Can Open Standards Accelerate Community Shared Solar?

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. It allows crowdfunded equity for up to $1 million. This is enough to support a solar project of about 300 kW at today’s prices. The Federal Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed rules in October 2013 that, when finalized, will allow offerings through brokers and a new entity called a funding portal. Standardized models for these kinds of securities offerings could save on costs. Developing Standards The Solar Gardens Institute is convening stakeholders interested in establishing open standards for community renewables. Such a group would ideally include utilities, solar developers, solar industry organizations, regulators, and billing software developers.
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Efficiency Vermont touts solar hot water heating – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

The Burlington-based group is joining with the Shelburne-based firm Sunward Systems to promote installations that they say can save homeowners up to 80 percent of the cost of conventional hot water heating. Efficiency Vermont, which often offers subsidy programs for efficiency installations around Vermont, says it will reduce the upfront cost of solar water heating systems by $1,600 for systems installed before November 30. The Canadian-made systems collect heat from the sun and transmit it to hot water tanks inside the home. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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