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Consortium Aims To Bring Solar To U.S. Schools

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Nonprofit organizations and solar companies have launched the National Solar Schools Consortium at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Boston.The goal of the consortium is to promote the use of solar energy in U.S. elementary and secondary schools, coordinate solar curriculum and resource development, and provide tools designed to help schools explore solar energy options on campus and in their communities.The consortium comprises representatives of leading environmental, educational and solar-focused nonprofit organizations, as well as for-profit solar businesses. Founding Consortium members include the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund, Community Power Network, Elephant Energy, the Foundation for Environmental Education, KidWind, Make It Right Solar, Mosaic, the National Energy Education Development Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, SolSolution, The Three Birds Foundation and Women in Solar.“More and more schools across the country are discovering the benefits of going solar," says Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. "For schools, solar can provide a curriculum where science, economics and the environment all intersect."More information on the consortium can be found here.

Abengoa says its wholly owned subsidiary, Abengoa Yield plc, has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a prelude to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of ordinary shares.Abengoa Yield was formed by Abengoa to serve as the primary vehicle through which Abengoa will own, manage and acquire renewable energy, conventional power, and electric transmission lines and other contracted revenue-generating assets, initially focused on the U.S., Mexico, select South American markets and Spain.The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Long Island says the utility's new Clean Solar Initiative feed-in tariff (FIT) builds upon the Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) solar energy programs and is designed to bring an additional 100 MW of solar energy to the region.PSEG Long Island took over LIPA operations as of the first of the year.After a four-month application period that ended on Jan. 31, PSEG Long Island has evaluated 178 proposals from 55 separate entities. The utility selected a final bid price of $0.1688/kWh to be paid to developers for solar photovoltaic systems. In total, this 100 MW of solar energy is expected to be generated from 76 separate projects.

"These auction results have yielded a price for solar energy almost 25 percent below the price being paid for the first feed-in-tariff on Long Island, for a savings of $8.1 million per year," says Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewables for PSEG Long Island.The utility says the decline in FIT price reflects the following factors:Increased consumer awareness, understanding, availability and demand for solar energy;Competition among a growing solar industry on Long Island;Ongoing decline in costs of manufacturing and installing solar; andFederal, state and local tax incentives.In an effort to reduce load on constrained areas and help defer, reduce or eliminate the need for new generation and infrastructure, PSEG Long Island has offered a premium of $0.07/ kWh for solar projects built in the designated areas located east of the Canal Substation in Southampton. However, less than the required 40 MW were accepted from that area. Therefore, the locational premium on South Fork projects will not be paid at this time.
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