28 Jul '14, 4pm

Choosing Local (Renewable) Power: One California Community a Leader in Collective Action

Marin Clean Energy only has about 1 megawatt of local renewable energy, a solar array at a local airport, but they have big plans for more. The mechanism for more local energy is a Deep Green fund, money from customers who have opted for 100 percent renewable electricity. Half the revenue from that fund will help finance pre-development for renewable energy built within the utility service area. The utility also offers a feed-in tariff program , long-term contracts for buying solar or other renewable energy projects 1 megawatt or smaller that are built locally. Dawn says they also have plans to support community solar or “syndicated solar,” allowing customers to buy energy from solar arrays built locally. Advice for Other Aggregators? Dawn has two pieces of sage advice for communities jumping into local aggregation: Walk before you run Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/07...

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