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May 29, 2008

In response to legislation (L.D. 2149) enacted in April 2008 (see below), the Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened two inquiries regarding small distributed generator interconnection and net billing. The state’s interconnection standards will be studied in Docket 2008-186, opened

May 29, 2008

SolarCity is a California-based solar installer which offers residential consumers an affordable way to install home solar panels. SolarCity’s one-stop shopping offers consumers: a customized, right-sized solar system; installation and maintenance; financing through partner Morgan Stanley; and, low monthly payments.

May 29, 2008

On April 29, 2008, a company called Sunrgi announced at the National Energy Marketers Association annual conference that they have a new technology called Extreme Concentrated Photovoltaics which will soon be able to produce electricity at a wholesale cost of

May 29, 2008

On May 15, 2008, the California Public Utilities Commission approved one of the largest wind power contracts in the United States. The contract is between Southern California Edison (SCE) and Alta Wind Power Development. Alta will develop this project in

May 29, 2008

As gasoline prices skyrocket, the pressure is on to find another way to fuel our cars. On July 13, 2008, the starting gun will fire in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge—a cross-country car race reminiscent of those held in

May 29, 2008

In late April 2008, eSolar, a producer of scalable solar thermal power plants located in Pasadena, California, announced that it has received $130 million in investor funding for the construction and deployment of pre-fabricated, utility-scale power plants (e.g., 33 MW

May 29, 2008

On April 21, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will invest up to $50 million over five years in nine demonstration projects which will show how peak demand can be reduced by up to 15 percent at

May 29, 2008

On May 12, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a report entitled “20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030.” This first-of-its-kind report is a thorough examination of America’s wind resources. Andy Karsner, the DOE’s Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency

May 29, 2008

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) has just released its 2008 State Energy Program and Activity Update. This report is free and available to the public. It provides highlights of the best of each state’s energy programs such

May 29, 2008

On April 21, 2008, the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), in conjunction with the Prometheus Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts, released its 2007 solar industry review. This report is free and available to the public. This report highlights the tremendous growth

 

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