pvMB 2/18/19: New Mexico could offer $6,000 for solar, Pennsylvania bucks the solar jobs slump… and more!

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New Mexico could offer $6,000 for solar – New Mexico Democratic Sen. Mimi Stewart has introduced a bill that would provide a $6,000 tax credit to homes, businesses and farms that install solar systems. The program would have a yearly allotment of up to $10 Million and has already been endorsed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Source: The State

 

Indiana looking to re-establish net metering – Legislators in Indiana have introduced a bill which would re-establish net metering within the state, Senate Bill 430. Net metering was abolished in 2018 with Senate Bill 309, which has led to stagnation and instability in the state’s solar industry. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 430 is never expected to see the light of day. Source: Indy Star

 

Pennsylvania bucks solar jobs slump – While jobs in the solar industry fell 3% nationally last year, in Pennsylvania the figure actually grew 10%, according to the 2018 Solar Jobs Census. The growth has been attributed to several key policy moves in the state since 2016, including Governor Tom Wolf’s goal of producing 10% of the state’s electricity from solar by 2030. Source: WESA

 

1.2 MW Brownfield completed in Savannah, Georgia – Atop a former landfill which lay unused for more than 50 years, Georgia Power, Dulany Industries and Hannah Solar developed the 1.2 MW SeaPoint project. The plant is set to be accompanied by a pollinator garden in the near future. Source: Savannah Now

 

100 MW proposed in Niagara County – Cypress Creek Renewables is looking to develop a 900 acre, 100 megawatt solar farm on the border of Cambria and Pendleton in Niagara County, New York. The project has been dubbed ‘Bear Ridge Solar’ and would add an estimated 220 jobs during construction. Source: WIVB

 

Carolina Panthers stadium to get solar installation – “POWERHOME Solar will begin installing solar panels on Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, within the next few weeks. These new panels will help reduce energy costs as well as the stadium’s carbon footprint. In 2018, the NFL joined the Green Sports Alliance to support sustainability efforts across the entire league.” Source: POWERHOME Solar

 

3-wheeled EV for first responders – “Arcimoto, Inc. unveiled the Rapid Responder, a pure electric three-wheeled vehicle designed for first responders to efficiently and more quickly reach emergencies… Arcimoto also announced that it has agreed in principle to test the Rapid Responder Fleet in pilot programs with the City of Eugene, the Eugene Springfield Fire Department, and the city of Eastvale, California. Arcimoto anticipates that the first production Rapid Responders will be delivered in 2020.” Source: Arcimoto, Inc.