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Maine regulators propose reforms to solar policy

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are proposing changes to an energy policy that lets solar owners receive credits on their utility bill for energy they sell back to the grid. Critics including GOP Gov. Paul LePage have criticized the policy for selling back electricity at “above-market” rates. On Tuesday, Maine public utility commissioners, all appointed by LePage, appeared to ...

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World Bank to back India’s solar power initiative

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NEW DELHI (AP) — The World Bank signed an agreement on Thursday with the Indian-led International Solar Alliance to boost solar energy in developing countries by mobilizing $1 trillion in investments by 2030. It said the agreement, signed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal, established the World Bank as a financial partner of ...

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Maui County reaches rooftop solar program limit

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui Electric Co. is holding off on approving new rooftop solar systems after announcing Wednesday that the county has reached the 5-megawatt limit for solar systems that can send power to its grid. Starting next week, residents on Maui, Lanai and Molokai who want to install new solar systems will have to buy batteries to hold ...

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Utilities unveil largest solar power plant in Kentucky

BURGIN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have unveiled the state’s largest solar facility. Multiple news outlets report that the companies showcased the solar plant Tuesday at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Burgin. The complex features a hydroelectric plant, three coal-fired generating units and seven natural gas-fired combustion turbines. Utilities CEO Paul W. Thompson says ...

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Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A major solar energy project is up and running in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports 11,000 solar panels are installed on 17 acres south of Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale. Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State held a groundbreaking for the Solar Gardens project in October. The 3-megawatt site can generate electricity to serve ...

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Vermont’s war of words over renewable energy continues

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont’s process for deciding where solar and wind energy projects can be built emerged from a legislative hearing Tuesday unhappy, while a key regulator said the dissatisfaction stems from “growing pains of a changing world.” In the end, Vermont’s war of words over the issue continues unabated. Two House committees, Fish and Wildlife and ...

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Baker signs bill lifting solar energy caps

Baker signs bill lifting solar energy caps

BOSTON (AP) — A new state law could jumpstart stalled solar energy projects in Massachusetts. The measure given final approval by lawmakers last week and signed Monday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker raises caps on the state’s net metering program. Net metering allows homeowners, solar developers and municipal governments to sell excess power they generate back to the electrical grid ...

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