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Maine’s Legislature Fails to Move State Forward on Solar
by Emily Green

One of Governor LePage’s first official acts was to erect a sign on the New Hampshire border of the Maine Turnpike proclaiming that Maine is “OPEN FOR BUSINESS.” Unfortunately, LePage has not lived up to that promise. His most recent veto of legislation designed to undo damage to the solar industry in Maine while enhancing…

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How Do Solar Panels Work?
by Bethany Kwoka

Solar Panel Basics At the most basic level, solar panels take light from the sun and turn it into electricity that you can use to power your stuff, from the small (your phone) to the large (your home or your business). The number of solar panels it takes to power your home depends on how…

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Why We Need Solar Energy Now
by Bethany Kwoka

We all know that climate change is a big problem. From more severe storms to prolonged heat waves, climate change is here and it’s happening now. Luckily, clean energy solutions like solar panels can help both our planet and our economy. In the last five years, the amount of power generated by solar panels has…

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Connecticut Needs a More Ambitious Energy Strategy

By Caitlin Peale Sloan and Max Greene Last month, CLF reported on Connecticut’s new Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which is designed to help the state meet its clean energy goals. The plan would lock in Connecticut’s addiction to climate-damaging fossil fuels – a bad idea when Connecticut is already floundering on its climate commitments and urgently…

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Your Voice Needed to Support Rooftop Solar in New Hampshire
by Melissa Birchard

The Public Utilities Commission currently holds the future of rooftop solar in New Hampshire in its hands. Entrenched interests in New Hampshire are fighting the burgeoning growth of rooftop solar in the state. But CLF knows that rooftop solar powers homes and supports the electric grid. Even more importantly, it empowers the fight against climate…

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Solar Power Benefits All Mainers
by Emily Green

Mainers like solar power, they want more of it, and they don’t want to change how solar panel owners are paid for it. That’s the take-home message of comments Maine residents submitted to the state’s Public Utilities Commission in its current proceeding to review how solar power customers are reimbursed for the power they produce.…

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Maine Can Lead New England into a Clean Energy Future
by Ben Tettlebaum

Right now, Maine – along with the rest of New England – is shaping its energy future. In the next month, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide whether the state becomes the first in the region to enter into a contract for a massive, polluting natural gas pipeline. In a proceeding that has taken more…