Jumbo’s Green Side: Sustainability at Tufts University

Ivy-covered walls and tree-lined campuses are pretty much de rigueur at New England’s countless colleges and universities, so it takes more than landscaping to earn a ‘Green College’ label. Half a century of environmental leadership coupled with ongoing efforts to green campus operations – from energy usage and infrastructure to food sourcing and academic offerings – have earned my undergraduate alma mater, Tufts University, a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and a green college ranking from the Princeton Review.

Brights Ideas at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Deep in Louisiana’s Cajun Country, there’s a renewable energy research center dedicated to studying solar energy and biopower. And it smells like barbecue. Located in Crowley, Louisiana, the Cleco Alternative Energy Center is sponsored by Cleco Power, LLC, and operated by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

North Carolina’s Secret Agenda to Destroy Renewable Energy

North Carolina’s Senate Bill 843 was introduced recently, and if implemented, would flush the entire renewable energy industry down the toilet.

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 [...]

FPL a Leader on Solar Energy?

In a recent blog post, I questioned FPL’s leadership on solar power and the scale and design of a recently announced voluntary “community-based” solar program. In a response letter, the Company took offense to the blog – calling it misleading. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Company’s responses to the blog and come [...]

Florida: Don’t Tax the Sun

This guest blog comes courtesy of John K. Porter, Managing Director of Clean Footprint – Solar Development and Financing There has been a lot of talk coming out of Tallahassee about eliminating burdensome taxes on individuals and businesses to encourage economic development in the state. Yet, when it comes to solar energy, a Florida tax [...]

2013: The Year in Review

Seasons greetings from all of us here at SACE!  Before we take some time to enjoy the holiday season, we wanted to pause and celebrate our accomplishments over the last year.  We couldn’t have done it without your support! It’s been a great year across the Southeast for much of our important work.  We’ve seen [...]

Net Metering: Reverse Robin Hood…Really?

I just returned from the 125th Annual Meeting of NARUC, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, held this year in Orlando, FL.  The agenda touched on a vast range of issues facing the energy sector.  A good deal of discussion was devoted to what’s been termed the “net metering fuss”- concerns over net metering [...]

SACE Solar Array Shines In Its First Year

Just over a year ago we made the decision to continue to practice what we preach with the installation and activation of our own solar photovoltaic array at our Knoxville, TN office.  As part of a series of energy efficiency improvements to our new office, we knew that installing the solar system was the ideal [...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Solar in 2012 and an Outlook for 2013

There were good, bad, and ugly things happening in the solar industry in 2012, and though more of the same can be expected in 2013, it may end up being the year that the solar industry evolves out of the growing pains of a young industry and into a more mature and balanced market. Solar [...]