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Category: Renewable Energy :: Solar
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Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels 17.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Lawmakers on Friday advanced a controversial bill to require, in most circumstances, homeowner associations (HOAs) to allow solar panels. The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to endorse SB154, and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Its sponsor, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, said the bill is a significant compromise from previous efforts, and gives HOAs more power to potentially ban solar panels. He said if an HOA already bans or restricts solar panels, those ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Rooftop solar tax credits will be phased-out under bill OK'd by House 14.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The House voted Monday to phase out tax credits for Utahns installing rooftop solar energy systems over the next four years. Representatives approved the policy change 60-14 and sent HB23 to the Senate. Currently, Utahns may seek tax credits of up to $2,000 for installing a residential solar system. The bill would limit that to $1,600 beginning in 2018, then ratchet down the amount yearly by $400 until it reaches zero by Dec. 31, 2021. That comes after runaway growth in solar installations in 20...
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Governors of red, blue states urge Trump to support clean energy 13.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
A group of governors from both ends of the political spectrum are urging President Donald Trump to support renewable energy, saying the wind and solar industries are crucial economic engines for impoverished rural regions.
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Solar jobs in Utah growing twice as fast as rest of nation, report says 9.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
An unprecedented solar boom has been good to Utah businesses — the state’s solar industry grew at more than twice the national rate in 2016, according to a new report. Utah solar companies added more than 1,700 new jobs last year, according to the nonprofit Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census — a nearly 65 percent increase over 2015. Nationwide, solar companies grew by an average of 25 percent. Andrea Luecke, the Washington, D.C.-based foundation’s president and executive director, said...
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Solar jobs growing rapidly in Utah, report says 8.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
An unprecedented solar boom has been good to Utah businesses — the state’s solar industry grew at more than twice the national rate in 2016, according to a new report. Utah solar companies added more than 1,700 new jobs last year, according to the nonprofit Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census — a nearly 65 percent increase over 2015. Nationwide, solar companies grew by an average of 25 percent. Andrea Luecke, the Washington, D.C.-based foundation’s president and executive director, said...
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Utah now ranks 14th nationally in solar industry jobs 8.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A renewable energy group says the state of Utah now has more than 4,400 jobs in the solar industry. The Solar Foundation says that ranks 14th in the country and seventh nationwide on a per capita basis. The group said in its seventh annual National Solar Jobs Census released this week Utah added 1,729 solar industry jobs in 2016. That’s a 65 percent increase from the previous year. Solar Foundation President Andrea Luecke says all but six states reported an increase last year. Nationally, solar ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Hit-and-run driver hits transformer, knocks out power to two DIA hangers 7.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
A suspected hit-and-run driver is in custody Tuesday morning after hitting a power transformer outside Denver International Airport and fleeing the scene, Denver Police said.
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Colorado ranks 10th in U.S. for solar jobs 7.2.2017 Denver Post: Business
The number of Coloradans employed in the solar energy industry increased by 20 percent from 2015 to 2016, and the state ranked 10th in the nation for the total number of solar jobs and 12th for its per capita concentration of solar industry jobs, according to the National Solar Jobs Census.
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Utah solar industry gives up fight over tax credit for rooftop installs 3.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
State lawmakers and officials from Utah’s solar industry have reached an agreement for phasing out tax credits for residents installing rooftop arrays, partly by increasing those incentives while they are still available. Many said they have mixed feelings about the compromise to eliminate the tax breaks by 2021, which emerged this week on Capitol Hill and is now headed to a House floor debate. In light of runaway growth in solar installations in 2016 that threatens to drain up to $60 million fr...
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Solar industry drops fight over tax credit 3.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
State lawmakers and officials from Utah’s solar industry have reached an agreement for phasing out tax credits for residents installing rooftop arrays, partly by increasing those incentives while they are still available. Many said they have mixed feelings about the compromise to eliminate the tax breaks by 2021, which emerged this week on Capitol Hill and is now headed to a House floor debate. In light of runaway growth in solar installations in 2016 that threatens to drain up to $60 million fr...
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Noah Smith: The dream of cheap, clean nuclear power is over 1.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
For much of my life, I loved the idea of nuclear power. The science was so cool, futuristic and complicated, the power plants so vast and majestic. I devoured science-fiction novels like “Lucifer’s Hammer,” where a plucky nuclear entrepreneur restarts civilization after a comet almost wipes us out. I thought of accidents like Three Mile Island and even Chernobyl as stumbling blocks to a nuclear future. Then, in 2011, two things happened. First, a tsunami knocked out the nuclear reactor at Fukush... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Wyoming proposal would require utilities to use fossil fuels 26.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cheyenne, Wyo. • A group of Wyoming lawmakers is bucking the U.S. trend of stricter renewable energy requirements with a plan to do the opposite: Fine utilities if they provide energy produced by wind or the sun. Blustery Wyoming ranks among the top states for wind-energy potential, but the coal, oil and natural gas industries are the backbone of the state’s economy. With a $360 million budget shortfall in public education caused by downturns in those industries and corresponding state revenue d...
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Wyoming proposal: Make utilities use fossil fuels 26.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cheyenne, Wyo. • A group of Wyoming lawmakers is bucking the U.S. trend of stricter renewable energy requirements with a plan to do the opposite: Fine utilities if they provide energy produced by wind or the sun. Blustery Wyoming ranks among the top states for wind-energy potential, but the coal, oil and natural gas industries are the backbone of the state’s economy. With a $360 million budget shortfall in public education caused by downturns in those industries and corresponding state revenue d...
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Industrial solar shortcomings 23.1.2017 Current Issue
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Perry regrets call to eliminate Energy agency 19.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the Energy Department and insisted that the federal agency performs a critical function. Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the department, told a Senate committee that if confirmed, he will be a passionate advocate for the department’s core missions and will seek to draw “greater attention to the vital role played by the agency.” In remarks for his confirmation hearing, P...
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Lafayette to vote on anti-fracking ordinance that would legalize non-violent protests 16.1.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Lafayette city leaders will vote Tuesday on an anti-fracking ordinance aimed at hobbling oil and gas development within the town by sanctioning acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protest.
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Hairbrushes, umbrellas, scarves and other things with internet connections we found at CES 2017 16.1.2017 Denver Post: Business
Some of these gadgets, if they ever make it to mainstream, could become life changing, even if they seem a little silly now.
Solar company accused of scamming 15 Colorado consumers of $450,000 14.1.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
A judge granted Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman a preliminary injunction against Lakewood-based Guaranteed Solar for allegedly selling customers solar energy systems that never materialized, scamming 15 Coloradans of $450,000.
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Clouds part for commercial solar in Wyoming, top coal state 14.1.2017 Denver Post: Business
Planning has begun for first the major commercial solar energy project in Wyoming, where almost 90 percent of electricity generation comes from burning coal.
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Letter: De we really value clean air? 9.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The densely populated Wasatch Front has physical space limitations. That is why we need widespread adoption of distributed power generation with rooftop solar to clean up our air. The best way to maximize solar production here is on top of existing buildings because we don’t have enough real estate for huge solar farms where it is needed the most. However, there is room in our canyons to install wind farms. Everyone already pays a connection fee each month to help maintain the grid. Incentivizin...
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