Policy Watch

King-Reid Amendment Would Protect Against Retroactive Solar Net-Metering Changes

Joseph Bebon on Feb 03, 2016

Two lawmakers have teamed up and brought the issue of net metering and rate hikes to the Senate floor.

Is NV Energy’s Grandfathering Proposal A ‘Bait And Switch’ For Solar Customers?

SI Staff
SI Staff on Feb 02, 2016

As promised, NV Energy submitted its proposal on Feb. 1 to grandfather in existing solar customers under previous net-metering rates in Nevada; however, critics in the solar industry argue the proposal isn’t what the utility recently promoted, and The Alliance [Read More]

The Verdict Is In: CPUC Preserves Solar Net Metering In California

SI Staff
SI Staff on Jan 28, 2016

In a 3-2 vote on Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission issued its long-awaited final decision on the state’s successor net-metering program, often referred to as NEM 2.0.

Verengo Solar Delivers Petitions Before California’s NEM 2.0 Ruling

SI Staff
SI Staff on Jan 27, 2016

In the lead-up to California regulators’ final vote on the next round of the state net-metering (NEM) program, Torrance, Calif.-based solar installer Verengo Solar and Torrance City Council Member Tim Goodrich have turned in over 200 petitions from Torrance residential [Read More]

N.Y. Starts Clean Energy Competition For Colleges And Universities

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SI Staff on Jan 27, 2016

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has launched the $3 million Energy to Lead Competition, which challenges student-led coalitions from New York colleges and universities to design and develop innovative plans for campus and community clean energy projects. The competition – [Read More]

N.H. Solar Installer Cuts Jobs While Lawmakers Grapple With Net-Metering Cap

Joseph Bebon on Jan 26, 2016

The controversy in Nevada is making headlines – and rightfully so – but solar companies in that state aren’t the only ones suffering from uncertainty regarding net-metering policies. In New Hampshire, another legislative storm is brewing.

NV Energy Proposes Grandfathering In Nevada Solar Net-Metering Customers

Joseph Bebon on Jan 26, 2016

As solar companies and advocates keep fighting against recent changes to net-metering rules in Nevada, utility NV Energy is now proposing to allow existing net-metering customers to receive reimbursement rates set under the previous rules for up to 20 years. [Read More]

More Fallout In Nevada: Radiant Solar Cuts Workforce, Coalition Wants Commissioners Removed

SI Staff
SI Staff on Jan 25, 2016

The drama in Nevada continues, as another solar installer has announced local job cuts and a coalition has issued a call for the governor to unseat officials on the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN). Las Vegas-based Radiant Solar Solutions [Read More]

Federal Court Rejects Stay Of Clean Power Plan

Joseph Bebon on Jan 22, 2016

On Thursday, a federal court handed renewable energy stakeholders, environmentalists and the Obama administration a victory: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a request to halt the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean [Read More]

Yet Another Solar Company To Cut Jobs Following Nevada PUC Ruling

SI Staff
SI Staff on Jan 22, 2016

Premier Solar Solutions, a Henderson, Nev.-based solar sales and installation company, is the latest solar business to suffer from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada’s (PUCN) December ruling to slash net-metering credits and increase charges for rooftop solar customers. Premier [Read More]