In this op-ed SEIA’s Abigail Hopper and Martin Hermann of 8minutenergy argue that the rapid growth of solar and storage will completely reshape America’s energy economy for the better, with cheaper, cleaner power, and that the shift is already taking place across this country.
In this week’s solar policy update, we bring you Minneapolis’ plan to go 100% renewable, a potential net metering cap increase in South Carolina, legislation to weaken regulatory oversight in Missouri, and more.
387 MW of community solar projects were installed in the United States last year. This brings the cumulative total to 734 MW, with the majority in Minnesota and Massachusetts.
Under the state’s program operational community solar capacity in Xcel’s Service area has grown more than four-fold over the last 12 months, with another 381 MW in design or construction.
By doing the research, the partners hope to discover how solar and plant life interact and find effective ways for solar arrays and agricultural lands to co-exist.
Five new projects bring the developer’s community solar portfolio to 66 MW and continues the state’s position as a leader in the space.
The widely praised program, largely under the auspices of Xcel Energy, continues to grow in capacity, with what the utility reports are significant rate-savings for participants.
Minnesota Department of Commerce’s preliminary statistics show the state reaching 717 MW by the end of 2017, with particularly strong growth in the community solar sector.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council named its 2017 Clean Energy States Honor Roll yesterday, highlighting some its favorite solar success stories at the state level.
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