Rooftop Solar Forms An Alternative To Monopoly Utility Models

By John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance. -

Since rooftop solar became possible, electric utilities have struggled to incorporate it into their outdated business model. In recent years, this lag in utility recognition has become [...]

Cheaper Solar Power Means Low-income Families Can Also Benefit

By Galen Barbose, Eric O’Shaughnessy, and Ryan Wiser, DeSmog Blog. -

Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks mostly to falling costs for hardware, as well as [...]

Solar Accounts For 40% Of U.S. Electric Generating Capacity Additions In 2019, Adds 13.3 GW

By Staff, -

WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX – Solar accounted for 40% of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2019, its highest share ever and more than any other source of electricity, with [...]

Europe Fails To Keep Up On Solar Power

By Paul Brown, -

Once a world leader in the technology and manufacture of solar panels, Europe now lags far behind China and other Asian countries. It faces shortages of supplies and disruption to them, according [...]

New Laws Require All New Roofs To Contain Solar Panels Or Green Space

By Rose Adams, -

Two laws requiring new property owners to build solar panels or green spaces on their roofs went into effect on Nov. 15 — marking a major step towards Brooklyn’s environmental sustainability, [...]

Excluding Nuclear, Fossils With Carbon Capture, & Biofuels From The Green New Deal Makes Financial & Climate Sense

By Mark Z. Jacobson, Mark A. Delucchi, Clean Technica -

The Green New Deal and multiple proposed laws and resolutions in the U.S. House and Senate call for the United States to move entirely from fossil fuels to clean, renewable electricity and/or all [...]

This Co-Op Solar Project Will Be Owned By The Community Members It Benefits

By Eillie Anzilotti, -

In Sunset Park, a waterfront neighborhood in central Brooklyn, nearly 30% of residents live below the poverty line. The neighborhood has dealt with a history of environmental burdens, [...]

Wave Of Renewable Energy Resistance Puts Solar Panels In Path Of Tar Sands Pipeline

By Staff, -

Keystone XL is a proposed tar sands pipeline that would connect Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries carrying around 800,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil across the United States. [...]

U.S. Utility Solar Contracts ‘Exploded’ In 2018 Despite Tariffs: Report

By Nichola Groom, -

(Reuters) - Procurement of solar energy by U.S. utilities “exploded” in the first half of 2018, prompting a prominent research group to boost its five-year installation forecast on Thursday [...]

How Much Damage are Trump’s Solar Tariffs Doing to the U.S. Industry?

By Dan Gearino, -

The tariffs on imported solar panels imposed by the Trump administration six months ago have done little to dampen the booming solar market in the United States. Company executives and industry [...]

Navajo Nations First Solar Project Now Producing Electricity For 13,000 Homes

By Staff, -

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, which owns the solar plant, touted the project as a major clean energy advancement on a reservation long known for fossil fuel development. A giant array of [...]

Solar Investment Down Nearly 20% From The First Half Of 2017

By Emma Foehringer, -

Despite the drop, overall investment remains stable, with wind and other clean energy technologies picking up the slack. New data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows a 19 percent reduction in [...]

Solar Is Saving Low-Income Households Money In Colorado. It Could Be A National Model

By Dan Gearino, -

Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels? It's an innovative approach to solving two challenges [...]

Cooperatives Lauded As ‘Trailblazers’ In Community Solar

By Michael W. Kahn, -

Looking for community solar? Your best bet is in electric cooperative territory. “In terms of the number of community solar programs, cooperative utilities have been trailblazers,” states a new [...]

How Solar Panels On A Church Rooftop Broke The Law In N.C.

By Dan Gearino, -

A North Carolina environmental group that tried to challenge the state's utility monopoly by installing solar panels on the roof of a predominantly African-American church and selling the church [...]