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Snohomish County, Washington, has teamed up with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU) to create the new Energy Smart loan program, which will be available to homeowners throughout Snohomish County.

SolarCity, one of the leading clean energy product and services companies in the nation, recently teamed up with U.S. Bancorp to develop a renewable energy tax equity fund to finance up to $250 million in residential solar installations.

Pickerington, Ohio, City Council gave the final approval last week on rules regarding residential use of wind turbines and other related renewable installations, moving the town closer to allowing homes to generate their own wind energy, This Week Community News reports.

A new cost analysis conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found that the price of renewable energy installations has fallen significantly, making them more appealing to homeowners and small businesses.

Austin Energy recently dropped the cost of operating residential solar installations from $2.50 per watt to $2.00, citing evolving market conditions as the reason for the rebate change, officials with the company announced on Monday, June 11.

Upon the installation of a 217-kilowatt solar energy system, Norwell, Massachusetts American Plumbing and Heating will derive 100 percent of the electricity used by its 43,000-square-foot headquarter from the sun, the Patriot Ledger reports.

Dominion Virginia Power announced in May that it had progressed further in its efforts to add more solar energy to its electric grid by offering a new rate to energy customers who sell energy collected by the personal solar installations back to the company.

Residential electric customers of Traverse City, Michigan, who receive their electricity from Consumers Energy are now able to submit applications to take part in the next phase of the electricity provider’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program.

The Madison County Department of Solid Waste has been on a mission to adopt and promote renewable energy sources for some time, and in line with their efforts, recently added new solar installation that will power traffic lights at one area landfill, the Madison County Courier reports.

GE announced on June 4 that in 2012 it is celebrating 10 years of being an industry leader in wind energy.