Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewables

A new, peer-reviewed article published in the scientific journal SCIENCE estimates that 3 million hectares of land (that’s 11,583 square miles, or 30,000 square kilometers) have been lost due to oil and gas well pads, storage tanks and associated roads developed in North America since the year 2000. Rangeland and cropland through the heartland have been particularly [...]

SACE Comes Out Strong on Policies to Expand Solar Development in Florida

SACE staffer John Wilson also contributed to this post. Today the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) responded to the Florida Public Service Commission’s Request for Comments on policies and programs to “promote solar” in the Sunshine State. If you’re visiting our blog, you probably know about the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative – [...]

Corporate Social Responsibility with Renewable Power, is Coca-Cola Next?

With its ambitious 35% renewable energy goals by 2020, and with key federal tax credit incentives soon expiring, it’s possible Coca-Cola could soon join other major, responsible corporations and purchase substantial quantities of wind and solar power.

How much “backup power” is needed for solar and wind?

Answer: None. Not if the utility is planning correctly! Ok, that was a smart-aleck answer. But I’ve got a point: When people talk about a “backup,” they tend to think of a one-for-one replacement. I remember when my kids were in diapers, and I had to carry four diapers for a long day out, just [...]

We Need to Support All Types of Solar: Utility-Scale, Rooftop, Community, and More

This guest blog was written by Jim Marston, the founding director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The original post was posted on May 20 and can be found here.  Solar energy is booming – and you needn’t look further for proof of its success than Brian H. Potts’ recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. When a [...]

Ocean Power Making Waves

The Department of Energy just announced $10.5 million in funding support for new marine hydrokinetic resources. Marine hydrokinetic (MKH) resources are ocean-based renewable energy resources that include waves, currents, tides and even ocean thermal conversion technologies. The federal funds are allocated for research to 1) increase survivability of wave energy generators and 2) reducing installation, operations and maintenance costs for wave and current energy generators.

A Bright, Sunny Forecast for the Tennessee Valley

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is farsighted, not shortsighted, when it comes to its efforts to evaluate and plan for solar power in its future. The 2015 Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provides the clearest, sharpest look ever by a Southeastern utility at solar energy as a resource – and not a threat – to this amazing, clean energy opportunity. [...]

The Sun is Shining a Little Brighter in South Carolina Thanks to Historic Solar Agreement

In less than a year, South Carolina has gone from being a state that was widely seen as resistant, if not downright hostile, to solar energy, to establishing itself as trailblazer in brokering an agreement between utilities, industry, and clean energy advocates that will ramp up solar development in the state over the next five [...]

Georgia legislature approves PPAs, and Florida hopes to follow

This blog was written by Alissa Jean Schafer, Marketing and Media Director with the US Solar Institute and was originally published here on SolarPowerWorld.com on Friday, April 3, 2015.  Ah, the sunny south, the land of peaches, oranges and solar potential. I’m talking about Georgia and Florida here, and the key word is “potential,” unless you just really like [...]

Powering Through Key West Hurricanes at Ruben Valdez’s Solar Home

This guest blog is the fifth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida and was written for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy by Alissa Jean Schafer, Marketing and Media Director with the US Solar Institute. Click here for other posts in that series.  What do the post office, organic seaweed, hurricanes, and solar energy [...]