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 may begin to surge in Nevada

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Solar-friendly policies return to Nevada Solar energy may soon see a comeback in Nevada. The solar sector has been struggling to find a foothold in the state since the government struck down net metering and other favorable policies nearly two years ago. With these policies coming back into play, however, the state’s solar market may become revitalized. This began with the passing of legislation that reinstate favorable rates for solar consumers, allowing them to once again take advantage of the state’s net metering system. Net metering could help the solar…

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Two renewable energy bills have been shot down in Nevada

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Governor vetoes two renewable energy bills The future of renewable energy in Nevada had begun to look somewhat brighter in recent months due to the introduction of three new bills. These bills would help the state shift toward a more open and competitive energy market, but two of these three bills have now been shot down. Late last week, Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed two of the three bills, claiming that there is significant uncertainty regarding Nevada’s renewable energy shift. Bills would have aided the expansion of renewable energy in the…

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Hope shines for Nevada’s solar energy market

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Nevada Assembly has approved an initiative to support the state’s solar energy space Nevada’s solar energy sector may soon see a revival due to legislative action. The Nevada Assembly has given support to an initiative that aims to make solar energy much more accessible to consumers throughout the state. Solar power has struggled to thrive in Nevada recently due to state legislation issuing massive fees on solar customers. State policies have caused several solar energy developers to leave the Nevada market, with some suggesting that the state is not a…

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Las Vegas could be an oasis for solar energy in Nevada

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City is investing more heavily in solar energy While Nevada’s solar energy market may have suffered a major blow in 2016, there is one city where this form of clean power is flourishing: Las Vegas. The city recently played host to the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which boasted of more than 165,000 attendees. A portion of the power used by the event was provided by solar energy sources. In fact, most of the city actually draws electrical power from the sun. All of Las Vegas’ government buildings are powered by…

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Nevada solar energy market may get a boost thanks to world’s largest solar project

Largest solar project in the world is being built in Nevada Nevada’s solar energy market recently suffered a grievous blow due to legislation being enacted within the state. The legislation requires solar customers to pay more for the electricity they consume through the use of photovoltaic systems. This legislation has had a dramatic impact on the state’s solar energy market, with some developers opting to abandon the state due to poor business prospects. Nevada is, however, home to what will become the world’s largest solar power project, which is expected…

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Nevada’s solar energy market is growing more chaotic

Cut subsidies lead to controversy throughout the solar energy market Solar energy in Nevada suffered a grievous blow recently, with the state deciding to make drastic cuts to subsidies, effectively cutting off support for the solar market. Concerns regarding this move are now coming under fire, with one of the state’s largest groups backed by utilities casting doubt on worries issued by consumers, developers, and prominent public figures. Solar Energy Fairness, which is supported by NV Energy, one of the state’s major utilities, has begun airing an ad that suggests…

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Hope emerges for solar energy in Nevada thanks to new coalition

Solar energy had once thrived in one of the sunniest states in the country Over the past few years, solar energy has exploded in Nevada. State policies have allowed the solar sector to flourish, creating some 55,000 new jobs throughout Nevada and allowing homeowners and business to make use of renewable energy. Now, however, the solar sector is being threatened by controversial rate hikes that are being imposed on solar energy systems. These rate hikes are coming from NV Energy, which had hoped to create what it considered to be…

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Class action lawsuit aims to settle the solar energy problem in Nevada

Consumers have filed a lawsuit against NV Energy in the wake of rate hikes Solar energy has suffered a grievous blow in Nevada and those using this form of clean power are not happy. Two people that had used solar energy, John Bamforth and Stanley Schone, have filed a class action lawsuit in Nevada. The suit suggests that NV Energy, the state’s largest utility, provided false information to consumers who had been interested in solar power. Some 15,000 solar customers are a part of the class action lawsuit. NV Energy…

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Solar energy advocates call for action in Nevada

Advocates petition Public Utilities Commission to halt rate hike on solar energy Advocates of clean power in Nevada have rallied together to condemn the state’s anti-solar energy endeavors. The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is considering requests from these advocates to halt a rate hike concerning solar energy that was put into effect on January 1. The rate hike has become quite controversial in Nevada, as it has lead to one of the country’s most prominent solar energy developers, SolarCity, to abandon the state. Public Utilities Commission makes a controversial decision…

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Solar energy developer is leaving the Nevada market

SolarCity has announced that it will be exiting the Nevada market SolarCity, one of the leading solar energy companies in the United States, is planning to pull out of the Nevada market, where the Public Utilities Commission decided to increase rates for solar power on December 22 last year. Higher rates took effect on January 1, which has lead SolarCity to reconsider its place in the market. The company has abandoned its training facility in the state and will no longer be offering services to those interested in solar energy.…

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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 company breaks into the Nevada market

SolarCity has come to Nevada in order to make solar power more accessible SolarCity, a solar energy company whose prominence is growing rapidly, has begun to expand throughout the U.S. The company had initially only worked in a few states in the country, but has found a great deal of success that has encouraged its expansion. This success has allowed SolarCity to work on breaking into foreign markets as well as domestic ones. As the company continues to grow, its sights have been set on Nevada as its next market…

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Solar energy continues to boom in Western US

Solar energy gains momentum as NV Energy makes a bold move Solar energy has become a popular subject in Nevada, especially among homeowners that are keen to cut energy costs during the summer months. The state has been making a modest push to support various solar energy projects, even supporting projects from Native tribes that reside within Nevada’s borders. The state’s largest utility, NV Energy, has made a significant, if somewhat unnoticed, step forward in its advocacy of solar power, which may have implications for the whole of the solar…

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Ambitious solar energy system in Nevada reaches new milestone

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Solar energy project moves a step closer to completion Nevada’s Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project has reached a new milestone this week as workers complete the installation of receiver panels atop the project’s 540-foot tower. Crescent Dunes is an ambitious solar thermal power project that makes use of molten salt thermal technology. Once completed, it is expected to be the largest solar energy system of its kind in the world and will produce some 110 megawatts of electrical power. The project is currently scheduled to be completed at the end…

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Solar energy to see rapid growth in Nevada thanks to SolarCity

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SolarCity announces plans to bring solar energy projects to Nevada SolarCity, one of the leading solar energy companies in the U.S., has announced plans to expand its operation into Nevada. The Silver State has long been a very attractive location for solar energy due to its constant exposure to the sun. Like California, Nevada receives large amounts of solar radiation throughout the year and the climate often keeps the sun’s rays free from being obscured by clouds. SolarCity believes that Nevada is a very promising market for the solar energy…

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