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California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Court of Appeals upholds determination: Reuters - Mar 14 - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...more

Plans for Community Solar Gardens in Minnesota Emerge

After much anticipation, Xcel Energy submitted its petition for approval (PDF) of the company's proposed community solar gardens program on September 30th. The program would give utility customers a new way to engage in solar...more

Twelve Best States for Solar

The Environment America Research & Policy Center released a report on July 23 that ranks what the center has determined are the twelve best states for solar. Information about the report is available here. The criteria...more

Renewable Energy Update -- July 11, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Why aren't there more solar plants in the desert? -- The Huffington Post - Business - Jul 2: The vast and glittering Ivanpah solar facility in California will soon start sending electrons to...more

Solar Project Prevails Over Williamson Act, CEQA Claims in Save Panoche Valley

A recent California appellate decision broke new ground for solar energy developers by upholding a County’s decision to cancel numerous Williamson Act contracts and approve a large solar project despite potentially...more

Solar Panels At GM Tech Center

Empower Energies of Troy has completed four photovoltaic solar projects, including a groundmounted 49 kw solar array and three solar electric vehicle charging stations at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren....more

San Bernardino County Approves Temporary Moratorium on Utility-Scale Solar Projects - County Wants Time to Consider Potential...

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on utility-scale solar energy projects to allow the County time to address potential land use compatibility issues posed by...more

Renewable Energy Update -- April 23, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - ..Weakest quarter for clean energy investment since 2009, Bloomberg - Apr 14: Global investment in clean energy in the first three months of 2013 was lower than in any quarter for the...more

Renewable Energy Update -- January 15, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Thermal Energy Storage Market to Reach $3.6 Billion Worldwide by 2020; Ocotillo Wind Project Now Delivering Power Via Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Line; Navy signs off on solar...more

Hot Market, Cool Reactions - Aggressive pursuit of solar energy and local property-tax revenue pits town officials against local...

Originally published in the Boston Business Journal on December 6, 2012. Orlando Pacheco is a rarity in the Bay State's budding green-energy sector, having managed to navigate a phalanx of local zoning laws and...more

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