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Luminalt’s Jeanine Cotter: How Solar Loses Without a Diverse Workforce

Luminalt’s Jeanine Cotter: How Solar Loses Without a Diverse Workforce

Jeanine Cotter, CEO of solar installation company Luminalt, has witnessed profound resiliency. She watched her mother transform her life from divorcée, single teenage mother of two children, and public-assistance recipient to college graduate with a degree in urban planning, and then co-founder of a nonprofit that provides renewable energy and water systems to alleviate poverty

All signs point to solar power juggernaut rolling on

It’s not a contest. Renewable energy is no zero-sum game (or doesn’t have to be, at least), and according to the experts, all of it and then some will be needed to keep global temperatures from rising beyond safe levels. Still, it’s hard not to view the growth of the two leading non-hydro renewable energy technologies – wind

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Report: Americans Support Incentives for Renewables

While members of Congress appear divided on whether or not to extend federal incentives for clean energy, their constituents are not, according to a national poll of U.S. homeowners commissioned by Clean Edge, Inc. and SolarCity and conducted by national polling firm Zogby Analytics. In the second annual survey, 74 percent of Americans polled favored

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The Revolution will be Solarized

There’s a clean energy revolution happening in California – and it has the potential to topple the old polluting forces while fighting climate change with the power of the sun. California is not only producing the most solar power in the country – 8.5 gigawatts, enough to power two million homes – it’s producing more solar power

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US: Best practices guides aim to lower financing costs for solar energy systems

The Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC), a working group convened by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has released new best practices guidelines for solar PV systems with the goal of increasing investor confidence in the long-term viability of PV systems. SAPC subcommittees, each involving dozens of solar and finance entities, developed the guides,

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Solar Power To Become Cheapest Source Of Energy In Many Regions By 2025

Solar power still amounts for a small share of net electricity generation around the world. In the USA, for instance, as of December 2014 it was responsiblefor just 0.45% of the total electricity produced. Things are changing quite quickly, however, and if the German think tank Agora Energiewende is right, faster than expected. The main obstacle to a

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Georgia one step closer to solar ‘free market financing’

A bill to make it easier for customers to install solar was passed unanimously by the Georgia Senate last week. Georgia House Bill 57, called the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act of 2015, is meant to make it easier for customers to understand their options when it comes to financing small solar installation. It

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Environmentalists against solar power

Environmental activists are gearing up for a fight against solar power in the rural borderland East County region of Boulevard, claiming that a proposed solar project will destroy thousands of acres of wildlife habitat. Backcountry Against Dumps and Donna Tisdale, the group’s Boulevard-based leader, have filed a lawsuit against “San Diego County, two lobbyists, several

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If You Want to Solve the Energy Crisis, Put Solar Everywhere

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth in recent weeks about where in California solar belongs. (Tellingly, the debate isn’t about whether or not to install solar, just where….) It started with the news that public opposition to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a big part of California’s clean energy future. DRECP would put big solar

California solar has potential to power itself up to 5 times over

California has been an important leader in solar planning and installation, and a new report has found that the state’s solar capacity can power more than just California residents. The report, “Efficient use of land to meet sustainable energy needs” was published in Nature Climate Change, and found that there is enough space in the

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6 Steps that Will Bring Energy Storage into Prime Time

The regulatory regime for distributed energy storage needs a revamp, according to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. And it’s got the proposal to prove it. “The potential of distributed energy storage to lower costs and improve the quality of electric service is considerable,” explains IREC’s new reportDeploying Distributed Energy Storage: Near-Term Regulatory Considerations to Maximize

Could solar power overtake natural gas in the US?

On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas facility looms over three solar photovoltaic panels that provide a sculptural element to

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