#NationalVoterRegistrationDay – Recruiting Clean Energy Voters Across the South

How do we make clean energy a top priority in the South? We have to start by boosting voter turnout in local and statewide elections among all Southerns that want to build a clean, just energy future. Tennessee, Arkansas, and Georgia all rank in the top 10 for the lowest voter turnouts in the U.S. But here’s [...]

Florida Utility Gulf Power & Department of Defense Go Solar with Coronal

Three large solar installations have just been completed on military bases in the Florida panhandle. A total of 120 MW, it is the largest combined portfolio of solar facilities on Department of Defense property to date, done with Gulf Power and Coronal.

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.  [...]

Wind and Solar Power: Complementary Energy Resources

Here at Solar Power International, a number of attendees have openly wondered: how can wind power and solar power work better, together? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the two resources pair together quite nicely, naturally.

With nearly 3.5 gigawatts of wind power purchase agreements, and over 5 GW of installed solar power, the South has begun to embrace renewable energy. Pairing utility scale wind and solar power in the South could improve renewable energy market share as well as relieve potential integration issues. For example, as higher levels of solar power penetration occur, several utilities have noted a trend moving towards higher winter peak generation demand.

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.

Hurricane Irma Leads to Solar Questions

Will Solar Panels Work During a Hurricane? Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, grocery stores are already running out of food and water, and some residents have already started to evacuate, just in case. But for those staying put, planning to weather the storm, another question has risen – If we lose power, will solar panels still work?

I’m super excited about Solar in the Southeast

Today is my first day full-time with SACE, but I’ve been transitioning into this Solar Program Director role part-time since June. In the whirlwind world of the solar industry and policy, I thought it appropriate to pause today and introduce myself along with a bit of my vision for this role.

Eclipse is gone, Solar’s back on

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Energy Policy Manager Simon Mahan contributed to this blog post. As we waited excitedly for the moon’s shadow to cross the Southeast during yesterday’s Great American Eclipse, I didn’t think much about how the solar panels at SACE’s Asheville office – or thousands of other rooftop systems and utility-scale solar [...]

Unblocking the Sun – Join Us!

Today, the sun will be completely blocked by the moon in the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. As people assemble in the “path of totality” to witness this rare event, we want to remind you that while it is indeed amazing to see the moon block the sun, we must fight to keep monopoly utilities in the Southeast from doing the same!

Is TVA Causing a Solar [Market] Eclipse?

TenneSEIA, the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association, issued a press release yesterday about TVA’s decision to continue restricting the Green Power Providers program. TVA is withdrawing support for solar power and, much like the solar eclipse we’ll all see on Monday, TVA is blocking the sun.