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Solar Focus 2017 Award Winners

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Nov 17

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Solar Focus 2017 Award Winners

2017 proved to be another great year for solar, thanks in large part to the businesses and professionals who continue to lead the industry through example. At Solar Focus, we honor some of the standouts of the Mid-Atlantic solar community across six categories. Here are this year’s winners: Mark Rubin, Solar Champion ...

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Aug 17

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Solar Industry Stands Strong in Face of Trade Appeal

Yesterday, MDV-SEIA joined hundreds of men and women in the solar industry at the International Trade Commission for the hearing of SolarWorld and Suniva’s trade petition. Three overflow rooms were used to accommodate what ITC staff referred to as “the most people we have ever seen” during the nearly 12 hour hearing. The Solar ...

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Jul 17

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MDV-SEIA Executive Director Testifies on Proposed D.C. Green Bank Legislation

On Friday, July 14th, MDV-SEIA’s Executive Director, David Murray testified before the Transportation and Environment Committee of the D.C. City Council on the proposed Green Bank legislation (B22-0257). In his testimony, Murray emphasized to Chairperson Mary Cheh that the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) should ...

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May 17

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Governor McAuliffe signs Virginia Energy Bills

MDV-SEIA is excited to announce that the Virginia solar industry scored a huge win as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 clean energy and energy efficiency bills into law earlier today. Among the signed legislation are  SB 1393, SB 1394/HB2303, and SB 1395, bills which MDV-SEIA supported through the collaborative effort ...

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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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