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U.S Not Down with India’s Solar Program

U.S Not Down with India’s Solar Program

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) filed a complaint against India to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the country’s domestic content requirements for solar systems. The complaint is about Phase II of India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), which requires Indian power developers to use Indian-manufactured solar equipment as opposed to equipment


President Obama Doubles Down on Renewables

Last Friday,  President Obama took an important step toward supporting a clean energy future by directing the Federal Government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.  This is more than double the current level, making this a significant moment in President Obama’s second term. Renewable energy has become cost-competitive over the years


In Focus: California Solar Credits

California’s solar rollover-credit program is creating quite a buzz across California. More commonly know as “net energy metering,” the solar rollover-credit program is helping Californians install solar on their homes and businesses as part of the state’s transition from dirty fuel sources to a more vibrant, clean-energy economy. The solar credit program benefit all Californians,


Did You Know? Individuals Can Buy And Trade Carbon Credits

One of the little-known facts about cap-and-trade is that individuals are allowed to buy and trade carbon credits just like corporations can. It’s the same as buying and trading a stock through a broker, but in this case individuals would do so through brokers that specialize in environmental credits. Take California’s first historic cap and trade auction


Ikea’s People & Planet Positive Sustainability Initiative

Earlier this week Ikea announced a new, global sustainability strategy under which, among other things, the company will generate more power than it uses from renewables and make its products more sustainable. The company, famous for its flat-pack furniture and wordless, infographic instructions, is no stranger to sustainability and renewable energy, in fact, the majority


In Focus: Dupont’s Solar Quality Standards

Solar installations were removed from twenty-four San Diego Unified School District campuses after corrosion was discovered that threatened the possibility of electrical issues that could lead to fires. The 4.3-megawatt installation was built in 2005-06 by Solar Integrated Technologies (SIT). SIT was acquired by Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) (PINK:ENERQ) in 2009. ECD’s Uni-Solar manufactured the


Why Some Republicans Support Clean Energy

As an organization concerned deeply about climate change, we often heavily criticize the “all of the above” approach to energy development. If we’re truly going to address the problem and lower greenhouse gas emissions, a primary focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation need to be our number one priority. Digging a deeper carbon


The “No More Solyndras Act” Passes The House

As I expected the “No More Solyndras Act” was just passed in the House: Republicans on Friday pushed a bill through the House shining a campaign-season light on the most conspicuous failure of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package. The bill would phase out federal loan guarantees like those that went to the now-bankrupt solar power


Advanced Sustainability Certificates at The University of Vermont

Editor’s Note: I attended the University of Vermont. It was the best experience of my life. The University of Vermont is now offering sustainability training that is designed to lead your organization to sustainability and profitability. The University of Vermont online sustainability certificate programs provide a flexible and convenient way for today’s organizations and busy


Election 2012: Obama (Wind) vs. Romney (Coal)

The election of 2012 offers the stark contrast between fossil fuels like coal and clean renewable energy. Obama Supports wind power while Romney supports energy derived from coal. Each candidate offers a different conception of America’s energy future. Romney wants to see even more fossil fuel being burned while Obama wants to grow renewable sources


SolarStrong: Alive and Kicking

Last year, SolarCity partnered with U.S. Renewables Group Renewable Finance and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a $1 billion effort to solarize military housing across the U.S. It’s making progress and surging ahead with new projects at sites owned and managed by Lend Lease. On July 17 SolarCity announced that it is partnered with


PACE: Still Alive?

Property assessed clean energy, or PACE, financing — paying for home solar installations, energy efficiency retrofits and other green improvements through property taxes — was all the rage a few years ago. Then, in 2010, Fannie May, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency decided that PACE payback obligations were problematic when combined with