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Virginia: What to Expect in 2017

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Mar 17

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Virginia: What to Expect in 2017

In recent years, most solar-friendly bills introduced in the Commonwealth of Virginia have not reached the finish line. The Commonwealth has some catching up to do in comparison to neighboring states who have made significant progress in solar development. According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q4 report, North Carolina ranks 2nd ...

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Apr 16

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The Renewable Portfolio Standard: What is it?

By: Nikolas Michael A Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a policy that is designed to increase the amount of energy utilities provide from renewable sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass. Most states have either a mandatory or voluntary RPS; Maryland and DC have a mandatory RPS while Virginia’s is voluntary and ...

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Mar 16

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Solar can empower us- if we just let it

By: Nikolas Michael, Solar Fellow One of the great advantages solar power has is that it is decentralized. This characteristic is one reason why solar is so competitive: there is no need to build giant power plants owned by huge utilities, your home can be a power plant. We see this all the time, people […]

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Mar 16

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DC Interconnection; Order No. 18113

The PSC has issued order No. 18113 in response to concerns raised during the July 21st, 2015 hearing MDV-SEIA and others testified in regarding delays, billing errors, etc. Based on input from the hearing, the Commission’s conclusions were that several changes need to be made to interconnection processes: The reports and the ...

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Feb 16

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Baltimore County Electrical Inspection Changes

1.      Effective March 1, 2016 Baltimore County Electrical Inspections will suspend the requirement for PV Solar Rough Wire inspections until further notice. If you would like to meet with the inspector prior to Final inspection you may schedule an ‘Information’ inspection (#213). 2.      Final inspections are required ...

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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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