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. 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 the environment and it’s great [...]

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.  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 a moment to talk solar [...]

These Solar Panels Are My Retirement Plan

This blog is second in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida.  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 with $20,000 from his savings, [...]

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 [...]

Alabama bureaucrats kill domestic energy jobs

Officials are confirming that two wind farm proposals in Alabama will not be moving forward. As such, Cherokee and Etowah counties will forego about $27-$43 million in combined new tax revenues – revenue that could have been used to build a new park near Weiss Lake or improve the quality of the lake, provide education scholarships for high school graduates, create a new tourism niche, or reduce local taxes.

All Aboard the Roller Coaster: Ala. Coal Week in Review

News about Alabama’s coal – its alleged divine origins, televised misinformation from elected officials, pleas to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, closure and conversion of coal plants, and now, a lawsuit against EPA – has been flowing fast and furious over the past week, showing no signs of stopping. Here’s a quick play-by-play to get [...]

UCS Report: Wind Cheaper than Keeping Alabama Coal Plants Alive

Newly updated research shows that Alabama is still high on the list of states with coal plants that may be more expensive to maintain than to replace with cleaner sources, as we noted in an earlier blog. The report, an update of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ripe for Retirement using 2012 numbers (the most [...]

4 Reasons to Celebrate Clean Energy in Alabama in 2013

  If you were around Birmingham in late November, you probably heard about (or came to) Renew Alabama: A Night of Positive Energy. Nearly 150 people stopped by Avondale Brewing Company to meet fellow clean energy fans, and celebrate Alabama’s energy progress and potential over a pint and some great dancing music. What were we [...]