policy

Solar Subsidies vs. Fossil Fuel Subsidies

As reported in Reuters, researchers at the University of Tennessee’s Baker Center for Public Policy recently published a report indicating that the US government’s support for solar energy is absolutely no different than support for other energy sources, despite what fossil fuel companies would have you believe. The reality of the subsidy situation is quite […] Read more


Low-Income Housing Residents Going Solar

Until recently, the low-income housing community has been a tough nut for the solar industry to crack. Low-income housing developments have historically avoided going solar due to the obvious difficulties of incorporating high-cost, discretionary photovoltaic (PV) systems into affordable housing. However, a unique mix of local, utility, and federal support combined with a little financial […] Read more


In Focus: CLEAN L.A Solar

Los Angeles recently revealed an ambitious plan to turn rooftops of local homes, businesses and multi family buildings into one giant solar farm. Put together, all the potential buildings for solar rooftops add up to 12,000 acres of surface space and if all of this is covered with photovoltaic panels that can efficiently tap into […] Read more


In Louisiana, Big Oil Comes Before Residents

In a jaw-dropping decision, the Louisiana House recently sided with the oil and gas industry over landowners in an ongoing dispute on how to clean up the damage caused by drilling. As reported in the Huffington Post, New Orleans Rep. Neil Abramson’s proposal would change the legal process for dealing with “legacy lawsuits.” The bill […] Read more


54 Cities in India to be “Solar Cities”

India’s New and Renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah stated that the government of India has given its consent for fifty four cities to be urbanized as solar powered cities, out of which a green light has been shown to thirty nine cities. All the thirty nine cities in collaboration with consultants prepared different master plans […] Read more


DOE Backs Plug and Play Solar

The U.S DOE  has pledged $5 million toward the development of plug and play photovoltaic systems that can be installed in just a day. At present, a majority of the public are hesitant about purchasing PVs owing to relatively expensive cost in terms of upfront payments and tricky installation. The Energy Department’s funding will seek […] Read more


Mexico Passes Climate Change Law

The Mexican legislature has recently passed a climate change law. As reported in Nature, the new  that will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2050. The law also mandates that Mexico will derive 35 percent of its electricity from renewable […] Read more


In Focus: Mitt Romney’s Energy Plan

The Romney platform is called “Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth“; it also contains the candidate’s energy policy. But before Romney details his plan, he takes some swipes at the Obama administration’s energy plan: As the Obama administration wages war against oil and coal, it has been spending billions of […] Read more


Is the Clean Air Act Working?

America’s air is getting cleaner, but there is still much work to be done according to the American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air 2012 report. Since its inception in 1970, the Clean Air Act has helped cut pollution substantially in the US. Because of policies designed to support the Clean Air Act, there […] Read more


FiT Pilot Launched in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is becoming the latest city in the U.S. to adopt a feed-in tariff (FiT) to spread the adoption of solar. It’s also likely the largest. Last week the city’sLos Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Water and Power Commissioners at its municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and […] Read more


Philips New Light Bulb: Lasts for 20 Years, Costs $60

How much money is an average American consumer willing to spend on a state of the art light bulb? The United States government will be launching a new bulb, which is said to be the most energy efficient and will last for 20 years. The idea may seem like a dream come true, but the […] Read more


Greece Wants to be a Solar Rockstar

Last year we heard that Greece would pursue a plan to become Europe’s solar energy powerhouse while helping its dismal economy. “Project Helios” would increase the country’s installed solar capacity to 2.2 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 and 10 GW by 2050. It looks like it may be gaining steam. SPI Solar (OTCBB: SOPW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to […] Read more


Increased Energy Consumption: Policy Implications

So far I believe I have made a credible case that the world will consume close to 1,000 quads in 2030, far more than the 721 projected by U.S. and international agencies. If I’m off, I’m not off by much. I have a long way to go to make the case that consumption will continue […] Read more


Los Angeles Approves CLEAN L.A Solar FIT Program

Los Angeles’ City Council recently  approved plans for the CLEAN LA Solar program, which would create a 150 megawatt feed-in tariff for the city, making it the largest city in the country, so far, to adopt a FiT. Now it’s up to the Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to implement it. The news was […] Read more