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SEIA President Testifies Before U.S. House Energy Committee
by SI Staff on 04 Mar 2011
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), delivered testimony before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade at a hearing [read more]
Italy Announces Feed-In Tariff Reductions, But No Solar Market Cap
by SI Staff on 03 Mar 2011
Representatives from Italy's Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Economic Development have reached an agreement with Gruppo Imprese Fotovoltaiche Italiane (GIFI), the country's PV industry association, to adjust [read more]
California Senate Passes Bill That Would Require More Renewable Energy
by SI Staff on 01 Mar 2011
The California Senate has passed legislation that would require private and public utilities to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. S.B.2X would raise the renewable [read more]
U.S. Senate Introduces Controversial Transmission Cost-Allocation Legislation
by Michael Bates on 21 Feb 2011
A group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation that adds a new voice to the ongoing dialogue among the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other stakeholders related to transmission [read more]
Energy Committee Investigating Solyndra's Loan Guarantee
by SI Staff on 18 Feb 2011
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., has sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu and other government officials requesting an investigation into the [read more]
Budget Season Begins: Will Renewable Energy
Get The Ax?
by Jessica Lillian on 17 Feb 2011
[Update: The House Appropriations Committee's continuing resolution that would strip funding from the Department of Energy's loan-guarantee program (see below for specifics) has since passed the House.]President Obama's proposed fiscal-year [read more]
Iowa Democrats Unveil $10 Million Funding Plan For Solar, Small Wind
by SI Staff on 11 Feb 2011 email the content item print the content item
Iowa Senate Democrats have unveiled a proposal to grow Iowa's solar and small-wind industries. The state will provide a total $10 million in consumer rebates to jump-start the solar and [read more]
DOI Introduces New Initiatives For RE Development On Public Lands
by SI Staff on 10 Feb 2011 email the content item print the content item
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar has announced a number of initiatives designed to encourage rapid and responsible development of renewable energy projects on public lands. The [read more]
U.K. To Investigate 'Solar Farm Threat' To FIT Program
by SI Staff on 07 Feb 2011
U.K. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has launched a comprehensive review of the country's feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme due to what the agency says is evidence that large-scale solar farms could take [read more]
DOE's SunShot Initiative Targets Cost-Competitive Solar Power By 2020
by SI Staff on 07 Feb 2011
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has introduced the Department of Energy's (DOE) SunShot initiative, which aims to reduce the total costs of photovoltaic solar energy systems by about 75% so [read more]
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