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Articles About Solar Legislation

Below you’ll find a listing of pieces we’ve written about laws related to solar power.

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Judging State Renewable Portfolio Standards

Gettin’ Judgy Wit It As part of the recently-published 2015 State Solar Power Rankings, the Solar Power Rocks team performed a review of all state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) laws. An RPS basically requires a certain percentage of a state’s energy production come from renewable sources by a specific date in the future. A great […]

Last modified: November 9, 2016

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Solar on the White House and What it Means for You

Well,  perhaps you’ve heard that the White House will finally have solar panels on its roof again in the Spring of 2011. Hooray!  Or not…. As usual, the enemies of solar, fossil fuel companies and Fox News their lobbyists, are saying that this is a waste of tax payer dollars and that the solar panels aren’t […]

Last modified: October 9, 2010

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Re-hashing the 2010 Solar Incentive Report Card: Blue States and Red States

The chart above is the same solar incentive report card we produced in part 4 of our 2010 report, albeit with one difference: blue and red states. My main impulse was not to rustle a regional divide between people in our country, yet instead to highlight differences in legislative policy and priorities. I was curious […]

Last modified: February 17, 2017

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Pennsylvania Passes $100 Million Sunshine Bill!

Gov. Rendell Praising the Sun (image courtesy Great news for Pennsylvanians, and thanks to Gov. Ed Rendell and the full support of the Pennsylvania solar community to get this important legislation unanimously passed.  For more details, check out our Pennsylvania page, updated today!

Last modified: April 23, 2009

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The Obama Factor: What his administration may spell out for solar energy

We have a new president.  What’s that going to mean for the solar industry? Time will tell, but all signs point to “awesome.” For starters, the skids were greased before inauguration day. The surprising extension of the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar energy appended to the financial bailout bill was slated to disappear, […]

Last modified: January 25, 2009

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How Oil and Coal Contributions Affect the Way Our Senators Vote on Renewable Energy

On July 30th, 2008, for the eighth time, legislators failed to extend renewable energy federal investment tax credits. Senate bill S. 3335 would extend the 30% business tax credit for installing solar energy systems through 2017. The bill also raises the homeowner tax credit cap from $2,000 to $4,000. You’d really think this would be […]

Last modified: December 30, 2014

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Turning back the clock on energy policy. Remember Jimmy Carter?

In a news conference early this week in a gloomy Rose Garden, President Bush argued the main reason gasoline prices were so high was a lack of domestic oil production. While his silly assertion was widely disputed by reputable sources on NPR, his claim got me to thinking, “what exactly was his stance on energy […]

Last modified: December 29, 2016

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San Francisco Solar Incentive Program Approved by Board of Supervisors 6-3

From Alissa Pines and Wade Crowfoot at (I’m not sure which of the two actually wrote it, they both sent the same email): “I wanted to give you a brief (very positive) update on the solar incentive program that Mayor Newsom and Assessor Ting have championed. It was approved at first reading by the […]

Last modified: February 29, 2008

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Renewable Energy Bill Passes House Funding will be an Issue for the Senate Thousands of solar citizens sent messages to their U.S. representatives in the last few days to urge support for the House bill that would create tax credits for renewable energy.Here’s what happened: A few minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed […]

Last modified: February 27, 2008

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