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31 January

What Is Community Owned Solar-By Clean Energy Collective

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Just got an email from our friend, Paul Spencer, from Clean Energy Collective, sharing a new video clip on community solar farm or garden, below.


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1. How Does Community Solar Work ?

2. Chatting With Paul Spencer, President and Founder of Clean Energy Collective, on Community Solar Garden.

3. Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm

4. Let Community Solar Garden Bloom!

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29 January

President Obama Tauts Solar Progress in State of the Union Address Speech

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Just received this press release from SEIA regarding President Obama’s annual State of Union Address speech last night:

A Sunny Day In Florida (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Giving his own “shout out for solar,” President Obama praised the U.S. solar industry in his annual State of the Union speech. Afterward, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:

“From the rooftop of the White House to the floor of the People’s House, President Obama continues to show his strong, unwavering support for solar energy.  On behalf of the 143,000 Americans who work in the U.S. solar industry – and the tens of millions of people who support it – the best way to thank the President for his leadership is to go out and prove him right.  Today, we’re well on our way to doing that, with solar now the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America, pumping tens of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy.  But despite this milestone, we believe the best is yet to come.

“Fresh off a record-breaking year, America’s solar energy industry is looking forward to another great year in 2014 – thanks, in part, to President Obama’s continued leadership and the smart public policies which are making solar more affordable than ever.  With an estimated 13,000 megawatts (MW) of solar currently installed in the U.S., we’re generating enough clean, reliable electricity today to power more than 2 million American homes – or every single home in a state the size of Colorado.  Like the President, we see 2014 as a year of action, a year of progress and a year in which more and more Americans turn to solar to save money, help meet their energy needs and improve our environment.”

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

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28 January

An Abbey’s Path To Fiscal Salvation Through Solar Energy & Solar Chocolates

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Few weeks ago I came across an interesting piece of news regarding some solar activity up in MA. Upon further investigation, it was quite wonderful to find out how solar power is able to help preserve the simple life for the sisters at Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey and their fine Trappistine Quality Candy. This group of 44

Sisters of Mount St. Mary's Abbey in Wrentham, MA (credit: Mount St. Mary's Abbey)

cloistered nuns have set records in leveraging green energy on their property while helping to reduce the town’s energy cost. At 300 Arnold St. in Wrentham, the monastery installed a 130-foot-tall wind turbine in the field beside its sheep pasture in 2009. They didn’t stop there, but continued on with installing more than 20,000 solar panels in a field on the Trappistine order’s property, harvesting electricity.

Trappistine Sisters at Mount Saint Mary's Abbey under the solar panels on their Wrentham fields, concerned about conservation of the environment and managed natural resources prudently. Sr Alice Chau , Sr. Christa-Maria, and Sr. Bonitas. These sisters taut the three "L's": Liturgy, Lectio Divina, and Labor. (credit: Mount St. Mary's Abbey)

Back in Nov. of 2012, Franklin Town Council entered a power purchase agreement with a Newton green energy firm planning to build a solar farm atop 11-acre parcel in Franklin owned by nuns of Mount St. Mary’s Abbey (a monastery of nuns in Wrentham overseen by the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance). Kearsarge Energy is leasing the land from the monastery until 2033, paying the order about $116,000 for the first year and an unspecified set amount every year afterward. In the meantime, the town collects net metering credits from the 12,000-panel farm to offset 10% of its energy cost for the next 20 years, saving about $40,000. “This allows us to purchase power below our current costs for the next 20 years as well as get real and personal property taxes for as long as the solar farm exists on the nuns’ property,” said Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting. After this first phase of a large renewable energy project, Kearsarge  constructs a bigger farm on the monastery’s property, costing about $5 million. So eventually the farm  expands to span 22 acres and include around 22,000 solar panels producing 6 MW (megawatt) of energy.

Father Kevin Hunt blesses the new solar farm at Mount St. Mary's Abbey in Wrentham on Dec. 7, 2013 (Credit: www.PilotCatholicNews.com -Christopher S. Pineo)

Net metering allows the town to generate its own electricity and reduce the amount it has to purchase from National Grid, the majority energy provider in Wrentham. A meter records how much power the solar panels generate. When more electricity is generated than used, the town receives credits to be sold back to National Grid.

Nutting negotiated with Kearsarge for about a year and said the venture benefits every one involved, “The nuns get money, we get revenue, we save money on our energy bill…so it’s a win-win-win all around.”

