Saturday, December 20, 2014

Xcel gets 427 solar garden applications in Minnesota | Star Tribune

In the week since opening Minnesota's door to community solar ­gardens, Xcel Energy Inc. said Friday that 427 applications have arrived from energy developers, a much bigger response than anticipated.

The Minneapolis-based company said the applications propose a total of 420 megawatts of solar output, or the equivalent of a sizable power plant. A megawatt is 1 million watts.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Press Release: Advocates Applaud NY PSC Progress on Community Shared Solar | Vote Solar

Albany, NY – Dec 12, 2014 – Organizations representing community, social justice, business, and environmental interests today joined together to applaud progress toward expanding clean energy access to more New Yorkers. At its regularly scheduled meeting yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission announced plans to advance Community Shared Renewables, an innovative concept that could enable renters and millions of other New York energy consumers to go solar for the first time.

The Commission will engage in a consultative process to assess New York's Shared Renewables potential and program design. Solar advocates are celebrating the Commission's interest in Shared Renewables and are urging the Commission and other policymakers to act quickly to unleash the many economic, environmental and public health benefits of expanded solar access.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Colorado PUC rejects Xcel Solar Connect plan over competition concerns | Denver Post

Xcel Energy's bid to create a premium solar energy program — potentially in competition with solar installers — was rejected Monday by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Under the proposed Solar Connect program, customers would pay Xcel, the state's largest electricity provider, a premium on their bills to support solar projects.

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