Solar energy still faces an uncertain future in Nevada

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Nevada’s net metering plans may be in trouble The future of solar energy in Nevada was beginning to look promising, but that may have changed in a very short amount of time. NV Energy, one of the state’s largest utilities, suggests that the state’s revised net metering policies may no longer be viable. Changes in state policy would have allowed solar customers to take advantage of old net metering rules, allowing them to sell surplus electricity back to the state’s energy grid. NV Energy decries contentious provisions of net metering…

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Solar energy in Indiana is being threatened by new legislation

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Legislation seeks to make changes to state’s net metering program New legislation in Indiana could have a major impact on the state’s solar energy industry. This week, the state’s House of Representatives approved a bill that would lower the compensation that homeowners receive for funneling surplus electricity into the energy grid. Advocates of solar energy have decried the legislation, suggesting that it makes unnecessary changes to the state’s net metering program. If enacted, the legislation could make solar energy significantly less attractive to a wide range of consumers. Solar energy…

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Indiana legislation takes aim at solar energy net metering

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Legislation intends to make changes to Indiana’s net metering initiative New legislation in Indiana has generated some controversy among supporters of solar energy. The legislation recently passed through the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee and it aims to put an end to the state’s net metering initiative. Net metering is designed to incentivize the use of solar energy, encouraging more people to make use of this form of clean power. This initiative has been particularly popular among homeowners, many of whom have been looking for ways to make use of solar…

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Legislation in Indiana could curtail the growth of the solar energy market

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Lawmakers seek to remove net metering from the solar energy market New legislation has been introduced in Indiana that aims to bring about major changes to the state’s solar energy market. The legislation intends to remove net metering, which has long been a major incentive encouraging homeowners and businesses to embrace solar. Solar supporters fear that without net metering, many people may be prevented from using the electricity generated by their own solar panels. This could also limit the number of people able to enter into the solar energy market.…

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New legislation aims to increase solar energy net metering cap in Massachusetts

State looks to increase net metering caps to support solar power growth The Massachusetts House of Representatives have approved a new legislation that aims to expand the use of solar energy in the state. Lawmakers are eager to see the state’s solar sector grow and have been introducing new incentives to encourage consumers to move away from traditional forms of power in favor of solar. The new legislation may be able to accomplish this by raising the state’s net metering cap, which may further reduce the cost of solar power…

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Lawmakers seek to preserve state rules supporting solar energy

New legislation seeks to change net metering rules for solar customers A group of 100 lawmakers in Massachusetts are petitioning legislative leaders to take action on a legislation that focuses on solar energy. The legislation proposes changes be made to the state’s net metering rules. These rules allow those using solar power to sell excess electrical power back to the grid for energy credits. Utilities currently pay a retail rate for this electricity, but changes to the net metering system will allow these companies to spend much less money on…

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Maine aims to bolster solar energy adoption with new plan

Maine lawmakers intend to increase solar adoption with a promising new plan Maine is not often considered a viable place for solar energy to flourish, but this has not stopped lawmakers from showing support for this form of clean power. Several lawmakers have come together to promote the adoption of solar power, introducing a policy that calls for the development of 250 megawatts of solar capacity in the state over the next five years. This increased capacity is meant to support various customers, from commercial energy consumers to industrial customers.…

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California may be changing its solar energy incentives

State is being encouraged to further extend its solar energy incentives California officials are being encouraged to extend incentive initiatives that support the adoption of solar energy throughout the state. The California government has offered financial incentives to thousands of homeowners and businesses in order to encourage the expansion of the state’s solar energy capacity. Backed by these incentives, California has some 450,000 solar units installed, which were put in place over the past few years. Without incentives, clean power advocates fear that the growth of the solar energy sector…

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Federal tax break for solar energy has been extended

Congress has ensured that the solar energy industry will continue to receive support The future of solar energy in the United States has just become brighter. Congress has approved an extension for the federal tax break that has supported the development of solar projects. Following concerns from various organizations that support the solar industry, Congress has ensured that tax breaks will still be available for another five years. Initially, the federal tax break was set to expire at the end of 2016, which may have put a great deal of…

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Residential solar energy users in Nevada may soon face new fees

Nevada residents who use solar power may be charged a new electricity rate. As early as summer of this year, people who live in the state of Nevada who have installed their own solar panels may be subject to a fee, as state senators agreed last week in a 21-0 vote to allow the public utilities commission to create a new electricity rate for those currently benefiting from residential solar energy. The current net metering system in Nevada is capped. Under the present law, solar customers in Nevada can sell…

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Solar energy to receive boost in Pakistan

Pakistan approves clean energy expansion to help combat worsening energy crisis. Pakistan is embracing solar energy and is adding it to the national grid in its efforts to improve the country’s clean energy efforts, and has approved the use of rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for residential solar panels, according to Reuters. The government eliminated a tax on imported solar equipment. The government eliminated the 32.5% tax it had imposed on imported solar equipment and the goal of eliminating the tax is to lower the cost of solar panel…

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U.S. citizens penalized for generating their own solar energy

More U.S. residents across the nation are installing solar panels to cut energy costs and be more eco-friendly. Americans who live in Oklahoma and who generate their own power using solar energy or other alternative sources may soon face charges from electric companies, due to the Oklahoma House’s recent passing of a bill that would allow these companies to charge those off the grid. Oklahoma’s governor is anticipated to sign the bill into law. Apparently, there was not much of a debate over the bill. Being a politician who supports…

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Business politics may be slowing adoption of solar energy

SolarCity criticized utilities for apparent interference in net metering and battery storage Business politics may be playing a somewhat disruptive role in California’s solar market. Will Craven, a spokesman for SolarCity, has unveiled that 500 Californian customers have agreed to installed batteries for the energy they produced from their home-based solar power systems. These batteries are meant to store the electrical power that these consumers produce. According to Craven, only 12 of these batteries have been installed due to the costs that the state’s utilities are placing on these battery…

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Minnesota launches a new plan to support solar energy

State become the first in the country to introduce a new solar power plan focused on utilities and homeowners Minnesota has become the first state in the U.S. to allow its utilities with a new method to work with distributed solar power producers. This new method is called “value of solar” and is meant to encourage utilities to make better use of solar power while also entering into beneficial partnerships with clean energy organizations. The method is also expected to improve the relationship between homeowners with installed solar energy systems…

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Massachusetts moves to embrace a smart grid

State agency issues order to utilities The Department of Public Utilities in Massachusetts has issued an order to the state’s largest energy providers concerning their adoption of a smart grid. A smart grid is a modernized energy infrastructure that makes use of better information and communications technologies and is more accommodating of renewable energy. The state’s current infrastructure is often considered inefficient due to the changing ways people consumer energy and the new sources from which that energy is coming from. Smart grid program could be a boon for renewable…

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