The monastery fields in Wrentham worked as a dairy farm in the past. Today the sisters support themselves through the makings of fine chocolates and other confections at their  Trappistine Quality Candy factory on the monastery grounds.

 

 

Trappistine Quality Candy/Solar Chocolates (credit: Mount St. Mary's Abbey)

Trappistine Quality Candy/Solar Chocolates (credit: Mount. St. Mary's Abbey)

 

 

Consider Trappistine Quality Candy (where confections are made with Love & Prayers by The Nuns of Mount St. Mary's Abbey) during Valentine season. (credit: Mount St. Mary's Abbey)

Using geothermal energy to heat and cool their building and hosting both solar and wind energy on their property have been multi-faceted blessings. This provides the sisters the joy of living in obedience with their life of faith, helps them to offset their operating costs, and benefits their neighbors, the Town of Franklin. A community such as Mount St. Mary’s Abbey would be welcomed in any community! We should all look toward these sisters as example in their stewardship toward alternative/renewable energy projects! As Mother Maureen reminded us the connection of their order with green energy, in the excerpt from the Cistercian Constitutions:

Following the example of the Fathers of Citeaux, who sought an uncomplicated relationship with God of simplicity, the sisters’ lifestyle is to be plain and frugal…The sisters are to be concerned about conservation of the environment and to manage natural resources prudently….”

Simiar topic

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26 January

Politics of Misinformation

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Politics of Misinformation (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Why am I not surprised that more MISINFORMATION are spilled from the FOX NEWS.  Wasn’t Fox News the same media responsible for previously reporting that “solar energy cannot be successfully implemented in U.S. because Germany is a small country and have more sun”  in our Feb. 2013 report. I am, however, rather disappointed that this time the misinformation is coming from some one I normally respect a great deal, John Stossel,

If you’d go to https://www.facebook.com/JohnStossel you would find Stossel’s comment regarding energies:

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After 100 billion in subsidies, windmills and solar power combined amount to less than 4% of the energy we use. Both are so inefficient that they only exist because they get billions in subsidies from you. Fossil fuels get subsides too, but wind and solar get 100 times more. Get rid of them all! Chill Out! re-airs tonight at 10pm on Fox News.

This comment was attached to a chart of Energy Subsidies such that:

natural gas, oil & coal——> $0.64 per MWh of subsidy

nuclear———————–>$3.14 per MWh of subsidy

wind—————————> $56.29 per MWh of subsidy

solar—————————> $775.64 per MWh subsidy

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My immediate response was: Where did they get the $775.64/MWh ? Did they grab it out of a hat? FOX News researcher(s) must have believed that all of their audience would not do the math to check on the credibility of these numbers or units!

This chart is so misleading that it makes one wonder if the research is being funded by the Koch brothers. If you work all the numbers, for an example of a 1 MW solar farm:

1 MW solar farm–>at approximately 4 hrs peak light per day, 1 MW–>4 MWh/day, at 365 days/year, 1 MW solar farm–>1460 MWh/year, at 50 year plant life–>73,000 MWh/lifetime of the plant. So, according to the chart, at $775.64 per MWh, 73,000MWh/lifetime multiplied by $775.64/MWh= over $56.5 million subsidy for a 1 MW solar farm. This chart is claiming that a 1 MW solar farm is getting over $56.5 million subsidy. Keep in mind that a 1 MW solar farm costs in the range of $1.5 million to build  in Germany to about $5 million in Alaska (most would fall some where in between). Keep in mind that federal subsidy in U.S. for solar is based on 30% of initial cost of the solar farm. So, if the solar farm costs $1.5 million to build, it would receive federal subsidy of $450,000. If the solar farm costs $5 million to build, it would receive federal subsidy of $1.5 million. But the chart is claiming that the subsidy is over $56.5 million….believe me, there would be far more people building solar farms all over the country if a $1.5 million or $5 million solar farm would receive over $56.5 million subsidy! I would have started building my solar farm(s) long time ago! This is simply too absurd that I cannot believe Stossel’s chart and comment would receive so many “likes”! We need to do a better job in educating our public in the application of math and units.

I do understand why this is happening. With the dramatic decrease in cost of solar, available super data and technology, better understanding of Value of Solar, and improved battery technology, it is obvious that Solar and Wind are no longer the smallest kids on the block. When there are forecasts that solar industry will be bigger than the semiconductor industry within a decade, the final punch out of the traditionally bigger kid(s) is nothing more than spreading misinformation. It is time for all of us to grow up. The most mature thing for any kid (big as well as small) is to learn to collaborate, for we all need to transition into the renewable energy age, together…for fossil fuels will be the energy of the past and we will still need energy in the future.

