Author:  ILSR Staff       Published:  12/19/2022       ILSR

Last week, ILSR updated its national community solar tracker. New York has clearly oustripped Minnesota in installed capacity (although not per capita!) and Massachusetts is also gaining. See our quarterly report for every state with a robust, 3rd party program!

If you like our coverage of community solar, our podcast series on public power, our work exposing the challenges of solar projects connecting to the grid, or our focus on collective action for renewable heating, you can help. A donation of any size provides us with flexible funds we can use to address pressing issues of energy democracy, corporate power, and local solar. We’ve got some big plans for the coming year, from a report on utility platform monopoly to a bootcamp to advance community-owned solar. Could you give us a leg up for 2023 with a donation? Either way, we’re grateful for your interest and support of ILSR’s mission to build local power and fight corporate control.

Keep your energy local,
John

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Last week, ILSR updated its national community solar tracker. New York has clearly oustripped Minnesota in installed capacity (although not per capita!) and Massachusetts is also gaining. See our quarterly report for every state with a robust, 3rd party program!

If you like our coverage of community solar, our podcast series on public power, our work exposing the challenges of solar projects connecting to the grid, or our focus on collective action for renewable heating, you can help. A donation of any size provides us with flexible funds we can use to address pressing issues of energy democracy, corporate power, and local solar. We’ve got some big plans for the coming year, from a report on utility platform monopoly to a bootcamp to advance community-owned solar. Could you give us a leg up for 2023 with a donation? Either way, we’re grateful for your interest and support of ILSR’s mission to build local power and fight corporate control.

Keep your energy local,
John

P.S. ILSR’s 2022 Annual Report is now online, featuring our biggest policy wins, media hits, and local impact stories from 2022. Take a look.

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