Last week SolarPowerRocks issued its annual rankings of how easy states make it for people to go solar, Massachusetts regained the lead after falling in the previous rankings. Meanwhile renewable energy is getting a strong push in at least three states from entirely different sources, one state is seeing a big push from a utility, another from its governor and the third from advocates.
Every year SolarPowerRocks ranks each state based on how easy—or difficult—the state makes it for people to go solar on their homes. Last year New Jersey topped the this, but the Garden State fell to second as its incentive program nears fulfillment. But Massachusetts regained the top spot as it launched its newest solar incentive program SMART. The new incentive program as well as the new 3,200 megawatt solar carve out will provide stability to the solar industry in the state.
Massachusetts’ southern neighbor, Connecticut, is going big on clean energy as well. The state signed contracts in late December to get 45 percent of its electricity from renewable and nuclear sources. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D), said that the state, in signing the contracts was taking the actions to reduce dependence on fossil fuel and to reduce climate change. It will get a total of 11,658,080 megawatt hours from nine solar projects, an offshore wind farm and two nuclear facilities.
Way, way out west Hawaii’s largest utility, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) submitted a proposal to the state to add 1,048 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy storage and 262 more megawatts of solar power in an effort to reduce energy costs in the state and to reduce its use of fossil fuels further. The cheapest proposal would provide energy at 8 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to 15 cents per kWh for fossil fuel.
In South Carolina, a broad coalition of clean energy advocates are making a strong push to make the state more solar friendly. The 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda aims to eliminate the net-metering cap for residential solar in the state, allow businesses to contract with independent clean power providers and make solar accessible to all in the state regardless of income. The campaign, launched by Conservation Voters of South Carolina, the Solar Energy Industries Association and others, aims to increase education of solar in the state by making more than 750,000 contacts by April 10.Tweet