Virginia’s rural co-ops learning lessons with community solar

Virginia’s rural co-ops learning lessons with community solar

Last month, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved three-year pilot community solar programs for four distribution co-ops served by the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), based in the Richmond suburb of Glen Allen. They are A&N, Mecklenburg, Northern Neck and Rappahannock. In addition, applications by two other distribution co-ops also served by Old Dominion — Shenandoah Valley and Southside — are pending before the SCC.

Connecting Individuals with Solar Jobs

Connecting Individuals with Solar Jobs

How does someone get a job in the solar energy industry? 90% of employers in the Mid-Atlantic area find it either somewhat or very difficult to hire qualified individuals, according to The Solar Foundation’s 2017 Solar Jobs Census. And solar jobs pay well; an installer job pays on average $20 an hour. So how do we bridge the gap between inexperience and jobs?
The answer – job training.

Mini Grids: Providing electricity to Myanmar’s communities away from the grid

Mini Grids: Providing electricity to Myanmar’s communities away from the grid

In Myanmar, approximately 70 percent of the population and 84 percent of the rural households do not have access to electricity. The Myanmar National Electrification Plan (NEP), funded by the World Bank and other partners, aims to achieve 100 percent electrification by 2030. However, the challenge to reach this goal is huge. Electricity shortages and supply disruptions are widespread in Myanmar due to under-investment in the sector.

Mini grids using locally engineered and financed technology have played a crucial role in the provision of electricity for thousands of villages in the country. These mini-grids largely emerged due to the entrepreneurial drive from the local private sector and community organizations with little or no public sector support. They also simultaneously reflect the determination and ingenuity of many local communities in finding alternatives to candles and kerosene.

Clean energy pioneer closes Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza

Clean energy pioneer closes Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza

Capping off an exciting day at the 3rd Annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at The George Washington University (GW) on February 24, 2017, there was a networking reception featuring an expert in clean energy Solutions and policy, Scott Sklar.

Community solar as the first step to subscription electricity

Community solar as the first step to subscription electricity

Subscription services is the new business model that’s disrupting in many different industries. Savvy brands are finding that consumers love the idea of subscribing to a product or service much more than owning it. Until now, the electricity sector has been left behind as it tries to cling to an outdated model. But Neighborhood Sun is bringing a new approach to selling clean electricity through subscriptions in the community solar business.

Dream, Team, Beam, and Full Steam Ahead to Sustainability!

The third annual Leaders in Energy Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions award and networking event on December 2, 2016 recognized energy and sustainability leaders from four generations of awardees.

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