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Portland one of fastest growing cities in the country for solar energy

Portland ranked 25th nationwide for solar energy capacity per capita, landing it among the nation’s leaders for installing clean energy from the sun. The results come from the sixth edition of Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report released today by Environment Maine Research & Policy Center. It is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities.

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Shining Cities

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power nearly one in every 11 homes in America.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

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New toolkit provides Maine cities with ten ways to go solar

With local municipalities playing an increasingly important role in the clean energy revolution, Environment Maine Research and Policy Center released a new toolkit today to support cities and towns nationwide in capturing more clean renewable energy from the sun. Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar offers practical ways to take advantage of millions of available rooftops across the country and in Maine.   

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Solar Homes

Installing solar panels on all new homes is a common-sense step that would create a wave of clean, renewable energy, reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, cut air pollution, save consumers money and help to create a more resilient electric grid.

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Putting solar panels on new homes could grow Maine’s solar capacity 15-fold

If builders start putting solar panels on all new Maine homes in 2020, the state could increase its current solar power capacity 15-fold by 2045, according to a new report released today by Environment Maine Research & Policy Center.

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Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

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Governor LePage wrong to veto solar bill

On Monday, Governor LePage vetoed LD 1504, a bill that would have partially restored Maine's net metering policy after the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to roll it back in January. This means that Maine residents who install solar after January 1, 2018 will still receive less credit for the extra energy they send back to the power grid.

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Shining Cities 2017

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.

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Regulators wrong to roll back Maine solar policy

AUGUSTA, ME – On Tuesday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled to roll back the state’s keystone rooftop solar program, net metering. Under the new rules, Maine residents who install solar after January 1, 2018 will receive less credit for the extra energy they send back to the power grid.

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