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One more step: Florida bill passes Senate – now on to governor’s desk

Solar advocates, who worked tirelessly to pass Amendment 4 last year, are one step away from finally seeing their hard work pay off. SB 90 passed the Senate yesterday, so now it’s on to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Soltage, Basalt acquire 57 MW of PURPA solar projects in North Carolina

The projects are expected to begin construction in May 2017, as Duke chafes under the growing PURPA pipeline in the state.

SEC investigates Tesla, Sunrun over cancelled contracts

SEC has subpoenaed Sunrun, and is also looking into the number of Tesla customers who have backed out of leases, after state officials received hundreds of complaints about sales practices.

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Florida’s House jumps on the solar bandwagon, Senate next?

Ten months after Florida voters approved a constituional amendment that exempts businesses from paying additional property taxes if they install solar arrays, the bill that actually allows it to happen finally passed the House unanimously.

Tesla scales down solar deployment in Q1, readies Solar Roof

The first full quarter since Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity shows a 30% fall in watts of solar deployed, as the company focuses on preparations for the roll-out of its Solar Roof and Model 3 electric vehicle, including expanded battery production.

SGIP Step 1 (mostly) sells out in 24 hours

Lotteries have been triggered in the service areas of all four participating utilities, meaning that most incentives were fully subscribed in the first 24 hours. Deployment of the systems supported will more than double distributed battery storage capacities in California.

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Trump appoints fossil-fuel apostle to head renewable energy office

In keeping with his habit of appointing people who want to destroy the agencies they head, the president appointed outspoken renewables critic Daniel Simmons to Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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Utilities try new tactics to discourage solar, but still aren’t getting what they want

The latest NCCETC report on state solar policies finds some new twists as part of an ongoing attempt by utilities to weaken the economics of customer-owned solar, but regulators still mostly aren’t on board.

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Deception wins in Indiana as governor signs anti-solar bill

SB 309, the bill designed to kill net-metering prematurely in the state, became law yesterday as Gov. Eric Holcomb affixed his signature to the bill despite strong solar industry opposition.

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First Solar reports strong Q1 results as it readies for Series 6

First Solar brought in a net profit on the sale of a major solar project, as it orders tools and prepares for the switch to its large-format series 6.

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