Policy Watch – Page 97

U.S. House: Another Chance For Solar ITC

Posted by SI Staff on September 17, 2008

The House of Representatives has passed a Democrat-sponsored bill that would extend the federal tax credits on renewable energy technologies while expanding U.S. offshore drilling and increasing taxes on oil companies. However, the White House has threatened to veto this [Read More]

Connecticut Inaugurates Solar Program For Homeowners

Posted by SI Staff on August 19, 2008

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently announced the state's Solar Lease Program, whereby the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) provides a combination of rebates and tax credits to lower the cost of leasing solar systems. Administrator AFC First Financial Corp. [Read More]

South Carolina PSC Allows Solar Net Metering

Michael Bates
Written by Michael Bates on August 11, 2008

The South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) has released a directive enabling solar-electric system owners to use net metering to offset their energy costs. The net metering program – whereby standard electrical meter records the flow of energy back and [Read More]

Florida PSC Terminates FPL Sunshine Energy Program

Posted by SI Staff on July 30, 2008

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has voted to terminate Florida Power & Light Co.'s (FPL) Sunshine Energy program and place any future customer contributions to the program into an escrow account. PSC commissioners further directed staff to continue to [Read More]

Solar ITC Extension Gets Hung Up In The Senate

Michael Bates
Written by Michael Bates on July 30, 2008

For the eighth time since last June, the U.S. Senate has failed to extend the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which is set to expire at the end of this year. This morning, cloture on the Jobs, Energy, Families and [Read More]

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]