30 March 2021
First-quarter newsletter

Solar Microgrids for Santa Barbara Unified School District set to move forward
A groundbreaking power purchase agreement (PPA) contract ensures massive bill savings — plus unparalleled resilience value for free — at a California school district. The project provides a blueprint for standardizing Solar Microgrid PPAs, which will ease the process for school districts and other entities throughout the country. 
City of Camarillo, California moves ahead with Hybrid Solar Microgrids
Microgrid Knowledge covers the Clean Coalition's feasibility study and design work for Hybrid Solar Microgrids at five critical Camarillo facilities, which will feature highly cost-effective batteries. Recent power outages in California and other states highlight the need for resilience, a key benefit of Solar Microgrids.
Attempts to commercialize microgrids fall short in California
In this op-ed for T&D World, the Clean Coalition's Policy Manager, Ben Schwartz, details how one year into the microgrids proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission, too little is being done to effectively address the widespread needs of California communities before the next fire season.
The transmission elephant in the room
Economies of scale are not always what they seem. A recent study shows that scaling up clean local energy can be more cost-effective than relying on large-scale, remote energy generation alone; the rapidly increasing, and often hidden, costs of our expensive transmission system play a major role.
Getting paid to go green
Gregory Young, a Program Manager at the Clean Coalition, explains how he is making money by leasing an electric vehicle (EV) — thanks to California grants and rebates. Drawing on the research process he undertook, Gregory provides tips on navigating the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program to qualify for a free EV. 
Clean Coalition in the news
California city eyes FEMA grant for solar+storage projects
PV Magazine | Read article
Former PUC officials criticize CAISO for August rolling blackouts
Politico Pro | Read article
Rooftop solar is home solar — and so much more
Energy Central | Read article
Solar Microgrids for Santa Barbara Unified School District Move Forward
Edhat Santa Barbara | Read article
We're optimistic about the C&I energy storage market in 2021
Solar Power World | Read article
21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021
Microgrid Knowledge | Read article
Upcoming events
Germany California Microgrid Symposium
Thursday, 1 April at 9am - 11am PT, virtual
Clean Coalition Executive Director Craig Lewis will participate on a panel on resilience at this event. Go here for more information and to register.

Clean Coalition webinar: Getting paid to go green
Tuesday, 20 April at 11am - noon PT
Clean Coalition Program Manager Gregory Young will present on the rebates and incentives that allow qualified customers to save money by buying or leasing an electric vehicle. Go here for more information and to register.

Climate-Safe CA webinar #4: Clean Mobility — Driving to 2030 with Speed and Equity
Wednesday, 28 April at 10am - 11:30 am PT
The Clean Coalition is a partner organization for this webinar series. Go here for more information and to register.

Intersolar North America | Energy Storage North America
14-16 July in Long Beach, CA
The Clean Coalition is a partner organization for this event. Go here for more information and to register.
Santa Barbara | Menlo Park
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