Nearly three years after Connecticut enacted a landmark energy law, demand for solar installations is rising — not at the same pace of neighboring Massachusetts, but giving the industry here all the work it can handle for now.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Senate on Wednesday pulled the blinds on a bill that would have allowed homeowners to receive a rebate for installing solar panels by sustaining Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the measure.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The House of Representatives voted Monday to override a Gov. Paul LePage veto of a bill would fund a solar and heat pump rebate program by adding a 0.011 cents per kilowatt-hour tax on residential and commercial electric bills.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — After Doug Sabetti founded Newport Solar in 2009, his business grew fast. Helped by a state tax credit that lowered the cost of renewable energy systems for homeowners, he got so much work installing solar panels that he had to hire two workers
PORTLAND, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. says it needs to change a rate structure that no longer reflects its costs for delivering electricity. But some of the utility’s largest customers have countered that the proposed rate structure change would penalize them for generating their own power, using solar panels or other technologies.
Manchester – Eugene DeJoannis stood behind his house one recent sunny morning and explained why it should be the perfect candidate for a solar electric system: “It has a nice, south-facing roof. It’s a simple roof. It has no obstructions on it.” There’s one problem.
Town Councilor John Richardson’s plan to install solar panels on municipal buildings could hit a snag if the Public Utilities Commission approves a proposed rate case from Central Maine Power. The rate case contains a large increase on the standby charge billed to customers who produce their own power while still connected to the CMP grid
The legislation to bring back the credit was introduced by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero. This is the third year that the Jamestown Democrat has sponsored a bill to put it back in place. Last year and in 2012, the bill failed to make it out of committee.