For Florida homeowner, “biggest barrier to solar is who controls your utilities”

This blog is fourth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Homeowner Michelle A. Vigil has covered her downtown Tampa house and her carport with solar panels (with the help of installer Steve Rutherford, who we met earlier in the series). Why? “It’s good for the environment and it’s great [...]

Solar works for me because we just had twins: Sgt. Dawan Woods

This blog is third in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida.  I managed to catch Technical Sergeant Dawan Woods in a brief relaxed moment between his job at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and his other job parenting newborn twins. He was willing to take a moment to talk solar [...]

These Solar Panels Are My Retirement Plan

This blog is second in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida.  I met Larry Sinatra, a county government employee, at his suburban Tampa home. He was excited to hop onto the roof to show me his brand-new investment: a 9kW solar photovoltaic system he purchased with $20,000 from his savings, [...]

Knoxville City Council Approves Resolution in Support of Federal Action on Climate Change

Last night, the Knoxville City Council approved a resolution in support of federal action on climate change, the promotion of clean energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution. The Climate Knoxville network developed and proposed the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Mark Campen and Daniel Brown and Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis. The resolution’s [...]

6 Ways to Green Your Gifts This Holiday Season

This blog was written by SACE Communications Intern, Kelsey Adler, and SACE Communications Coordinator, Jeannie McKinney. In past years, we have mentioned the importance of being mindful of your energy use and your carbon footprint during the holiday season. In particular though, environmentally conscious gift-giving during the holiday season can get pretty tricky. There are [...]

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 Baker’s Dozen of Ways to Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

While there’s no Friday the 13th this October, you can pick any – or all – of the items on these 13-point checklists during Energy Awareness Month to save energy (and money) at home, at work and on the road. Work your way through these lists and you’ll avoid some scary energy bills this winter [...]

Why $100bn invested in wind or solar will produce more energy than oil

This article by Giles Parkinson originally appeared in the Australian publication RenewEconomy on September 16, 2014 and can be viewed in its entirety here. French investment bank Kepler Cheuvreux has produced a fascinating analysis that has dramatic implications for the global oil industry. It estimates that $100 billion invested in either wind energy or solar energy [...]

Tour Du Soleil: Atlantans Bike for Solar Energy During City’s First Bicycle Festival

This post is by Alex Solomon, a new SACE member who met us on the ride. What better way to see clean energy in action than by bike? On June 9th, I joined 63 helmet-clad Atlantans to learn about solar energy in Georgia. One of several events in the first annual Atlanta Cycling Festival, SACE’s [...]

South Carolina Benefits Today from Offshore Wind Industry

Despite the fact that South Carolina, and most of the Southeast, has no utility-scale wind farms, we are reaping the benefits of the industry even today. In fact, especially today. Earlier today, Cape Wind, the first proposed offshore wind farm in the United States, which is being built off the coast of Massachusetts, announced that [...]