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Maine examines interconnection standards

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry into whether it should change its rule governing how small distributed generation resources may interconnect with the electric grid. This small generator...more

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such...more

Can Solar Reboot Your Coal-Fired Plant Site?

The future of coal-fired plants is not bright. With regulations weighing on them, many plant operators are powering down and asking themselves what’s next for their sites. Solar offers viable options for reusing a plant site....more

MA solar policy faces change

Massachusetts solar energy faces uncertainty, as the two state policies most supportive of solar photovoltaic project development -- a solar project's right to produce solar renewable energy certificates and a customer's...more

Monumental Year for U.S. Solar Market in 2015

Earlier this week, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association announced that the United States installed 7.3 GW of solar photovoltaics in 2015, the largest total ever and 17 percent more than in 2014. Just as...more

Solar Installation Boom Expected to Continue in 2016

In a press release last week, the analytics firm IHS predicted that the solar installation boom will continue in the United States in 2016 following the extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) last December. ...more

California Net Metering Ruling; Installations Greater than 1 MW Now Eligible

In a closely watched hearing, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 3-to-2 in favor of extending net metering in California. Eligible customers owning generation such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will...more

Property Tax on Italian Photovoltaic Plants to Decrease Sharply

There is good news for owners of photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy. In circular no. 2/E, released on 1 February 2016 (the circular), the Italian Revenue Agency has provided official guidance on new rules enacted by on 28...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - The Verdict Is In: CPUC Preserves Net Metering In California - Solar Industry - Jan 28 In a 3-2 vote this morning, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited...more

Maine utility requests net metering review

Maine transmission and distribution company Central Maine Power Company has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to review whether the state's net metering program should continue or be modified. Maine allows...more

The Renewable Energy Sources Act is undergoing a Fundamental Change: From Photovoltaics to Wind Energy - With the end of the final...

The third and final round of the pilot tenders for freestanding PV installations was launched on 6 October of this year. Bids were accepted until 1 December 2015. ...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar companies surge as U.S. tax credit brings early holiday - Bloomberg - - Dec 16 In a deal announced late Tuesday, Congress approved an additional five years for the solar...more

Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects

This article is the third of three articles on solar power projects and discusses testing and performance guarantees in the context of engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contracts for solar photovoltaic power...more

Maine report on distributed solar

A report by staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission to a working group convened by New England's electric grid operator describes growth in Maine's solar and other distributed generation resources. The report...more

Renewable Energy Update - Decemeber 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Wind and solar power to supply more energy than shale, Goldman Sachs says: Bloomberg - Nov 30: New wind turbines and solar panels worldwide will provide more energy over the...more

U.S. Utility Scale Solar Power Projects Projected to Increase

A recent study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (“Berkeley”) reports that the solar energy generation system will continue to grow over the next few years with “significant expansion . . . both in terms of volume...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2015 #4

Silver Lake nearly quadruples initial investment in SolarCity - Los Angeles Times: - Nov 18: Investment firm Silver Lake announced plans Wednesday to nearly quadruple the size of its initial stake in rooftop solar power...more

Not Quite Left Out to Dry: Remedies Under International Investment Treaties Available to Renewable Energy Investors Harmed by...

In recent years, project developers, investment funds, and energy companies have invested heavily in renewable energy as a result of incentive programs offered in the legislation of countries such as Germany, Spain, and...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Large-scale renewables account for more than 60% of new energy capacity in the U.S. - CleanTechnica - Oct 28: Recent figures reveal that utility-scale renewable energy projects accounted for more...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Renewables Intermittent Power Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice, has published a weekly installment providing insight into the challenges and possible solutions that, if implemented, promise a bright future as clean energy...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - sPower wins 68.8-megawatt Southern California Public Power Authority solar PPA: SolarServer - Oct 22: sPower has been awarded a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern California...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question (Part 5 of 6)

The Problem: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question: The rapid growth of distributed generation (DG) over the past two years is expected to continue: as of 2013, the U.S. installed one PV solar system every four...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment (Part 4 of 6)

The Problem: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment - The last decade has seen tremendous innovations in cleantech that have not only brought new products, but also a fall in prices to consumers. For example, the average...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: California’s ‘50% renewables by 2030’ legislation is passed - PVTech Solar News - Sep 14: The passing of legislation that will see California sourcing 50% of its energy from renewable sources by...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California lawmaker withdraws bill to curb carbon emissions: Los Angeles Times - Sep 10 - The push for aggressive new state policies to fight climate change suffered another setback Thursday....more

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