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San Francisco company on verge of becoming top solar installer

• As Tesla’s solar business stagnates, a San Francisco-based rival is poised to become the nation’s top residential solar installer. (New York Times)

• Hawaii’s largest utility launches a new program that allows net metering customers to add storage to their rooftop solar systems as long as they don’t export power to the grid. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)
• With the addition of 9,000 panels, a California shopping mall’s solar array now stands at 4 MW of capacity and is believed to be the largest of its kind to be constructed at a retail center in the state. (Solar Power World)

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EFFICIENCY: Denver leaders are considering adopting a “cool roof” law, which would require light, reflective roofs on large buildings in hopes of reducing the city’s heat island effect. (Denver Post)

OIL AND GAS: The Trump administration auctions off millions of public lands for oil and gas development, raising environmental concerns in Wyoming and other Western states. (New York Times)

• If Washington state voters approve a ballot measure seeking to create a carbon fee, it could jumpstart a national movement to stanch greenhouse gas emissions. (Fortune)
• Labor unions in Washington are divided over the ballot measure which could make polluters pay for their carbon emissions. (McClatchy)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s top air quality regulator discusses how “dark forces” are trying to stall electric vehicle growth and how the state’s recent filing “demolishes” the Trump administration’s rationale behind its decision to roll back fuel economy standards. (Greentech Media)

• The future of a New Mexico coal mine is uncertain after its owner files for bankruptcy. (Farmington Daily Times)
• One of Wyoming’s biggest coal producers cancels health insurance for some of its retired miners as demand for the fossil fuel continues to decline. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the White House still backs a plan to permanently store nuclear waste in Nevada despite President Donald Trump’s waver on the project. (Bloomberg)

GEOTHERMAL: A developer plans to build four geothermal plants on more than 1,200 acres in California’s Salton Sea. (ThinkGeoEnergy)

POLITICS: A Nevada energy choice initiative pits Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson against Omaha investor Warren Buffett, who is outspending the casino magnate to oppose the ballot measure. (Politico)

UTILITIES: The CEO of a Washington utility being purchased by a Canadian company discusses its future. (The Spokesman-Review)

COMMENTARY: Utah can be a national clean energy leader but first voters must cast their ballots for candidates who speak out on climate change, says the executive director of a state clean energy group. (Deseret News)

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