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VNEM incentivises builders to adopt rooftop solar and share the benefits – both financial and environmental – back to renters.

Most large cities in the US are facing a tri-fold crisis of housing, energy, and affordability including cities in New York State, California, Colorado, and others. Many residents in these cities face a lack of available housing combined with income inequality, which is exacerbated by the rising cost of basic expenses, particularly detrimental for renters. Plus, it’s no secret that Americans across the nation bear the brunt of an aging energy infrastructure, experiencing more frequent power outages and high energy bills due to rising and volatile energy prices.

The good news is that there’s a single existing programme that can help tackle all three of these issues: Virtual Net Energy Metering (VNEM).

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Source: PV Tech

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After CA gutted how much households are paid for excess solar power, Puerto Rico preserves net metering for clean energy & resilience.

As states across the country roll back how much they pay rooftop-solar owners for the surplus electricity they send back to the grid, Puerto Rico is bucking the trend, protecting its generous solar credits until at least the end of the decade.

California, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, and North Carolina have all taken recent steps to change or get rid of these payments, which are known as net metering. But Governor Pedro Pierluisi signed a bill last month extending the U.S. territory’s program. The reason, advocates say, is that net metering is too essential to the archipelago’s clean energy goals, and the security of its people.

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Source: Grist

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Three groups challenge an appeals court ruling that upheld the California Public Utilities Commission’s NEM 3 decision.

Despite being turned back by the California Public Utilities Commission and an appeals court in San Francisco, three groups have taken their fight to overturn recently passed rules regarding rooftop solar to the California Supreme Court.

The San Diego-based Protect Our Communities Foundation joined the Environmental Working Group and the Center for Biological Diversity in filing a petition for review Monday afternoon with the high court.

The groups argue that a decision issued last month by the First Appellate District wrongly upheld the utilities commission’s vote that overhauled net energy metering guidelines, which determine the compensation that solar customers receive when their systems generate more energy than they consume.

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Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

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According to forecasts from Wood Mackenzie, California’s residential solar market will see a 40% decline in 2024.

California’s rooftop solar and storage market is changing, and the industry is learning to operate in this new reality.

California has been America’s top solar market for over a decade, installing more solar capacity than any state every year until Texas took over in 2021. While California reclaimed the number one ranking in 2022 and installations look strong in 2023, the shift in 2021 may be a preview of what is to come.

In late 2022, after years of debate, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a new way to compensate rooftop solar customers for the excess energy they generate. This decision moves the state from retail rate “net metering” to a new “net billing” structure that cuts the value of rooftop solar credits by about 75%.

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Source: SEIA

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A new 1.5-megawatt solar array will be installed atop a warehouse in Panorama City that will generate renewable energy to power 200 homes.

With a flip of a ceremonial switch, Los Angeles elected officials, business leaders, and community partners celebrated one of the largest rooftop solar panel systems to be installed in the Northeast San Fernando Valley – a new 1.5-megawatt solar array atop a warehouse in Panorama City that will generate enough renewable energy to power 200 homes.

The Valley project is the latest to take advantage of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Feed-in Tariff (FiT) solar program, which enables building owners to create solar power plants on their rooftops and sell the power they generate to the Department for distribution on the city’s power grid.

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Source: yahoo!finance

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Even after an appeals court rejected a lawsuit to overturn new solar panel regulations, environmental advocates still won't give up.

Their case against the California Public Utilities Commission’s new solar panel rules might have been rejected by an appeals court in San Francisco, but rooftop solar power advocates say they’re not done fighting to expand renewable energy in the state.

On Wednesday, a panel of three First Appellate District judges rejected a petition brought by The Center for Biological Diversity, the Protect Our Communities Foundation and the Environmental Working Group challenging the California Public Utilities Commission’s new rules on “net energy metering,” a tariff created for people with rooftop solar panels which allows them to give energy they don’t use to the grid. For that, customers are given credit on their electrical bills.

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Source: Courthouse News Service

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Of 131 million US households, about 4.5 million have added rooftop solar. 2023 set a record with more than 1 million EVs sold in the US.

When Jim Selgo moved to his home in Goodyear, Arizona in 2019, he quickly had rooftop solar installed, having had a positive experience with solar at his previous home.

Less than a year later, motivated to take more action to address climate change, he said, Selgo bought his first electric vehicle, a Nissan Leaf. He hasn’t paid for electricity or gasoline since.

With solar, “You take advantage of what you’re producing at your own house,” he said. “Adding an EV just increases your savings and adds to the value of the whole project.”

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Source: US News

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Solar panel owners are still more likely to have higher incomes and live in wealthier states, but a few trends are changing things.

Rooftop solar panels continue to be more popular among Americans with above-average incomes, but that trend is changing, according to a new report.

The median household income of a solar adopter in the US was about $117,000 in 2022, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found. By contrast, the median income for all households was $69,000, and $86,000 for all owner-occupied households.

While the typical household with solar panels was wealthier than the average household, that trend is changing just a bit. In 2010, the median income for a solar adopting household was $140,000.

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Source: CNET

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EU negotiators reached a huge milestone to accelerate renewable deployment by inking a deal on the EU Solar Standard.

Yesterday in the late evening, the EU negotiations on the European Performance of Building Directive concluded. The Directive defines energy efficiency targets aiming at decarbonising the EU building stock and key measures to use rooftop solar to cover the remaining electricity demand. SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement:

Jan Osenberg, Policy Advisor at SolarPower Europe, said: 

“EU negotiators reached a huge milestone to accelerate renewable deployment, yesterday, by inking a deal on the EU Solar Standard. Across all EU countries, it will require solar installations on all new public and commercial buildings by 2026, on all new residential buildings by 2029, on non-residential buildings that undergo a relevant renovation by 2027, and on all existing public buildings in a stepwise approach by 2030. The Commission presented the measure as part of the EU Solar Rooftop Strategy to counter the energy crisis.

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Source: Solar Power Europe

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Turkey is “lagging” in its solar power capacity but could generate 120 GW through better solar rooftop utilization.

Turkey is “lagging” in its solar power capacity but could generate 120 GW – 45% of the country’s total electricity needs – through better solar rooftop utilization, said UK environmental think tank Ember in a recently published report.

The report, penned by Ufuk Alparslan and Azem Yildirim, shows that $3.6 billion worth of subsidies, which paid for fossil fuel imports from September 2022 to August 2023, could be eliminated through better rooftop PV policies.

Introducing rooftop solar “obligations” for new buildings and public buildings, as well as tendering suitable apartment building roofs by municipalities, could help the government of Turkey achieve better residential solar take-up, Alparslan said in the report.

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Source: PV Magazine

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