Policy Watch

U.S. Supreme Court Halts Controversial Clean Power Plan

Betsy Lillian on Feb 10, 2016

The renewable energy industry is disappointed with the decision but remains optimistic that the climate change initiative will ultimately prevail.

President Obama Requests Significant Funding Boost For Clean Energy R&D

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SI Staff on Feb 09, 2016

In his 2017 budget proposal, President Barack Obama reaffirms his commitment to Mission Innovation.

New Hampshire Senate Approves Bill To Raise Net-Metering Cap

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SI Staff on Feb 09, 2016

On Feb. 4, the New Hampshire Senate passed S.B.333, a bill to increase the net-metering cap in the state. The legislation now goes to the state House of Representatives for consideration. As Solar Industry reported in January, Concord, N.H.-based SunRay [Read More]

Alberta Government Funds New Solar Programs

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SI Staff on Feb 08, 2016

As part of its Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta government has announced it is investing more than C$5 million (approximately $3.6 million) to help municipalities and farmers go solar. The Municipal Climate Change Action Center is receiving the money for [Read More]

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?

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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

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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

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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.