Solar news: February 21st, 2020

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In this week’s Solar News Roundup, we’ve got some local stories from our home in the Northeast: a strong endorsement of solar in Portland, Maine, and a roundup of the Solar & Energy Storage Northeast conference.

Portland’s city council votes to endorse a local solar initiative

This week, the City Council of Portland, ME voted to allow the city to join a renewable energy consortium for purchasing electricity. A recent state law change that allowed municipalities and general commercial energy users to receive compensation with cash credits for the use of solar energy made joining the consortium possible. Previously, commercial energy users only received compensation for solar through kilowatt-hour (kWh) credits.

According to Troy Moon, Portland’s sustainability coordinator, the city could save about $500,000 a year in energy costs once solar arrays are built for the city and other consortium members. Additionally, the city will be making progress towards its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 or sooner.

Boston hosts Solar & Storage Northeast conference

EnergySage is lucky enough to have a home in Boston, where this year’s Solar & Storage Northeast conference was held over the past few days. Our very own Spencer Fields, along with several other EnergySage team members, attended the conference to walk the exhibition hall floor and talk with local experts in the solar industry, including some of our installer partners. Check out Spencer’s recap on our LinkedIn!

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About Jacob Marsh

Jacob is a researcher and content writer at EnergySage, where he focuses primarily on current issues–and new technology!–in the solar industry. With a background in environmental and geological science, Jacob brings an analytical perspective and passion for conservation to help solar shoppers make the right energy choices for their wallet and the environment. Outside of EnergySage, you can find him playing Ultimate Frisbee or being ultra-competitive at a new, obscure board game.

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