The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the Fiscal Year 2022 Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) funding opportunity, which will award $29 million in funding for projects that reduce costs and supply chain vulnerabilities, further develop durable and recyclable solar technologies, and advance perovskite photovoltaic (PV) technologies toward commercialization. Of the $29 million, $10 million will be funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to increase the reuse and recycling of solar energy technologies.Read more
Crosscut recently reported that two greenhouse domes on the Colville Reservation will house the state’s first 'agrivoltaics' project, where food and electricity can grow in tandem on small acreage: Farms in Central Washington boost their yield with solar energy | CrosscutRead more
Update July 16, 2020: (From Green Tech Media, July 16, 2020): All four FERC commissioners voted to dismiss a petition to declare solar net metering policies illegal. Click to read story.
A recent petition from a group called the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) asks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand federal regulatory authority over state net metering policies and the customers that participate in them.Read more
Solar Washington gave a Solar 101 presentation and tabled that the 2019 Farm & Food Expo on October 26, 2019 presented by the Spokane Conservation District. Jay Larson of PCI Renewables (pictured) volunteered on behalf of Solar Washington to deliver a presentation to homeowners, landowners and gardeners covering the basics of solar, how solar works, the relative costs and applications. Jay also presided over an information table for Solar Washington.Read more
Solar Washington joined dozens of other companies and organizations at Northwest SolarFest on Saturday, July 27 on the campus of Shoreline Community College. Several dozen homeowners, solar enthusiasts and others stopped by SW's booth to ask questions, get information about current incentives available, find out about installation examples, air their opinions and more.
Solar Washington volunteer Craig Olson along with SW Executive Director Patrick Nugent presented at Penny Creek Elementary School's annual Science Day in Everett on Thursday, May 30. Solar Washington was one of several other organizations and individuals who presented on various science related topics to elementary school kids throughout the day.Read more
Representatives from companies, government agencies and advocacy organizations met on Thursday, April 25 at the Centilia Cultural Center in Seattle to continue the conversation around building the movement for energy democracy.
On hand was special guest Denise Fairchild, author of Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions. who is the inaugural president of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor, and community groups. She is charged with advancing ECC’s “high-road” mission to green our cities, build resilient local economies and ensure equity inclusion in both the process and outcomes of a new green and healthy economy.
Denise drew from her book to establish the conversation during the workshop which aimed to address questions such as the following:
- Who makes decisions about our energy systems and structures?
- What are the barriers to energy democracy broadly and in our local context?
- What assets and opportunities do we have to overcome those barriers to increase community ownership over our energy system and reduce energy burdens?
- What is the role of utilities in energy democracy, and how can they serve communities in a democratic way?
- How can we use energy democracy as tool for advancing affordable housing?
The audience also heard from local panel of experts about work going on in the region to advance community-owned energy, improve access to both energy efficiency and renewable energy, and increase community development and ownership of renewable energy resources. This includes SW board member Jack Newman of Sazan Environmental Services (pictured below) who spoke about utilizing solar in unique ways as to promote resiliency, energy independence, equity and more. Also speaking were Katrina Peterson, Climate Justice Program Manager at Puget Sound Sage, and Derek Hoshiko, community-supported organizer with For the People.
Pictures by Patrick Nugent