This week in renewable energy: 5/17/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Nonprofits, schools, and community groups back solar power

Environmental stewardship

Public policy

  • Minnesota’s legislature created a compromised version of their renewable energy mandate. Large utilities will have to derive 1.5% of their energy from solar power rather than 4% (as was originally proposed in the House) or 1% (as the State Senate proposed). We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the bill as it moves through the legislature. (Duluth News Tribune)
  • After Massachusetts met its renewable energy goal 4 years early, the state government immediately sets a new goal for solar installations: 1.6 GW total by 2020.

“By working with our legislative and municipal partners throughout the Commonwealth, we have achieved an ambitious goal far ahead of schedule while also supporting the state’s clean energy economy. We will build on this momentum, and continue to invest in renewable energy to lead the nation in this growing industry.” — Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray

International progress

While Europe and the United States have traditionally been strong markets for solar power, we have seen growing demand from the Middle East, India, South Africa, China and Japan. — Matthew Merfert

What do you think was the most important solar power story this week? Share your insights and thoughts through comments on this blog or by email.

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