Designing Community Solar Programs to Manage Risk

3Degrees In The News | April 17, 2015

In the second of three articles, Adam Capage of 3Degrees looks at how utilites can address the larger risks of a community solar program.

With interest in community solar continuing to grow, more utilities are grappling with how to design a successful program that meets their organizational goals.

In part one of this series on best practices in community solar, we reported on project ownership and siting options. This article focuses on risk mitigation -- a critical subject for every utility, but especially for investor-owned utilities (IOUs) that operate within regulatory mandates to hold non-participating customers harmless. When designing a community solar program, there are multiple risks utilities must assess. Here, we’ve focused on two that are particularly important and relevant... continue reading

Seattle City Light selects 3Degrees for Green Power Programs

Press Release | March 31, 2015

Scope includes green program design, marketing services and support for community solar, energy efficiency

Seattle, WA – March 31, 2015  – 3Degrees Inc., a leader in utility green power programs, recently signed a multi-year contract with Seattle City Light to support innovations in their renewable energy programs. Through this contract, 3Degrees will provide consulting services to Seattle City Light on a number of green power topics.

In addition, 3Degrees will be responsible for a variety of marketing activities, including support for an overall green program marketing strategy which is designed to cross promote energy efficiency and renewable energy through all appropriate marketing channels. 3Degrees also will provide marketing and outreach services for the utility’s existing green power programs, including Green Up and the utility’s  award-winning community solar program.

“Seattle City Light has been a leader in offering renewable energy options to its customers,” says Adam Capage, Vice President of Utility Partnerships at 3Degrees. “We are excited by the opportunity to help them as they grow and expand the Green Up and community solar programs.”

About Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

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3Degrees shares Community Solar insights in Greentech Media

3Degrees In The News | March 30, 2015

In the first of a series of articles, Adam Capage of 3Degrees addresses ownership and siting of community solar programs.

The first community solar programs were started nearly a decade ago, and, as the name suggests, the early efforts were led by communities -- neighbors, small towns, places of worship -- in each case, a group of people dedicated to building solar systems and sharing the benefits of the electrical output.

From these humble beginnings, community solar programs have grown and evolved to include many different design structures -- in fact, some programs now use the moniker “shared renewables” to reflect the fact that the concept needn’t be limited to solar.  In this three-part series of articles, we’ll focus on what has become the most typical program design: community solar programs launched by utilities in service of their customers... continue reading