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 [...]

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 [...]

Koch Empire Attacks Energy Efficiency

Right-wing organizations, many of which are connected to Charles and David Koch, have now turned to attacking the cheapest, most modular, reliable, and zero-carbon resource – energy efficiency. One would think that conservation is conservative, but they would have us think again. The Koch Empire, with its vested interest in fossil fuels and the energy [...]

South Carolina Legislature Gives Two Thumbs Up To Wind Energy

Last week, the South Carolina Legislature passed a resolution in support of wind energy in the Palmetto State. Senator Greg Hembreee (R-Dillon and Horry Counties) introduced S 757, a concurrent resolution “to recognize the wind energy capabilities of South Carolina”, among other accolades for the state.

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 [...]

Less Sunny Year in Gainesville

A few weeks ago the Gainesville City Commissioners voted (5-2) to suspend the Regional Utilities (GRU) feed-in tariff (FiT) solar program. Interestingly, the event received little attention outside the Gainesville area, despite being one of the most documented and discussed solar policy innovations in the U.S. just five years ago. Given the war on solar [...]

4 Reasons to Celebrate Clean Energy in Alabama in 2013

  If you were around Birmingham in late November, you probably heard about (or came to) Renew Alabama: A Night of Positive Energy. Nearly 150 people stopped by Avondale Brewing Company to meet fellow clean energy fans, and celebrate Alabama’s energy progress and potential over a pint and some great dancing music. What were we [...]

Sharp Manufacturing Jobs at Solar Facility in Memphis

Last week I had the pleasure of touring the Sharp Manufacturing Company of America’s Memphis, TN facility with a few members of SACE staff.  Having used Sharp solar panels for both our Knoxville office array, and on the array installed at my home, it was fascinating to get an inside look at the manufacturing process [...]

Energy Efficiency Model Can Help Meet Climate Goals: California

This was originally presented on NRDC Switchboard in Devra Wang’s Blog, 8-Jul-13, reposted with permission by NRDC. ——- California’s 40 years of remarkable success in using energy efficiency to avoid dirty power generation and save utility customers billions, as detailed in a new NRDC fact sheet released [8-July-13], offers valuable lessons to help meet President Obama’s groundbreaking climate [...]

Unusual Bedfellows at the Georgia PSC

What do the Georgia Tea Party, low-income advocates, faith leaders, and green business have in common? They were all at the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) this week calling for more clean energy in Georgia Power’s long term energy plan – some for more solar, some for expanded efficiency programs, some for retirement of coal [...]