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Jan 16

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NoVA Fire Code Setbacks Matter Resolved

MDV-SEIA was informed of a firecode setback issue in Arlington and responded quickly with the letter we previously secured from the Dept of Housing and Community Development, and the matter has been resolved. Arlington County Building Enforcement will not enforce the 2012 Fire Code clause dictating solar PV systems incorporate a ...

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Oct 15

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Baltimore County Takes Steps to Become More Solar Business Friendly

Yesterday evening, Baltimore County Council voted to approve technical changes to its rules regarding solar panels. These changes will enable rooftop solar for many homeowners. In a letter dated September 26th, 2015 from MDV-SEIA’s Executive Director Dana Sleeper and nearly 30 local companies, the industry urged Councilmembers ...

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Oct 15

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Dominion Virginia Power Looks to Competitive Market

Dominion Virginia Power announced the results of the first round of its solar Request for Proposal (RFP) process on October 1st, 2015. The RFP will result in 56 megawatts (MW) of additional solar capacity to Dominion’s portfolio through 2016 from three separate projects. According to its press release, Dominion will purchase these ...

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Aug 15

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Why Solar Companies are Flocking to Maryland – You Should Too

Maryland boasts impressive solar energy achievements including policy favoring solar, installed capacity, and employment growth in the sector. Maryland is ranked 13th in the country with a total installed capacity of 242 MW with 73 MW installed in 2014 alone1. The Maryland solar job sector grew about 29% between 2013 and 2014 ...

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Jul 15

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Virginia’s Competitive Solar Industry May Have Pried Open Some Market Access, But the Devil is in the Details

In the State Corporation Commission (SCC) hearing last Thursday, Francis Hodsoll on behalf of MDV-SEIA (the local solar association) testified to the benefits from competitive third-party solar. Mr. Hodsoll has 20 years’ experience in the energy industry including leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He ...

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Jul 15

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The District’s Community Solar Regulations: Model Legislation Improperly Implemented by the PSC

In case you haven’t noticed recently, community solar is popping up all over the U.S., and most recently has made an appearance in the District of Columbia and Maryland. While the draft regulations in Maryland are still being developed, the final regulations for DC’s Community Renewable Energy Act (CREA) were released in ...

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Jul 15

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Recent State Legislation Pushes for Increased Access to Solar Energy

Politicians and utilities, among other industry stakeholders, are increasingly seeing the benefits of solar energy to the longevity of our nation’s energy supply. There are a number of economic benefits, including low maintenance costs and tax credits, that continue to make this renewable energy source an attractive option. As a ...

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Mar 15

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MDV-SEIA’s DC Solar Lobby Day

  On Wednesday, March 4th, MDV-SEIA members met with Councilmembers and Staff to advocate for solar energy initiatives as part of DC Solar Lobby Day. The program kicked off with a luncheon, after which MDV-SEIA members and staff travelled to the Council’s offices in the Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. The delegation ...

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Feb 15

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Thank You for A Successful Maryland Lobby Day in Annapolis

Thank you for your support of Maryland Lobby Day held last week in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) in Annapolis. This event would not have been such a success without MCEC, and especially without all of our members who came out and completed meetings with legislators. We were able to discuss the […]

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Jan 15

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MDV-SEIA Partners with the Sierra Club and Interfaith Power & Light for its Second Solar Education Session in Virginia

Last Tuesday night, MDV-SEIA met with local community members at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington where Jon Hillis of Prospect Solar presented on the barriers to solar in the state of Virginia alongside Susan Stillman from the Sierra Club and representatives from Interfaith Power & Light. The goal of these meetings ...

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