Post Tagged with: "legislation"

Solar policy update: Anti-net metering in Indiana, grid fees in Missouri, upset consumers in Oregon

Solar policy update: Anti-net metering in Indiana, grid fees in Missouri, upset consumers in Oregon

April 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm Comments are Disabled

Politics is local, which means so is the growth of the solar industry. States that prioritize renewables and grid modernization will pass legislation to incentivize those goals, and those that don’t, well, won’t. Let’s round up some of the recent headlines in local solar politics. Talk of the Midwest: Indiana’sRead More

How is the voting public prioritizing renewable energy?

How is the voting public prioritizing renewable energy?

September 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm 1 comment

As Americans count down to Election Day, more than three-quarters (78 percent) believe the winner of the presidential race should prioritize the faster adoption of renewable energy, according to the seventh annual Sense & Sustainability Study released by G&S Business Communications (G&S). The G&S Sense & Sustainability Study was conductedRead More

Open letter (and petition) urges for change in SEIA’s board of director governance

Open letter (and petition) urges for change in SEIA’s board of director governance

September 9, 2016 at 8:18 am 1 comment

Two prominent voices for renewable energy have circulated an open letter to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and a petition to try and change the structure of SEIA’s board of directors in order to achieve a better balance between distributed generation and utility-scale proponents when setting the direction of the advocacyRead More

Florida voters back pro-solar amendment, tax breaks on the way

Florida voters back pro-solar amendment, tax breaks on the way

September 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm Comments are Disabled

The people of Florida have spoken, and they want the Sunshine State to start living up to its name. Florida voters overwhelmingly approved (73 to 27 percent) a constitutional amendment that’ll provide property tax breaks for people who install solar panels – the increased value a PV system provides can’tRead More

Obama wants to give your community $100,000 to build community solar

Obama wants to give your community $100,000 to build community solar

July 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm 3 comments

Since President Obama took office, solar electricity generation has increased 30 fold and solar jobs are growing 12 times faster than the rest of the economy. Last year, his administration announced a set of actions to increase access to solar and create a more inclusive workforce, and this week, theyRead More

White House announces new $2.1 million solar jobs training program

White House announces new $2.1 million solar jobs training program

July 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm 1 comment

The White House continues to back the ascendance of the solar industry, today announcing a new program, led by The Solar Foundation, to help train more Americans for careers in the rapidly expanding solar workforce. The $2.1 million program, known as the Solar Training Network, is funded by the U.S.Read More

Live at Intersolar: Sunrun CEO points toward solar+storage revolution

Live at Intersolar: Sunrun CEO points toward solar+storage revolution

July 12, 2016 at 12:36 am 1 comment

Every year, Intersolar North America takes places in San Francisco, which always provides the perfect backdrop for a show that wants to discuss and show the solar industry’s path forward globally. We in America obviously recognize the leadership position San Francisco has taken in solar here, but as we wereRead More

Maine solar bill defeated by larger installer lobbying effort — did it hurt the local installer?

Maine solar bill defeated by larger installer lobbying effort — did it hurt the local installer?

May 23, 2016 at 10:37 am 3 comments

A solar energy bill was defeated in Maine last month, and the reason it was defeated, according to this feature in the Portland Press Herald, was a lobbying effort by the country’s largest solar installers. For those installers – SolarCity, Sunrun – getting involved in local politics to work onRead More

SEIA has issues with Illinois’ Next Generation Energy Plan amendment

SEIA has issues with Illinois’ Next Generation Energy Plan amendment

May 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm Comments are Disabled

Illinois has a lot to figure out about its energy future. Amendment 3 within currently proposed SB 1585, the Next Generation Energy Plan, is an attempt to do that, but the Solar Energy Industries Association has a bunch of issues with it. Here is the group’s statement: “SEIA has significantRead More

Solar energy is the only thing that bridges the partisan divide (Senate passes big energy bill)

Solar energy is the only thing that bridges the partisan divide (Senate passes big energy bill)

April 21, 2016 at 10:27 am Comments are Disabled

Wow, something in the air is bringing about big energy compromises. Congress can’t agree on the color of money, but so far this year the ITC has been extended and now an actual bi-partisan energy bill has passed the Senate. Inherently, anything bipartisan these days has some serious concessions fromRead More