Post Tagged with: "regulation"

SEIA releases standard disclosure statements to help consumers compare deals

SEIA releases standard disclosure statements to help consumers compare deals

June 21, 2016 at 9:49 am Comments are Disabled

Adding another tool to help consumers understand rooftop solar investments, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is introducing standardized disclosure statements covering the most common residential transactions. The SEIA Solar Power Purchase Agreement Disclosure statement and the revised SEIA Solar Lease Disclosure are simple summary documents that are meant toRead More

Fraunhofer USA demos two ‘plug-and-play’ PV systems at 2016 Demo Day

Fraunhofer USA demos two ‘plug-and-play’ PV systems at 2016 Demo Day

June 20, 2016 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) successfully demonstrated two installations of Plug and Play PV systems at its “2016 Demo Day.” Plug and Play PV Systems are easy to install, easy to inspect for code compliance, and can participate in electronic Permitting, Inspection and Interconnection (ePI&I) processes.Read More

Maryland PSC approves community solar pilot program

Maryland PSC approves community solar pilot program

June 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm Comments are Disabled

The Maryland Public Service Commission has approved final regulations to establish a community solar pilot program in Maryland, with an emphasis on providing renewable energy benefits for low and moderate income customers. The regulations are expected to be published on July 8, 2016 in the Maryland Register and will becomeRead More

Minnesota solar: Rebates to be extended, community solar coming online (maybe for real this time)

Minnesota solar: Rebates to be extended, community solar coming online (maybe for real this time)

June 7, 2016 at 8:44 am 1 comment

  Minnesota’s long-awaited community solar project may be ready to commence construction after the Public Utilities Commission approved the plan and the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the size limitations that were challenged by developer Sunrise Energy Ventures. A 2013 state law required utility Xcel Energy to offer the communityRead More

Solar groups trying to raise grid-supply cap in Hawaii

Solar groups trying to raise grid-supply cap in Hawaii

May 27, 2016 at 8:57 am 1 comment

A notable group of solar industry installers and associations filed a request to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to increase the capacity for its grid-supply option. This grid supply option is one of two tariffs (the other being self-supply) that replaced net metering in the state; it provides customers theRead More

New York: Making energy affordable for low-income residents, reforming how utilities make money

New York: Making energy affordable for low-income residents, reforming how utilities make money

May 23, 2016 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

The New York State Public Service Commission has put in place the state’s first-ever Energy Affordability Policy, which will provide nearly two million low-income New Yorkers with $248 million in direct cost relief each year. The new policy will limit energy costs for low-income New Yorkers to no more thanRead 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

Department of Energy grows Solar Ready Vets, awards $10M to 10 solar training programs

Department of Energy grows Solar Ready Vets, awards $10M to 10 solar training programs

May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

The Energy Department announced five additional military bases will join Solar Ready Vets, a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty. The Department is also awarding $10 million to 10 new projects through its Solar Training and EducationRead More

San Francisco requires all new buildings add solar panels — an energy adviser’s perspective

San Francisco requires all new buildings add solar panels — an energy adviser’s perspective

May 17, 2016 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

San Francisco’s decision to require solar panels on all new buildings starting in 2017 is more evidence of the growing role of rooftop solar in commercial real estate, says Roy Palk, Senior Energy Adviser for national law firm LeClairRyan. “No other major U.S. city has actually required that new buildingsRead More

New SolSmart program to cut ‘red tape’ for communities looking to boost solar installs

New SolSmart program to cut ‘red tape’ for communities looking to boost solar installs

April 27, 2016 at 8:19 am Comments are Disabled

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) just launched a new designation program that will recognize leading solar cities and counties as well as empower new communities to advance through no-cost technical assistance. A core component of the technical assistance program — named SolSmart — areRead More