Saying it reflects consensus from major clean energy, utility and environmental stakeholders while solidifying the Commonwealth’s commitment to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2020, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) today announced their support for proposed legislation for a new net metering and renewable energy incentive program that will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings for ratepayers.
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Saying it will help consumers and support continued investment in residential and commercial solar, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) today commended the New York State legislature for passing a property tax exemption extension. The bill, which will now be sent to Gov. Cuomo for signature, extends the property tax exemption for distributed generation systems on homes and businesses until 2025.
SunEdison has the most ambitious plans for Utah, with several projects in the works in southwestern Utah. The company has secured agreements to sell 33 megawatts and is negotiating contracts for another 55, according to the company’s Sam Youneszadeh. It also is eyeing four large-scale projects across sites that could generate up to 260 megawatts — about two-thirds the capacity of Salt Lake City’s Gadsby generating station.
Assembly Bill 2188, authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, is meaningful progress on the goals first adopted in 1978 and will create a streamlined permitting process that will help continue to drive down the cost of going solar and increase access to more Californians, writes Ken Button, president and co-founder of Verengo Inc, a Torrance-based residential solar installation company that operates in California, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
GE Energy Financial Services Inc., a unit of General Electric Co. (GE), will invest in a 32-megawatt solar power project in southwest Japan’s Okayama prefecture.
The Arizona Republic
Arizona Public Service Co. and the solar industry have published conflicting studies estimating the value of rooftop solar panels, foreshadowing a debate that will determine the future of the budding solar industry in Arizona.
Sometime this summer, what had been 17 acres of useless space atop a capped landfill on Holyoke Street will start generating 2.7 megawatts of power with solar panels.
The Daily Beast
Can you force people to go green?
Two cities in the Golden State have recently made it mandatory that new homes install solar panels.
On Tuesday, Sebastapol, a small town in the Sonoma Valley, become the second city in the state to pass an ordinance requiring all new buildings and additions to put up solar voltaic panels.
The Solar Energy Industries Association says customers of Arizona Public Service Co. customers will get a $34 million annual benefit from the rooftop systems over the life of those systems.
A funny thing is happening on the way to conservative attacks on solar energy—some conservatives are championing renewable energy over fossil fuel interests. The reason is simple: It’s called employment.