Forget Tax Credits. These Two Federal Policy Changes Are a More Immediate Threat to Solar
The solar industry should be closely watching what's happening at FERC and the Federal Reserve. When Donald Trump won the presidential election in November, some in the solar industry worried they might become a political target. Eliminating federal tax credits or stripping funding for Department of Energy's renewables programs are one option. But the government can undermine solar in more subtle ways. And some negative policy changes impacting solar may already be underway.  More

FPL Accelerates Plans To Add Solar Power
Many experts contend that solar energy is the future of consumer power in the United States. Florida's largest electric utility intends to double its solar-energy plans for the coming year, leading solar proponents to praise the announcement - and say they would like to see more. A month after outlining plans to build four solar plants this year, Florida Power & Light on Monday said it will put up eight such facilities by early 2018.  More

The Wild and (Potentially) Wonderful World of Solar Fuels -  And Why Bill Gates is so Interested in the Tech
The first step in understanding solar fuels -- fuels generated directly from sunlight -- is to forget what you know about how energy is generated and installed, according to Caltech Chemistry Professor Nathan Lewis, who's been leading research on the subject at the university for a decade and working on the science for some 40 years. "It's not going to look like anything that's been developed or deployed in any functional form" yet, he said.  More

Renewable Energy Mandate Proves Effective in Michigan
State renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which require regulated utilities to procure a certain amount of clean energy, have been a major driver of renewables development across the U.S. Highlighting that success, a new report from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) finds that all of Michigan's electric providers met or exceeded the state's 10% RPS in 2015. Granted, wind energy eclipses solar as a major part of the state's power supply, but it is clear that the policy has led to cheaper and cleaner energy in Michigan, overall - and that's a great thing! More


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