Policy Watch – Page 106

Bureau Of Land Management Backpedals On Solar Moratorium

Michael Bates
Written by Michael Bates on July 03, 2008

Just weeks after issuing a moratorium on new solar projects located on public land, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reversed its decision and will continue accepting applications for potential solar development on the acreage it oversees. The BLM [Read More]

Federal Government Halts Solar Projects On Public Land

Posted by SI Staff on June 27, 2008

According to a report from New York Times reporter Dan Frosch, the federal government has issued a moratorium on new solar projects located on public land so the Bureau of Land Management can study the projects' environmental impact – a [Read More]

Hawaii Solar Water-Heating Becomes Law

Posted by SI Staff on June 27, 2008

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle has signed into law a bill requiring all new single-family residences built in Hawaii to feature solar water-heating systems. The new law prohibits issuing building permits for single-family homes that do not have solar water heaters. [Read More]

San Francisco City Supervisors Approve Solar Rebate Program

Posted by SI Staff on June 12, 2008

San Francisco business owners and homeowners looking to install solar systems can now benefit from a $3 million rebate program that has been given final approval by city supervisors, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The program will allow residents to [Read More]

San Francisco Approves New Solar Incentive

Posted by SI Staff on June 05, 2008

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance establishing a Solar Energy Incentive Program designed to encourage the citywide addition of 35 MW of solar power in the next 10 years. The Sacramento Business Journal reports the new [Read More]

Hawaii Closer To Mandatory Solar Water-Heating Systems

Posted by SI Staff on May 07, 2008

The Hawaii State Legislature recently approved Senate Bill 644 Conference Draft 1, which mandates that all new single-family residences built in Hawaii will be required to install solar water-heating systems. Barring a gubernatorial veto, the policy will take effect in [Read More]

Bill To Support Solar Plants Advances In CO Legislature

Posted by SI Staff on March 07, 2008

Colorado's House Transportation and Energy Committee has approved H.B.1164, designed to encourage utilities to develop more solar power plants, by a vote of 8-5, the Denver Business Journal reports. Sponsored by Rep. Judy Solano, D-Brighton, the bill directs the Colorado [Read More]

Finance Committee Approves Stimulus Plan With Tax Incentives Extension

Posted by SI Staff on January 31, 2008

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has voted 14-7 in favor of an economic stimulus plan authored by Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., that includes an extension and modification of incentives for the production of electricity from renewable resources. The proposed extension [Read More]

Hawaii Aims For 70 Percent Renewable Energy By 2030

Posted by SI Staff on January 29, 2008

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative – a long-term partnership designed to accelerate the transformation of Hawaii into one of the world's first [Read More]

New Mexico Solar Tax Credit Application Deadline Extended

Posted by SI Staff on January 11, 2008

New Mexico homeowners and businesses that installed solar energy systems during 2007 will have an additional month to submit applications for 2007 state tax credits. The Jan. 15, 2008, deadline has been changed to Feb. 15, 2008, and the date [Read More]