Policy Watch

New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill To Double Net-Metering Cap

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SI Staff on May 04, 2016

As promised, Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., has signed into law a bill to lift New Hampshire’s cap on net energy metering (NEM), a key incentive for rooftop solar. The bill, H.B.1116, passed in the state House of Representatives in March [Read More]

Santa Monica Mandates Rooftop Solar On New Buildings

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SI Staff on May 03, 2016

San Francisco recently made headlines for establishing an ordinance requiring solar installations on new buildings, and now, yet another California city has passed similar legislation. The Santa Monica City Council has approved an ordinance mandating rooftop solar systems on all [Read More]

Net Metering In New York: An Important Discussion Begins

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Dave Gahl & Sean Garren on May 02, 2016

After months of input and review from our fellow stakeholders – industry, customers and supporters alike – Vote Solar and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently submitted our vision for the future of solar in New York. Many other [Read More]

Solar Policy Report Card: 10 Sunny States Fail

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SI Staff on Apr 29, 2016

Some of the sunniest states in the U.S. are actively blocking rooftop solar development through overtly lacking and destructive policy landscapes, according to a report from the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group. The report highlights 10 states – [Read More]

Maine Governor Vetoes Solar Compromise Bill

Joseph Bebon on Apr 29, 2016

Editor’s Note: Originally published on Thursday, April 28, this article was updated on April 29 to report the outcome of efforts to override the veto. Despite eleventh-hour negotiations, Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine, vetoed a comprehensive solar policy bill on Wednesday. [Read More]

Poll: Voters In Four States Suing Over CPP Actually Support The Climate Initiative

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SI Staff on Apr 28, 2016

Last year, a coalition of over 20 states launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The climate initiative establishes the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from U.S. [Read More]

What SCOTUS’ Hughes Ruling Means For Renewables

In its recent Hughes v. Talen Energy decision, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a capacity program in Maryland.

New York City Launches Community Solar Program

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SI Staff on Apr 25, 2016

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the amount of solar power installed across the city has tripled since the beginning of 2014. To help continue that momentum, de Blasio has launched Solarize NYC, a new citywide [Read More]

World Leaders Celebrate Earth Day By Signing Paris Agreement

Joseph Bebon on Apr 22, 2016

On Earth Day, leaders from about 170 countries converged in New York City to formally sign the Paris Agreement. According to the United Nations, that is by far the biggest number of countries to ever sign an international agreement in [Read More]

Illinois Utility ComEd Proposes Solar Rebate Program

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SI Staff on Apr 22, 2016

Chicago-based utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has proposed a new rebate program designed to jump-start solar in Illinois by helping reduce the upfront costs of installing solar panels. Through the proposed program, ComEd would provide a rebate of $1,000/kW of installed [Read More]