US ROUND UP: NC solar reform bill, Santa Barbara 100% mandate, SCE&G, EPE community solar

News in Brief: Santa Barbara, California, is the 30th US city to vote in a 100% renewable energy mandate, North Carolina legislators instate a competitive bidding process and leasing programme for solar PV while South Carolina's SCE&G launches the state's largest community solar programme; there's also more community solar online in Texas, and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources releases its final guidelines for its solar incentive SMART programme.

Sunrun expands operations into Texas

Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the US, announced this week that it is expanding its home solar business to Texas, one of the sunniest and most populous states in the county.

ROUND UP: CleanMax-Hitachi partnership, Community solar in MS, Solar-plus-storage in TX

News in Brief: CleanMax and Hitachi partner for rooftop solar in India for Japanese companies, Tyler Technologies installs a solar-plus-storage system at its Texas headquarters, Germany's Redavia expands into West Africa with solar for the country's Maritime University, more community solar is completed in Massachusetts and Surana wins a bid for 5MW of rooftop solar in Andhra Pradesh.

SEIA: Rick Perry isn’t targeting wind and solar

After new Secretary of Energy Rick Perry sent a memo to his chief of staff authoring a 60-day review of the grid to investigate how certain federal subsidies boost one form of energy at the expense of certain base load energies such as nuclear and coal, many industry observers believed him to be attacking renewable energy, but the SEIA claims this is not the case.