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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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Tax credits, reduced costs make solar power shine in Florida
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Tax credits, reduced costs make solar power shine in Florida

Fields and rooftops filled with reflective slabs soaking in the power of the sun and converting it to energy appear to be all the rage this year with utilities and businesses throughout Tampa Bay. Company officials say they’re adding solar arrays because they want to be a good environmental partner, but building them now, by most accounts, just makes financial sense. [adinserter block="1"] Several factors play into the trend that has rooftops and parking lots glistening with mirrored panels at Tampa International Airport, Great Bay Distributors in St. Petersburg, Lockheed Martin in Oldsmar and other local sites. The growing trend…
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Amherst residents can still blaze a path to Solar for others to follow
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Amherst residents can still blaze a path to Solar for others to follow

Based on feedback I've received from my letter which was published on the Gazette's website on Oct. 22, and which appeared in the Oct 26 print edition, I wanted to write a follow up. The short of it is that the Town of Amherst should be applauded for going solar, no matter which path it chooses. I also understand that my proposal came in far too late in the process to have adequate time to be vetted properly by the Town, and that there are numerous uncertainties (including debt-financing) that would need to be addressed before moving forward, where as…
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