distributed solar

Xcel, Solar Groups Agree On Colorado Incentives

Source: CBS Denver Xcel Energy Inc. and two solar industry groups have made a joint proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday. In announcing their agreement a day

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Oregon Tech First in the Nation to Power Entire Campus with Onsite Renewables

Source: Energy Trust of Oregon On April 18, Margie Harris, executive director of Energy Trust of Oregon, presented Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) President Chris Maples with a $1.5 million check for a recently installed 1.75 megawatt geothermal system. With its

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New Program Encouraging PV Installations to Kick Off in HI with Legislative Funding

Source: Pacific Business News A new program that is designed to make the installation of rooftop solar energy systems more affordable and accessible to underserved residents in Hawaii, including low- and moderate-income homeowners, renters and nonprofits, has kicked off with $50 million

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CPUC Issues Decision in Interconnection Proceeding

Source: IREC The CPUC adopted a Final Decision on April 10, 2014, directing PG&E, SDG&E and SCE to incorporate a Distribution Group Study Process into their interconnection tariffs and approving several form agreements for use by the utilities under Rule 21, including

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Oklahoma Authorizes Net Metering Fee

Source: IREC S.B. 1456 was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on April 21, 2014. This bill authorizes retail electric providers to levy a fixed charge on distributed generation producers. The bill also charges the Corporation Commission with developing

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Maine Value of Solar Bill Enacted

Source: IREC As a result of the Governor’s failure to sign or veto the bill, the Value of Solar study bill (S.P. 644) was automatically enacted on April 11th. Most significantly, the bill directs the PUC to construct a report by February 15, 2015 on

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Hawaii investigates illegal photovoltaic systems

 Source: KHON2 With Oahu in a solar power crunch, homeowners are going rogue, turning their panels on without permission from Hawaiian Electric Co. It’s a problem that popped up when HECO adopted stricter rules in September. HECO says photovoltaic systems connected

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NREL Examines Solar Policy Pathways for States

Source: NREL Newsroom The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with stage demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the

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Distributed Solar Math 101

“Without knowing what your variables are, how do you know what problem to solve?” This would be an important lesson for the current trend to value the net impact of distributed solar generation in the U.S, says Laurel Passera.

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