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SEPA initiative starts today to crowdsource ideas for a utility with nothing predefined -- just a grid, customers, and a suite of power, plus a goal of creating a strong and vibrant solar and DER market.

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The U.S. and China reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. target is 26% below 2005 levels, while China plans to peak emissions before 2030.

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Small installers can buck the trend of basing cost-based pricing by providing excellent service and speedy delivery. This increases the value to customers, resulting in referrals.

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NREL partners with SolarCity and Hawaiian Electric to study the effects of high grid penetration. The preliminary results encouraged HECO to speed up the interconnection process in Hawaii.

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Utilitytips takes a look at potential rooftop solar production on Las Vegas casinos on the strip. MGM and Mandalay Bay has already installed a large array, and others could do the same.

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SEPA initiative starts today to crowdsource ideas for a utility with nothing predefined -- just a grid, customers, and a suite of power, plus a goal of creating a strong and vibrant solar and DER market.

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The Solar Power Rocks website releases its annual ranking of states' solar policies. It attempts to provide an apples-to-apples comparison to show which states are doing the most for solar.

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Utilitytips takes a look at potential rooftop solar production on Las Vegas casinos on the strip. MGM and Mandalay Bay has already installed a large array, and others could do the same.

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Small installers can buck the trend of basing cost-based pricing by providing excellent service and speedy delivery. This increases the value to customers, resulting in referrals.

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NRG Home Solar opens two new California offices in Merced and San Diego, adding to the NRG footprint in the state. The company plans to hire at least 100 employees for the two new locations.

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John Farell of ILSR discusses the clean energy partnership between the City of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities. Specifics are still needed, but many opportunities are present.

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Over the next few decades, the economic consequences of climate change will be severe. The solution is simple: stop adding sequestered carbon to the carbon cycle. Solar is part of that equation.

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John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance looks at how effective solar has been at various government locations, and questions why solar is not being installed more in cities.