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Scale Microgrids is widening its community solar footprint.
The deal will include community solar projects located in several states across the country, including both California and New York. For Scale, those states are particularly attractive options for siting these new projects because of programs in each state that incentivize building solar and storage together.
For instance, California is finalizing a community solar program (AB 2316) that would require projects to be paired with at least four hours of storage capacity; Goodman noted that this “innovative” structure is the first of its kind in the United States. New York has separate community solar and battery storage programs.
Gerben Pek, CEO of the Netherlands-based Gutami, said the “fast decision-making processes by local governments combined with clear legal structures and a well-functioning legal system, enables us to accelerate our growth in community solar in the U.S.”
And Goodman said, also in a statement, that “community solar continues to be a priority for Scale for both its inclusivity and ability to provide more options to our microgrid customers.” The company added that the deal means that Scale will have the capacity to power over 80,000 homes via community solar.