As other parts of the country get attention for solar energy developments, some Midwestern states add more solar installations of their own. This look at the "I states" shows the Midwest is not to be discounted when it comes to solar.
By Joy Hughes
Originally published on the Solar Gardens Institute blog
Kehilla Community Synagogue goes solar as part of their commitment to protecting the Earth. The installation was crowd-funded through RE-volv, a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit. Electricity payments from the installation will support three future community solar projects.
A new guide to commercialization of energy storage in the U.S. gets into details of what it will take to bring storage technologies to market. This effort will be crucial in moving solar energy forward on a broad scale.
T.U.S.K. (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed) warns of a new attempt by Arizona Public Service to set back rooftop solar in the state. The utility is trying to convince Arizona lawmakers to make permanent a new property tax on the 80% of solar customers who lease their systems.
Xcel Energy submits a plan to add up to 150 MW of large-scale solar resources in its Upper Midwest service territory by the end of 2016. Minnesota legislation requires investor-owned utilities to acquire 1.5% of retail electricity sales from solar energy by 2020. Xcel is proposing that a significant portion of Minnesota’s solar standard be met through large-scale projects, which it says are more efficient and less expensive than rooftop solar and smaller distributed systems.
SolarCity announces reallocation of overhead expenses from leased systems to system sales, affecting its 2013 and 2012 GAAP financial statements. CEO Lyndon Rive emphasized that the company continues to experience record bookings.
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