Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources extends solar incentive program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced plans to extend the Commonwealth’s successful Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program until it completes a long-term replacement. Since its inception, the SREC 2 program has led Massachusetts to more than 1,600 megawatts of solar development and supported thousands of local jobs, investments and a

SEIA hosts Women’s Empowerment East Coast Summit to encourage diversity in solar

The Solar Energy Industries Association is hosting its Women’s Empowerment East Coast Summit on April 6 in Washington, D.C. Started last year, SEIA’s Women’s Empowerment Series aims to educate, connect and provide thought leadership for and from women in the solar industry. According to the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, the percentage of women working

Minnesota governor vetoes bill that would’ve deregulated electric co-ops

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed HF 234/SF 141, a bill that would have removed the Public Utility Commissions’s regulatory authority on Minnesota’s electric co-ops. In his letter to Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt, Governor Dayton said he heard from many constituents opposing the bill. “The legislation would create uncertainty for all municipal and cooperative electric utility

Two cities become first in their states to commit to 100% renewable energy

The Madison Common Council formally approved the city’s commitment to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy across all sectors including electricity, heating and transportation. Madison represents the first city in Wisconsin and the biggest city in the Midwest to make a community-wide 100 percent clean energy commitment. “I look forward to working with residents, schools,

REC Solar completes largest solar installation in Hawaii

REC Solar, a provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, announced that it completed the installation of the 27.6-MW Eurus Waianae Solar Project. The utility-scale project, whose yearly energy output is equivalent to the electricity used by 11,000 homes, is owned and operated by Eurus Energy, an independent power producer and global developer of utility

New York City Con Edison customers complete 100 MW of solar projects

New York City residents and businesses are using the power of the sun to generate more than 100 megawatts of clean, renewable power. Con Edison customers in the city have completed 9,700 projects, producing 101.2 megawatts. That’s enough to power more than 15,000 homes. Just a decade ago, solar panels were rare in New York

New Nevada community solar bill proposes to expand solar energy access

On March 20, Nevada State Senator Mo Denis (D-Las Vegas) introduced Community Solar Bill SB392, marking major action by the state’s legislature to expand solar energy access to more Nevada residents, particularly renters and low-income families. If passed, the bill will increase solar opportunities for consumers, create local jobs and improve energy security in the

Dominion to add 81 MW of new solar projects in South Carolina

Dominion plans to construct, own and operate 81 MWac of solar generating capacity in Jasper County, South Carolina. Two projects—a 71.4-MW facility that would be South Carolina’s largest and a 10-MW array—are expected to enter service in 2017. “Dominion is excited to work with a number of partners—including Solvay and South Carolina Gas & Electric—not

First Solar begins operation of first utility-scale solar project on tribal land

First Solar and the Moapa Band of Paiutes joined Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada State Energy office director Angela Dykema, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, executives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and other community and energy industry leaders to celebrate the commissioning of the Moapa Southern Paiute

SEIA asks Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to veto anti-solar legislation

UPDATE: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed HF 234/SF 141 Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s veto of HF 234/SF 141: “SEIA and the solar industry commend Governor Dayton for vetoing legislation that would have stripped rural Minnesota residents of