projects to mainstream practice.

In this webinar, hosted by Clean Energy Group, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) and Sunrun shared details of a new project in California that will deploy solar and battery storage systems in low-income single-family and multifamily homes to offset the need for reliance on fossil-fuel powered peaker plants. Under a 10-year contract, Sunrun will deliver 500 kilowatts of capacity and 2,000 kilowatt-hours of energy storage to EBCE customers in Oakland, California, while bringing the benefits of energy savings and reliable backup power to the area’s economically disadvantaged households.

Panelists:

  • JP Ross, Senior Director of Local Development, Electrification and Innovation, East Bay Community Energy
  • Michael Norbeck, Senior Manager, Grid Services, Sunrun Inc
  • Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group (moderator)

This webinar was presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at www.resilient-power.org.

States’ Strategies for Working with Low-Income Community Groups on Solar

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Oregon and Rhode Island have been working on a series of community outreach initiatives in order to create accessibility to solar within the low- and -moderate-income (LMI) communities. These various initiatives provide useful templates for similar initiatives in other parts of the country.

In this webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), Shauna Beland of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and Betsy Kauffman of Energy Trust of Oregon discussed their programs.

This webinar was presented by CESA as part of a State Energy Strategies project supported by a grant from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. Learn more about this project at: https://www.cesa.org/projects/low-income-clean-energy/state-energy-strategies-project/

Cimarron District Office: Supporting Firefighters in New Mexico with Solar+Storage

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This Clean Energy Group webinar highlights a recently installed solar PV and battery storage system (solar+storage) at one of the Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) of New Mexico’s most remote offices, the State Forestry Division Cimarron District Office.

Energy resilience is critical for the facility, which serves as the Fire Command Center for the northwestern region of New Mexico, directing fire suppression support efforts of upwards of 300 firefighters. The added layer of energy resilience the new solar+storage system provides ensures that the Cimarron District can effectively communicate with local fire departments, the community, and other agencies during a wildfire emergency. Without a reliable source of backup power, an outage could interrupt or shut down fire suppression operations for hours or even days. Along with energy resilience, the solar+storage system is expected to reduce the facility’s utility costs by 90 percent and help protect sensitive equipment against damage due to poor power quality issues.

Panelists:

• Louise N. Martinez, Division Director, Energy Conservation and Management Division of New Mexico
• Mark Gaiser, Clean Energy Program Manager, Energy Conservation and Management Division of New Mexico
• Arnie Friedt, Cimarron District Forester, EMNRD, Forestry Division
• Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group (moderator)

This webinar was presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at www.resilient-power.org.