Groundswell Unveils Community Solar Financing Model

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Solar

Groundswell is changing the way community solar energy is financed. Working with Sustainable Capital Advisors, consumer credit scores will no longer be factored in the financing process, removing an obstacle for consumers across the country. In addition, the program will help the two companies fulfill promises made at the White House Summit last November to create five demonstration projects over …

Clean Energy, Solar

IndyCar Pit Crew to Run on Solar at Indy 500

John Davis Solar

An IndyCar pit crew will be the first ever to be powered by solar. IndyCar driver Stefan Wilson and the #ThinkSolar campaign team will be sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) for Wilson’s 2016 Indianapolis 500 bid. Wilson aims to realize a dream of following his late brother Justin Wilson’s path to the Indy 500 by merging the …

Solar

Governor’s Wind Energy Coalition Adds Solar

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Solar, Wind

The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition has added solar energy to its lineup of renewable energy promotion and has changed its name to reflect the new addition: Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSC). The Coalition’s goal is to support renewable energy technologies that among other benefits, help to put Americans to work in all 50 states. “We are proud of …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Solar, Wind

61st Anniversary of 1st American Solar House

Joanna Schroeder Audio, Electricity, energy efficiency, Solar

This week marks the 61st anniversary of the first house in America with solar heating and radiation cooling. Located in Tuscon, Arizona, the house featured a large, slanting slab of steel and glass that coverts sunlight into heat that was ducted into the house. Today, many homes use solar panels to capture the natural heat of the sun and solar …

Audio, Electricity, energy efficiency, Solar

SolarCity Stops Sales in Nevada

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Electricity, Solar

SolarCity has stopped sales in Nevada due to the decision by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to “undermine Nevadans’ ability to go solar” according to the company who opened an office in the state in 2013. The company says the decision by the PUC to raise fees for rooftop solar” amounts to a “massive bait and switch” for both the …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Solar

New Report, Some Hits…Some Misses for Renewables

Joanna Schroeder biomass, Electricity, Geothermal, Hydro, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

A new report, “Some Hits, Some Misses…All-in-All…To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt,” looks at the accuracy of the forecasts for renewable electricity made by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its monthly “Short-Term Energy Outlook” (STEO) reports. Published by the SUN DAY Campaign, the report finds 2015 forecasts have generally followed the actual pattern of ups-and-downs in …

biomass, Electricity, Geothermal, Hydro, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Solar Industry Celebrates Passage of Tax Extenders

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Electricity, politics, Solar

The solar industry is celebrating the passage of the tax extenders package on Friday, December 18, 2015 that included several clean energy credits. The omnibus appropriations bill included a 5-year solar investment tax credit (ITC) extension. The 30 percent ITC for solar will be extended for another three years. It will then ramp down to 26 percent in 2020 and …

Clean Energy, Electricity, politics, Solar

Report: Renewables Fastest Growing US Power Source

Joanna Schroeder biomass, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Research, Solar, Wind

According to GlobalData, non-hydro renewable energy will be the fastest growing power source in the U.S. through 2025. Installed capacity is expected to increase from 121.9 gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to 216 GW in 2025. “US Power Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2015 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape,” finds the strong rate of growth suggests that the current …

biomass, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Research, Solar, Wind

SolarCity Awarded Multiagency PPA

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, Electricity, Solar

SolarCity has been awarded a power purchase agreement (PPA) as part of the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Pilot (FASPP) program that combines multiple mid-sized PV installation projects in northern California and northern Nevada. The first-ever joint project was awarded by several agencies, including U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Solar