In the cleantech sector, pretty much everyone knows the acronym RPS, for Renewable Portfolio Standards. Since the first RPS policy in the U.S., implemented in Iowa in the late 1990s, 30 states have passed similar policies to promote the installation of renewable energy projects and expedite penetration (overcoming the ambivalence or outright opposition of utilities) of renewable energy in electric power supply.
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"For most of these states, they're looking at it for economic development and job creation," Ghassemi said, underscoring the reasons why solutions such as cost incentives and utility quotas haven't helped states like New Mexico catch up to California and New Jersey, an unlikely solar leader.
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The short answer: It depends on where you live.
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New solar panels will be installed at the University of Florida by the end of November, reducing the university’s energy costs and serving as a teaching tool for professors and students.
DuPont, the global chemicals giant, has decided to focus on solar energy as one of the major areas of growth.
The creators of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod are going to be building America's largest end-user-owned, onsite solar array at their North Carolina data center.
Chevron representatives pitched the project, which, they said, could net the district more than $2 million in rebates during the next five years, as well as an estimated $700,000 annually in savings on utility bills.
El Paso Electric proposed a rider last month that would impose a substantial penalty for solar-owning customers in its service territory
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