My switch to Virtual Solar

I’ve enrolled in the new Virtual Solar program offered by my utility in Georgia, Sawnee EMC. For several years, I’ve been enrolled in their Green Power program, which produces electricity from landfill gas. So I was eager to explore this new program announced earlier this year (March 2018). Virtual Solar is promoted as an alternative [...]

Solar in the Southeast WEBINAR (this is a recording)

Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar featuring an overview of SACE’s 2017 Solar in the Southeast Annual Report along with time for questions and answers. We recorded that webinar and you can access it here. The report highlights solar data and trends throughout the region, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. We use [...]

SunBlockers: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 5 of 5)

This is the final installment in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. To view other blogs in this series, click here. SunBlockers – Not What The Doctor Ordered Part 3 of this series focused on the leaders. Today, we throw some shade at the opposite end of the spectrum – [...]

Utility-Scale Dominance: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 4 of 5)

This is part four in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. To view other blogs in this series, click here. Utility-Scale Dominance Solar growth throughout the southeast region has been dominated by utility-scale projects. Unlike markets that offer customers choice in power supplies, monopoly utilities in the Southeast control nearly [...]

Identifying Leaders: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 3 of 5)

This is part three in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report To view other blogs in this series, click here. Identifying Utility Solar Leaders and “SunRisers” A highlight of the Solar in the Southeast 2017 Annual Report was shining a light on utilities, large and small, that are moving [...]

Rapid Growth: “Solar in the Southeast” Annual Report blog series (part 2 of 5)

This is part two in a five-part series about the SACE “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. To view other blogs in this series, click here. Rapid Growth & Tremendous Potential “The Southeast has tremendous solar potential (second only to the desert southwest) and has been experiencing near exponential solar growth for the last five [...]

Introducing SACE’s “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report (part 1 of 5)

This is the first in a five-part series about the “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report. It should come as no surprise that some utilities in the southeast have more ambitious solar programs than others.  And with solar tariffs the federal government recently announced, it’s rather timely for us to assert that the sun [...]

AEP: spinning up 5 gigawatts of wind & taking a shine to 3 GW of solar

Some of the comparably-sized utilities in the Southeast could aspire to the renewable energy ambition that AEP, American Electric Power, has expressed. The vast majority of AEP operations are outside the Southeast where SACE focuses. That said, however, the plan AEP announced this week to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 60% by 2030 and 80% [...]

Solar Power International: A Wrap-Up

Co-authored by Bryan Jacob, Simon Mahan and Alissa Jean Schafer All of the things we mentioned in our blog after the opening session did come up again throughout Solar Power International (#SPIcon).  Maybe we should have been placing bets.  We were in Las Vegas, after all. We were definitely correct with one of our predictions.  [...]

Welcome to Solar Power International in Las Vegas

Moving beyond the antiquated notion of “baseload” generation – instead what we need is “flexible, resilient, reliable” power.
The Suniva trade case. Abigail Ross Harper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), asserted that all of the jobs represented in the room are at risk. We will have an entire session devoted to this topic today.
Diversity in the solar industry. The Solar Foundation released a report (2017 U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study). Apparently women represented a full half of the new solar jobs created last year. That’s good news, but I’m sure we’ll learn about other aspects of that report throughout SPI.
Disruption. Our keynote speaker (Rory McDonald) from Harvard Business School, opened our eyes to “competing and innovating in a disruptive environment.” Solar has been and will continue to be a disruptive force in the energy sector.