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Solar panels being installed

This professional had to climb to get to this spot: community solar investors and innovators have to climb over hurdles, too. 

Community Solar's Bend Toward Energy Justice: Challenge Accepted

For those coming with fresh eyes to this series, please read the previous two articles about community solar. In the first article of the series, I explored the economic and energy equity opportunity of the community solar sector. The subsequent article investigated challenges within the market from a policy and...
Climate attitudes in Colorado, courtesy the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

With the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications showing this range of climate concern, should Colorado operate under one electricity provider? 

Decarbonization on the Rockies: A Policy Memo on Colorado's Electicity Market

Participants in CBEY's Financing and Deploying Clean Energy certificate program learn technology, finance, policy and climate science. Policy savvy locks in when they write real memos to real players. In this example, a professional in Colorado's community-solar industry encourages a state Senator to work on fostering competition in the state's...
Jigar Shah

United States Department of Energy Loan Program Office director Jigar Shah. 

A Director Brings Star Power to a Federal Loan Program Waiting to Shine

The federal Loan Program Office, within the Department of Energy, exists to help finance pioneering companies that can't yet draw hefty private capital. After a political upset sent the office into deep freeze, it revived in the past several years. Now, a new director with a reputation as an investor...
A car loads up on electricity, generating...value

(Courtesy Fairfax County, VA.) According to the Coalition's projections, this driver will soon find company. 

Firing Up a Credit Trading Market to Support Electric Vehicle Networks

If electric vehicles reduce carbon pollution, shouldn’t they get credit for doing so? The Connecticut has started working on a partnership that lets owners, suppliers and charging vendors create and market credits for the miles the vehicles travel. The Bank registered the First Validated Multi-Partner Carbon Offset Credit...
The community-solar business model

This image from a community-solar vendor documents how individuals who normally can't access the solar market can build a revenue stream. 

How Strongly Can Community Solar Bend the Energy Market Toward Justice?

Community solar can provide more energy to more people - especially people currently shut out of the market for residential rooftop panels. Energy developers and marketplace makers have taken note of the potential for community solar programs to drive revenue- and the White House's promise to steer energy infrastructure toward...
Panels in early sunshine

What's on the other side of that installation? (Courtesy National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Wary on Credit Risk, Solar Developers Look for New Kinds of Contract Partners

As more corporate leaders try to scrub carbon from their brands, more credit risk is flowing into power purchase agreements. In these deals, which involve an "offtaker" contracting to buy power from a solar developer, some developers are looking beyond traditional corporate partners. New partners can include participants in community...
Financing and Deploying Clean Energy: Program Insights
Techniques for turbines

(Photo from Energy News.) Wanja Wallemyr contributes millions of kilowatt-hours to a grid that doesn't properly value it. 

Qvinnovindar: Feeding Three Million Kilowatt Hours Into the Grid Each Year

What would a prosumer-friendly policy achieve? The Financing and Deploying Clean Energy participant who proposed that direction talked to an entrepreneur whose co-op feeds wind energy into Sweden's electricity system. Wanja Wallemyr's experience outlines what a grid full of prosumers can mean for power and empowerment.
DSIRE-SouthDakota

Clean Across the Continent: Promoting High Wind Goals in the Heartland

The Center has worked virtually this fall with dozens of professionals earning certificates in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy. Learners in the program study the history, physics, innovation pathways and technological possibility sparking the carbon-free economy. One learning strategy involves crafting policy memos and op/ed pieces on issues where public...
Let's get this turning

The EU needs to open financing channels to more providers to support the intent of the Green Deal.(Photo from Qvinnovindar.)

Walking the Walk: A Memo Outlining Incentives for Women-Powered Energy Storage in the European Union

Why should "prosumers" - individuals who make electricity for others to purchase- encounter brakes on their output in European Union policy? In this memo, which the author wrote first in the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy program, the case emerges for releasing female prosumers' entrepreneurial energy. A linked interview with...