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The U.S. solar market nearly doubled in 2016 to 14.6 GW

The latest figures from GTM Research and SEIA show that for the first time, solar was the largest source of new generation by capacity.

Kaua’i Island expects to obliterate its solar goal five years early

Not content to rest on its laurels, the island’s utility cooperative board set a new goal of producing 70% of its energy from renewables by 2030.

El Paso Electric’s 2017 rate case asks to discriminate against solar customers

The case includes a request to create a special rate class for solar distributed-generation customers, including a new demand charge, to “establish a fair rate structure that reflects the cost to serve each customer class.”

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Montana plans 80 MW solar farm amid legislative uncertainty

In another baffling tale of state’s solar-policy split personality, the Treasure State is planning a 480-acre solar farm while the legislature simultaneously tries to snuff out its nascent solar industry.

Maine’s LePage tweets latest attacks on solar

In his ongoing efforts to eliminate the underpinnings of a successful solar industry, Maine’s buffoonish chief executive slams solar on Twitter and suggests all Public Utilities Commissioners resign in the wake of a Maine solar compromise reached last month.

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Schneider, Duke supply microgrids to Maryland government

Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables announced an agreement to develop two microgrids to serve the Montgomery County, Maryland, Public Safety Headquarters and Correctional Facility under the microgrid as service financing model.

SEIA seeks Midwest expansion

The national solar association is setting up a committee to focus on solar expansion in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin in a move designed to refocus the association on state-level policy battles, which are where most observers believe the future of solar will now be decided.

Missing commissioners leave FERC staff to pick up pieces

Down three commissioners thanks to untimely resignations, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can’t field a quorum, leaving them only the option of delegating many of their duties to commission staffers.

Amtech quarterly results show growth in orders and revenues

The equipment maker’s results for Q1 fiscal 2017 show a dip in revenue but growth in orders for solar equipment compared to the previous quarter.

ABB to provide microgrid solution to Alaska community

The Swiss technology company will provide a microgrid combining battery and flywheel storage technologies to improve energy stability for around 300,000 people near Anchorage, Alaska.

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