Utilities blocking solar installations in many sunny Southern states

Los Angeles Times

Rules governing solar power in many Southern states that get a lot of sunshine -– including Florida -– discourage the installation of panels, the Los Angeles Times reports.

More rooftop installations, more losses for SolarCity in 2Q


SolarCity Corp. is sticking with its strategy of installing more rooftop solar despite the cost: The company said in the second quarter it added 107 megawatts but its loss increased to $47.7 million, Bloomberg reports.

Minnesota regulators to decide on solar payments


The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission – having agreed that an original proposal of 10 cents a kilowatt-hour was too low -- is expected to decide Thursday how much Xcel energy will have to pay for electricity generated by community solar gardens, E&E reports.

Project delays hit FirstSolar profits


Profits for solar panel maker First Solar sank to $4.5 million in the second quarter, but CEO Jim Hughes noted in a conference call that the company’s results are affected by getting big payments unevenly and he stood by its full-year profit projections, Bloomberg reports.

CSIS forum, "Solar Energy: Adoption and Marketability."

Washington, August 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Center for Strategic and International Studies forum, "Solar Energy: Adoption and Marketability." Energy Department official Elaine Ulrich among speakers.

Mass. lawmakers give up on solar overhaul, lift cap instead

State House News Service

A measure approved by the House in Massachusetts Thursday would increase the cap on solar production to up to 5 percent of a utility’s total generation, as well as create a task force to study net metering, but the measure is a far cry from the comprehensive overhaul of the system that some had hoped for, State House News Service reports.

2nd round of bidding to come in Mass. solar REC auction


Offers outnumbered bids in the first round of the Massachusetts auction of solar renewable energy certificates this year, so the results were scrapped, the terms will be changed and a second round of bidding will be held, Platts reports.

Utah residents fighting solar panel surcharge

Deseret News

Renewable energy advocates attending a public meeting Wednesday asked the Utah Public Service Commission to reject an application from Rocky Mountain Power to charge customers with solar panels an extra fee, the Deseret News reports.

Hearings set for 2nd BrightSource plant

The Press-Enterprise

Thousands of pages of documents have been filed with the California Energy Commission in advance of three days of hearing set to discuss the pros and cons of the second solar energy plant BrightSource is seeking to construct in the southern desert, The Press-Enterprise reports.

TerraForm Power raises $500M from IPO

The New York Times

TerraForm Power, a solar-plant-operating subsidiary of SunEdison, raised $500 million in an initial public offering, marking another step in SunEdison's successful turnaround from struggles two years ago, The New York Times reports.


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