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How Can Communities Finance Microgrids for Public Safety?

by Kat Friedrich In the United States, microgrids are concentrated in the Northeast, according to Katherine Tweed, a writer at Greentech Media. How can microgrids expand their footprint and reach other regions and cities? The need for climate resilience is one common justification for building microgrids. Microgrids – small local power grids that may include…

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Tumalow Shapes the Landscape of Energy-Storage Financing

by Lisa Veliz Energy storage is inherently risky for many new customers. But Tumalow has proposed a new financing model to solve this problem. Founded by CEO William Gathright, Tumalow is not a typical energy-storage startup. In a conversation with Gathright, Clean Energy Finance Forum learned how Tumalow’s model could change the landscape of energy…

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News Update: Solar Energy Finance Association Emerges on the Scene

The post below is an issue of the Clean Energy Finance Forum news update. To subscribe, use the form in the sidebar to the right. Features Solar Energy Finance Association Emerges on the Scene The new industry group Solar Energy Finance Association (SEFA) is one of several leaders shepherding in an era of solar standards.…

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Minnesota’s New Clean-Energy Policy: Two Years Later

by Kolin Loveless How has Minnesota’s Omnibus Energy Bill, HF 2834, changed the climate for clean energy in the state since its signature on May 24, 2013? Heralded as a bold action to make Minnesota a national leader in clean energy, the multifaceted bill established a solar carve-out in addition to the state’s existing renewable…

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Is the White House’s Solar Commitment on Target?

by Kat Friedrich When the White House announced a multipronged solar commitment that benefits low-to-moderate-income communities, the decision did not take place in a vacuum. Although most news coverage has simply focused on the federal statement, a more in-depth look shows this thorny challenge has blocked progress for the solar industry for a long time.…

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News Update: Imagining a Fresh Start for the Power Grid

The post below is an issue of the Clean Energy Finance Forum news update. To subscribe, use the form in the sidebar to the right. Features Imagining a Fresh Start for the Power Grid Imagine you could design the electricity market in one state from scratch. There are no pre-existing programs to satisfy and no…