Policy Watch

In Wake Of Nuclear Debacle, Poll Shows S.C. Voters Want More Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 18, 2017

As the state grapples with a highly publicized debacle after two South Carolina utilities abandoned a nuclear power plant project, a new poll has found that more than two-thirds of South Carolina voters believe the state should rely more on [Read More]

ComEd Takes ‘First Step’ Toward Community Solar With Filing

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 18, 2017

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has made a filing with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) that the utility says begins to lay the groundwork and set terms and conditions to enable customers to participate in community solar projects as a result of Illinois’ [Read More]

Massachusetts Awards Solar Grant To Sheriff’s Department

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 18, 2017

The Baker-Polito administration in Massachusetts has awarded a $545,000 grant to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to support the installation of a 436 kW solar canopy at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction in Greenfield. This grant marks [Read More]

Arizona Regulators Approve Solar Compromise

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 17, 2017

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved a settlement agreement resolving utility Arizona Public Service’s (APS) comprehensive rate case, thus allowing the state’s largest electricity provider to increase its rates and implementing a key solar compromise. The approval comes after [Read More]

Colorado Community Adopts 100% Renewables Goal

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 16, 2017

On Tuesday, the Nederland, Colo., city council unanimously voted to power Nederland with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025. The vote came shortly after the cities of Orlando, Fla., and Nevada City, Calif., established similar goals last week. According to Sierra [Read More]

U.S. Solar Industry Converges In D.C. For Trade Case Hearing

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 15, 2017

On Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission held its long-awaited first hearing on the Section 201 trade case in Washington, D.C.

Energy Department Gets Sued Over Grid Study ‘Secrecy’

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 15, 2017

Sierra Club has launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the agency’s repeated delays in providing information on Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s ongoing grid study. The group says it filed the lawsuit Monday after the DOE failed [Read More]

Solar Groups Welcome Improvements To Mass. SMART Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 14, 2017

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has released its final version of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program regulations. Initially proposed earlier this year, SMART is a long-term replacement program designed to incentivize 1.6 GW of new solar [Read More]

Solectria CEO: Trade Case Could Bring Widespread Damage To U.S. Solar Industry

Written by James D. Worden on August 11, 2017

Editor’s note: With a hearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission set for next week, James D. Worden, CEO of U.S. inverter supplier Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, requested to contribute an op-ed on the Section 201 trade case. The following does [Read More]

U.S. Surpasses 40 Cities Committed To 100% Renewables, Notes Sierra Club

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 11, 2017

On Thursday, just days after Orlando, Fla., established a similar goal, Nevada City, Calif., joined the growing list of U.S. cities that are officially committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. Surrounded by city council members, key members of [Read More]