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The World’s Dumbest Idea: Taxing Solar Energy

Photo by Ion Solar

– ARTICLE BY JOHN AZIZ OF THE WEEK — In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, ... Read More »

The 44th Annual Earth Day: How it Became a Global Event

Earth Day

– ARTICLE BY JOHN ROACH OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC — Earth Day began in 1970, when 20 million people across the United States—that’s one in ten—rallied for increased protection of the environment. “It was really an eye-opening experience for me,” Gina McCarthy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, who was a self-described self-centered teenager during the first Earth Day rallies, told National ... Read More »

Construction Begins on Mass’ First Community-Owned Solar Facilities

Mass construction

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading developer of community solar solutions, announced today that construction is well underway on Massachusetts’ first large-scale community-owned solar arrays—the 997 kW Western Massachusetts Community Solar Array located in Hadley, Mass. and the 997 kW Southeastern Massachusetts Community Solar Array located in Rehoboth, Mass. Through CEC’s community-owned solar model, any residential or commercial customer ... Read More »

Is it Solar’s Time to Shine in Iowa?

Photo courtesy of Iowa Energy Center

– ARTICLE BY JOE GARDYASZ OF BUSINESS RECORD — As Iowa strives to become greener, focus is shifting to the potential for solar energy. A recent report by the Iowa Environmental Council suggests that Iowa could do far more to capitalize on the state’s solar energy potential. The report, “Real Potential, Ready Today: Solar Energy in Iowa,” found that Iowa ... Read More »

Is the ‘Shared Solar’ Movement Feasible in Shady Connecticut?

Photo by Jeda Villa Bali

– ARTICLE BY JAN ELLEN SPIEGEL OF THE CT MIRROR – Eugene DeJoannis stood behind his house one recent sunny morning and explained why it should be the perfect candidate for a solar electric system: “It has a nice, south-facing roof. It’s a simple roof. It has no obstructions on it.” There’s one problem. “We have a wall of trees,” he ... Read More »

Electric Cooperatives Recognized as Leaders through Community Solar

Photo by Vernon Electric Cooperative

Two rural electric cooperatives were first in their respective states to unveil the community-owned solar solution: Midwest Energy (MWE) in Kansas, and Vernon Electric (VEC) in Wisconsin. In partnership with Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, the two cooperatives have taken a lead role in providing the opportunity for their members to own panels in a ... Read More »

Solar Farms with Agave Plants Could Yield ‘Win-Win’ Energy Solution

agave for biofuel

– ARTICLE BY JIM ALGAR OF TECH TIMES – Solar farms that would “co-locate” carefully selected crop plants between rows of photovoltaic panels might produce an energy “win-win” yield of electricity and biofuel, researchers at Stanford University say. Computer models suggest the solution is ideal for sunny and arid regions in the U.S. Southwest, they say. “Co-located solar-biofuel systems could ... Read More »

Steve Child

Steve Child

Concerned about the effects of climate change from the excessive burning of fossil fuels, Pitkin County Commissioner Steve Child felt a responsibility to reduce his carbon footprint. He was interested in using solar energy, but the roof of his Snowmass, Colo. home had both shading and heavy snow issues. “Investing in a community solar project in a sunny location without ... Read More »

Robots Are Now Cleaning Solar Arrays

Image courtesy of Ecoppia

– ARTICLE BY TIM LOMBARDO OF ENGINGEERING.COM – Deserts are ideal locations for solar farms – they get a lot of sunshine and the land is relatively inexpensive. On the other hand, their arid nature means that a lot of sand flies around, and sand on a photovoltaic panel blocks valuable sunlight, decreasing its output. Depending on location and weather ... Read More »

Cia and Mark McKoy

The McKoys

Cia McKoy was satisfied with the rooftop solar array on her Carbondale, Colo. home and wanted to purchase solar for her rental properties.  “I found the price too high and the aesthetic options too ugly—the roofs couldn’t be used, so I would have had to erect panels on the ground, which would have been unsightly,” Cia said. It wasn’t until ... Read More »