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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Is there work as a solar installer? Advocates say future is bright
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Is there work as a solar installer? Advocates say future is bright

Companies installing solar panels see payroll growth ahead, with or without subsidy help. Can the Southern Tier grow jobs with the sun? Advocates of solar power think so, and the handful of companies venturing into the emerging solar design and installation business say that's what they're doing. The number of solar-related jobs in the United States grew from about 25,000 in 2007 to 175,000 in 2014, according to estimates by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Foundation. [adinserter block="1"] And for every megawatt of new photovoltaic capacity installed, or about 120 houses worth, a solar-industry rule of thumb…
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers
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Key Massachusetts senators open to compromise on financial credits for solar energy developers

State Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, the top Senator on energy policy, said today that he sees "a lot of common ground and room for movement" on the state's policy on solar subsidies, as competing proposals are pending before the state Legislature. [adinserter block="1"] One of the most urgent, and controversial, energy-related issues before the Legislature today is what to do about solar net metering. A cap on the financial credits given to solar energy developers for the energy they generate is currently stalling Massachusetts solar projects. Solar developers want the cap to be lifted immediately. Utilities worry that solar subsidies are raising…
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Massachusetts Governor Baker pressing lawmakers on solar, hydro power bills
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Massachusetts Governor Baker pressing lawmakers on solar, hydro power bills

[caption id="attachment_412" align="alignright" width="303"] Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker[/caption] Gov. Charlie Baker is pressing state lawmakers to act on two of his energy priorities before the end of the year. One of the proposals would make it easier for the state to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers provided the interests of ratepayers are represented. Baker said Thursday the bill could help Massachusetts tap into Canadian hydropower. The second bill would raise caps on the state’s “net metering” program that allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the electrical grid in…
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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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