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In a surprise vote, Arizona utility regulators reject a clean energy plan

The plan took three years to put together and won initial approval by regulators last November. Rejection means that renewable energy standards adopted 15 years ago remain in effect.

Role of distributed solar at issue in California’s net metering update

Industry groups focus on solar-plus-storage, or preserving the distributed solar industry, while a state agency aims to compensate rooftop solar at avoided costs and add a grid service charge.

Pattern of ‘decide-announce-defend’ for rural solar must change, researchers say

Meeting clean energy goals means that more projects will be proposed for agricultural land, making it necessary for developers to better engage with local communities.

These countries are the world’s best for renewable energy investment

IHS Markit released its latest Global Renewables Markets Attractiveness Rankings that evaluates countries based on measures related to investment confidence and ease of development.

NREL signs agreement with UL to scale up SolarAPP+ software

The collaboration is a step in meeting NREL’s goal to deliver instant solar permitting nationwide, and have the software used to cover 90% of all residential solar and solar-plus-storage permits by 2030.

Most LMI solar programs lack strong evaluation metrics, report says

The Berkeley Lab report said that best practices generally found in utility energy efficiency programs are largely missing from solar programs that benefit low- to moderate-income people.

Virginia’s largest-ever group of solar projects gets the green light

The nine-project group was approved by state regulators and will be a critical part of the 16 GW of renewable energy Virginia plans to add by 2035.

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South Carolina regulators save net metering, reject Dominion’s proposal

Regulators agreed to keep net metering in place while transitioning to Dominion Energy’s existing time-of-use rate schedule for new solar customers.

Massive scale-up of solar and wind is essential to decarbonize economies by 2050, reports say

Two new reports highlight the 10x growth acceleration that is required and the public policy necessary to speed green hydrogen adoption across multiple sectors.

New York State launches its fifth large-scale renewable solicitation

Twenty large-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects are under construction in the state, paving the way for the state to meet its goal of having 70% of electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

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