Jobs, $$$, and Clean Energy: Solar Company Investing Big in South Carolina

South Carolina got a major announcement on Thursday, when solar energy development company Cypress Creek Renewables proposed a major investment in the Palmetto State. Cypress Creek announced they aim to build 2,000 megawatts of solar in SC over the next 3-5 years, which is enough to power about 600,000 homes. This amount of solar means a $1.5 billion investment in our state by a single solar company, and up to 10,000 construction jobs over the 3-5 year build out period. The buildout is reported to be spread among 80 sites, which likely means many localities–predominantly rural–would benefit by the development in the form of local jobs, and revenue from property taxes.

Interview: A Groundbreaking Plan to “Drawdown” Greenhouse Gas

What will it take to get to a point where the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere starts getting smaller? That’s the question behind a new book from Paul Hawken and Project Drawdown. The answers it provides may be surprising. Beyond renewable energy and green transportation, top climate solutions included expanding both sustainable agriculture [...]

How To Get A Solar Job

“How can I get a solar job?” With headlines like Solar Creates 1 Out of Every 50 Jobs, and the reported $154 billion in economic impact in 2016 (according to The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Job Census), it’s no surprise that the solar industry is catching the attention of job seekers. How can somebody break into the industry if they don’t already have a foot in the door somewhere or any “solar” experience? Here are some answers and insights I’ve gained from asking those same questions myself, talking with local solar companies, and diving into the data provided by The Solar Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy and Employment Report.

People’s Climate Movement Marches Forward on April 29

On April 29, people all over the country will rise up to demonstrate the political will for serious action on climate change. There will be a major march in Washington, D.C. to show that regardless of political rhetoric, the majority of Americans favor fact-based action over denial. Dozens of sister marches will take place all over the Southeast for those who cannot make it to D.C. Please plan to attend your local event or hop on one of the many buses heading to D.C.–more information is below on all of these. Together, we will show our strength in numbers and demand accountability from our elected leaders.

Chattanoogans Ask TVA for Help With Energy Efficiency

This blog is the third in a series SACE is publishing on recent energy efficiency advocacy meetings between Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and community members across the Tennessee Valley. The first blog, focusing on TVA customers in rural East Tennessee, can be found here, and the second blog, focusing on customers in Memphis, can be [...]

Green Spirit Awards: Two leading sources of dehydration team up to save water! (HINT: One’s beer.)

Some of Abita’s energy sustainability practices include a brewery process that uses 70% less energy and reuses steam, an onsite wastewater treatment system that captures renewable “bio-gas” to fuel boilers, and a solar panel system that was considered one of the largest in the state when it was installed. Because its local water resource is so pristine, Abita doesn’t need to use filters or chemicals to clean its water.

Green Spirit Awards: Swamp Head Brewery Earns Green Spirit Award for Dedication to a Sustainable Florida

Swamp Head is based in Gainesville, Florida and takes its state roots seriously, calling themselves “Inherently Floridian”. They take a lot of pride in the Sunshine State and are devoted to its sunny future- their sustainability efforts have earned them a Green Spirit Award!

Green Spirit Awards: North Charleston, SC Brewery Wants to Save Paradise, Says “No Drill, No Spill” to Offshore Drilling

Holy City Brewing Company in North Charleston, South Carolina released a beer this month dedicated to the paradise that is our Southeast coast: Paradise Session Ale. The ale is light, sessionable (meaning very drinkable for many rounds), and would be enjoyed by a variety of people, even if each had different palates. Paradise, therefore, is crafted to be a perfect beer for enjoying while hanging out for hours with friends on the beach and enjoying the coast we are blessed with. It is this picture of quintessential coastal life that motivated Holy City to make a statement with Paradise Ale: “Help save paradise. No drill, no spill. It’s not worth the risk.”

Green Spirit Awards: Rock Hill, SC Brewery Turns Sun Into Beer

Legal Remedy Brewing Company in Rock Hill, SC is turning sun into beer. The brewery makes tasty beverages with alliterative law-themed names such as Alibi Ale, Motion to Strike Milk Stout, Pro Bono Porter, and Retainer Red Rye IPA, which are sold in its brewpub and in restaurants and bars around the state.

Honoring Black History Month and the Path Towards Energy Justice: Creating a Climate for Change

The Clean Power Plan and the transition to the clean energy economy more broadly are creating immense opportunities for community engagement in helping shape our states’ energy futures. Environmental justice champion, Reverend Leo Woodberry, who we profiled in our Black History Month blog series last year, is therefore focusing on bringing people together to find common ground in acting on climate change.