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Google joins with SunPower on $250M leasing plan

Source: 
Bloomberg

A $250 million program announced by SunPower and Google will support financing of residential solar systems, Bloomberg reports.

Largest solar farm on Superfund site goes online

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.

The 43-acre Maywood Solar Farm went online last month, with more than 36,000 solar panels feeding 8 megawatts of electricity into Indianapolis Power & Light's power grid.

The solar farm is the largest built to date on a Superfund site, said Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Francisco Arcaute. The next largest is a 40-acre, 6-megawatt solar farm near Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Abound Solar.

DOE backed Abound Solar after raising taxpayer support, IG finds

The Energy Department in 2010 approved a $400 million stimulus-backed green energy loan to bankrupt Abound Solar despite lowering its estimate of the company's ability to repay the government, the department's internal watchdog reported on Thursday.

Notably, the department failed to inform its Credit Review Board of the reduced rating after the board recommended approval of the loan, according to an audit report issued by Ricky R. Haas, Deputy Inspector General for Audits and Inspections General.

At solar summit, WH announces $15 million for projects

Source: 
The Hill

A solar summit at the White House, headlined by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior advisor John Podesta, brought an announcement of $15 million set aside for state, local and tribal authorities to use to develop solar and other projects that could help the fight against climate change, The Hill reports.

Threatened with NYSE delisting, LDK Solar gets June hearing

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Debt-ridden solar wafer maker LDK Solar Co., which is based in China, says it has a June hearing to argue against delisting by the New York Stock Exchange, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Expected Calif. PUC ruling to put SolarCity back into energy storage

Source: 
Bloomberg

On expectations that the California Public Utilities Commission will adopt its proposed decision barring utilities from charging fees to connect solar systems that use battery storage, SolarCity anticipates returning to file applications to connect the systems in the state, Bloomberg reports.

Increased solar demand pushing rise in clean energy investment

Source: 
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Clean energy investment is on the rise again after two years of declines, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimates new money coming into the sector increased by more than $4 billion, or 9 percent, in the first quarter, led by demand for rooftop solar panels.

Maine Senate sustains veto of solar rebate bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate failed to muster enough support Wednesday to revive a bill that would have restored a program that provides rebates for residents and businesses who install solar panels.

Despite strong support in the Democratic-led House earlier this week, the effort to overturn Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority support it needed in the Senate, killing the bill as lawmakers make their way through the final days of the legislative session.

SAIS forum on Community Solar Power

Washington, April 16, 2014, 4:30 pm

SAIS hosts forum on Community Solar Power. Speakers include Energy Department Sunshot fellow Anna Brockway.

Maine House overrides veto of solar rebate bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's House of Representatives has voted to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill restoring a rebate program for solar panels.

The Democratic-led House voted 105-41 to override the Republican governor's veto of the bill that would provide $1 million for the program that would last more than two years. It now goes to the Senate.

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