‘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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Sunny San Diego fights new utility charges on rooftop solar
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Sunny San Diego fights new utility charges on rooftop solar

The city of San Diego said changes to rooftop solar tariffs proposed by California utilities would hamper the renewable energy market and interfere with local plans to address climate change. The city, in filings Tuesday with state utility regulators, took issue with a request from San Diego Gas & Electric to add a monthly "grid connection" fee for solar customers as well as special charges based on peak periodic energy use, regardless of overall monthly electricity consumption. California utility regulators are reconsidering the current "net metering" tariff that provides bill credits for solar energy at the full retail electricity rate.…
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Commercial rooftop solar could be the key to preventing business black-outs
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Commercial rooftop solar could be the key to preventing business black-outs

From SolarPowerPortal.Co.UK The National Grid is set to quadruple the amount of electricity available in order to balance the network this winter. Earlier this year, the grid operator had predicted a 10-year low of spare energy capacity levels of just 1.2% this winter, meaning the risk of black-outs across the UK would have been a real possibility. Three years ago the margin of spare electricity capacity was 17%. In light of the warnings, short-term measures have been taken to safeguard the UK’s supply. The nation’s buffer of spare capacity will be boosted to 5.1% in the six months until March…
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From the Boston Globe: Are solar panels worth it?
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From the Boston Globe: Are solar panels worth it?

The deluge of data and the pressure to install solar panels can be debilitating. We shine some light on the murk. You’ve seen them on your neighbors’ roofs. Solar panels are popping up everywhere now, and so are the ads for them. It’s no wonder — harnessing energy from the sun appeals to everyone from carbon-cutting environmentalists to grid-wary doomsday preppers. But the real growth has been driven by average homeowners with a much simpler motive: saving money. In fact, a recent study by North Carolina State University ranked Boston second among the nation’s largest 50 cities in terms of…
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market
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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market

In the past five years, rooftop solar has revealed the limitations of the archaic electric utility business model, as customers have found generating their own power more cost effective than taking 100% of their energy from the incumbent monopoly. For years, utilities have fought back by trying to make competition less cost effective, at a substantial cost to their image (and ratepayer’s own money). Now they want a piece of the action. It was only a matter of time until electric monopolies realized that co-opting would be less costly than confronting, and several utility companies are now planning to own…
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