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Arizona, Hawaii lead the U.S. in per-capita solar

A new report by Environment America looks at the top 10 U.S. states for solar electric installations, and finds that while California’s installed solar capacity is impressive, other states have greater densities.

A complex market: An interview with Dr. Rodrigo Sauaia of ABSolar on Brazil's PV market

Dr. Rodrigo Sauaia serves as executive director of ABSolar, the Brazilian Solar Industry Association. The following interview was conducted at the Intersolar South America trade show, and addresses the barriers and promise of Brazil’s solar market.

US lowers anti-dumping tariffs on Taiwanese solar cells, modules

Citing a “ministerial error”, the U.S. Department of Commerce has cut in half duty levels for solar products made in Taiwan by Motech, and has reduced tariff levels for most other Taiwanese solar PV makers as well.

Chile's Bachelet administration touts progress in the solar sector

The Bachelet government has announced a large number of land concessions and modest policies to encourage distributed generation. However, much of the progress in Chile has been without government support, and the current administration has a lot of work to do to improve policies.

Mexican energy reforms to benefit solar

Sweeping energy reforms signed into law this week include multiple changes to the electricity sector, many of which favor solar and other renewable energies.

PACE returns: 17 counties launch clean energy funding programs in California

Enabled by legislation at the state level, counties across California have launched property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. This represents a revival for PACE, a promising mechanism for property owners to finance solar systems and energy efficiency improvements, and the program administrator expects CaliforniaFirst to support US$250 million in solar PV systems in 2015.

SEIA sets the record straight on Germany's solar success

The U.S. solar trade organization has released a report on Germany’s experience with policies to support solar PV, finding that the nation’s widely misunderstood system of feed-in tariffs has been highly successful in deploying large amounts of solar PV and decarbonizing its electricity sector.

Redesign of Massachusetts' incentive system dies in legislature, net metering caps raised slightly

Landmark legislation to move Massachusetts’ solar incentives from SRECs to declining block grants did not make it out of committee. However, caps on the volume of solar PV able to participate in net metering were marginally increased, making room for more systems.

Arizona Public Service unveils plans to install 20 MW of solar PV on customer rooftops

The move by the Arizona utility would replace a utility-scale solar PV plant that it planned to build. APS’ rooftop solar plans are in sharp contrast to its attacks on net-metered solar, and the move has been questioned by SEIA.

SolarCity, Sunrun to sue Arizona over taxes on third-party solar

Third-party-owned solar companies are fighting back against the second additional cost that the government of Arizona has imposed on distributed solar PV in two years.

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