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

by Mike Munsell, 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, 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 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, 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 […]

Cost of Solar is Low Enough!

The cost of putting solar on your home rooftop has never been so low! These low costs are a result of ‘soft cost’ reductions and ongoing developments in industry efficiencies. This is great news for prospective solar buyers, as well as overall reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. By working with me as your Clean Energy Advocate, we can take […]

InterSolar 2016 was Stellar

On July 12 & 13, I attended the InterSolar solar industry conference and exhibition, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. InterSolar is one of the largest annual solar industry conferences in North America. My reasons for attending were varied, but I was primarily motivated by my desire to measure the general ‘vibe’ of […]

Sunday Driver

by Geoffrey Smith, CCP It was a beautiful Sunday. I, however, was stuck in my Santa Rosa home with a torn meniscus, unable to engage in my preferred recreational activities: taking a hike in the woods or going for a bike ride. To make matters worse, my wife was out of town visiting family. I admit, I was feeling […]