Sonoma Co.’s Solmetric drives innovation for Vivint Solar

by Barry Vesser, Center for Climate Protection To say that the solar industry has been going through major changes the last few years would be an understatement. It has experienced phenomenal growth, as well as bankruptcies, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. High-profile bankruptcies like SunEdison and Sungevity have some people nervous about the industry’s future. These just […]

Ramping up production at Balcombe's new power plant

Report: Solar more cost effective than natural gas

by The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report from a Minnesota university shows adding energy storage may be a cost effective way to help meet the state’s electricity demand. University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab presented its report to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission this month, Minnesota Public Radio ( reported. The […]

Sun Solar Electric Installing a system in Santa Rosa, Caliofrnia

Utilities are buying up distributed energy companies. Should Community Energy agencies take a lesson?

The following article by Jeff St. John of Greentech Media demonstrates the burgeoning competition for electricity customers as utility monopolies lose their stronghold. Will Community Choice Energy agencies take a lesson and avoid losing their own customers? Considering their community focus, are Community Choice agencies developing sufficient opportunities and incentives for local solar to support […]

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Why Minnesota’s community solar program is the best

by John Farrell, Clean Technica I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there 10 times more community solar projects in the queue — 400 megawatts — in […]

Is 100% renewable energy doable?

With the publication of a study by Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University, the push for 100% renewables is seeing renewed fervor.  A group of U.S. Mayors just announced that they will back 100% renewable energy targets, and Senator Kevin de León recently introduced a new bill, SB100, to establish an overall state target of 100% clean […]

Solar manufacturers versus installers – who wins and loses with tariffs?

The below article by Eric Wesoff and Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media points to the tension between the solar panel manufacturing industry and the solar installation industry in the U.S. Solar installers in the U.S. benefit greatly from cheaper imported panels, while U.S. manufacturers may suffer, creating pressure to implement a tariff.  Solar costs are hitting […]

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50-acre solar rooftop installation up and running in San Pedro

by Elijah Chiland, LA Curbed Los Angeles—where the sun shines three out of every four days per year—is now home to one of the largest rooftop solar installations ever constructed. On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti toured the recently completed Westmont Solar Rooftop project in San Pedro, a 2 million-square-foot arrangement of solar panels that is […]

rooftop view of the solar array by h080

100% renewables plan has ‘significant shortcomings,’ say climate and energy experts

by Julian Spector, Greentech Media It’s a common claim from advocates: We know we can create a 100 percent renewable grid, because Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson said we can. Jacobson’s peer-reviewed studies assert that it is possible to convert all energy use in the U.S. to wind, water and solar — while maintaining grid reliability, […]

photo: Day Street Apartments, Tujunga, Derek Huntington, Promise Energy Inc.

California Energy Commissioner says renewables are safe and reliable for the grid

The following op-ed from the San Francisco Chronicle was written by California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild and David Olsen, a member of the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors: In 1986, President Ronald Reagan famously removed solar panels from the White House roof, capping a misguided energy policy that severely slashed investment in renewable […]


88,000 American solar jobs are under threat from Suniva’s trade case

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media There are more than 250,000 people working in America’s solar industry today. A trade case now underway could kill a third of those jobs in one fell swoop, according to the leading national solar trade group. When Georgia-based solar manufacturer Suniva filed for bankruptcy this spring, it issued a special trade […]