OSEIA creates blueprint to increase Oregon’s solar power

The Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and The Green Energy Institute released The Oregon Solar Plan, which outlines strategies to increase solar power in Oregon to enable the state to generate 10% of its electricity from solar energy in ten years. The report says solar currently generates less than 1% of the state’s electricity. To reach 10%, Oregon

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

PCI Solar to exhibit at workshop in Phoenix

National developer PCI Solar will be exhibiting in Booth 214 from April 9 to 12 at Edison Electric Institute’s Spring National Key Accounts Workshop in Phoenix, one of the nation’s largest conferences focused on corporate renewable energy.  The conference brings together national, chain, and multi-site energy users with utilities and alternative energy providers to discuss evolving

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

Stanford researchers suggest reforming U.S. solar policies and collaborating with China

The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically and efficiently, according to a new Stanford study. Stanford solar energy researchers recommend that the United States and China work more closely together, with each country capitalizing on its particular strengths.

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,

SunPower by Positive Energy Solar awarded for commercial solar performance

SunPower by Positive Energy Solar, a New Mexico-based solar installer, has received the SunPower “Commercial Regional Top Producer of the Year” award for its outstanding commercial solar performance as a SunPower dealer in 2016. The company also received this award in 2014. “Earning SunPower’s 2016 ‘Commercial Regional Top Producer of the Year’ award for our

EDF expands into distributed electricity and storage

Energy developer EDF Renewable Energy has created a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), to focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30 MW. The DES group will pursue emerging distributed-energy opportunities to provide unique products and services to commercial, industrial (C&I) and utility customers in the United States. Early last year, EDF

Floridians for Solar Choice support removal of proposed fixed charge hike

In a settlement filed this morning, Gulf Power has withdrawn its proposed fixed charge hike which would have cost consumers nearly $50 every month, regardless of how much power they used. The removal of this increase means that consumers will retain their ability to control their monthly power bills through measures such as energy efficiency

IoT company Arkados to acquire SolBright Renewable Energy

Arkados Group, a software developer and system integrator enabling Internet of Things (IoT) applications for commercial and industrial customers, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the assets of SolBright Renewable Energy, a renewable energy design and development company based in Charleston, South Carolina, and a 2016 Top Solar Contractor. The deal is subject to