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 [...]

Community Solar Projects Expand Access to Clean, Affordable Energy in the Tennessee Valley and Across the Southeast

Solar fever is sweeping the nation, and the Southeast is no exception. Every year, more and more people are taking advantage of the most abundant energy resource on Earth by installing solar photovoltaic panels on their roofs. The price of solar panels has dropped dramatically in recent years, and now is a great time to [...]

The Sunshine State: License Plate Slogan or License to Steal?

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC)  is not even pretending to be objective anymore: they have become a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida Power & Light (FPL) and the other monopoly electric utilities in Florida! Billions of customer dollars are at stake in decisions about what resources the power companies will use, and the PSC holds [...]

Clean, Distributed Energy Can Benefit Low-Income Families

This post, authored by Jorge Madrid and Marilynn Marsh-Robinson, originally appeared on Energy Exchange, a blog by Environmental Defense Fund, on November 17, 2014. You can view the original post here. We’ve spent nearly 15 years collectively working on clean energy solutions for both rural and urban communities, often with under-resourced and underrepresented people at the [...]

Solar for All: Memphis Solar Shines On African American Communities

Natalie Mims, SACE Energy Efficiency Director, and Sandra Upchurch, SACE Energy Organizer in Memphis also contributed to this post. Just like BBQ, there is plenty of sunshine to go around in Memphis. Unlike BBQ, however, sunshine is free and capturing it to create electricity benefits everyone.  Memphis is one of the few minority majority large [...]

Business Leaders Agree: Florida Needs A Clean Energy Wake-up Call

It is no secret that clean energy advocates, from those of us at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to Conservatives for Energy Freedom founder Debbie Dooley, think that Floridians are being cheated out of their right to produce clean, sustainable solar energy. As we’ve often said, politicians and utilities in the Sunshine State are [...]

A Poem for the Florida Commission: Deny the Utilities’ Meager Goals

In Florida, land of the sun The utilities pulled a fast one. No efficiency tools Without swimming pools Low Income? You’ll end up with none.   With the RIM test used as a shield The utilities make a high yield Cross-subsidy hollers hide utility dollars But their motives can’t be concealed. For solar, they set [...]

Visit SACE on the National Solar Tour!

This weekend – on October 4-5 – the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) will participate in the 19th annual National Solar Tour. The event is organized by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and has occurred annually the first weekend of October since 1995. It is a grassroots effort that has grown to about 150,000 [...]

Rural Clean Energy Awards and Grants Announced

USDA cost-share grant funds are available for rural renewables!

TVA should expand investment in solar

This post, by Anne Davis of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, was originally a Guest Column in Knoxville News-Sentinel on Saturday, August 9, 2014 and can be viewed here. The Tennessee Valley Authority has a golden opportunity this month, as it sets its budget for [...]