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Vol. 16 No. 8

Note from the Editor


Opening the Roof for Affordable Solar 


The high upfront cost of solar has always been a barrier to participation for many who would otherwise welcome the chance to green their energy supply.  So has a lack of roof ownership for renters.  These factors, along with other barriers have given solar somewhat of a reputation - that it's really only a feasible option for the wealthier homeowner.  Many organizations, including IREC, are working to change this by offering solutions to break through these economic barriers.


After all, renewable energy could theoretically be viewed as a great equalizer. Like many energy efficiency programs, solar can be an excellent way to reduce long-term energy costs.  But it also goes a step further by providing a hedge against rising energy prices, which often represent a disproportionately large line item on low-income budgets.


State News in Detail 


Northeast States      


New Hampshire enacts group net metering legislation


New York expands solar goals under NY-Sun initiative


Vermont's 4% net metering cap generates legal debate


Mid-Atlantic States     


New Jersey study finds major health benefits in distributed solar


Midwestern States  


Wisconsin utility seeks more restrictive net metering policy


Southern States        


Georgia PSC expands solar energy portfolio


Western States          


Renewable-power producers take PSC complaints to FERC


Nevada PUC seeks comments on net metering cost/benefit analysis


Washington UTC issues final interconnection order


Other States     


Hawaii's renewable energy efforts paying off



Miscellaneous News


NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar



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