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Hanwha Q Cells to build America’s largest solar module factory in Georgia

The South Korean group plans to commence construction of a facility with an annual capacity of at least 1.6 GW near the border of Georgia and Tennessee by the end of this year, with completion slated for 2019.

Net metering, renewable energy mandate bills move forward in Massachusetts

A bill to increase solar net metering caps by 2% and separate legislation to require that utilities source 35% of their power from renewable energy by 2030 are both advancing through the Massachusetts legislature.

Senate proposes business-as-usual energy budget

The U.S. Senate has called for stable funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2019, with an emphasis on EVs, as well as increasing the budget for ARPA-E by 6.5%.

FERC, states consider changes to PURPA

In this article EQ Research’s Ben Inskeep looks at some of the key trends and themes underlying the battles around PURPA at both the state and federal level.

Southern Company backs Pridemore in Georgia PSC race

In the 5th district, Southern Company, Georgia Power and their contractors have thrown their financial support behind candidate Tricia Pridemore.

New Jersey joins the 50% by 2030 renewable energy club

Governor Phil Murphy has signed landmark legislation that will enable the state to tie with California and New York for the nation’s third-most ambitious renewable energy mandate, as well as replacing the SREC system, boosting community solar, and more.

Barriers to non-utility ownership of DER stripped from California bill

SB 1088, which would have effectively barred customer or third-party owned solar or batteries from providing reliability services for the distribution system has been altered before leaving the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Missouri bill removes regulatory oversight while mandating solar

A new bill, which has passed both houses of Missouri’s legislature, would give utilities the ability to implement rate increases while mandating power companies invest in utility-owned solar.

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Solar power: the Northeast vs. utility scale

The latest report by the Institute for Local Self Reliance looks at the scale of solar across the United States.

House rejects amendment to eliminate REAP

The U.S. House overwhelmingly votes to keep the popular energy program.

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