Why did you join KySEA?
Louisville Climate Action Network Louisville Climate Action Network

"Louisville CAN joined KySEA because evolving from inefficient use of dirty fossil fuels to efficient use of clean, renewable energy is imperative if we're to stop over-heating our planet and ruining the state we love; that doing so would also create much needed jobs throughout Kentucky and stabilize our economy makes it the elegant solution to a lot of problems." - Sarah Lynn Cunningham

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Resources on net-metering & "value of solar"

California Net-metering Rate-payer impacts evaluation
California Public Utilities Commission, 2013
ICF "True Value Of Solar" White Paper
ICF International is a management consulting firm. This is considered to be a conservative methodology for calculating the value of solar. 2014
Designing Distributed Generation Tariffs Well
This 2014 webinar by the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) explores ways to establish fair compensation for distributed renewable energy.
A Regulators' Guidebook: Calculating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Generation
This 2013 report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council discusses a standardized approach to evaluating the costs and benefits of distributed solar energy.
A review of solar PV benefit and cost studies
This 2013 meta-study from the Rocky Mountain Institute reviews 16 different approaches to evaluating the costs and benefits of energy from distributed solar.
A Benefit-Cost Analysis for Distributed Energy Resources
This 2014 report from Synapse Energy Economics, Inc provides a suggested framework for calculating a benefit-cost analysis of distributed energy resources.
Recommendations for expanding solar net-metering in KY
This 2014 white paper from the KY Solar Energy Society reviews a number of current studies about the value of distributed solar energy and calls for policy changes to expand Kentucky's net-metering program.
NAACP Resolution in Support of Distributed Solar Energy
This 2015 resolution affirms the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) support for clean energy deployment, specifically wind and solar, and especially distributed solar. The resolution calls for policies to ensure that: rate structures are fair and do not unduly burden low-income people, clean energy job opportunities are created in low-income and African-American communities, and all people have access to the benefits of clean energy solutions.
Effect of State Policy Suites on the Development of Solar Markets
This report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) looks at various Value of Solar (VoS) designs and their implications in various solar markets.
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Clean energy stories
Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Helps Families Thrive Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Helps Families Thrive

People's Self Help Housing has been providing affordable housing opportunities to families in Lewis County since 1982. PSHH knows that "affordability" is defined by more than just the mortgage. If a home is energy inefficient, the utility bills become too high for a low-income family to afford. As a result, PSHH has long-built highly energy efficient homes, helping the families they serve to thrive. PSHH has also recently built some of the first affordable homes in the region with renewable energy systems. Given that so many low-income KY families live in energy inefficient homes, combining affordability, efficiency and renewable energy is a recipe for success that benefits everyone.

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