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Guest Column: The Maryland override victory was great – now what’s next?

Standard Solar’s Tony Clifford says yesterday’s veto override of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act was a great (though not entirely unexpected) start to growing the state’s solar industry, it can’t be the end game. In this essay, he discusses what he thinks the next Maryland solar industry goal should be.


APS unveils its largest utility-scale solar plant

The 40-MW Red Rock Solar Plant, developed, owned and operated by Arizona Public Service will supply power to Arizona State University and PayPal.


ACC fixes net-metering grandfathering clause

Exactly three weeks after significantly altering net-metering in ways that could stunt future solar growth in the state, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 4-1 to amend the way it will grandfather current solar customers under the new rules to remove a two- to three-week penalty the ruling accidentally imposed.


Sunnova broadens its zero-down loan reach

The EZ Own Loan program is designed to capitalize on the increasing desire of residential solar customers to own their systems without worrying about the trouble of maintaining them.

Solar neophytes join ACC as its new leaders

Tom Vogt and Thomas Forese have plenty of experience, but neither man appears to have any experience in dealing with energy issues.


Arizona’s changes to net metering could derail the state’s rooftop solar market

While the Arizona Corporation Commission decided to grandfather current solar customers for 20 years from the interconnection days, new customers will only receive 10 years — which will hurt both solar lessees, loan-holders and potential cash deals.


Solar receives transmission boost in the West

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell approved two transmission lines to deliver energy across Southwest.


44% of U.S. residential solar is owned by third parties

A report by the U.S. government finds that third party-owned solar represents more than half of distributed capacity in Arizona and Maryland.

Soltec America supplies 38 MW of trackers to Kayenta Solar Plant

Soltec will supply its SF Utility Single-Axis Tracker for the project in Kayenta Monument Valley, AZ, being developed by Isolux Corman Group.

Utility APS purchases another ACC

In a show of regulatory capture enabled by the ability of utilities to spend vast sums of money on the races for their regulators, all three candidates backed by the utility APS have been re-elected or won seats on the ACC.


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