Consumer Protection

Victory for solar as Kansas Supreme Court blocks fixed fee for distributed power

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a fixed fee for distributed solar customers violates state law. Vote Solar and Sierra Club brought the case, with representation from Earthjustice.

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US behind-the-meter storage forecast drops 31% over Corona concerns

Wood Mackenzie has dropped the 2020 outlook down to 430 MW, still a more than 100% increase over 2019, amid concerns over the role of sales and commissioning and interconnection in a period of shelter-in-place ordinances.

Guide to installing residential solar amid a pandemic

As long as their businesses are allowed to operate, residential solar companies have to adhere to the changing world that Covid-19 has created. In light of this, Sunrun and SEIA have both released best practice guidelines for installing solar during a global pandemic.

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Texas retail choice design bests 13 other states in driving solar power

Retail choice is associated with lower retail prices for electricity, but only in Texas does it help drive more renewable power, says a Wind Solar Alliance report.

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ACORE calls on Congress for tax credit extension amid COVID-19 uncertainty

ACORE and five other environmental and renewable energy groups have written to Congress urging for start construction and safe harbor deadline extensions, as well as tax credits for stand-alone energy storage to relieve any industry hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morning Brief: Indiana passes HB 1414, PG&E, FEMA agree to wildfire settlement

Also in the brief: NJR Clean Energy Ventures acquires the country’s largest floating solar array, a clean energy advocate has been named to Wisconsin’s PSC, a community solar farm proposed in Maine and more.

Morning Brief: West Virginia legislature votes down bill to legalize solar PPAs, documentary on Alaskan PV microgrid

Also in the brief: Outback Power releases AC coupling feature for Skybox hybrid inverter, BP Solar customers can be compensated for faulty panels, Martha’s Vineyard considers 100% renewable by 2040, and more.

Sunrun responds to PG&E’s gas procurement by modeling a decentralized grid

Directly challenging the bankrupt utility’s system reliability request for proposals, Sunrun has released a paper outlining a renewable alternative: distribution islands with solar and battery backup.

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Americans want renewables and are willing to pay for them

U.S. renewable energy use has grown significantly in the last decade, yet data from a new survey suggests many Americans may not fully understand the importance of solar and wind.

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Solar development on farms can save farmers and farmland

At Solar and Storage Northeast in Boston, panelists comprised of solar experts, policy directors and national community solar leaders sat down to discuss what can be done for the symbiotic relationship between community solar projects and agricultural landowners.

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