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23 January

DAVOS Agrees: Solar Is Fabulous! DAVOS Congress Center Installs PV System Optimized With SolarEdge Technology

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Just received a press release from Jessica Fishman of SolarEdge Technologies, shared below:

DAVOS CONGRESS CENTRE INSTALLS PV SYSTEM OPTIMIZED WITH SOLAREDGETECHNOLOGY

Munich, Germany, January 21, 2014 – Just in time for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, Davos Congress Centre and swimming hall launches the first phase of its 340 kWp PV system which includes SolarEdge inverters and power optimizers. The PV system launch is particularly relevant to this year’s WEF meeting topic which will focus on developing insights for the international community to systematically address emerging challenges.

The Davos Congress Centre, one of the Alp’s most modern congress venues, identified SolarEdge products as next-generation PV technology. The module-based optimization and monitoring offered by SolarEdge provides the Davos Congress Centre increased system uptime, enhances energy yield assurance, and improves visibility into system performance. Not only was SolarEdge technology simulated to provide an increased energy yield of more than 12% with the initial design, but its module-level MPPT allowed a 10% increase in the amount of modules on the roof in the first phase, further improving energy yield. Specifically, the Davos Congress Center was able to place PV modules on the Atrium roof of the building, which would not have been possible with a traditional inverter.

“As a conference center that caters to large events such as the World Economic Forum annual meeting, the Davos Congress Centre prides itself on using the most advanced technologies and well-functioning infrastructure,” stated Mr. Urs Barandun, Project Manager for the Community of Davos. “The community has opted for this technology, because there are many advantages in terms of shading and fire protection.”

Installed by EES Jäggi Bigler AG from Etziken with the support of Amstein + Walthert AG Zurich, the first phase of the PV system is ~172 kWp and is located on the roof of the Davos Congress Centre and swimming hall building in Switzerland. The site includes 625SolarEdge power optimizers and 11 SE17k SolarEdge inverters. The fixed-string voltage in a SolarEdge system allows an increase in the number of modules per string of up to 54% compared to a traditional inverter.

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About SolarEdge Technologies

SolarEdge Technologies provides end-to-end distributed solar power optimization and PV monitoring solutions, allowing maximum energy production for faster ROI. The SolarEdgepower optimizers perform MPPT per individual module while monitoring the performance of each module. The high efficiency SolarEdge inverter is tailor-made to work with power optimizers. Module-level electronics enable enhanced maintenance and increased system safety with the SafeDC™ mechanism. SolarEdge technology provides commercial PV systems with flexible design, increased system uptime, and decreased O&M costsSolarEdge is online at www.solaredge.com

 

Press Contact

SolarEdge Technologies

Hadas Rozen, Director of Marketing
Hadas.Rozen@solaredge.com
+972-54-5422711

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11 January

Let’s Spread “Sun Is The Future” Throughout Our Planet Earth! We Just Need 29 More Countries!

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Visitors to Sun Is The Future from 167 countries, 5085 cities, between 2011-2013 (according to Google Analytics)

Some of you are curious about where all the visitors to Sun Is The Future are coming from. I promise you that I will periodically update the information, to the right under Information, at the homepage of www.sunisthefuture.net ,under the category of  Visitors @ sunisthefuture.net . Below is a summary of these visitors between Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2013:

***WordPress Jetpack-Site Stat Summary:  Between January 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2013, there had been more than 66,000 views with 1,418 best ever on one day. There is a discrepancy between WordPress Jetpack-Site Stat and Google Analytics’ Summary because Google Analytics’ Summary of over 61,000 pageviews excludes any spam count or clicks due to site author (yours truly)’s own visits.

  1. Visitors From 167 countries, in 1 page, to Sun Is The Future, Between 2011-2013
  2. Visitors From 5085 cities, page 1, Visitors To Sun Is The Future Between 2011-2013, From 5085 cities, page 2, Visitors To Sun Is The Future Between 2011-2013
  3. Visitors From Various Continents, Visitors to Sun Is The Future Between 2011-2013
  4. Visitors From 23 Subcontinental Regions, Visitors To Sun Is The Future Between 2011-2013

On average, these visitors seem to be visiting 1.88 pages per visit and 6:54 minutes per visit.

