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The zoning board of appeals in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has given a commercial solar array the green light. 

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vermont Regional Test Center for Solar Technology is one of five in the country and the only one in the North.  Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders toured the site this morning.

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In the wake of devastating hurricanes and other extreme weather in the past several weeks, more than 60 organizations signed a letter calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to move New York to 100 percent clean, renewable energy as soon as possible. 

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A U.S. trade panel has found that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to U.S. solar manufacturers. The unanimous vote Friday by the International Trade Commission sets up the possibility that the Trump administration will impose tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad.

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Ground-mounted solar arrays take up a lot of space, and the ground around them is often wasted.  An initiative in Vermont seeks to change that and use the land to help the ecosystem.

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The solar industry is monitoring a pending decision in Washington that some believe could dim the momentum of the industry. Vermont businesses are watching closely.

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A manufacturing business in Schenectady County is celebrating a new $1.9 million rooftop solar project. Meanwhile, New York state leaders used the occasion to mark the launch of a new program aimed at getting more businesses to embrace solar power.

Burlington, Vermont’s electric utility has announced a new program it hopes will make it easier for customers to install solar systems.

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After six months of negotiations, Eversource has backed out of a plan to build a solar array in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. 

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Westchester County has entered into a partnership with a consortium of local governments that facilitates green initiatives including solarizing campaigns. County Executive Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday at a residence in Peekskill.

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The Lyndon Select Board in Vermont has voted to enter into a 20-year contract allowing the town to draw energy from a new solar installation to be constructed along U.S. Route 5.

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Vermont's new Republican governor says he is sticking with his Democratic predecessor's goal of getting 90 percent of the energy needed in the state from renewable sources by 2050.

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Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries have partnered on a new solar project that will help power the technology company and provide data to the Sandia National Laboratory.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced the completion of a solar project installation at a VA medical center in Westchester County.

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In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy.  Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules.  The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.

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An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.

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The Halfmoon Community Solar Project, expected to be completed by late summer, will feature more than 1,700 panels and will generate enough electricity to power about 103 average-sized homes.

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There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

Officials including Nelliston Mayor Douglas Bathrick, Monolith's Tim Carr, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and David Ziskin cut the ribbon at the solar array.
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This week, officials flipped the switch on a 200-kilowatt solar garden in Montgomery County. The array is expected to save a local district $10,000 in its first year.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 900 solar projects are underway through 26 community "Solarize" campaigns across New York, and another 31 community campaigns are set to begin this spring. 

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An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step — pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

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On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets program. The program at Fort Drum will begin on January 11th.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is launching a $30 million residential solar loan program to help continue the expansion of the renewable power source in Massachusetts.

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The Massachusetts legislature recessed formal sessions for the year earlier this week without renewing a solar power incentive program.  It leaves many solar power projects across the state in limbo.

The way Americans produce and consume energy is on the brink of a revolution. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance this year is poised to be a record breaking year for renewable energy and solar energy is at the center of this transformation. 

In his new book, Harness The Sun: America's Quest For A Solar-Powered Future, ​renewable engery writer and speaker Philip Warberg, tells the story of solar energy's dramatic rise and the challenges facing its future.

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A ruling by the Internal Revenue Service over a Vermont man’s individual tax credit is raising hopes that it could promote group solar projects.

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A newly created 10-member Vermont panel meets for the first time later this month to work out issues related to siting of solar power projects.

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Renewable energy is taking center stage in New York, as the state forges ahead in its quest to develop and expand solar, wind and hydropower.

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The quest for cheaper energy on the consumer level trails back to the late 1970s, when solar appeared to be positioning to become a major player in power generation. Alternative power may get a boost from the advent of so-called "community grids.”

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With Charlie Baker to be sworn in as governor of Massachusetts in less than one month, community leaders are urging the Republican to expand solar power in the commonwealth.

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