By Silvio Marcacci Originally published on CleanTechnica
The U.S. Energy Information Administration finds that solar energy in the U.S. grew by 418% from 2010 to 2014. Quadrupling its capacity in just four years is an indisputable testament to the potential for solar to decarbonize our economy and decentralize our power system.
As Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signs SB 1456 into law, solar advocates still find reason for optimism. SB 1456 allows the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a fee for solar customers, but an Executive Order signed by the Governor affirms that the bill does not mandate such a fee, and establishes guidelines that could protect solar in the state.
As people around the world celebrate Earth Day, we take a look at just a few of the reasons the solar industry has to celebrate. And what’s good for the solar industry is good for all of us -- and for the Earth.
Mercatus announces hat it has formally adopted the SAPC Working Group standard contract documents for both residential and commercial solar. The move provides yet another vote of confidence in the SAPC standards, which have been widely supported by the solar industry.
Swiss pilots and founders of the Solar Impulse project unveil their second plane, the Solar Impulse 2. They plan to fly the plane around the world.
By Bill Ehrlich
Originally published on Mosaic
In the midst of all the talk about net metering and the value of solar tariff, Bill Ehrlich looks at what could be on the horizon for solar. The relationship between conventional utilities and solar system owners producing their own electricity is being redefined as these two groups look for common ground and mutually beneficial solutions in a new energy world.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects reports that in March, solar, wind, and hydropower provided 84.5% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity. For Q1 2014, the total is even higher, at 92.1%.
The Energy Department and the White House honor ten Solar Champions, and announce $15 million to help communities deploy more solar, as well as other steps to build on solar's success around the country.
The SUN DAY Campaign releases a study challenging the assertion of the U.S. Energy Information Administration that renewable energy sources will provide 16% of U.S. electrical generation by 2040. According to the new study, that estimate is far too conservative.
The new Shining Cities report by Environment Massachusetts ranks major U.S. cities by installed solar capacity as well as per-capita solar. Some of the results may surprise you.
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