NY PSC Adopts Landmark Orders to Value Distributed Energy, Test Energy Storage

On March 9, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a new pricing structure (Cases 15-E-0751, 15-E-0082) for distributed energy resources, designed to promote community solar projects statewide and to gradually phase out net energy metering. The commission also directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.

As a result of the order, rooftop solar may decline after 2020 and community solar has been fostered.

Buncombe County, NC, Votes to Supplant Scrap Heap with Solar Farm, Deploy LED Lights in Schools

Buncombe County, NC, Votes to Supplant Scrap Heap with Solar Farm, Deploy LED Lights in Schools

In North Carolina, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has “seen the light” on sustainability – voting unanimously on March 7 to swap out 47,000 light fixtures in its school district with LED bulbs, to construct a 5-MW solar farm on 25 acres of local brownfield land, and to create a full-time staff position In to oversee local environmental efforts, according to a report by the nonprofit news service Carolina Public Press.

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs by 20% with Brownfield Solar Project

Massachusetts Schools, Town Cut Costs by 20% with Brownfield Solar Project

In Massachusetts, four schools districts and one town are drawing energy from a 3.68-MW ground-mounted solar project on a brownfield site in Billerica, 20 miles north of Boston that went online on February 23, utility scale developer Soltage has announced.

GE Renewable to Equip First Commercial U.S. Solar+Wind Hybrid Project

Paris-based GE Renewable Energy announced on February 22 that it had been selected to supply equipment for the first commercial, integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the industry

Deep in the Heart of Red Texas, Al Gore’s New Movie Discovers Climate Action

More than ten years after his original movie, An Inconvenient Truth, shattered illusions about climate change and served as a call to action for liberals, former US Vice President Al Gore’s latest film, An Inconvenient Sequel – which premiered on the opening night of the Sundance … Read more…

Vermont Towns, Schools Sign on for Discounted Net Metering Credits

Municipalities and schools in the member towns of the Windham Solid Waste Management District in Vermont – which is charged with recycling, trash management, and hazardous waste disposal – have become the first to be invited to take advantage of net metering credits associated with a solar array set to be built on the district’s closed and capped landfill, according to a January 1 report by the Brattleboro Reformer.

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