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.

LA tops list of solar-producing US cities


Los Angeles, generating 132 megawatts, tops the list of 57 major U.S. cities producing solar power, according to a study released by Environment California Research and Policy Center, which found that San Diego came in second, public radio KPCC reports.

Hawaiian Electric wins renewable energy grant

HONOLULU (AP) — A team led by Hawaiian Electric has won a $500,000 federal grant to develop ways for utilities to manage increased amounts of solar power and other renewable energy on their electric grids.

The team includes the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and several companies, like Siemens and Alstom which are both leading providers of energy management systems. Honolulu-based Referentia Systems is providing secure information technology and data analytic capabilities.

Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

PAYERNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car.

The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version of the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago.

The original plane demonstrated that a solar-powered plane can fly through the night, hop from Europe to Africa and cross the width of the United States.

Ariz. budget passed, lawmakers OK renewables tax credit for Apple

PHOENIX (AP) — Just a day after adopting a $9.23 billion state budget, the Arizona House and Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a pair of tax cuts for manufacturers, including one that would give a multi-million-dollar tax credit to the world's biggest corporation to install and run a solar facility.

The Legislature approved Senate Bill 1413, pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer, eliminating sales taxes on electricity purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters. It is expected to cost the state general fund $17 million a year. Brewer called for the elimination of the tax in her State of the State address in January, saying it was needed to make Arizona more competitive and draw new manufacturing to the state.

Crowdfunding could bring big money into the rooftop solar industry


Crowdfunding could bankroll rooftop solar projects to the tune of $5 billion in the next five years, a top SolarCity manager told Bloomberg at an investment conference in New York.

Abengoa looks to raise $600M in U.S. IPO


Abengoa Yield, a subsidiary of the Spanish energy company Abengoa, announced that it plans to raise up to $600 million in its initial public offering for U.S. investors, Bloomberg reports, noting that the firm intends to list its shares on the Nasdaq.

Dominion acquires 6 solar power projects in Calif.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Resources says it has acquired six solar development projects in California from Recurrent Energy.

The Richmond, Va., energy provider said Tuesday that the sites are located in California's Fresno, Kern and Kings counties.

Construction began in the first quarter and the facilities are expected to be commercially operational in late 2014 or early 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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