By Tina Casey
Originally published on CleanTechnica
A legal ruling in Iowa has implications for the entire U.S. rooftop solar market. By clarifying the regulatory standing of non-utility solar installers, the affirmation of third-party PPAs provides much-needed market certainty for states that don’t currently provide a firm footing for non-utility solar installations.
By John Farrell
Originally published on The Institute for Local Self-Reliance
While solar leasing enables many to go solar who could not otherwise, it means giving up a big share of the profits of going solar. It may also mean more expensive solar for society as a whole, which is why new options for ownership are good news.
Solar advocates herald a win for solar in Maine as a surcharge for solar customers is dropped from a utility proposal. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to deliberate on the proposal later this month.
The HERO-branded PACE program continues spreading throughout California. The HERO program lets homeowners and commercial property owners pay off solar installations and other energy-efficiency improvements through their property tax bill.
NRG Home Solar expands into Connecticut, bringing not only more solar but also more jobs to the state. Is this another sign that solar is on the rise in Connecticut?
Spice Solar introduces its new Built-In Racking solar modules and mounting components, which let installers directly attach modules to the roof. The company says the solution uses half the parts and takes half as much time to install, making a good dent in soft costs.
Mosaic and Enphase announce a new partnership to offer the first home solar loan that’s packaged with O&M services. This provides a crucial piece of the puzzle to bringing solar loans closer to securitization, and to making them more attractive to many homeowners.
Astrum Solar and Hudson Clean Energy announce a partnership to provide $100 million in financing for residential solar. The funds will allow Astrum to accelerate its expansion across the U.S.
Just in time for the 4th of July, American Solar Direct installs a free solar system for a Southern California veteran. The veteran, seriously injured in Afghanistan, will benefit from electricity savings as he works toward an independent lifestyle.
RGS Energy enters into an agreement to raise $7 million for residential leasing and working capital. Meanwhile, the company’s subsidiary Sunetric continues winning awards.
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