Gov. Deval Patrick has signed an energy bill that requires Massachusetts utilities to buy more of their electricity in competitively bid, long-term contracts with renewable energy providers.
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When it comes to installing solar energy in Minnesota, advocates say, the path to going green is often snarled in red tape.
The Armpit of America. Dirty Jersey. Nearly every New Jerseyan is familiar with such jeers leveled at the Garden State. Yet in spite of the images - or smells - such terms may evoke, the Christie administration recently signed into law bipartisan legislation to support and maintain the solar incentive market that has made New Jersey the solar powerhouse of America. It is thoroughly encouraging to see bipartisan cooperation in Trenton continue to show support for a clean, renewable energy source - both for the sake of New Jersey and for the nation.
Today Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the 2012 Energy Act. Among other provisions, this comprehensive energy bill raises the cap on an important solar program called “net metering.” Most solar electric installations are connected to the grid and feed excess power produced to other utility customers; net metering rules gives customers credit for extra power they generate.
Former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and former director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Anil Kakodkar has called solar energy the future source of energy looking at the ever-growing demand for energy.
The U.S. solar industry installed a record number of panels in 2011, more than double 2010, and is likely to see strong growth again this year, according to a new report.
Last year seemed like a dark one for the solar industry: stiff competition from China drove American manufacturers to layoffs and even bankruptcy, while the low price of natural gas and the loss of a critical government subsidy weakened incentives for new solar developments. And then there was the long shadow of Solyndra, whose bankruptcy after receiving federal loans cast a pall over other green-energy endeavors.
Colorado remained fifth in the nation for photovoltaic installations, as the number of megawatts installed jumped 69 percent to 91 megawatts in 2011 compared with 2010, according to a study released today.
System prices fell 20 percent because of cheaper components, more options for financing, better installation methods and the shift to larger arrays
A bill in California would allow cities to designate areas as renewable energy zones and redirect property taxes to renewable energy projects, its sponsor says.