Policy Watch

Newton Mayor Unveils Low-Income Shared Solar Initiative

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 20, 2016

Newton, Mass., Mayor Setti Warren has announced the start of the city’s Community Solar Share Initiative, a pilot project designed to share the benefits of solar power with low-income Newton residents. According to a press release, over 1,000 low-income households [Read More]

Are Utilities Actually Subsidizing Rooftop Solar Users?

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 19, 2016

Counter to some utility claims that solar owners don’t pay their fair share, a new report says solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net energy metering (NEM). The report, [Read More]

Solar Advocates Urge Maine PUC To ‘Do The Right Thing’ For Net Metering

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 18, 2016

Yesterday, at a public hearing by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), a large crowd of Maine residents, business owners, community leaders and others gathered to oppose the agency’s proposal to roll back solar net metering. According to a press [Read More]

DOE: Loan Program Paved The Way For Utility-Scale Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 17, 2016

A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) highlights how the agency’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) played an integral role in launching the country’s utility-scale solar PV market. According to an update to a 2015 report, the Obama [Read More]

N.Y. Governor Announces $10M To Help Clean Energy Start-Ups

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 14, 2016

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced a $10 million investment to support new and existing incubators that help early-stage and emerging clean energy companies across New York grow and succeed. According to a press release, the state-sponsored incubators assist [Read More]

Park City, Utah, Makes 100% Renewable Energy Pledge

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 12, 2016

Park City, Utah, Mayor Jack Thomas has signed a measure approved unanimously by the city council that commits Park City to transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy. According to the Sierra Club, Park City represents the 19th city in the [Read More]

Alberta Govt. Considers Becoming 50% Solar Powered

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 07, 2016

Alberta is exploring the feasibility of meeting 50% of its government operations’ annual electricity needs from solar energy. Shannon Phillips, the Canadian province’s minister of environment and parks (and minister responsible for the Alberta Climate Change Office), announced the government’s [Read More]

Paris Agreement Reaches Key Milestone

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 06, 2016

President Obama said the global climate change initiative “gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we’ve got.”

Who Are Some Of Solar’s Biggest Advocates In Congress?

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 06, 2016

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says it is honored to present U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., with the first-ever Lifetime Solar Pugilist Award. SEIA has also announced the selection of four other members of U.S. Congress to [Read More]

Is The Tide Turning On State-Level Solar Policy Fights?

Written by Jesse Grossman on October 04, 2016

After a bruising 2015 with solar policy setbacks in key states, 2016 has seen multiple policy wins across the U.S.