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April 22, 2009

Just this month, the Washington State Legislature passed S.B. 5136, prohibiting homeowner’s associations (HOAs) from prohibiting the installation of solar energy panels (see DSIRE record). While an HOA may issue guidelines related to visibility and aesthetic aspects of solar panel

April 21, 2009

The City of Santa Rosa, one of 25 Solar America cities, is doing solar a little differently. Instead of trying to achieve its solar goals for the City of Santa Rosa, they’re going solar countywide. “What’s unique about Santa Rosa’s

April 16, 2009

The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program has issued the request for information (RFI) Solar Policy and Analysis Regional Centers. The purpose of an RFI is to gather valuable input from stakeholders. The Solar Policy and Analysis Regional Centers RFI seeks

April 09, 2009

NORTH CAROLINA – On March 31 the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) issued an order amending the state’s net metering rules. The NCUC ordered that renewable generators up to one MW may net meter with no aggregate limits on customer

April 09, 2009

MICHIGAN – On March 18, the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order adopting net metering and interconnection rules in compliance with Public Act 295 of 2008, also known as the Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act. The approved

April 09, 2009

SOUTH DAKOTA – On April 3, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission issued proposed rules under the current ongoing interconnection proceeding. The proposed South Dakota Small Generation Interconnection Rules would apply to small generator facilities of 10 MW or less,

April 09, 2009

RHODE ISLAND – On March 11, the Rhode Island PUC issued Order 19590, effectively approving National Grid’s Qualifying Facilities Power Purchase Rate, No. 2010-A. These changes came about as a result of net metering legislation passed in July 2008. This

April 09, 2009

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – On April 3 the District PSC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend D.C.’s net metering regulations in accordance with 2008’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act. This act increased the net metering-eligible system size limit

April 08, 2009

As part of the City of San Jose’s Solar America grant, they’re working on developing a menu of best practices for solar permitting. In a recent IREC interview with Mary Tucker, City of San Jose, she talked about a solar

April 07, 2009

Last year, some 125 attended the first Solar America Cities Annual Meeting in Tucson to share their experiences solarizing their cities. This year, some 165+ met in San Antonio for Solar America Cities 2.0. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)


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