According to Google Search under “How many countries are there in the world”, this is the result from About.com: there are 193 member in the United nations but 196 countries in the world. That means there are still 29 countries Sun Is The Future has not yet reached.  Please feel free to email me what/where these 29 countries are located.  I did notice Greenland as one of the 29 rather conspicuously.  I would like to implore you to share www.sunisthefuture.net with your friends and family, especially if any of them is located in one of these 29 missing countries. Please let me know if/when you have managed to help to add another country to our count, for our ultimate goal is to spread the sunshine throughout our planet. So we will be able to let it shine and let it shine….sharing solar energy every where!

Thank you for reading/viewing/sharing these past three years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing information and news of solar energy with you. Thank you for writing in and providing me with clues to helpful people and organizations. Let’s keep the momentum going! With your help, we hopefully will be able to say “Sun Is The Future” has reached every nation on planet earth by the end of 2014.

Lastly, we have 397 visitors from (not set). We need to ask all the network administrators to please set their country codes so these 397 visitors will have their respective countries identified.

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4 January

Expanded Discussion on Value of Solar

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Capturing The Sun (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker). This design may also be found at www.sunisthefuture.com

After posting the interview with Karl R. Rabago regarding The Value of Solar, some of the viewers’ /readers’/visitors’ questions made me realize that I needed to summarize the two articles I have linked to in the post in more details.   I apologize, because Mr. Karl R. Rabago did such a fantastic job in presenting the topic of The Value of Solar, I did not want to detract any attention from the interview. But, as long as we do have visitors/viewers who would like to be reading synopsis on the topic in addition to viewing the video, I’d be happy to oblige. I also found out that Youtube seems to be having some storage issue with regard to the video interview with Mr. Karl R. Rabago momentarily. Please be patient and Youtube is working on the issue at the moment. So be sure to check back at the post of Jan. 1, 2014 for the interview with Karl R. Rabago for the video interview later. In The ‘Value Of Solar’ Rate: Designing An Improved Residential Solar Tariff , authored by Karl R. Rabago,  Net metering is a law derived from PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act) passed in 1978 such that the original struggle for net metering was the fight to remove the screw, therefore allowing the meter to spin backward so customers could get credit or self-generate (being allowed to make their own electricity through solar energy or generator system) and receive a fair price (otherwise known as the avoided cost) from the utility company for the excess energy being fed back into the grid. This straight forward (use of a single meter with no separate calculation) policy was adopted in 43 states. Although elegantly simple, net metering has its limitations: the assigned retail value for local solar energy is not necessarily reflective of the true value of solar. For example:

  1. There is no distinction between energy due to consumption vs. energy that is excess to consumption during the netting period.
  2. There is no provision for ensuring that the utility recovers the full cost of serving the solar customer.
  3. Much reduced payment for excess generation at the “avoided cost” tends to incentivize solar customers to size solar systems at their baseline energy demand, therefore not fully optimizing the potential in generating valuable excess on-peak or near-peak energy for the network, leaving the utility still having to procure energy for other customers at a higher-than-average cost.
  4. The tiered rate structure of net metering: the more energy a customer uses, the more value that customer receives for solar generation. The traditional net metering coupling solar energy value to the level of a customer’s energy consumption, even in the absence of tiered structure, has the effect of discouraging energy efficiency and encouraging on-peak consumption. When a unit of energy offset by solar generation is worth much more to a customer than a unit of excess generation, the economic signal to the customers is out of sync with other policy and economic objectives.

The Austin Energy of Texas has taken on the task of redesigning the net metering structure. The resulting new Value of Solar residential solar rate is splendid! It has two basic components:

  1. The annually updated value of solar calculation is essentially the price at which the utility is neutral to the solar energy
  2. The value of solar ensures that the utility recovers its full cost of serving the solar customer before any credit for solar generation is applied.

These two components result in a residential solar rate that is more fair to the solar customer, the utility,  and other utility customers.  This also decouples solar energy compensation from both consumption and incentives while being administratively simple. Austin Energy developed a Value of Solar calculation, generating a 30-year levelized value of solar in cents per kilowatt-hour, based on five components:

  1. energy
  2. capacity
  3. transmission capacity
  4. transmission and distribution losses
  5. environmental value

