Post Tagged with: "regulation"

Missouri avoids anti-solar legislation for now

Missouri avoids anti-solar legislation for now

May 15, 2017 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

The Missouri General Assembly adjourned without passing House Bill 340, which was an onerous new tax on solar energy users that would have devastated one of the state’s fastest growing industries. This was one of the more under-the-radar but most watched pieces of solar legislation in the Midwest. HB 340 passedRead More

Minnesota governor vetoes anti-solar net metering bill

Minnesota governor vetoes anti-solar net metering bill

March 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm 1 comment

The state legislature of Minnesota passed a bill that sought to make state utilities exempt from regulation by the Public Utilities Commission. The purpose here was to get them out of the current net metering rates and be able to impose fees that would harm the residential solar industry inRead More

Indiana Senate bill on the table to end net metering in the state

Indiana Senate bill on the table to end net metering in the state

January 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm Comments are Disabled

Indiana is the latest state considering a change to its net metering rules at the behest of the utilities. Senate Bill 309 is vague on its timeline, but at its heart is the goal of reducing the payback of residential PV systems. What are the proposed changes? Under the currentRead More

Georgia solar boom: Atlanta eases solar permitting process

Georgia solar boom: Atlanta eases solar permitting process

October 31, 2016 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar installation soft costs are real drivers of project economics, so the more streamlined permitting process become, the better outcome for prospective solar customers. Down in Georgia, Don Moreland, chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association (GA Solar), says the City of Atlanta is doing its part by adopting a new,Read More

Department of Energy to fund projects to reduce soft costs of solar installs

Department of Energy to fund projects to reduce soft costs of solar installs

October 25, 2016 at 7:10 am Comments are Disabled

Discussions on further large reductions in solar installation prices start with soft costs. Knowing this, the Energy Department is pumping $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce these soft costs, such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid. “Soft costs have been a pervasive barrier to widespreadRead More

California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

California regulators say they deny all legal challenges to their net metering rules

September 29, 2016 at 10:47 am 1 comment

All states seem to have a problem with net metering except the one that has the biggest and best solar industry going — California. This commitment continues after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a resolution to deny all legal challenges to recently adopted net metering rules for solar customers.Read More

What factors drive solar PV system prices lower?

What factors drive solar PV system prices lower?

September 23, 2016 at 8:19 am Comments are Disabled

Lower solar PV system costs are the driving force in much of the industry today, and strides on that front are the reason solar is in the growth position it is in today. But despite across the board price decreases, there is a disparity in pricing in different areas of the country,Read 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

Maine PUC proposes rule to phase out net-metering

Maine PUC proposes rule to phase out net-metering

September 21, 2016 at 9:29 am Comments are Disabled

The ups and downs of Maine’s solar industry continue after its Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed rule that would make several changes to Chapter 313 concerning net metering. Under the Commission’s current rule, generation from a customer’s generating facility may be used as a kWh credit (currently energy plus transmissionRead More

Study: Massachusetts should install a ton of advanced energy storage by 2020

Study: Massachusetts should install a ton of advanced energy storage by 2020

September 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm Comments are Disabled

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) now recommends a suite of new policy and program actions to support the deployment of hundreds of megawatts of advanced energy storage in the state over the next decade, according to a new study it just released on the matter. Find that here. That goalRead More