Community Solar Technical Assistance Initiative Seeks Participants

National Community Solar Partnership

The National Community Solar Partnership, managed by EERE's Solar Energy Technologies Office, is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every American household by 2025.

To achieve this goal, the Partnership is seeking participants for multi-stakeholder teams of state, local, and tribal governments; utilities; businesses; nonprofit organizations; and others to help make the benefits of community solar accessible. The partners will collaborate for 18–24 months, and DOE will provide technical assistance, tools, and information to help partners identify, avoid, and overcome typical barriers involved in delivering community solar. If you’re interested in joining the Partnership or learning more, please send an email to Learn more on the Partnership.

New Guide Highlights Importance of State Government and Utility Collaboration

The National Council on Electricity Policy released of a new guide, Engagement between Public Utility Commissions and State Legislatures, the third guide in a series promoting dialogue among state-level electricity decision makers by highlighting examples of successful engagement. This guide suggests that a strong and collaborative relationship between state legislatures and commissions is instrumental to establishing coherent, comprehensive, and cost-effective energy policies at the state level. It also contains condensed excerpts from interviews with legislators and commissioners from three states: Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington. Download the guide.

Combining Solar and Energy Storage Systems to Save Money in California

With a financial investment from EERE's State Energy Program, the City of Del Mar, California, installed a 62.6-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system and 120-kilowatte-hour battery energy storage system on the roof of its City Hall building. The measures are expected to reduce energy use from the grid by 90% and save more than $625,000 in cumulative energy savings over the next 25 years. Read the success story.

Hydropower Workforce Report: Potential Job Growth in Hydropower on the Horizon

A new report, Workforce Development for U.S. Hydropower: Key Trends and Findings, summarizes the current U.S. hydropower industry workforce and educational programs based on data from a number of different sources. The report examines the needs of the potential future hydropower workforce and highlights future scenarios under which tens of thousands of new jobs could be added in the next 10 to 20 years. The size of the U.S. hydropower workforce—which encompasses those working at hydropower plants, in construction, engineering, manufacturing, and environmental sciences—could potentially double. For more information, access the report.

Apply Now: Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program

Applications for the newly established Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program are now being accepted through Monday, December 9, 2019. Administered by EERE’s Water Power Technologies Office and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, the program is open to full-time doctoral students with a research thesis and/or dissertation at a U.S. institution. The program is designed to advance the graduate student’s overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at DOE offices, national laboratories, industry, and other approved facilities where the participant will conduct part of his or her research. Learn more about the program and apply today.

Local Governments Benefit from REopt Lite Tool

Created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), REopt Lite is a tool that can identify system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs at a site with a minimum of only three inputs. With additional inputs, it can estimate how long a system can sustain critical load during a grid outage. Recognizing the importance of this tool for local government resilience planning, NREL recently trained local government staff from Minnesota and Iowa, as part of a training initiative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (previously within the City and County Solar Photovoltaics Training Program). The training included information, best practices, and instructions for screening sites for the economic viability of grid-connected PV, wind, and battery storage using REopt Lite.

To get started on an analysis, visit the REopt Lite website. For information on how public-sector buildings can specifically benefit from this tool, access the DOE resource, How Distributed Energy Resources Can Improve Resilience in Public Buildings: Three Case Studies and a Step-by-Step Guide.

Infrastructure Investments in the News

Three fire stations in Fremont, California, withstood PG&E grid outages by operating on a microgrid: The City of Fremont, California, installed solar PV and battery storage microgrids at three fire stations to allow for continued operations during disasters. The microgrids also provide utility savings on an ongoing basis.

NYC picks nine buildings for deep energy retrofits: New York City will start deep energy retrofits on nine city facilities, including improving building insulation and natural daylight designs, upgrading electric fixtures, and automating heating and cooling systems, with the goal to reduce energy usage by at least 50%.

Detroit hotel becomes the largest PACE project in Michigan: The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project for a new Cambria hotel in downtown Detroit is expected to save $6.5 million in utility and operational savings, together with nearly $3.5 million in tax benefits, resulting in nearly $10 million of cumulative energy savings over 20 years.