Energy and capacity value make up the bulk of the value and are heavily influenced by natural gas prices. Environmental value is derived from the price premium for Austin Energy’s GreenChoice renewable energy product offering. End result, the Value of Solar rate is about three cents higher than the average residential energy rate. The goal of the calculation is to estimate the total value of a unit of solar energy generated in the distribution grid, or near the point of consumption. That is, the utility would have to buy some energy, including some capacity value such that it would have to be transmitted, with losses, over a delivery system, and pay transmission costs and system charges, and finally with some kind of renewable energy credit or certificate. The calculation if rather conservative for it does not include externality values related to local economic benefits, local environmental benefits or other valuable attributes of distributed solar. Such levelized value needs to be re-evaluated annually so to adjust up-to-date  utility costs and prevent overpayments when system prices fall, not to mention the changing fuel factor. This new Value of Solar rate is expected to reduce the simple payback period for customers, provides stronger incentive for customers to use energy efficiently, and leads to more  on-peak energy available to the utility. Of course, annual recalculations would ensure that both customer and utility are treated fairly as the market costs change. Furthermore, the netting methodology ensures that utility would recover its cost of serving the customer and eliminates the argument that other customers subsidize solar. Austin Energy’s Value of Solar rate was implemented on Oct. 1, 2012 and had already earned recognition and interest from utilities and solar experts. For example, SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association) has recognized Austin Energy as Public Power Utility of the year in 2012 and IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) has given one of its annual Innovation Awards to Austin Energy in September of 2012. It would be great if the Value of Solar will also be applied in other states and regions. With publicly available data, Value of Solar may have expanded use such as in commercial solar rates and in other states and regions. Ultimately, this would translate into a collaborative relationship between the utility and consumers, leading to a more stable grid for all consumers while increasing the longevity of the utility. We look forward to further spreading of use of Value of Solar for it is that final link to the fair and effective way for our world to transition into a sustainable future quickly. Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics: www.sunisthefuture.net

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1 January

Discussion of the Importance of Value of Solar With Karl Rabago

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Central Florida Sunset (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Recall the book A Golden Thread (by Ken Butti and John Perlin) in the previous post on “Time To Let It Shine“? I’d like to point out and share with you a paragraph in the Foreward of the book A Golden Thread (by Amory B. Lovins) for it has pointed out  the  problem that appeared as far back in the 1970’s as it does now:

People who point out the obvious merits of solar energy still face the same obstacles  they have always faced: lack of fair and symmetrical tests (how do the costs, rates and risks of solar energy compare with those of not having it?), misinformation from competing vested interests, and above all a widespread ignorance of what has actually been accomplished, both recently and in prior ages.

Because of this, I am quite thankful to have learned about Value of Solar and Karl Rabago, presented below in the video (I also found out that Youtube seems to be having some storage issue with regard to the video interview with Mr. Karl R. Rabago momentarily. Please be patient and Youtube is working on the issue at the moment):


I wanted to post this interview on the January 1st of 2014 because this is an extremely valuable interview for any one interested in learning/solving issues in solar/renewable energy and most effective and fair way for our world to transition into a sustainable future quickly. Karl R. Rabago has over 20 years of experience in clean energy, electricity regulation, sustainability, and advocacy.

 

His resume spans across the full spectrum, from being: Major of U.S. Army, Associate Professor of Law of University of Houston, to Public Utility Commissioner of TX, Deputy Assistant Secretary in Utility Technologies of U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Program Manager of Environmental Defense Fund, Vice President of CH2M Hill, Principal Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute, Sustainability Alliances Leader of NatureWorks LLC, Energy Solutions Group Director of Houston Advanced Research Center, Government & Regulatory Affairs of AES Corporation, VP of Distributed Energy Services of Austin Energy, and Principal of Rabago Energy LLC.

Through his knowledge, insight and experience, we learn about this innovative “Value of Solar“, the missing link for widespread use of solar energy since the late 1970’s. Finally, with the long delayed fair and symmetrical tests (how do the costs, rates and risks of solar energy compare with those of not having it?) and availability of super data and technology, Karl R. Rabago will take us to the path of the inevitable Solar Age. After three decades of believing that solar energy is the only soft energy path we can truly afford-economically, politically, and environmentally while realizing the obstacles such as misinformation from competing vested interests and widespread ignorance of what has actually been accomplished….it’s been discouraging at times. This is the first time, I see the last piece of that incomplete puzzle surfacing and realizing that the solar transition that is already underway will gain the breadth and speed that will astonish every one! For Value of Solar is here! I hear drum rolls…Solar Energy Age has finally arrived! For more details on “Value of Solar”, Be sure to check out:

http://rabagoenergy.com/files/ra0301b…

http://rabagoenergy.com/files/value-o…

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Efficiency (DSIRE)

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

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