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New Solar, Wind Competitive Leasing Program to Start for US Public Lands
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Nov. 10 said that the Bureau of Land Management has finalized a rule that creates a new competitive leasing process and incentives for solar and wind energy development on public lands. [...]
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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – October 2016
The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features KarmSolar, SolarAfrica, Singita, Tesla, Sungrow, Aquion Energy, Blue Sky Utility, Bpi, Luxor Solar, Juhayna, and Alpha Omega Winery. [...]
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Trump’s Win ‘A Disaster’ for Plunging Renewable Energy Sector
Donald Trump’s surprise election victory turned into a bad day for clean energy investors. U.S. solar panel-maker SunPower Corp. had its worst decline in three months on Wednesday, dropping 14 percent to the lowest since the beginning of 2013.  [...]
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Success Story—Drones Help Solar Site Design Take Flight
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy sees the potential of drones in advancing the solar industry. [...]
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Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot
Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes these occur when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned solar or wind energy. [...]
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Net-metering Is Dead — Long Live Net-metering!
Residential solar has demonstrated unprecedented growth over the past several years, driven in part by falling equipment prices, rising customer awareness, and supportive public policy. One of those key policies has been net-metering, which provides customers in more than 40 states credit for any excess solar generation not consumed at the customer’s home. [...]
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Millions of Dollars Spent on One War Over Rooftop Solar
There’s a war brewing over the future of rooftop solar, and Arizona is at ground zero. Pinnacle West Capital Corp., which owns the state’s largest utility, last week said it has formed a third-party group to support candidates for an elected state board that regulates their industry. [...]
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8 Benefits of Distributed Solar that Prove it’s Worth More than Dollars and Cents
In October, Environment America Research & Policy Center showcased Shining Rewards, a new review of 16 value-of-solar studies from around the country. The report shows what we already know intuitively: Solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to people, the environment, the economy, and the electric grid. [...]
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The Summer of Sun: Mid-Year 2016 Solar Insights
According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA), solar energy made up nearly 1.5 percent of total generation in the U.S. between the months of June 2016 through August 2016. That’s up from just over 1 percent during the same period in 2015. Total generation from solar energy during these three months is up over 38 percent year over year. [...]
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Vote Solar Seeks Review of Nevada Regulators’ 2015 Net Metering Ruling
Advocacy group Vote Solar, along with environmental law firm Earthjustice, recently filed a petition with the First District Court of the State of Nevada for review of two Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada orders last year that created a new rate structure ending the existing net metering offering for solar in the state. [...]
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Cost of solar power vexing to Colorado system owners, electric co-ops
The proposal — which after customer protests is already under revision — would cut the residential credit for solar electricity and add a new charge based on peak demand. [...]
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