Tampa businesswoman drives solar manufacturing biz

This blog is sixth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Click here for other posts.  Colleen Clark has a lot in common with the hurricane-resistant solar panel racks her company produces. Determined, tough, and creative, she powered her own way into Florida’s solar industry back when it was mostly guys [...]

Personal Reflection: Selma Anniversary a Call to Link Climate Justice and Civil Rights

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the events in Selma, AL leading up to Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, I’ve been thinking more than usual about the connection between the Civil Rights movement and the movement to address climate change. As Adrianna Quintero explains in the Huffington Post: “Whether we acknowledge [...]

New Report: Alabama ratepayers are “Left in the Dark” by PSC

How do ratepayers usually know whether or not the electricity bills they pay are fair? In many states with monopoly investor-owned electric utilities, ratepayers typically have access to and can participate in the utility’s process for deciding what sources of energy to invest in. State regulators publicly review and approve a key utility document called [...]

Black History Month Energy Champions: Steve Rutherford Explains Why Solar Power is the Next Frontier of Freedom

In honor of Black History Month – SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting the efforts of African American leaders working to ensure that clean energy opportunities are available for all people and communities in the Southeast. This post is the first in the series; find following posts here. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Steve Rutherford is [...]

For Florida homeowner, “biggest barrier to solar is who controls your utilities”

This blog is fourth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Click here for other posts in that series. Homeowner Michelle A. Vigil has covered her downtown Tampa house and her carport with solar panels (with the help of installer Steve Rutherford, who we met earlier in the series). Why? “It’s good for [...]

Solar works for me because we just had twins: Sgt. Dawan Woods

This blog is third in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Click here for other posts in that series. I managed to catch Technical Sergeant Dawan Woods in a brief relaxed moment between his job at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and his other job parenting newborn twins. He was willing to take [...]

These Solar Panels Are My Retirement Plan

This blog is second in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Click here for other posts in that series. I met Larry Sinatra, a county government employee, at his suburban Tampa home. He was excited to hop onto the roof to show me his brand-new investment: a 9kW solar photovoltaic system he purchased [...]

Solar Power is the Next Frontier of Freedom, says Navy Veteran Solar Installer

This blog is the first in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Check here for future posts. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Steve Rutherford is on a mission. “That’s how I view it,” he says. “It’s a mission to liberate people.” He’s not talking about some overseas front, although he certainly [...]

Behind closed doors: Ala. PSC decisions are out of public sight and mind

The following op-ed piece ran in the The Cruthirds Report on Dec. 5th and was authored by SACE staff and Michael Churchman of Alabama Environmental Council. On the day of the Public Service Commission meeting referenced in this piece, John Archibald of AL.com published an editorial that parallels many of the concerns we point out [...]

Lung Association Report: Energy Efficiency Saves Lives in Southeast States

A new report from the American Lung Association, authored by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, School of Public Health at Boston University, and Syracuse University, shows that limiting carbon pollution from coal plants can save lives in the Southeast. Furthermore, accomplishing those limits by investing in energy efficiency maximizes benefits for families [...]