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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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