What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.

By David Roberts, Vox.com From an economic perspective, the core challenge of climate change is that the standard way of doing things — the dirty, carbon-intensive way — is typically cheaper than newer, lower-carbon alternatives. Solving the problem means driving down the cost of those alternatives. Simple, right? But in practice, it’s not so simple. […]

A centralized, top-down power grid is outdated. Time for a bottom-up redesign.

The below article outlines many of the challenges and opportunities of transforming the current power grid to one that works for the mass deployment of renewables. The Center for Climate Protection’s Solar Sonoma County is working on this issue through our “Solar Plus” vision – a combination of solar, battery storage, electric vehicles, and all-electric […]

Defend the right to solar power against monopoly utility interests

by Dave Rosenfeld, Solar Rights Alliance Sometime next year, California will behold its one millionth solar installation — wow! Millions of Californians are now benefitting from the savings, freedom and independence of solar energy. California families on tight budgets and retirees on fixed incomes who depend on solar to shield them from skyrocketing electricity costs […]

U.S. electrical generation by solar up 30% over last year

by Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Magazine Renewable energy sources – solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydropower – accounted for nearly 18.0% of net domestic electrical generation during the first three quarters of this year, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of newly released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In addition, the […]

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold

by Tux Turkel, Press Herald Efforts to expand natural gas capacity. Hopes of luring discounted Canadian electricity. Measures to stunt the growth of solar power and discourage wind farms on land and sea. These actions championed for eight years by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican allies will end on Jan. 2, as a new Democratic […]

Wind is cheapest, followed by solar

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News There was a time when utility companies could say coal plants were a bargain. Many of the same companies viewed wind and solar as too expensive to do on a large scale. I’m not talking about ancient history. This was 2008, when I started covering energy. Since then, the costs […]

Santa Rosa City Council moves toward innovative “electric-ready” building ordinance

by Mike Turgeon, Center for Climate Protection Climate Action Fellow In a marathon study session on Tuesday, October 23rd, the Santa Rosa City Council, at the urging of the Friends of the Climate Action Plan (FoCAP), received a long-overdue update on the progress of the 2012 Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans.  The Climate Action Plan […]

Ballot initiative flops mask strong election for clean energy

by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Dive Brief: Tuesday’s elections delivered mixed results for clean energy on the state level, with wins for renewable power supporters in key governors races tempered by the failure of high-profile ballot initiatives in Arizona and Washington. In Arizona, voters resoundingly rejected a 50% renewable energy mandate opposed by utilities with […]

Renewables reduced wholesale power costs by $5.7 billion in Texas

by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine A recent report puts numbers to the power of wind and solar to reduce wholesale prices in ERCOT. And there is a lot more coming.There is a lot to chew on in The Economic Value of Renewable Energy to Texas, a new report by the Wind Solar Alliance. In addition […]

This Indiana utility may have just put the final nail in coal’s coffin

by Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star The embers of the coal industry have been slowly fading in recent years, despite efforts by the Trump administration to reignite the flames. But an announcement this week from a northern Indiana utility — in the heart of a state that ranks in the top 10 for both coal production […]