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NV Energy commissions 50-MW Boulder Solar II plant

The new plant represents the 14th solar energy resource serving Nevada’s customers under the utility’s purview.

CSUN to build 400 MW PV module factory near Sacramento

The Chinese PV maker is planning a fully automated factory to serve its U.S. customers with duty-free modules.

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.”


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.


Former President Carter inaugurates solar project in Georgia

SolAmerica developed and built the 1.3 MW PV plant on land Carter leased near his hometown in Georgia.

Onyx Solar begins construction on world’s largest solar skylight

A new mixed-use building complex being developed by Somerset Development will feature the installation of more than 3,200 solar skylights, which will generate electricity whilst naturally illuminating the complex.

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.

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