Solar

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Kentucky regulators are seeking input on implementing a new law changing the way utility customers receive credit for electricity generated from solar panels and other renewable sources.

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Joe Oliver and Tony Brown peered into the dark crawl space beneath a Letcher County, Kentucky, home. Already, they could see problems. The crawl space had been blocked off with just a thin sheet of plywood; the posts supporting the house rested on uneven blobs of poured concrete; the whole place reeked of mold. 

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As coal plants retire and the price of renewable energy gets cheaper, solar power will increasingly energize the country. So in Kentucky, when you hear words like “net metering” and “distributed generation” it’s easy to miss the big picture in the fight over solar power.

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Kentucky lawmakers have placed the future of rooftop solar in the hands of state regulators, changing how homeowners and small businesses receive compensation for the excess power they produce.

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Automaker Toyota is planning to announce a major investment in solar and other renewable energy in Appalachia and the Southeastern U.S. The plan includes a massive new solar facility on an old surface coal mine property in Kentucky.

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The future of residential solar in Kentucky is in question as a bill races through the legislature to restructure how utilities credit solar customers for the excess electricity they generate.

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Construction for the 800-acre solar farm in Lyon County will begin in 2021.

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A recent Consumer Reports survey found more than 75 percent of Americans support increasing renewable energy. And in states where coal-fired power dominates, adding more solar energy could be good for the environment and economy. But, weak state policies across the Ohio Valley are casting some serious shade on solar energy.

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A Graves County resident is opening her solar-powered home to the public Saturday, Oct. 6 to promote solar energy.

Illinois Sees Increase in Renewable Energy Developments

Apr 24, 2018
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New state requirements and incentives are drawing renewable energy developers to Illinois.

The 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act requires Illinois utilities to have renewable sources account for 25 percent of their retail power by 2025, The Chicago Tribune reported . The act has an annual budget of more than $200 million to create programs and incentives that encourage solar development.

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