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Sunny Las Vegas is one of the best places to invest in renewable, clean solar power for your home or business; it could even be the “solar capital of the world,” according to Mayor Pro Tem Steve Ross. The local energy industry, however, isn’t too happy about this potential for a major shift to solar energy. NV Energy claims that paying solar users for net metering forces them to raise rates for non-solar customers, which has caused the Public Utilities Commission to make a decision allowing NV Energy to charge those with solar panels more and pay them less for the energy they sell back to the grid.

Over 31,000 signed petitions against this action, and now that it has passed, there has been a lawsuit, a public protest, and many frustrated citizens, because net metering and drastically lowered energy bills were how many people planned to pay for their new solar panels. While the PUC decision is a serious challenge, there is much to be hopeful for: a payment plan for solar installation proposed by Steve Ross, a new Tesla battery that would make off-grid solar possible, and a chance that this Monday, PUC may decide to allow those with existing solar panels to keep the better net metering rates. Short-term hurdles are to be expected as our country transitions to renewable energy, but making the switch is a choice you make for the long term. For Nevada solar, the future is still very bright.

Bills in Nevada Legislature would increase renewable energy goal

Bills introduced in the Nevada Legislature on Monday will position the Silver State as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy, clean-energy advocates said.

Monday was a big night for renewable energy in Carson City, with five new bills introduced designed to reduce energy use, increasing investments in homegrown renewable energy, lowering costs for consumers, and boosting the state’s economy.

Assemblyman Chris Brooks’ bill to increase the amount of energy Nevada utilities get from renewable sources, called a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), would spur investment in the state’s solar, geothermal and wind resources. The RPS bill would replace the existing benchmark of 25 percent by 2020 with a goal of 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040.

Additionally, bills introduced by Sen. Pat Spearman and Assemblyman William McCurdy would expand energy efficiency measures. These bills would widen access to cost-effective energy efficiency programs that reduce energy use and are designed to save consumers money, especially in low-income communities.

San Francisco approves green roof mandate

San Francisco approves green roof mandate

Residential solar company Sunrun installed the system on The Painted Ladies, which included a Sunrun Birghtbox storage solution, under a solar lease program.

San Francisco has become the first city in the U.S. to approve such an obligation, which requires all new construction projects to have 30% of their roof space set aside for green roofs and/or solar panels, while one of the Californian city’s most iconic buildings also gets a solar makeover

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Switch sues Nevada PUC, NV Energy over denial of energy purchase

CARSON CITY — The data storage company Switch on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and NV Energy in the wake of the revelation that the former PUC general counsel inappropriately commented on matters pending before the agency using a social media pseudonym. (more…)

India and U.S. team up to give boost to solar power startups

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about fighting climate change, and about collaborating with the U.S. to do it, he made clear during an address to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday. He said that “protection of the environment … is central to our shared vision of a just world,” and called for “a lighter carbon footprint and a greater use of renewables.”

India and U.S. team up to give boost to solar power startups (more…)

Tesla’s new home battery will arrive earlier than expected

The new Tesla Powerwall is arriving ahead of schedule.

The rechargeable battery system that can power your home was first unveiled in 2015. It can store 6.4 kWh worth of energy and provide backup power for your home.

Tesla's new home battery will arrive earlier than expected

Tesla announced in February that a new version was coming this Summer, but the battery is now arriving ahead of schedule. Tesla confirmed to Greentech Media that installations of the revamped version are set to take place “in the next few weeks.” Tesla did not immediately respond to Tech Insider’s request for comment.

GTM reported that Tesla simplified the handling and wiring requirements for installers. The battery is also now compatible with inverters made by inverter manufacturer SMA.

Those changes seem fairly lackluster, but it could bring down the cost of installation and make the rechargeable battery option more alluring to homeowners. The Powerwall was first designed for installation with SolarEdge inverters, costing $2,994, GTM reported. That price drops to $1,240 in Europe when using the SMA inverter.

The new Powerwall is also quieter than the previous version, which drew some complaints of noise emission from owners, GTM reported

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