Research and resources

Since our launch in 2009, the Clean Coalition has amassed a wealth of free resources on interconnection, distributed energy valuation, Feed-In Tariffs, and more.

The following are some top resources and research projects available on our site. For more, see the Clean Coalition Archive, which includes past projects, studies, and guides.

Research projects

List of microgrids in California and throughout the US

This list highlights some of the top microgrids around California and the US as of 2020. While the list is not meant to be exhaustive — as microgrids are being deployed with increasing frequency — it provides a sampling of microgrids around the country. The Clean Coalition is designing and staging a number of microgrids around California, such as our Goleta Load Pocket Community MicrogridSolar Microgrids for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, a Residential Solar Microgrid, and more.

Tri-State Generation & Transmission (TSGT) Generation Portfolio Summary

There is significant untapped potential for renewable energy in New Mexico and throughout the rest of the Southwestern United States, including from ready-to-deploy wind and solar projects that offer tremendous value in the form of economic, environmental, and resilience benefits. The Clean Coalition assessed the TSGT Generation, Sales, and Production Summaries in order to better understand the current situation at a major utility that is well positioned to facilitate substantial deployments of additional renewables across the Southwest.

Local renewables success stories

In 2018, the Clean Coalition conducted research on municipalities around the world that have achieved high penetrations of renewables. Our research showed that our vision of 25% local renewables is possible — and is already happening in a number of regions in the U.S. and around the world.

Studies on clean local energy

The Clean Coalition has collected a number of internal and third-party studies on various aspects of distributed generation. Topics include enhancing the investor appeal of renewable energy, community power, Feed-In Tariffs, economic benefits of clean local energy, and more.

Resources

Electrification & Community Microgrid Ready (ECMR) guidelines

The ECMR design standard and economic analysis provides recommendations for the simple, inexpensive wiring and components needed to achieve full electrification and a facility microgrid — as well as the wiring and communications required for participating in a future Community Microgrid. The Clean Coalition developed the ECMR guidelines in collaboration with a team of industry experts, including the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), General Microgrids, and others.

Draft Resolution for Community Resilience

The Clean Coalition’s Draft Resolution for Community Resilience is a statement of intention by cities and municipalities to electrify structures and move toward resilience while designing programs, codes, and standards. This template can be used by local governments to develop customized resolutions that highlight the importance of, and their dedication to, community resilience. A resolution is a document used in government and business to state an intention, gain consensus, and have a record so that it may be considered in future decision-making processes.

CLEAN Program Guide

The Clean Coalition designed this comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to implement CLEAN Programs: market-based, cost-effective Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) with streamlined interconnection. A FIT is a standardized, long-term, guaranteed contract that allows smaller local renewable energy projects to sell power to the local utility or other load-serving entity.

Recent news

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Press release: City of Camarillo, California approves moving forward with Hybrid Solar Microgrids at five…

The Clean Coalition and TRC Companies conducted a feasibility study for the City that recommended Hybrid Solar Microgrids for optimal economic, environmental, and resilience benefits

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City of Camarillo, California, moves forward with five hybrid microgrids at critical facilities

Solar Power World reports on the Camarillo City Council's unanimous approval to move forward with the design of solar microgrids at five city facilities and the Clean Coalition's feasibility study engagement.

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National Governors Association – Planning for the future workshop: Strategies to meet Governors’ clean energy…

Executive Director Craig Lewis presented at this event, which took place virtually on 28-29 October 2020.

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