Ivy-covered walls and tree-lined campuses are pretty much de rigueur at New England’s countless colleges and universities, so it takes more than landscaping to earn a ‘Green College’ label. Half a century of environmental leadership coupled with ongoing efforts to green campus operations – from energy usage and infrastructure to food sourcing and academic offerings – have earned my undergraduate alma mater, Tufts University, a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and a green college ranking from the Princeton Review.
corporations are increasingly interested in using renewable energy to power their operations and meet their sustainability goals. Both the ease and success of corporate procurement of renewables is highly dependent on the state and utility policies where the corporations are located.
In 2016, Floridians for Solar Choice, a coalition that SACE is a founding member of, made history with two major solar victories. First, Florida voters overwhelming approved pro-solar Amendment 4 during the 2016 August primary, which will remove a property tax on solar installations. In November, the coalition defeated anti-solar Amendment 1, a deceptive ballot amendment created and funded by the monopoly utilities. Despite being severely underfunded and understaffed, the Solar Choice campaign went toe to toe against a $26 million utility-backed campaign and won! The major key to success? People Power! The Solar Choice coalition is composed of thousands of dedicated volunteers from the Panhandle all the way down to the Keys that were willing to go above and beyond to educate Florida voters. While we can’t feature the entire solar army of volunteers, below are 10 superstar volunteers behind these Florida solar victories…
Deep in Louisiana’s Cajun Country, there’s a renewable energy research center dedicated to studying solar energy and biopower. And it smells like barbecue. Located in Crowley, Louisiana, the Cleco Alternative Energy Center is sponsored by Cleco Power, LLC, and operated by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative has launched the “Solar in Your Community”, a challenge to inspire hundreds of local teams across the country to participate in bringing solar programs and projects to their communities. It aims to expand the solar market to a diverse array of new consumers, including low- and moderate-income customers, and nonprofit community-serving organizations.
Solar supporters in Florida scored a major victory this November by defeating utility-backed Amendment 1. The ballot initiative would have paved the way for Florida utilities to dismantle net metering for solar customers. This would have severely stunted the state’s distributed roof top solar market.
While the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been retiring old coal plants or investing in expensive pollution controls to keep other coal plants operational, it has primarily focused on replacing any lost generation capacity with its preferred version of “clean energy” – nuclear and natural gas. However, TVA is moving further into the renewable energy [...]
Former four-term South Carolina Congressman Gresham Barrett is joining with Sunrun to launch the Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition. Their over-arching goal is to build on the momentum generated by the industry’s rapid growth spawned by unanimous passage in 2014 of “Act 236” by the South Carolina legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Nicki Haley. That law allows for solar sales by third parties and enables net metering.
With the defeat of the utility-sponsored anti-solar Amendment 1 in Florida, we are wondering what the utilities’ next step will be. Will they engage with stakeholders to put more sun into the Sunshine State? If they don’t – we can expect more scapegoating of rooftop solar. The technical foundation was recently laid out in a [...]
We are excited to announce that Floridians rejected the deceptive, utility-backed Amendment 1, which would have halted solar development by paving the way for utilities to penalize solar customers. As a founding member of Floridians for Solar Choice (FSC), the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has been leading efforts to bring more solar energy to Florida. Over [...]