Community Solar: Two Paths forward in Massachusetts
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Community Solar: Two Paths forward in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has created a legal structure that says investor-owned utilities must allow Community Solar via Virtual Net Metering. There are two basic models – the Participant Ownership model and the Public Lease model. However a project is legally structured, the basic mechanics for delivering benefits to the projects participants is the same, thanks to virtual net metering. Once a community solar project has been commissioned, the utility measures how much electricity is produced, and then credits the accounts of the beneficiaries (owners or participants) based upon their amounts of ownership. Seems simple enough on the surface, but it took a lot of legal work…
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North Carolina solar generation now exceeds 1 gigawatt
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North Carolina solar generation now exceeds 1 gigawatt

A North Carolina sustainable energy group announced solar power capacity in the state has passed 1 gigawatt of power and accounts for $1.6 billion in revenue. Solar has been a fantastic economic driver "Solar has been a fantastic economic driver in North Carolina's clean energy industry for the past several years, and reaching 1 gigawatt is the latest impressive milestone for this growing market," Robin Aldina, manager of energy research at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, said in an emailed statement. The NCSEA credits a strong climate of support for renewable and energy efficiency with stimulating the low-carbon sector…
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition

Wednesday at 11:00 AM, Maura Healy, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certified MA 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION that it is in proper form for submission to the people.  The Certification plus a fair and concise SUMMARY of 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION drafted by the Attorney Generals Office and the INITIATIVE PETITION FOR A LAW RELATIVE TO SOLAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGY are linked to here. Now the real work begins.  To be taken seriously by the legislature we need 100,000 signatures to net out 65,000 certified signatures by the registrar of each municipality by the third week in November.  The…
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Fossil-Fuel Industry Can’t Stop Renewable Energy, Obama Says
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Fossil-Fuel Industry Can’t Stop Renewable Energy, Obama Says

// Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama pledged to provide incentives to support investments in renewable energy, saying the industry will thrive despite opposition by Republicans and fossil-fuel suppliers. The White House on Monday announced a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects, $24 million in new grants for solar research and measures to reduce costs for homeowners to install solar panels. The government also said it would approve a transmission line for a large solar plant in Riverside County, California. “We’re going to make it even easier for individual homeowners to put solar panels on their roof with no upfront cost,” Obama said…
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Global Power Grid – it’s always sunny on half of the Earth
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Global Power Grid – it’s always sunny on half of the Earth

Imagine you are sometime in the early 1800's and you wanted to send a letter to the United States from England - well - with the newest technology built into ships, the best maps and experienced captains would take you only two weeks. That's a heck of a lot better than Marco Polo taking a decade to get back from China. Now, let's jump to 1858 - the first TransAtlantic Telegraph Cable led to the first near instant communication across a great ocean. It was an amazing creation! Through the existence of human beings - communication of information was dangerous,…
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