Solar power now least expensive source of electricity in 58 emerging economies

by Steve Hanley, Solar Love Solar power is now the least expensive source of electricity on average in 58 emerging economies around the world, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Why is that important? Many of those countries are part of the developing world, places where, until recently, people have been living in conditions barely […]

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records

by Mike Munsell, Greentech Media GTM Research and SEIA present data from the upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight report. In its biggest year to date, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,626 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016. This represents a 95 percent increase over the previous […]

American Consumers Spending Less Than Ever On Energy

by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica A new report has revealed that American consumers spent less than 4% of their total annual household spending on energy in 2016 — heating, transport, and electricity — the smallest share ever recorded by the US Government. The findings are part of the fifth edition of the Sustainable Energy […]

America’s Community Solar Market Will Surpass 400MW in 2017

by Mike Munsell, Greentechmedia.com By 2019, there will likely be 500 megawatts of community solar projects installed each year in states across the country. Community solar is about to go mainstream. According to GTM Research’s latest solar report, 410 megawatts of community solar will be installed in the U.S. in 2017. The report, U.S. Community […]

UPS Goes Big on Solar

by Carl Weinschenk, Energy Manager Today United Parcel Service this week announced that it will deploy solar energy assets worth $18 million to at least eight of its facilities by the end of the year. The new investments will produce almost 10 MW of power, which represents an almost five-fold increase over current generation. The […]

Workers walk past solar panels in Jimo, Shandong Province, China, April 21, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

China’s solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016

Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Helen Popper Photo: Workers walk past solar panels in Jimo, Shandong Province, China, April 21, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS China’s installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world’s biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on […]

June 1, 2010 - REpower 5 Megawatt Offshore Wind Turbines and Energy Substation, Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Farm, Germany (Photo by Gary Norton / DOE)

EU hails clean energy ‘year of delivery’

by James Murray, businessGreen.com Brussels confirms bloc is on track to meet its renewables, energy efficiency and carbon emission targets for 2020, as Commissioner declares “there is no alternative” The European Union is on track to meet its renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emission targets for 2020 following a ‘year of delivery’ across […]

Report: US sustainability sector adds up to a million jobs inside five years

by businessGreen.com New study reveals wind and solar sectors are growing their workforce at rate 12 times faster than the rest of the US economy President Trump’s assault on environmental policies could have a significant impact on US employment, according to a new report detailing how the American green jobs market has expanded rapidly in […]

Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined

by Niall McCarthy, Forbes.com In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in 2016, while fossil […]

We aim to put solar on every roof

By Geoffrey Smith, Solar Energy Program Coordinator Solar Sonoma County (SSC), a program of the Center for Climate Protection, has the information you need to go solar now. This fall we held our first Solar House Party. It went very well. On a recent Saturday morning in Santa Rosa’s Junior College neighborhood, our party host […]