Policy Watch

How PURPA Helped Boost Utility-Scale Solar In North Carolina

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SI Staff on Aug 23, 2016

An EIA report says the federal mandate makes PV development more attractive in the state, which has the most PURPA-qualifying solar facilities in the U.S.

Colorado Integrates Solar Into Low-Income Weatherization Program

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SI Staff on Aug 23, 2016

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), the Energy Resource Center (ERC) and Colorado Springs Utilities have announced the installation of a 2 kW rooftop solar array as part of the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which provides free energy-efficiency measures to [Read More]

El Paso Electric Scraps Demand Charges For Solar, Highlighting Growing Trend

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SI Staff on Aug 19, 2016

As part of a final order resolving issues with El Paso Electric’s broader rate case on Thursday, the Texas Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement agreement between the utility and solar industry stakeholders to drop a proposal to apply a [Read More]

Wash. Clean Energy Grants Will Help Utilities Test New Tech

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SI Staff on Aug 18, 2016

Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., has announced $12.6 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants to five utilities in Washington. “With these awards, our leading utilities will demonstrate how to integrate battery storage with solar energy and stand-alone energy systems, train [Read More]

SEIA Updates Guide To Give Members A ‘Leg Up’ On Federal Incentives

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SI Staff on Aug 18, 2016

For the first time in three years, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has updated its Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy, which the organization is making available to its members. Developed with the help of Keith Martin [Read More]

Sierra Club Highlights 10 Cities Committed To 100% Renewable Energy

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SI Staff on Aug 15, 2016

The Sierra Club has released a new report showcasing 10 U.S. cities that have made ambitious commitments to be powered by 100% renewable energy. This report is the first from Ready for 100, a new Sierra Club campaign launched this [Read More]

U.S.-India Clean Energy Partnership Expands Research Opportunities

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SI Staff on Aug 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new funding opportunity for joint research on smart grid and energy storage under the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R), intending to [Read More]

Solar Advocates Claim Victory In New Mexico

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SI Staff on Aug 11, 2016

Customers of New Mexico utility Southwestern Public Service Co. (SPS) will not have to worry about paying higher fees for producing their own solar energy; in fact, most solar customers will even see reductions in their total surcharge fees, according to [Read More]

New Massachusetts Law Bodes Well For Energy Storage

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SI Staff on Aug 09, 2016

On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass., signed into law a bill to further diversify Massachusetts’ power mix with clean energy resources. Although it focuses mainly on large procurements of offshore wind and hydropower, the legislation also includes a significant provision [Read More]

Nevada Supreme Court Denies Solar NEM Referendum

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SI Staff on Aug 05, 2016

Solar advocates’ efforts to reverse controversial net energy metering (NEM) rules were dealt a major blow on Thursday, after the Nevada Supreme Court rejected a referendum to put the issue up for a vote on the November election ballot. According [Read More]