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The Utilities OWN the Massachusetts House
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The Utilities OWN the Massachusetts House

It amazes me that something so important to the State of Massachusetts can be manipulated and controlled so easily by a couple of power companies. "...the truth is the House squandered an enormous amount of time, probably by design. The Senate voted to lift the cap during the summer, but the House waited until the day before the Legislature recessed for the holidays before reporting its bill out of the House Ways and Means Committee." Projects will be cancelled, I see them not move through on a daily basis, due to our Legislature not doing their job. And these people…
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Recapture Rapture: Can Revised Tax Credit Policies Attract More Capital to Solar? Michael Mendelsohn’s picture

For developers trying to monetize the federal tax benefits for a given project, finding a tax equity partner can be a lonely process. Tax equity investors consist of a limited pool of suitors—investment bankers and a few other firms—who can tolerate the array of risks associated with this type of investment, including: Current and future tax liability (that enables use of a project's tax credits), The creditworthiness of the power purchaser A shifting tax policy environment [1]. Investors also tend to be put off by IRS rules that limit the resale of solar assets. Investors claiming the investment tax credit…
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LADWP increases rates yet again, solar users continue to save
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LADWP increases rates yet again, solar users continue to save

A severe drought in the state of California over the past couple of years has caused many conscious citizens to cut back significantly on their water use due to fines for excessive water usage and environmental consciousness. Though these measures taken by Los Angeles improve the condition of the state’s drought, residents are clearly unhappy with their cut back on water as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) increases rates. Recently, LADWP increases rates on water yet again by 4% for homeowners in Los Angeles. While residents have worked hard to conserve water, less consumption of water resources…
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Next Step Living reaches over 10,000 reservations for community solar gardens
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Next Step Living reaches over 10,000 reservations for community solar gardens

Even amid the strong growth of the U.S. solar market, community solar, where customers sign up for shares in remote utility-scale solar projects, stands out as an area of particularly rapid expansion. In June GTM Research estimated that the U.S. community solar market would grow five-fold this year to reach 115 MW, and would grow to over 500 MW annually by 2020. An announcement today by Massachusetts-based Next Step Living is in line with these trends. The company reports that it has reached nearly 11,000 reservations for community solar gardens, with more than 1,500 contracts for gardens expected to go live in…
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Linden Hills Community Solar project underway
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Linden Hills Community Solar project underway

The Linden Hills Co-op has officially signed on as a host site for a community solar garden. Residents can purchase one share (one solar panel) to offset their home’s energy use through Xcel Energy bill credits. The cost is $1,700 per share, as well as an ongoing annual fee, and the cost to reserve a share is $100. [adinserter block="1"] The program is a partnership between Sundial Solar and Linden Hills Power & Light. To receive more details or a reservation form, contact lhcommunitysolar@gmail.com.
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Are Solar Subsidies Unfair?
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Are Solar Subsidies Unfair?

The latest pushback against solar power has centered on the benefits that accrue to owners of solar panels, with the intent of making them appear to be “free riders”, unfairly extracting gains to themselves at the expense of their neighbors. Utilities have taken particular issue with Net Metering, and doing everything they can to quash it by pointing their fingers at the owners of solar arrays, accusing them of “leaching” from the system. Let’s be clear: they are not. As much as the utilities would like you to believe (and who else would be fomenting these arguments), the current array…
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‘Community solar’ is a hot business
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‘Community solar’ is a hot business

Interest in solar energy is booming in Massachusetts, and it's no different in Lunenburg. At a recent Board of Selectmen's meeting, representatives from Nexamp, a solar-energy provider, discussed a proposed community-solar project that would involve the development of a 500-kilowatt solar farm on Fisher Road in Fitchburg. [adinserter block="1"] For this, Nexamp would treat Lunenburg as an "anchor tenant," meaning that half of the electricity generated through net-metering credits would benefit the town, representatives said. Ratepayers would have a 15 percent discount on every bill, they said. At that time, Nexamp needed about 50 more people to sign up, and,…
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