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New Hampshire developers plan to build solar array in Maine

Mar. 11, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire development company plans to use 20-acres of a Maine hayfield for a solar array that could power about 1,440 homes. The 5-megawatt solar farm proposed by SunRaise Investments is the product of legislation from 2019 aimed at increasing the state's solar energy...

Lawmakers OK bill to bring solar to low-income communities

Mar. 6, 2020 5:14 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a bill that aims to increase access to renewable energy for lower-income communities. House Bill 573, introduced by Del. Mark Keam, D-Fairfax, amends an existing solar development pilot program that requires utility companies to invest in renewable energy. ...

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Correction: Virginia-Renewable Energy story

Mar. 6, 2020 3:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story March 5, 2020, about energy legislation, The Associated Press erroneously reported state regulators' estimate of rate increases associated with the newly approved bill. The State Corporation Commission has predicted the bill would result in a monthly minimum increase for the...

Part of city park might soon hold thousands of solar panels

Mar. 5, 2020 10:23 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A plan developed by MidAmerican Energy and Iowa City calls for using a portion of a city park for MidAmerican's first solar energy project. The Iowa City Council has scheduled a public hearing March 24 on leasing nearly 19 acres (7.7 hectares) at Waterworks Prairie Park to...

This Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 photo shows solar panels that were installed through a program called PACE, on Julnor Jean's home in Miami Shores, Fla. While it allows people to make improvements regardless of income, which Jean had little of, it can also leave homeowners in a big financial hole. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)

Controversial program to make homes green is exploding

Mar. 1, 2020 3:01 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A decade ago, if a Floridian wanted extra cash to replace a roof, install solar panels or a brand new air conditioner, the most common choice was a bank loan. But for the last few years, homeowners also have had a controversial new option. Called the Property Assessed Clean Energy program or...

Senate panel alters bill that would slow coal plant closures

Feb. 28, 2020 1:05 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel has passed a stripped-down version of a bill consumer and environmental groups have argued could stifle growth in renewable energy such as wind and solar power by making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close more coal-fired power plants. The...

Montana Supreme Court hears arguments over solar power cost

Feb. 26, 2020 6:46 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over how the Public Service Commission should set the rates that NorthWestern Energy has to pay for power it's required to buy from small solar projects. The commission set rates in 2017 that would-be developers said would hurt the...

Project doubling Indiana Michigan Power's solar generation

Feb. 23, 2020 9:51 AM EST

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Construction is expected to start this spring on a project more than doubling Indiana Michigan Power’s electricity production from solar energy sources. The Fort Wayne-based company has won approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for the solar farm planned for...

Basin Electric has solar purchase agreement with Geronimo

Feb. 19, 2020 8:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A power cooperative based in Bismarck plans to buy solar generation on a large scale for the first time. Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced a power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy, which is the developer of the Wild Spring Solar Project. The farm with a capacity of...

Solar energy facility set to be built in north Mississippi

Feb. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A renewable energy company will build a 200-megawatt solar facility in northeast Mississippi, under a contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA awarded the contract to Florida-based Origis Energy, the Commercial Dispatch reported. Johan Vanhee, chief commercial and...