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Unitarians Sue for Religious Liberty to Use Solar Panels

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org First Parish Unitarians are crying ‘foul’ over a recent denial to allow solar panels on the rooftop of their iconic church in Bedford, Massachusetts. Declaring the Historic District Commission’s (HDC) decision was “legally untenable, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious,” the congregation has filed a suit against the Town of Bedford. Specifically pointing

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Nevada Supreme Court Nixes Net-Metering Ballot Proposal

 Write the words ‘Nevada’ and ‘net-metering’ together and you will soon discover a first-rate oxymoron. To the dismay of many rooftop solar enthusiasts and litigants, the Nevada Supreme Court last Thursday rejected a ballot proposal backed by state solar advocates which sought to restore retail rate net metering. The Court ruling stated the language was misleading

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NV Energy Proposes Grandfathering Nevada Rooftop Solar Customers

Nevada utility NV Energy filed a proposal this week to grandfather rooftop solar customers into Nevada’s original net metering rates for 20 years, writes the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “After a number of recent failed attempts to negotiate a resolution of this grandfathering issue with out-of-state private solar suppliers, it became clear that NV Energy needed to

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Nevada PUC Chair Noble Speaks On Nevada Rooftop Solar Net Metering Ruling

David Noble, now the outgoing chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, in his address at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, elaborated about the ongoing Nevada net metering battle, “…just as a caution for commissioners around this table about who you’re dealing with and what’s going on.” As reported by UtilityDIVE, Noble told

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ACC Approves Tucson Electric Power’s Bid To Increase Renewable Energy, Sans Utility-Owned Solar

Following the ongoing and sometimes bitter confrontation between solar advocates and utilities, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved a proposal from Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to boost investments in renewable energy and deploy two 10 MW (5 MWh) energy storage pilot projects. However, the issue of this utility owning the renewables it distributes remains undecided, pending further

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Head Of Nevada PUC Sees ‘Bright Future’ For Rooftop Solar

After watching two rooftop solar installers pull up stakes in the state and being named in upcoming lawsuits, Paul Thomsen, head of the Nevada PUC, has defended the regulatory agency’s recent net metering decisions, stating he sees a solid future for clean energy growth. His involvement in debates like those which took place in Arizona and

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Gathering Of Solar Advocates Protests SDG&E Net Metering Challenge

According to the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), protests were heard from a passionate crowd of local clean energy advocates gathered last Wednesday at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Corporate Campus in Kearny Mesa. In its press announcement, CALSEIA stated the protest was organized in conjunction with two other organizations,  the Sierra Club and

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Energy Independence Donated to Ramakrishna Mission in India

(Originally published on EdenKeeper.org) As part of its Social Innovations mission to bring energy independence to 20 million people by 2020, SunEdison, Inc. is installing a 100 kilowatt (kW) solar rooftop system on the Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home in India. Enabling the approximately 700 students to gain energy independence, the new solar installation will help

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Significant News From Jordan’s Rooftop Solar Sector

PV solar installations are steadily proliferating in Jordan, with the residential and commercial rooftop sectors expecting to see a significant rise in 2015. Already the leader in the Arab world for utility-scale solar PV installations, Jordan also anticipates an additional 200 MW going online in 2015 as many medium- and large-scale solar farms are currently

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3D Mapping Tool Calculates Rooftop Solar Potential For Every Building In The City

Originally published on Cost of Solar. A rooftop solar mapping and assessment tool developed at MIT could eventually make it dead simple to discover the solar potential of every single rooftop in a city. The tool, called Solar System, uses high resolution mapping data to create a 3D model of the entire community, including roofs

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Quote Of The Day: "If You Can Afford Your Electric Bill, You Can Afford Solar"

Thanks to Solar Solution AZ for making this its Twitter bio (and for following me on Twitter). It’s true in many cases, especially in Arizona, if you can afford your electric bill, you can afford solar. For the average American who has the possibility to go solar, the 20-year savings from going solar are actually around $20,000.

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KB Homes & SunPower Customers Hit $1 Million In Annual Electricity Savings

Reposted from Solar Love: KB Home and SunPower just celebrated their 1,000th solar home customer. In combination with that, they are also celebrating an estimated $1 million or so a year in annual electricity savings amongst their 1,000 customers. Incidentally, KB Home and SunPower came together for this milestone announcement at an event in Lancaster,

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